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We know how to get finished products to you quickly and can often turn a new job in 24-72 hours. If you are really in a hurry, got an opportunity tonight, get in touch and we will do what we can to make it happen! If you are reordering more of something we have done in the past, the pre-work steps do not need to be repeated, so 24 hour turn-around is possible.

The general process involves:

  1. A master or tracks of the material to be duplicated. This can be a physical disc, track files, or a set of DDP files.
  2. Printable artwork for the disc packaging. Depending how much there is to say, the disc may standalone in a clear jewel case, have a printed front insert with 2,4,6, or 8 panels of printing, a single or double sided tray card, or a complete booklet of printed information. We normally "proof print" so you can see exactly what you will be receiving.
  3. Duplicating and imprinting. We proof the exact same disc that you will getting in volume. There are several color printing modes that can change how the CDs will look and different media ranging from white to silver iridescent to special "vinyl record look" discs.
  4. Packaging takes the disc(s) and makes them ready for delivery to your listeners. This is one of the most time consuming steps, but often CD buying decisions are influenced by how the packaging looks.

All along the way we available to consult and help you understand the choices so you will be happy with the final result.

There a several starting points for a master depending on what you already have. You may have:

An existing CD or DVD previously produced.
A master of your work or project from a mastering facility.
Raw assets (music tracks, video footage, or data files).

Regardless of how the master eventually comes into being, you should be sure you are happy with the way the music sounds or video looks. A good master is vital!

We can rework the master after making a DDP set of files to add CD-Text, ISRC's, modify the inter-track timing, and other non-content affecting changes.

Printable art work is often designed in graphics programs or scanned from an original sketch or painting. Information such as the disc and song titles are added along with information that helps the audience "get" your music or video. We normally "proof print" so you can see exactly what you will be receiving. Printing is one of the processes that the more you make, the less it costs per print. We advise to print as much as you will use in 5-7 years and will work with you to understand how much to print. Extra printed material can be stored off-site in our climate controlled facility.

Disc duplicating and imprinting are typically done at the same time. This step produces the exact same item that you will be receiving in volume. There are subtle color choice and media choices that we will advise you on, but this is probably the first time that your disc artwork is being printed on the media that will be sold. There are four print modes and three media styles that we use regularly. Samples will be produced based on the imprint and what the "look" that you are trying to achieve.

Packaging has many choices and decisions that affect pricing and what you can do to influence people to acquire your disc(s). Proof prints are used to produce low volume samples of the finished product.


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