CD Creation & Duplication


After your tracks are mixed and mastered, your Fountain Square House audio professionals can help you determine the best method for the creation of your final product.

Disk Duplication/Replication Explained

There are generally two methods for creating disk copies – duplication and replication.

Duplication - Duplication refers to burning an image to a disk coated with a photo sensitive surface (a CDR or DVR). This type of disk is easy to create and ideal for small jobs such as 500 discs or less. Inserts for jewel cases usually have to be put in place by hand, and there is generally no shrink wrapping unless done by hand, as well. The drawback to releasing this type of product is that discs are coated with a photographic compound, an organic substance, that gradually decomposes. Most CDR & DVR manufacturers seem to claim a life expectancy of no more than 10 years if the disks are stored in ideal conditions. In practice, we've found these discs can last much longer if properly cared for. But leaving them in hot vehicles or laying them loosely with other discs or objects can destroy them relatively easily.

Replication - Replication is a process involving the creation of a glass master which is used to create a mold for replicating discs on a manufacturing line. The glass master is produced from a mastered audio (or video) file supplied by the recording studio or mastering facility. The primary expense with replication is the up front set-up fees. Once the mold is created, the graphics cameras are set up, and the "start" button is pressed for replication, everything is automated. CDs and DVDs are stamped from plastic blanks, the graphic materials are printed onto the discs and inserts, the product is assembled and shrink-wrapped, all in an automated process. Disc replication takes much less time and is much cheaper than duplication for runs of more than 500 discs. Another advantage to replication is the discs last much longer. The information on each disc is literally stamped into the plastic rather than burned into a photographic film as it is with CDRs and DVRs. The life expectancy is therefore much longer, and replicated discs are more difficult to deface. These are the types of discs you purchase from commercial shelves.

Packaging Options

There are many disc packaging options; too many to discuss on this web page. The professionals at Fountain Square House recording studio can help you understand your disc packaging options when you are ready. The actual CDs and DVDs also come in many shapes and sizes, and you may choose anything from "business card" shaped discs (which hold about 5 minutes of audio or video) to full-sized CDs or DVDs.