CD Duplication Or CD Replication?
A typical situation. Your band has been putting lots of energy into your
craft and punters are starting to talk about the band. The band has played
a few shows and everyone that comes to watch the band perform is asking
for a CD. Once upon a time a band would go play some shows and establish
a following and then someone would see the band and sign you up a record
deal. The record company would take care of everything for the band. They'd
set up the recording studio for the band, organize the artwork for the band,
and then pay for it all to get manufactured. Well how things have changed.
These days technology is readily available for any budding musician to record, create, and duplicate CDs all from the bands bedroom. CD prices have dropped so much so that its possible to record a CD in your bedroom send it to a pressing company and before you know it you've got a world class CD ready to be placed on a Shelf for purchase.
If your band is ready to start selling your CD your best option is to make a retail-ready CD and have it replicated. So exactly what is a retail ready CD? Well a retail ready CD is the same CD you will find in music stores by major label artists. The CDs have great artwork presentation on CD inserts with a nice tray card insert, silk screened art on the CD and they are usually shrink-wrapped.
Retail-ready CDs are not duplicated but Replicated. What this means is that an exact replica of your CD master has been stamped out on all of the CDs. Replication is important to consider if you are serious about selling your music for profit. Most music stores will not even consider selling duplicated CDs. It is illegal to sell or profit from duplicating copy written material. If you tried to sell CDs that have been duplicated to a retail store you’ll more than likely get turned down. How are they to know that it is really your band? One of the best anti-piracy practices that CD manufacturing plants have instituted is the verification of copyright and ownership through a International Property Rights Form. Filling out an I.P.R. form ensures the CD Replication plant that they are not infringing on anyone’s copyright.
Whether you choose CD Replication or CD Duplication, you’ll need to do some research. There are plenty of resources available for CD Duplication and you probably own everything you need. It is up to you and your band to decide which option is better depending on what level you see your band on. Are you a band that plays parties or small clubs, or is your band seasoned and touring? There are benefits to both. Find a local CD manufacturer in your area and ask for their recommendation. Most CD manufacturers also offer quick turn high quality CD Duplication with printing on the CDs. Keep rockin’!
Contact one of our friendly professional staff at Perth Professional
Entertainment Services for assistance with your next entertainment booking
on 08 9382 1894.