Difference Between CD Duplication and CD Replication
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When you first hear the words duplicate and replicate, can you think of any differences between the two? For most people, one word seems to be synonymous with the other, but this is not the case at all when you talk about CD duplication and CD replication.
In simple terms, CD duplication is the process that most computer owners use for their data or music files. With CD duplication, the information is burned onto a disk. What you need to have for this, is a software and a CD burner that will allow you to automatically burn the information onto a CD, and if you want to have several copies of disks containing the same data, the information needs to be burned again. That is practically how the process of CD duplication works.
CD replication, on the other hand, can be referred to as ‘professional CD burning’. Instead of burning the data onto each individual CD, a process is followed whereby the CD is molded to be an exact copy of the original ‘master copy’. This is the process used to produce the CDs sold on the market ‘“ because, just imagine how tedious it would be if the songs on the thousands of CDs released needed to be burned individually.
So, what are the other key differences between CD duplication and CD replication? CD duplication is more appropriate for personal use. It is actually inexpensive, and convenient for individuals who have computers at home. CD replication is more appropriate for commercial use, and the professional process of inputting the data onto the disk is a more reliable one. CD replication also offers a quicker, more convenient and high-quality way of replicating the data or songs from the master copy to individual disks.
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In the CD and DVD duplication process blank recordable compact discs (CD-R) are used. A burner or duplication is used to copy your data onto the blank CD-R. A CD-R or DVD-R with a printed label looks virtually identical to a replicated disc but with one difference - blank replicated DVD contains an additional element. They possess a laser-sensitive dye that allows the DVD to be "burned" with the video or data from your computer or DVD recorder.
The CD and DVD duplication processes are perfect for quick turn around and small run capability or for instances when the disc needs to be writable. We use professional quality CD-Rs and can produce tens of thousands of burned and printed CDs in a matter of days. After the accomplishment of the CD work, CD stickers are pasted on CD to give a final look and then finally packed in plastic sleeve for saving it from scratches. The Whole procedure is economical and within budget and time saving than duplication.
The first recorded sound was Thomas Edison’s voice, captured on a phonograph in 1877 reciting part of the nursery rhyme song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
10 years later, Emile Berliner created the first device that recorded and played back sound using a flat disc, the forerunner of the modern record.
Over the course of the next six decades, records and record players were improved and standardized, with the 33 and 45 RPM records supplanting most other formats in the post-WWII years.
By the 1970s, record player technology had evolved to the point where it has changed little in the intervening half century. In that time, cassette tapes came and went. CDs came and are going. And MP3 players were replaced by phones, as were cameras, pocket planners, and our social lives, more or less.
This year, 2020, marks the first year in more than a generation since record sales — that is to say physical vinyl records — have surpassed CD sales. The reasons for this are twofold: CD sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, while sales of vinyl records are actually up this year. And while you might think it’s nostalgic Boomers or Gen Xers behind the renaissance of records, in fact, surveys show its millennial consumers driving the rising trend in vinyl sales.
The way most people listen to music has changed. “You hear music when you’re in the coffee shop, in the car, in the gym, just walking down the street sometimes, we hear it everywhere,” says Scott Hagen, CEO of Victrola. “In every store, we go into we hear it, and we’re consuming more music than ever before, but not in the same way. The ability to stop and sit and listen to an album from beginning to end, that’s something that always has been and always will be relevant.”
At some point a band, songwriter or home recordist may wish to have cassette duplication made of their songs. These days record companies and publishers prefer cassette, but broadcast radio stations still prefer ?" reel-to-reel tapes or disc (if your songs are to be played on the air), as the quality is that much better. There are three methods of cassette duplicating available, which are Loop-Bin, High Speed and Real Time.
Loop-Bin is a high speed form of duplicating where a 1" or ?" master tape is first made from your ?" master tape. It is then put on a machine which runs at 32 or 64 times normal speed along with slave units which copy reels of cassette tape. The cassette tape is then fed into empty cassette shells; this method is used for producing anything from 500 to 100,000 copies and is mostly used by independent and major record companies.
A master cassette or ?" reel is run at 8 or 16 times its normal speed along with slave cassette units. These slave units copy both sides simultaneously in stereo or mono and there can be one slave unit copying one cassette, or many slaves copying many cassettes at once. High Speed duplicating can cater for short runs (100+) to runs of thousands.
A ?" reel or cassette master is played at normal speed (which could be 15ips or 7?ips for reels or 1?ips if it's a cassette). A bank of 5 to 50 cassette decks all run together to copy at normal speed. Generally, real time duplication caters mainly for runs of 10 to around 1000.
Most cassette duplicators can encode your cassettes with Dolby B and some can encode with Dolby C noise reduction. However, if you use a high speed duplicator and you want Dolby on your copies, then make sure your master cassette is recorded initially with Dolby on it. You should then be able to have the copies reproduced with Dolby. High Speed or Real Time duplicating are most likely to suit the home recordist, band, songwriter or small label.
Your Master Tape
This should be ?" reel-to-reel running at 15ips or 7?ips stereo half track or quarter track. You can use cassette masters (from the studio), but they are not as good quality as reel-to-reel. Do remember also, that if your songs are not in the right running order, then a Duplicating Suite can re-edit the tape, but there may be an additional charge. If you choose the Loop-Bin or High Speed methods be prepared for a charge for making their copy master which is necessary for each of these processes.
When you telephone or go to see a Duplicator ask what tape he uses; for example Ferric, Chrome or Metal, and also, find out what brand it is. A named brand like Agfa, BASF, TDK or Maxell are all pretty much a safe bet. If he used a name you do not know, then listen to a copy, preferably of your master, and compare the quality with other tape brands. You may decide to use your own bought tapes instead of those supplied by the duplicators, in which case there will be a charge per hour to copy onto your own tape, which can be anywhere from ￡5.00 to ￡10.00 per hour plus VAT.
Because the CD replication involves quite a bit of setup it’s usually done for larger runs.
Most manufacturers do it on orders of a thousand or more. We replicate CDs in quantities as low as 300.
However, what do you do if you need less than three hundred discs?