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CD Manufacturing: Things to Prepare Before Calling Your CD Manufacturing Company

Whether this is your first or fourth time to visit a CD manufacturing company, there are some things that you should know and think about to make everything smoother and faster. You do not want to spend a lot of time with the CD manufacturing guys because you simply have other things to do. After being busy for months recording music, touring, and doing marketing things for your band, you need to catch up with the other aspects of your life aside from music.

Here are some things that needs to be taken care of  before you talk to your CD Manufacturing company.

A good (perfect) master. It is not your CD manufacturing company’s responsibility to make sure your master is seamless. Check if your master has perfect sound quality, make sure everything is leveled and consistent-you do not want to hear sudden highs or lows in the volume. You should also make sure that the spaces between songs are consistent. Check everything that has to be checked before you hand it to your CD manufacturing house.

The number of CDs you want reproduced. You should be definite of the number of CDs you want manufactured so your CD Manufacturing company could give you a good advice in which service suits your project best. If you are only planning to reproduce less than 10,000 copies, then CD duplication is the best option for you. If you want to reproduce more than 10,000, then it is best that you have your CD replicated because it saves you a few dollars and the sound quality is sharper.

Your budget. You have to be sure how much you are willing to spend for your album so the CD manufacturing company would know how to help you find the perfect solution to achieve what you want for your CD with a certain budget. If you are definite of the amount you are willing to spend, then the CD manufacturing company would adjust and give you options. For example, if you originally have an elaborate CD packaging and it would not fit your budget, then you might have to make some small changes. They may also suggest that you use white or lighter colors instead of dark ones as dark colors require more ink. CD Manufacturing companies have a team of designers and experts that might help you tweak your designs without compromising the whole concept.

Your artwork. Most of the delays are caused by the album artwork. Check each corner and each letter five times before you submit it to your CD manufacturing company. Check the grammar, the spelling, and the thank-yous because you do not want to call them in the middle of production to add another person in your thank-you list. Once you give the CD manufacturing company a go signal for reproduction, it would be reproduced exactly as it is.

If you come to your CD manufacturing company prepared, there would be less headaches for you and the CD manufacturing guys.  This would give you more time for other important things in life.


Unified Manufacturing is an L.A. -based one-stop-shop that offers very affordable CD/DVD/USB replication, custom printing, promotional products, warehousing and fulfillment and many more. If you need an Instant Quote on a project and you want FREE SHIPPING, simply CLICK HERE.

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