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What can a CD be used for?

CDs and DVDs are an integral and universally accepted data format to the extent everyone would recognise a CD or DVD disc and know how to use one. We all know that CDs can be used to store music, video and data, but below we look at the various applications for the CD and how […]

Use disc imaging software to create backups of your discs

If there is one thing that all computing experts agree upon it’s that software backups are probably the most critically important task that a company needs to carry out on its data and to protect its intellectual property. This also applies to individuals who have large collections of music albums, videos or data stored on […]

How to Clean Your CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

Proper care and cleaning of your CD, DVD and Blu-rays is important to ensure the data contained on the disc plays correctly and lasts for life span of the disc, which should be about 20 years. Fingerprints, scratches, dust and dirt on the data side of the discs are usually the main cause of any […]

Computer optical drive loading mechanisms

When searching for a CD or DVD drive, there are several factors to consider, and disc loading mechanism is an important consideration. Loading mechanism is basically the mechanical component that is responsible for loading the optical disc into the reading / writing drive. There are three loading mechanisms available in the market, they are; tray, […]

The history and evolution of the compact disc

In the late 1970s, the two companies Philips and Sony, seperately developed prototypes in a bid to become the first to develop the Compact Disc (CD). The story of the CD started way back in 1957 with experiments involving the rudimentary video disc by the Italian Antonio Rubbiani that stimulated an entire generation of scientists […]

Exploring different CD printing methods

Below we look at the options available for printing on to a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc. Discs are printed for their aesthetic value by extending the design style and look of the rest of the CD packaging. If a disc is not printed, then it would just be a silver disc on both sides. […]

How to create an autorun CD

When a CD is inserted into a PC computer, Windows presents the user with several options on how the disc should be opened. This can include ‘exploring’ the disc contents or playing the disc in WMP (windows media player). A more user friendly approach to handling data discs in windows is to author the disc […]

An easy way to check a master audio CD for CD text, IRSC and MCN or barcode information

After many weeks, months, possibly years, working in the studio to make your album sound just perfect, the most daunting aspects of having your album manufactured can be when it’s time to hand over the master for replication or duplication. Are all the songs present? And in the right order? Are silences between the tracks […]

What are ISRC codes, how to acquire ISRC codes, and how to use them with your songs and recordings.

An ISRC code can be issued to individuals, record labels and other organisations that need the ability track their music. The code has 4 parts to it, for example: GB-QS2-12-00001 GB – This is the country code of the territory in which the code was issued. In this case GB would mean a code issued […]

The correct way to submit your songs for audio mastering

This article will look at best practices for how to prepare and send final mixes to a mastering studio for audio mastering. The most important thing is to give the mastering engineer plenty of scope, or headroom to work within. Below we explore what we mean by this, and ways to provide the mixes in […]

Frequently asked questions about blu-ray duplication

Blu-ray, what is it? Blu-ray is the replacement optical disc format for DVD video. The format has been specifically designed for the recording and playback of high definition video. Additionally, the format can be used as a high capacity storage disc, for data backup. (25gb or 50gb). Are there any differences between blu-ray duplication and […]

Church CD Duplication and other faith organisations

A guide on how to get the right CD duplication for your church Disc Wizards have many years experience supplying CDs and DVDs, and now offering blu-ray duplication, for religious and faith organisations such as churches, mosques, temples, ministries and synagogues. We offer honest, impartial and practical advice on how to have your CD, DVD […]

CD Versus MP3: The big debate

In this post we look at the ever evolving debate of CD versus MP3, which format is better? Read below to find out. The Compact Disc, or CD, revolutionised the way we listen to music when it first exploded on the scene as a consumer level format for listening to music and audio. The CD […]

Physical CD, DVD and Blu-ray sales dominate UK digital downloads 2012

Physical discs still continue to dominate market share over digital sales, but overall entertainment sales figures are down on 2011, but digital has broken the £1bn threshold in 2012. Recent UK entertainment sales figures for 2012 confirm that although physical sales are slowing, the market overwhelmingly still enjoys buying music, film and video games in […]

Glossary: Types of CD, DVD and Blu-ray

In this article we take a definitive look at all the types of optical discs available, and what all the acronyms mean. By the end of this article you’ll know your dual layers from your CD-ROMs and DVD-RW’s from a DVD-18. Optical disc is the generic term when referring to a CD, DVD, blu-ray or […]

Short Run CD duplication (UK)

Short run CD duplication services refer to the manufacture of printed CDs or DVDs, packed into a suitable CD packaging for up to a quantity of 500 units. What is short-run CD duplication? Usually a quantity that is above 500 units is manufactured using CD Replication to create CD-ROMS. CD replication refers to the creation […]

CD Flyers

In the cut throat industry of music promotion, it is paramount to get your event noticed, and brand loyalty activated with your clients and guests. Fig 1: The above image shows a CD in a plastic wallet, this is an effective way of promoting an event, rather then conventional paper flyer printing. Historically to promote […]

What is the difference between cd or dvd duplication and replication?

Although the two words essentially have the same meaning, in the optical disc industry, there is a big distinction in the terms, and how they refer to the manufacture process of the final discs. Duplication: Manufacture of discs using blank CD-R, DVD-R, Blu-ray-R (BD-R). Replication: Manufacture of the discs from stamper and glass-master, pressed from […]

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