For most musicians, delivering the music at the right time is a must. Delays and issues can affect the musician’s reputation and make their fans disappointed. If not confident, look for people who can check your content and help you to spot possible problems and sorted before submitting it to CD duplication firms. Below are the top 3 causes of delay in CD duplication:
1) Master Format Issues
If you have an idea mastering all the content by yourself for the reason of saving money then think again. One issue is that many musicians are mastering CD’s on their own to save few bucks and have to do from the start since their master is not in the proper format or with quality issues. Doing everything all over and correcting problems with your master can costs can bring hassle and costs you more. CD duplication firms will definitely charge your for modification and the speed of production will get affected. To avoid these cases you should outsource of pass the project to the professionals.
Mastering professional’s job is to make sure that your audio is in proper format and right meta-data.
2) Graphic Design Issues
Commonly, many musicians go indie. They prefer to do it by themselves particularly their album cover. Doing this is good, but if not done correctly then this might cause delays. Since there are different size and format of commercial CDs, always get prepared for some modification. Hire or asked someone who is experienced in CD artwork or knowledgeable on print designs. At first it may look easy since this involves copying and pasting images from the template, but there are conditions that needs to follow. There are certain rules about creativity. If you don’t have enough time, then you must seek help from professional designers.
3) Communication Issues
CD duplication could be a very easy thing but you need to communicate with people in the process, especially your band mates, graphic designer, CD duplication firm, courier service, and manager for updates and if there are some issues. A change in your music album can take for less than 5 minutes but it takes days before approval of your band or producer. After approval you need to update the CD duplication firm and tell them to apply all the changes. If there are revisions, it is important that you contact the duplication firm as soon as possible to avoid any delays and hassles.
Adding these tasks on your checklist can definitely save your time, money, and effort. It is hassle free if you want to do CD duplication with all possible problems solved. Aside from the issues mentioned in this post, if you want to improve or add issues on this post, leave your comments below.
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JV White is a blogger, web enthusiast, and marketing consultant for We Print Discs and American Recordable Media. He writes exciting tips and guides about CD duplication, replication and printing for musicians, businessman, doctors, and other professionals. If you’d like to connect him, follow him on Twitter @jvwhite1980