Resources - Creating Your CD Master
The CD Master you supply to us is deemed to
be in final form. This means you have
checked your Master thoroughly and confirm
it is ready-to-manufacture exactly as
prefer receiving your Master content on disc because
it gives you the ability to review the disc
thoroughly and ensure that it performs exactly as
intended. Think of it as an actual 'proof' you need
to approve for production use.
When you supply your Master content on disc we
warrant that our duplicated or replicated
copies will match the content of the disc you have
you are having CDs manufactured please submit
your content on CDR (not DVDR).
use high-quality brand name blank media. Going
with a cheap 'no name' brand isn't worth it.
Clearly identify your Master Disc copies with
your Order Number.
not supply other files (such as artwork) on your
Master copies unless you really want them on the
your Master and copies at the slowest possible
speed to ensure the best image is being made on
us two copies of your Master. If one copy fails
we can immediately use the second copy.
Never send your originals - just send us copies.
It is your responsibility to keep your originals
for safe-keeping and your own back-up purposes.
discs we produce will be exact clones of the
Master copy you supply to us, so make sure you
review your Master copies from beginning to end
to make sure the content and meta-data perform/displays exactly as required.
reasonably good disc copying software program (we
recommend using Nero or Toast) should ask you what
type of disc you're trying to make (CD or DVD, and
whether you're formatting for music or data or
video) so be sure you check the various default
settings before you create your Master and copies.
you are creating a Music CD it must be formatted
as an Audio/Music CD... not as a CDROM (which is
you're preparing to burn your Master and copies
you must ensure that it is as a "closed session"
or a "finalized" disc
(aka: disc-at-once). Do not supply an "open
session" disc as a Master as that will lead to
problems when we try to make the glass master
and replication stamper from it.
format: .AIF or .WAV
per sample, per channel: 16
Sample rate: 44.1Khz
Channels: 2 (stereo)
Maximum audio duration for replication is 74
you create your Audio Master, the disc must be
formatted as an Audio/Music disc... not as a
Test Your Master
We do not review the Master content you provide to
us. Why? Your Master copies are deemed to have been
supplied to us in final form, which means you have
reviewed the content and meta-data thoroughly and confirm
to manufacture as supplied without the requirement
is very important that you review to your Master
and copies from beginning to end - all the way
through - to ensure they are formatted correctly
and that they perform EXACTLY as intended with
no errors, skips, pops, fade-outs, etc.
you are including meta-data such as CD Text and
ISRC Codes, please ensure it displays correctly.
sure to test your Master and copies on different
play back units, both old and new, to make
sure it does play back.
you are creating a music/audio Master make sure you
also test it on a traditional stereo (such as a
car stereo) to
ensure your formatting is correct.
Remember: The discs you are getting manufactured
will be exact clones of the Master copies you
provide to us, so if there is a problem on your
Master it will be transferred to the finished
It's possible for you to add "CD Text" to your
Master so that your Artist Name and Song Title
information can be displayed on the play-back
devices that support CD Text.
CD burning programs such as Nero and Toast allow you
to enter in your Name and Song Title information and
add it to the information being burned onto your
Important: Many computer-based applications
such as iTunes and Windows Media do not read CD
Text. Those types of applications generally get that
information from online databases (such as Gracenote)
which you can submit your track information to
Having said that, be aware that different software
applications may use different online databases, so
you may have to enter your CD information into more
than one database for the broadest possible
Please make sure you package your Master Copies
appropriately to protect them during transit to us -
this is especially important if you are using a
courier service or postal mail.
We recommend you place each Master Copy disc in its
own Jewel Case or DVD case and then ship the cases
in a bubble-wrap mailer.