When certain issues occur, master CD duplication can go from being a smooth process to a major disaster within a matter of seconds. The most common issues in which could delay a smooth duplicating process are not being able to read or identify the cd’s data. Facing these issues will lead to a serious delay in project delivery deadlines. To avoid interrupting a smooth process, there are 10 easy steps to help with preparing your master cd for duplication below.
The first thing on the list is to make sure the use of a high quality CD-Recordable is at hand. In other words, there are certain discs brands you should consider in order to ensure production of superiority and stable masters. If you are not sure as to which CD-Recordable are of quality then run an eye test on them by holding it directly towards any light to see if you can see through them. If so then, the CD-Recordable is not of quality thus more likely to cut corners and cause major problems during duplication. If you find yourself not having much time to spend on the eye test there are great brand to consider Sony, JVC and Maxwell.
If you decide to use a laptop computer for CD duplication, it is highly recommended to plug it’s power adapter in. Since the speed of the drive fluctuates during the writing process, use only the laptop’s battery will cause CD compatible devices to have a hard time reading the CD’s data, image and so forth. Before giving your drive permission to write on the CD-Recordable, you should adjust your computer’s write speed to 16x. While the fastest speed option could go up to 52x, it would be best to use the lowest to prevent read errors while ensuring that your CD will have a more consistent data stream.
For best results, it’s very important to use software such as Nero or Toast and make sure you are using Disc-at-once mode. Doing so will allow your disc to have music/ data transferred from the computer all in one sitting. For the most important step, always make sure the CD has been finalized before ejecting.
Labeling is important, however it is recommended to use circular sticky labels or a special CD-R marker pen. If you have a desktop inject printer that allows you the ability to run your CD through for label then do so. Make sure you test you masters before sending the CD off. You want to ensure that compatibility issues are resulted along with any missing files or songs. To decrease any problems that may occur make sure to create and send off 2 copies just in case one CD becomes corrupt or damaged while being transported or in the process of being test by duplication facility.
Once you have gotten everything in order, you will need to ensure that your CDs are in the appropriate package before mailing. Some CDs come with jewel cases, clam shells, DVD case and so forth for protection. Make sure you have access to either before mailing your CDs off to the duplication facility.