Audio CD Duplication
From the High Street to the merch stall, CDs remain the one of the best ways to get your music out there
Taking our lead from those stalwarts of tween-friendly power-pop, McFly, our mantra when dealing with a CD duplication project is ‘It’s All About You’. We work with you so that your CD plays, looks and is packaged exactly how you want it.
Let’s get started…
It doesn’t take a lot to get things underway. Firstly we’ll need the master disc and the artwork. We’ll also ask a few simple questions: How many CDs do you need? What packaging would you like? Do you need any help with the mastering?
If you’re not sure about anything, don’t be shy, we’ll happily talk you through the process. We’re here to help!
To discuss your project or get a quote, call us on 0800 731 7042 or use our contact form.
How do I get my master to you?
Masters can be received as physical discs, via a download link or by FTP. Visit our page on supplying your master for further details.
If you don’t yet have a master, it’s no problem. We can create the master from files of the tracks. If you’d like us to put your CD together for you, send us the audio files and we’ll build the master. We can also send you a physical copy of your disc to check before we start any CD duplication. We’d also recommend that you check out our Bolt-On Pack to make sure you get the most from your CD release.
What types of packaging are available for my CD?
As it is often the packaging of a CD that makes the most impression visually, it’s important to get it right. With Alpha Duplication you have an absolutely huge range of options at your fingertips, from jewel cases to the many styles of discpacks and card wallets that we manufacture here. We can even create customised designs so your packaging is a real one-off.
Browse round our CD packaging on this site or our dedicated disc packaging site, www.discpack90.com. Nearly all of our CD packaging styles are available to you whether you need fifty or fifty thousand units!
How do I get my artwork ready for you to print?
We can take artwork in most design packages, though a print-ready PDF is our preferred method. The template for an audio CD can be downloaded here.
Once your artwork is ready, send it over to us. Like the master, it is essential that the artwork is correct before we start making lots of copies. To make sure, we will send you a PDF of your artwork to approve prior to printing.
If you’re not a design expert, don’t worry. Our artwork team will work with your files or brief to make sure your finished discs look as good as you imagined them.
How soon can I have my finished CDs?
Our standard turnaround for CD duplication is an impressive (though we do say so ourselves) 2 to 3 days. There are of course factors which can affect this, such as quantity (replication is a longer process) and we will advise you of this when you place your order. If you need a super-quick turnaround or you need to have your discs by a particular day, let us know. We’re generally flexible enough to fast-track a job where necessary and we always relish a challenge!
For more info and a quote, call us on 0800 731 7042 or use our contact form to get in touch.
Frequently asked questions
- Gracenote is a database of information about recorded music. When your disc is inserted into a computer with suitable software, it will recognise the CD and download the artist, album and track names. Gracenote is most notably used by iTunes and also by other audio systems such as BlackBerry MediaManager and Philips® Wireless Music System.
- International Standard Recording Codes, or ISRCs, are codes that are used to uniquely identify sound and video recordings. ISRC codes are 12 characters long and include identifiers for the country of recording, the registrant’s label, year, and a unique song or video code. This information is used by PRS, the body that is responsible for distributing royalty payments back to the artist.
- CD Text is a way for players to obtain track and artist details from a CD. Rather than accessing an external database, the information is stored on a tiny portion of the disc. CD Text is often used by car stereos.