How to Prepare Your Master For CD Duplication

When your CD master arrives at the duplication facility any problems identifying or reading it can seriously affect project delivery Major Business News deadlines. To ensure the duplication process runs smoothly follow this checklist to correctly prepare your master CD:
1. Start by using a good quality CD-Recordable. Discs from brands such as Sony, Taiyo Yuden, JVC and Maxell will produce good and stable masters. Manufacturers of cheaper discs tend to cut corners, making thinner discs with lower reflectivity – just hold them up to a light and you can see right through them!
2. If using a laptop computer to burn your master, make sure it is powered from the mains and not the battery as the speed of the drive can fluctuate during writing causing problems later when the disc is being read.
3. Although drives can write up to 52X do not use the highest speed but reduce it to around 16X. This will ensure the disc is written with a more consistent data stream reducing the possibility of read errors later.
4. Never use ‘packet writing’ software – such as InCD or DirectCD – to create your master CD as the duplication process can have difficulty reading and verifying discs written this way.
5. When burning your CD master using standard software such as Nero or Toast, use the ‘Disc-at-Once’ mode so all the data/music Bbc Sport Instagram is transferred to the disc in one go. And make sure the disc is finalised (closed or fixated) before ejecting.
6. It is always a good idea to send 2 copies of your CD master to the manufacturing facility. This can save vital time if there are problems reading one of the discs.
7. Do not forget to label the discs clearly with your artist/company name, title and date. If possible use printed, circular sticky labels, but if you have to write directly on the disc surface make sure you use a special CD-R marker pen. (Or run them through your desktop inkjet printer if you have the option.)
8. Test your masters thoroughly on different players/computers to check for compatibility issues and missing files or tracks. Be warned, most duplication facilities do not have the resources to check every master and will just copy what you send them.
9. Lastly, before mailing them out, place your masters into some kind of CD packaging for protection (e.g. PVC wallet, jewel case, clam shell, DVD case), making sure you handle the disc by its edges, keeping your fingers away from the data side of the CD.
Following these preparation tips will mean your duplication facility will receive a high quality CD master they can work with straight away, ensuring that your delivery deadline will be met, and that you will receive the product you expect.

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