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Frequently Asked Questions about Production Packages

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Why do some Packages include CD Duplication while others don't?

Some of our packages are for artists or bands who will be only distributing digital copies of their music so we don't include CD Duplication with those packages, though it can be added for an extra charge. It's also possible to purchase the packages that usually include CD Duplication and choose to decline the CD copies but still receive cover art graphics and digital distribution as part of the package, which may be all you need for your project. Be sure to read the full list of what's included with each package or contact us for more details.

What is the difference between duplication and replication?

While often used interchangeably, there is a technicaldifference between the two methods. Duplication generally refers to methods involving burning to a CD-R that has dye that reacts to the laser in the burning system. Replication typically means that a cutting "master" (not the same as "mastered" audio tracks) is made from an original audio source and then used to stamp out copies of itself into a reflective metal plate, such as aluminum, which is then covered with the plastic layers that make up a standard CD.

Crazy Daisy Productions offers short-run CD duplication done in-house for your initial set of hard copy CDs. This means your CDs are burned to high quality CD-R's using a computer-run duplication machine. We also print full color photo resolution images directly to the surface of your CD-R's (we do NOT use stick-on labels or inkjet printing). This is a fast and cost-effective way to produce professional looking and sounding copies of a CD for up to a few hundred in quantity. Beyond this quantity, it becomes more economical to use stamped CD replication methods with screen printed surfaces. The reason is because the replication method requires a tooling setup fee that is too expensive to justify when only purchasing a small quantity. But, at about 500 or more copies, it starts to become worth the added expense as it gets divided into so many CDs that it's a negligible additional cost compared to the total project price tag. In today's music sales world we recommend that you begin with only 100-300 initial CD copies as a test run to see how many physical CDs you are able to sell, rather than make a large quantity CD replication investment right from the start.

Are the CDs duplicated at Crazy Daisy Productions considered "retail ready"?

Yes. CDs duplicated by Crazy Daisy Productions are nearly identical to CDs you would purchase in any retail store in almost every way, with a couple exceptions. First, they are duplicated CDs (burned CDs) instead of replicated (stamped/etched CDs). However our process is considered "Pro CD-R" and our duplicated CDs have silver read surfaces just as with any retail CD and play in any CD player so there are nearly impossible to tell apart. Second, we use shrink-wrapping as opposed to box overwrapping. Both are a sealed plastic wrap, but shrink-wrapping is one continuous solid seal while box overwrapping looks as if it's been wrapped in folded plastic. Having CDs either overwrapped or shrinkwrapped is typically a requirement for retail sales.

The artwork we provide is full color laser printing on 100lb. glossy stock, just as any large-scale manufacturer would use. The jewel cases are industry standard, too. Most independent local and online CD stores will sell CDs manufactured by Crazy Daisy Productions as they meet the general standards for the CDs they retail. Our duplicated CDs are also excellent for selling at shows and giving out as promos.

Can I get a UPC bar code symbol on my CD?

Yes. When you purchase any of our Production Packages that include CD Duplication your price includes a UPC bar code unique to your album, which we insert onto your artwork for you.

What are ISRC codes and do I need them?

Answer from the web page: The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording, independent of the format on which it appears (CD, audio file, etc) or the rights holders involved. Only one ISRC should be issued to a track, and an ISRC can never represent more than one unique recording. ISRCs are widely used in digital commerce by download sites and collecting societies. An ISRC can also be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments.

If you wish to provide us with your own ISRC codes we will encode them to both the physical CDs and the digital tracks. If you do not provide ISRC codes we will have codes provided for you and assigned only to your digital tracks per digital distribution requirements.

"I got my CD, I love it!!!!! It's perfect, everything looks and sounds awesome! I couldn't be happier."

-Danielle Gaudin

Crazy Daisy Productions
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