When you need to make copies of compact discs, quantity and rates are often something most people worry about, because they believe it to be a really expensive process, when it’s really not. The quantity you require and the process of it are some of the most important things to consider, that’s why here at VCM we want to clarify the process of how compact discs get duplicated, and that way you can have a clear idea of this useful process.
Understanding what is the process of how compact discs get duplicated, is important in determining what is best for your project. If you need to make copies of your discs, then you should consider compact disc duplication because of the short turn-times, there are no minimum order requirements, and prices are very competitive.
What is CD duplication?
The process of duplication is somewhat similar to burning a disc on your personal computer. The unit extracts data from the master copy and writes it into a blank disc. CD duplication involves burning standard or special shape CD-R. The ‘R’ stands for ‘Recordable’. After all the data has been written, the information is verified with the master, and the process is complete.
Some of the advantages of this process are that it’s ideal for small print runs, it allows for full-colour printing and the turnaround times are really quick, only a couple of days or even hours. Professional companies use high-quality CD duplicators that can process large numbers of copies of all sizes, quickly and efficiently.
If you require so, the discs can be applied with photo-glossy labels that have been printed in a high-quality laser printer. The laser print process is smudge-proof and allows full-colour printing, suitable for photographs or complex gradients.
Another advantage of duplicated CDs is that they can be supplied printed, but blank, for you to burn your own content onto in a standard drive. This is often useful if you are sending out individual client files, or if the information that you need to put on the discs is constantly changing.
Another main type of discs production is known as replication, which involves pressing the discs from a glass master. This process is used for higher volume discs and multiple layers recording. There are some important differences between the two processes, so it is useful to know if you need one or the other.
Costs associated with CD duplication
The process of producing copies of your disc has a direct cost that is basically the blank discs used for making the duplicates. Accessories like sleeves, cases, special label prints can also increase the final cost.
There are some other factors affecting costs. Economy of scale plays an important role and unit cost is much lower for larger orders. On the other hand, urgency can increase costs, since orders processed with top priority tend to cost a little more. There are also some indirect costs associated with the equipment maintenance and renovation, and of course the salaries of the experienced personnel in charge of the process.
It’s very difficult to give an accurate price without knowing the specifics of your project. But here is a rough approach of what you can expect to pay per each one of your duplicates. Keep in mind that if you want accessories like sleeves or cases prices will be slightly higher.
- 1,000 or more discs: $1.00 to $1.60.
- 500-999: $1.30 to $1.80.
- 50-99: $2.50 to $3.
- 1-24: $4 to $5.
At the end of the day, the best way to determine the cost of your project is to contact the professionals in Toronto and ask for a quote. Duplication is a simple and fast process that can help you produce the media material you need in no time. At VCM Interactive we are always willing to answer any questions you may have and guide you to get the best results on your project. Feel free to contact us with any inquiries!