Any recommendations on the best place to get a few hundred CDs (with covers) duplicated? Prices and turn-around time would be very useful.
i havent a clue check towards the back of NME there should be something there
that would be a handy FAQ...
well, not duplitape, there's a good start...
there's a place in bangor (www.musicshop.to, i think, can't really remember) who seem to have decent prices, but apparently are in league with satan or sthg... look in the back of "making music", which is free in marcus, there are loads of adverts there with competetive pricing.
Funny you should ask that. I've been asking about this morning and I hear Trend Studios have an excellent rate.
Check [url]http://www.trendstudios.com[/url] and ask for a quote.
its *is* in the FAQ if you have a look !
TREND in dublin are very good, but are also very expensive. Don't even think of going near Duplitape in Belfast as they are a complete joke.
Music Media Manufacturers UK Ltd in London are great, their number as with many others are all in Making Music magazine, which as Niall said is free from marcus.
Just spoke to Trend and they do seem highly professional, so they're ahead at the moment.
print specs were a bit scary tho :-O
i made the artwork for our first 2 demos (we're doing 2 at once) in the last few days
and it just will not print well at all :-(
It would probably be better done in Quark as opposed to a graphics package. Its built for DTP etc and everything will generally come out better... the printers will probably thank you for it as well.
If you can't use Quark, the preferred PC format that printers ask for is TIFF. It a lot larger than JPEG's (eg our last CD artwork came to 27 meg) but is better at accurately using CMYK colours.
Oh, no, no....... try not to use formats like TIFF or JPEG with anything that has type on it. Firstly, photo editing programmes do really rubbish typesetting because that's not really what they're designed for. Secondly, your type will go all fuzzy at the edges. You best bet is to use QuarkXpress, Adobe Illustrator, Freehand or CorelDraw - all of which use Postscript to render the type. Also, TIFF don't 'handle' CMYK colours better than JPEGs. Whoever told you that?
aye, what Koyo says. Although you could further simplify (read: overcomplicate) by sending the printers an EPS or PDF of your Quark/Illus/etc document. If you're sending it electronically, PDFs can help to compress the overall filesize without the drastic quality problems of JPEG formats. Nowt wrong with a zip disk or CD tho.
I'm guessing BEV is referring to the lossless/lossy compression thang, where all your nicely balanced curves 'n' levels get fu*ked out the window by excessive JPEG squashing? Edited by: fastfude at: 3/1/02 9:02:31 pm
Well, if you JPEG your image that much, you'll probably notice that it looks like i's spent 10 minutes in a deep fat fryer before you notice any (slight) changes in the tonal balance. i don't think that's really an issue for demo covers, mind you.
I think pre-press people are still a bit scared of PDFs - Mac-based Quark with elements from Freehand, Illustrator and Photoshop is still the safest way to go for professional looking artwork.
To get back on topic, EMS in Bangor are *really* good for CD duplication - they're cheap (especially if you get bog standard thermal on-body printing) and they turn stuff around really quickly.
We do all our own CD's, copy em in CD-Rs and print off the demo covers. Of course it means u gotta spend hours cutting out inlay cards and that but its more Rock N ROll to do it DIY!
Reminds me...gimme one of yours for my collection, Jon.
I didn't get one ever.
Aye, but we've done the whole DIY CD-R thing twice now and it all just ends up too.....*bitty* or something. As we're kind of on the verge of giving our new material a proper push (or attempting to anyway) we think it'll be easier if that hassle (duplication, stickers, printing etc) is taken out of our hands and we've got a nice big box of professionally produced CDs sitting there ready to go, leaving us free to concentrate on the multitude of other things that need to be done.
Also, with the best will in the world, CD-Rs are NOT 100% reliable, no matter how good the quality. And the application of labels to 'em is horribly fiddly work if you're to do it in such a way that it doesn't stop the bloody thing playing.
We've had CD-Rs fail live on the radio - and they'd been 'tested' (ie: played on a stereo) before being sent off. Not good. The idea of one failing in an A&R department's player (given the time and effort involved in getting A&R people to put it on in the first place) is pretty ghastly to contemplate. Edited by: chris slipgate at: 3/2/02 3:38:31 pm
one's on its way eamo, I've been planning to send ya one for ages