I am working on a solo celtic guitar cd. I have one more session in the studio to get the initial recording done, then its mixing and mastering. I am hoping to have it all done by the end of the year.
I trying to make a decision about what to do for the manufacturing process, replication or duplication. Replication is usually only available in units of a 1000, and generally runs about a $1000. From what i understand its where they make all the cd's from a glass master copy. It seems to be the way cd's are made.
Duplication is essentially burning a cd-r, as one would on a computer. They run about $350 or a 100 units. So more per unit, but up front cost is lower. Downside seems to be that the media is a bit less stable than a replicated cd, and its not 100% that they are playable in every cd player. Though a "slow burn", which means not running the drive at maximal speed when burning the cd, i think that is changing.
I am debating which one to do. I am putting alot of effort into this cd, and would like to send it to places to hopefully get reviewed. But i have my doubts of being able to sell a 1000 units. If i got 100 duplicated ones and sold them all, i would have enough money to go the replicated route if i wanted. Or i could just get another batch of duplicated cd's. Besides with these days with iTunes, MP3 players, etc i am thinking alot of folks just rip their cd's to computer and then put the disc on the shelf. I know i do.
Interested in hearing others thoughts.