How Does CD Duplication Differ from CD Replication?
Many people get CD duplication mixed up with CD replication. If you are one of the many individuals who does not know how the two differ then this article is for you. Hopefully once you read through this you will be able to easily distinguish the difference, which should help you to make the correct choice for the project you are working on.
CD duplication refers to burning CDs. You probably have a CD burner built into your laptop if you own a later model that is. Duplication allows you to make a copy of a CD right on your own computer. CD replication on the other hand refers to CDs which are pressed. In this manufacturing process a stamper is used that literally presses the content or data into the disc. Thousands of CDs can be replicated this way and very quickly. There are not many times that the average individual or company for matter needs CD replication done. Replicating CDs by the thousands is normally reserved for very large corporations that are making and sending out thousands and thousands of CDs to their current and potential customers. All of the commercially made CDs that you buy in stores featuring your favorite artists have been replicated and not duplicated.
Duplicating CDs for your own personal use is cheap and convenient, which makes it the ideal choice for low-run needs. If you do not have a laptop with a built-in CD burner you can purchase a burner for less than $ 50 from most any electronics or computer store. You also can purchase and download CD burner software online for about the same price.
CD replication can be used by an individual (as opposed to a company) in some instances. For example, if you have mastered a CD of your own original music and are interested in making 500 or so copies to send out to radio stations and talent scouts, replication will be cheaper in the long run and will ensure that the copies are high quality and reliable. Companies offering CD replication services will even include label art and packaging to make your CDs look very professional. With replication, the larger the order placed, the cheaper each CD is. Generally speaking you can expect to pay around $ 2 per CD if you order around 300 but if you were to order 1000, the price will drop below $ 1 apiece. For even larger orders the cost-per-CD will drop even more.
As you can see there is a clear difference between the two methods. Duplicating CDs is what you do at home using your personal computer and replicating is done by companies that create thousands of CDs using a master CD. If your next project only requires a few copies, then by all means do the job yourself from home. However, if you are in the middle of a large project and will be needing multiple copies of the same material on CD for distribution, then look for a reputable company that offers CD replication services.