CD duplication is where standard or
special shape CD-Rs are burnt with a laser in normal
CD or DVD writer drives. The '-R' after the format type
stands for 'Recordable' (As opposed to CD
replication which are
referred to as CD ROM where the 'ROM' stands for 'Read-Only
Memory' as these discs cannot be burnt at all and are 'pressed'
at the time of manufacture).
For CD duplication we use robotic
CD duplicators that can process large numbers of CDs
of all sizes quickly and efficiently. This type of production
is ideal for smaller print runs of 1000 discs or less,
or where the discs are required very quickly. These discs
are typically applied with photo-glossy labels that have
been printed in a very high quality laser printer. The
laser print process is smudge-proof and allows full colour
printing that is suitable for photographs or complex
An advantage of duplicated discs
is that we can supply them printed, but blank, for you
to burn your own content onto in a standard CD-RW or
DVD-RW drive. This can be useful if you are sending
out individual client files, or if the information that
you need to put on the discs is constantly varying.
The other main type
of CD and DVD production is referred to as CD
replication which involves pressing the
discs from a glass
master. This process is used for higher
volume discs, resulting in much lower unit costs for
larger orders of 1000 discs or more.