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CD Replication or CD Duplication?

If you’re looking to make copies of your newly recorded album, your home video, or any other sort of recording or media and have wondered what the difference between replication and duplication is, here is a quick rundown so you can pick which option is ideal for you.

CD Replication

This is the method that professionals use – the kind of stuff you buy in stores from large labels and artists.  CD replication starts by making a glass mold of the original recording.  Then replications – or exact copies – are molded from that cast, resulting in the highest-quality replications of your original recording.

The advantages of CD replication include professional-quality, accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and bulk orders.  Printers typically offer silk-screened printing, allowing for a highly professional appearance.  The larger the order, the cheaper each CD  is.  CD  replication is the way to go if you want to sell large quantities of professional CD or if you are sending promotional samples of your work to radio stations or labels.

CD Duplication

CD duplication is basically what you can do from home.  Data is burned onto blank CD by a computer program, and that is that.  Quality is still high and the final project is perfectly suitable for most uses – although these CD are not quite as “perfect” as copies made by replication.

Professional services can get the job more done quickly, create higher quantities at a greater speed, and occasionally offer on-disk printing services.  If you have smaller runs and are not as particular about your CD being 100% professional quality, CD duplication is probably the best and most cost-effective way to go.

If you still have questions or are interested in one of these services, give our experienced staff a call at 1-888-756-8890.