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CD Pressing

 
If you need to press CDs, Replicat, Australia, can provide a full range of manufacturing options – including standard 120mm CDs and 80mm mini disc CDs. We can press CDs suitable for audio, VCD Video, CD-Rom and hybrid (mixed mode audio and ROM application) titles and you simply need to provide us with a master disc on CD-R and the artwork files for disc face printing. We also distribute within Australia and across the world.
 
If you require a project quote for CD pressing and packaging, we have dedicated sections in our instant quote and product gallery. Select a pack, choose your disc type and enter your project details to receive an immediate project estimate and artwork specifications via email.
 
Some other terms for CD pressing include: CD Replication, CD manufacture, CD production and discs made from glass master. These terms all relate to the same process: creating a glass master and stamper, pressing (or more accurately injection moulding) the discs from that stamper and offset or screen-printing the discs.
 
General Information on CD Pressing
 
For more information on CD Pressing, we have a detailed description of the pressing & manufacturing process in our Technical Library and General Information section and see our separate section CD Replication and Packaging for a full description of these options.  
 
CD production (pressing, replication) is very different to short run CD Duplication. CD Duplication simply involves burning data onto blank CD-R or CD+R media. This CD duplication process may be appropriate when creating back-ups discs at home, or running off a few copies for your friends and family, but we don’t recommend CD Duplication if you are intending to sell the discs, or distribute them in a commercial environment.
 
Why? Well blank media is not as reliable as replicated media. You’ve probably experienced this yourself when burning discs at home. Sometimes they don’t burn correctly due to an old or faulty laser in the CD writer. Sometimes the actual format of the disc is incorrect, and because you can copy virtually any data to blank CD-R, there are no independent checks to confirm that your data conforms to industry format standards for playback in a standard audio CD player.
 
When pressing CDs (i.e. replicating them from a glass master), there are two key advantages: (i) the replication plant undertakes a variety of quantitative checks to confirm that the disc complies with industry format standards (very important if you are creating an audio CD for playback in set-top CD players, and (ii) the discs are manufactured to far higher readability standards to ensure that they play on virtually any player.
 
Blank media on the other hand may be created with non standard audio formats that can only be played on a computer or MP3 player, but not a standard CD player. The media itself may also have an unacceptably high level of surface defects, rendering the disc unplayable in certain players.
 
Please note that Replicat, Australia does not recommend or supply shaped discs such as business card discs or custom shapes. While these designs are technically sound, there is nothing to prevent users from placing the discs in front load players typically found in car stereos and old Apple Mac computers. The discs can jam in these players resulting in inconvenience and even damage.
 
Disc replication is the manufacturing technique used for all Hollywood DVD movies and commercial CD releases, and, as our name suggests, that’s what Replicat specialises in.