CD replication creates copies of your data by stamping them into the CD itself. As opposed to burning, a CD is manufactured from the raw materials and the data is added in the process to create an exact copy of your master data. Recording artists and record labels are two of the biggest clients of CD replicating companies. Millions of music CDs are sold all over the world and CD replication makes these high quality CD products possible. The replication process ensures consistency in the final product so you can expect to get the same high quality data that is provided by your master CD.
- Make a high quality master CD. The final product will only be as good as the final data you provide. So a high quality master CD will yield an equally high quality replication. If the master CD contains skips and drop outs the final product will contain the same defects so make sure you provide your data in the exact form you want to present. The final data must be contained on a high quality CD to avoid damaged of corrupted data. Always look for and use the best brand CD that the market has to offer, you can ask the CD replication company for recommendations.
- Create the glass master. A glass master will be made from the master CD; this will be the master stamp that embeds the data on the CDs. A smooth circular glass is created and treated with photoresistent light sensitive chemicals, and then baked to harden. It then goes through a metalisation process wherein it is coated with nickel vapor. The negative master is then created in the process which will make the pits and grooves on the membranes of the final product. The whole process must be done in an extremely clean environment as dust particles can compromise the quality of the CD glass master.
- Use high quality materials. Only high quality materials are to be used in the replication process. High quality polycarbonate pellets are melted, molded and stamped with your data. If low quality materials are used in the replication process from start to finish, you will then get an equally low quality output.
- Design quality graphics. The graphics you decide on placing on your CDs will represent the whole product. Since nothing will be seen or heard from the final product until the data is executed, you will want the product to have a visual representation of the data embedded on the CD. The graphic designs will be screen printed onto the CD and will contain the label, contents, and additional information about the final product.
Using high quality materials and processes from start to finish will create high quality results.