You Should Use Professional CD Duplication Services

Written January 23rd, 2014 by
Categories: Disc Manufacturing

Many emerging artist try to duplicate their own CDs trying to reduce costs or wishing to control every aspect of their nascent careers. But rapidly they might realize that printing CDs on your own can generate a huge expense over time. As today’s music market expands into the world Digitial Distribution having your CDs duplicated efficiently should be high priority on your list. Using a professional CD Duplication service has several benefits for your career, here are some of them.

3 benefits of Professional CD Duplication Services:

 

1.  It saves you money. When you start to copy CDs yourself you are not aware how much it will cost you especially if you have to use multiple CDs. CD Duplication services buy their CDs in bulk and pass on the savings to their customers.

3. There is less chance of errors. You may well find when trying to copy CDs yourself errors will occur more than once for many reasons, either because you have used the wrong programs and you have to start the whole process over. When you use a CD Duplication service you don’t have to worry about that.

2. The most important benefit – YOU SAVE TIME. Let’s face it. do you really You may have to spend hours, even days copying your CDs? Think about it, all that time which you could spend writing new songs, rehearsing, having quality time with your family or doing other things. And if you work full time you may find yourself staying up into the early hours trying to make your own copies. When you use a CD Duplication service they do the complete job giving you time to get on with your life stress-free.

Here at CD Depot Stores we have a team of experienced CD Duplication professionals who know how to handle any situation quickly and efficiently. This includes dealing with faulty programs or faulty or damaged CDs. By getting your CDs Duplicated by a professional company you will be provided with an excellent copy in perfect working order.

Digital Distribution: The Golden Age of Music Recording

Written January 16th, 2014 by
Categories: Music Industry

Digital Distribution Tips

 

The Golden Age of Music Recording

Digital Distribution is to the recording industry what “Golden Age of Radio” was to radio in the early days. Our current age has even been called “The New Golden Age” due to the advent of internet radio and other platforms, and the ease by which musicians and publishers can promote and publish their ideas and musical works to the world. But how do you do it? Where do you start? With so many new sales platforms emerging, it is hard to know which ones to use.

Digital Distribution

Here are a few tips for the budding musician or recording artist to take advantage of this new golden age of music recording and effectively distribute your works:

  1. Don’t try to be all to everyone. In other words, don’t try to get on every single platform just because they are there. Instead, focus on one or two which are proven to work. In the old days of record album distribution, you didn’t see musicians all trying to get on every label, did you? The same is true of digital distribution. While it’s true that being on more platforms gets you more coverage, you can cover most of the same ground with one highly effective platform that reaches millions, rather than five that reach only a few.
  2. Consider your budget. Think about how much you can spend and how big you want to go. Think of your music career like a business. Only spend what you can afford at first, then increase marketing efforts as you grow.
  3. Focus on the “big guys.” If you had had a chance in the 1970′s to have been on Arista Records, MCA, or RCA, would you have done it? The same is true today.  You need to go with the big labels, that is, the big online digital distribution channels that know how to move your songs and get people interested.
  4. Make a professional mix. Before you start distributing, make sure you have a great mix. You do that by practicing professional recording techniques, either in your own studio, or by hiring someone who knows what they are doing, and the subtle nuances of professional audio mixing and recording, to accomplish this for you. So, before you start petitioning iTunes and Amazon to sell millions of copies of your mp3, make sure the quality is outstanding.
  5. Network with other musicians. By contacting others who are trying to do the same thing you are, you can build a network of fellow artists who can help promote you on their blog or social media. You may also learn valuable tips that will help you with your music career.
  6. Decide on types of media. You may only want to promote and distribute mp3s, or you may opt to also have CD’s created. While CD’s are on a down slide lately, they are still a popular option. And this allows you to create unique artwork for your “album” and offer a hard copy version to your fans. You just need to decide if you want to make the investment to include hard media.

When working up an effective digital distribution plan, start with a good mix. Decide what your budget is, whether you will house both CD’s and mp3s, or just digital files. Network with others, and find a professional duplication service. When you start trying to promote yourself on a larger scale, you may find your budget increasing. Be ready for this by planning ahead, and asking the advice of the experts.

If you need advice on how to get started in your digital distribution plan, visit us on the web at www.innercatmusic.com or at www.cddepotstores.com We are experts in CD/DVD duplication and distribution. We love to see musicians thrive!

Audio Mixing: The Art of Being Subtle

Written December 12th, 2013 by
Categories: Mastering

 

Audio Mixing is an artwork in and of itself. The subtle mixing of tracks into one integrated work of art to share with the world is not something to do quickly or in a haphazard manner.  If you are working on that perfect audio mix, or trying to master your own CD, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Keep it simple. Just like the saying you have always heard about a number of other things, this applies here also. The more complex you make the production, the harder it is to get it mastered down to a professional mix. So, if you are just starting out and want a song to sound the best, it is advisable to keep it simple at first. This means to limit the tracks to around 4 at first and add effects carefully.
  2. Learn the art of being subtle. By this, we mean not to overdo or distort tracks. Music should be a perfect mix of instrumentals and vocals, integrated together to form a perfect unit. If you overdo a track, it can overpower the vocals, or worse make them irritating to listen to.
  3. Practice ‘mixing down’ different ways. Sometimes practice does make perfect too. Try mixing and mastering different ways, with different tracks more prominent different times, or start with the basic 2 or 3 tracks, then gradually add one track at a time, to find the best combination. Don’t overdo extra instruments. They should enhance, not overpower the melody.
  4. Focus on the song. Think about the mood of the song and the message it is trying to get across. Don’t scream lyrics like “I love you more than life,” if it sounds like you’re angry. Some basic psychology and mood integrated within the song can go a long way toward enhancing the piece.
  5. Make it marketable. Remember the end result is to get it published, produced and out there in the music market. Hopefully, people will like it enough that they will want to purchase it. This is why the mastering process is so important and must be done professionally.

Many people are producing their own work these days on their home computers, laptops, and other stand-alone equipment. That is fine if you are an expert at mixing and mastering. But, if you’re not, that’s where we come in. We have several years experience in mixing and mastering CD’s and other media to perfection, and making a marketable product you will be proud of. Visit us on the web to learn more about the art of audio mixing and mastering.

CD Duplication Services: Choose the Best Provider

Written November 13th, 2013 by
Categories: Disc Manufacturing

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If you are ready to shop for CD Duplication Services to mass produce your prized CD, how can you know you are getting the most professional result possible? Anyone can produce and duplicate media, but what should you look for when trying to find a professional service? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to make sure you are hiring the best:

Choosing a CD Duplication Provider

 

1) Do they offer multiple services? When searching for the best company for your CD duplication services, you want a company that can do more than just CD duplication. Look for a company who is also well-versed in the various digital formats and how to market several ways. It is always the wise artist who finds a multiple service providers, so you can house all of your music marketing needs under one roof.

2) Do they publish on multiple formats? Choose a company that offers to publish on multiple formats, especially the ones that are the most important, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify, to name a few. In today’s mobile market, it is important to go where the people are and since they come from multiple channels or formats, you have to be on all the important ones.

3) Do they offer copyright protection and advice? Choose a company which understands copyright law and strives to protect your rights to your intellectual work. The more you know about the changing laws, the more you will be able to protect yourself, and your intellectual property.

4) Are they affiliated with professional music associations? Equally important to copyright issues are affiliations with BMI and ASCAP, to name a few. Organizations covered by these universal music associations will have access to more information and protections than those that are not. Trust your CD duplication services to a company which knows the laws and has these organizations behind them.

5) Do they have your best interests at heart? Knowing that your CD duplication service wants you to succeed is perhaps the most important aspect of all. If they believe in your project, they can help you with additional aspects of marketing, beside duplication services, if you need them.

You can choose any duplication service for your CD duplication needs, or find a company that offers multiple services and consider it like your marketing headquarters for your work. It is sometimes best to find a multiple service provider who does a number of other things, and acts like an agent for your work, as well as protecting your copyright interests, and other issues. Locating services for your prized musical works under one roof is probably the best, most reliable means to feeling secure in knowing your music is in the best hands possible, and will help you along the road to success, rather than just burn a few CD’s for you.