CD Printing for Bands and CD Duplication for Bands – EP’s and Albums
There is still very much a market for CD printing for bands. EP and album releases on CD are very popular even with the current dominance of the digital download of music. Many bands sell CDs and other merchandise at gigs or post them out to record companies and radio stations to promote their music.
As with all other printing projects, the CD printing for bands gets more cost effective the more you have printed. The per unit cost on a run of 1000 CDs is much less than the per unit cost on a run of 100 CDs, but you’ll have to work much harder to shift 1000 so the order quantity needs careful consideration before committing to anything.
The Alpha Duplication MOQ1 System
This is our system to assist customers with the decision of whether or not to order CDs to keep in stock, when you’re not absolutely sure if and when they’ll be sold.
Rather than ordering a large run of discs, with MOQ1 you can order discs individually.
The advantage here is that there is no waste. Rather than ordering discs based on an estimate, you can order discs from us, where you already have firm orders yourself. If you only want one, that’s fine. If you need seven, that’s OK too. If you have orders for twenty-seven then… well you get the general idea.
If your band has been around for a while and you have a back catalogue of albums, singles and EPs that you’d like to make available, our specialist CD printing for bands could be the service you need.
Getting your CDs printed
When you start to consider CD printing for bands, it will bring home to you the diversity of available CD packaging and printing options. Such as:
- Standard CD jewel case – the regular packaging type that is most commonly seen where CDs are sold in a retail environment.
- CD digipacks – made from heavy card stock often with a glossy full colour digital print with a clear plastic CD holding tray glued to the inside panel.
- CD Jakeboxes – a clever, eye-catching packaging type with a device that presents the disc to the user when the jakebox is opened.
If your project involves more than one disc, perhaps you want to include some live concert footage on a DVD for instance, the above options come in varieties that will hold multiple discs. There are a myriad of variants of these packaging types as well to consider when looking at CD printing for bands, which the team at Alpha Duplication will be more than happy to discuss with you.
Bands on a budget
If you’re just starting out in the music business and you’re looking for a company that provides CD printing for bands, unless one of your band members has recently won the lottery, you’ll be on a reasonably tight budget.
Don’t let that restrict you artistically with your CD artwork and CD packaging artwork because there are a few tricks and tactics that you can use to get an amazing end product without having to fork out too much cash.
Go for a 1 or 2 colour screen print for your CDs
Firstly, if you’re only going for a small batch of CDs, perhaps 100 or 200 discs, when you’re designing your artwork for the disc, produce an eye-catching final design that uses only 1 or 2 block colours onto a silver disc. Consider your CD collection, we’ll bet there are some really wicked looking discs in there using this technique. The fact is, it works out cheaper than getting a full colour photographic type image printed on to your disc. Block colours use the CD screen printing technique, 1 or 2 colours only requires 1 or 2 screens and 1 or 2 ink colours which is cheaper than getting a lithographic plate made for a full colour design.
Low cost packaging options
If you don’t desperately need the full on CD jewel cases then you could go for a full colour digitally printed card wallet instead, to keep the cost down. Also, slimline jewel cases only need a paper insert in the front which reduces your printing costs.
If you absolutely have to go for CD jewel cases try accommodating your design to suit a black or white CD holding tray that way you only need to print on one side of the rear tray insert. With regards to the front booklet, try and organise your information so that it fits onto as few pages as possible. These considerations will save you money on your CD printing for bands.
If you intend to mail out a lot of your CDs, you could also go for the plastic wallet option with a printed card insert to keep the packaging and post costs to a minimum.
Call the team at Alpha Duplication today
Give the team at Alpha Duplication a buzz on 0800 731 7042 if you’d like to speak to us about any of the information above. We’ll be more than happy to help out with CD printing for bands, whether you’re well established or just starting out. Whatever the order size, you can expect maximum customer care.