CD/DVD Duplication FAQ's


What is CD Duplication?

Duplication is the process of recording or "burning" onto blank CD or blank DVD discs. This process is very similar to burning discs on your computer CD or DVD drive, just on a much larger scale. In Duplication, multi-disc duplicators are used to simultaneously burn several discs at once.

What is the difference between duplication and replication?

There are two ways to make a copy of a CD or DVD. Information can be burned on to a blank CD/DVD-R; this method is called duplication. Information can also added during the CD/DVD manufacturing process; this method is referred to as replication.

How are CD’s “burned”?

The write laser moves in exactly the same way as the read laser: It moves outward while the disc spins. The bottom plastic layer has grooves pre-pressed into it, to guide the laser along the correct path. By calibrating the rate of spin with the movement of the laser assembly, the burner keeps the laser running along the track at a constant rate of speed. To record the data, the burner simply turns the laser writer on and off in synch with the pattern of 1s and 0s. The laser darkens the material to encode a 0 and leaves it translucent to encode a 1.

Does I.BSound Pro print on the discs?

Yes. We offer thermal full color and black label printing.

What is thermal printing?

Thermal printing (or direct thermal printing) is a digital printing process which produces a printed image by selectively heating coated thermochromic paper, orthermal paper as it is commonly known, when the paper passes over the thermal print head. A thermal print-head applies heat to the ribbon, which in turn melts ink on to the label surface to create the printed image. The ink is absorbed into the label material. Thermal Transfer printing provides a very high print quality and durability when compared to other types of printing technologies.

What is inkjet printing?

Inkjet printing is a type of computer printing that recreates a digital image by propelling droplets of ink onto paper, plastic, or other substrates.

Is inkjet printing cheaper?

No. Inkjet printing is more expensive, less durable and prints a lower quality image.

How many songs can a CD hold?

Blank CD’s can hold 80 minutes of music or 700 MB.

How much video can a DVD hold?

The amount of video a DVD+RW or DVD+R disc can hold depends on the quality at which you record. For optimal video and audio quality, choose 60 minutes. For very good quality, choose 120 minutes. And for good quality, select 180 minutes.

What are your prices for CD/DVD duplication?

Our prices can be found here.

What kind of disc packaging do you offer?

We offer standard jewel cases, slim jewel cases, standard DVD cases, slim DVD cases, paper sleeves, plastic sleeves, disc jackets, and multi-disc cases. Any other package can be custom ordered to suit your needs.

What if I need artwork?

Our team of graphic designers will work with you to design artwork that fully expresses your vision.

What about UPC codes?

We can get you a UPC code for each of your products.

How can I get my files to you?

CD/DVD masters can be dropped off or mailed to: 42 Southbridge St. Worcester, MA 01608. We can also provide a link for you to upload your files to our ftp site.

What formats do you accept?

.wav, .mp3, .aiff, .avi, .mp4, .3pg, .mov, .wmv, .mpeg, .png, .jpg, .bmp. gif, .pdf, .psd, .svg, .tiff

What is Gracenote?

Gracenote, formerly CDDB, is a company that maintains and licenses an Internet-accessible database containing information about the contents of audio compact discs and vinyl records.

How can I get my music on Gracenote?

Because we are an official Gracenote partner, every time you submit a project for duplication, we automatically submit it to Gracenote for you.

What is your turnaround time?

Our standard turnaround time is 5-10 business days. We also offer rush productions options viewable here.

Where do you all ship?

We ship to anywhere UPS and USPS will deliver.

Are the use of CD’s becoming extinct?

Not at all. CD’s are still a big part of the music industry, especially for up and coming artist. Click here to read about a few reasons we believe CD’s won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.