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Convert Cassette to CD

convert cassette to CDThere are many times when people need to convert cassette to CD – maybe an old high school performance tape that your parent’s recorded, maybe someone in your family providing an oral family history, it could be anything.

Convert Cassette to CD

Being in Austin, Texas we’ve been asked to convert a lot of cassettes. What’s interesting about cassettes is that they could be any length – a CD that has one track on it or 15 tracks requires the same amount of CD material. A cassette has tape inside it – duh! – but cassette manufacturing usually only put in enough tape for the content. They could be a total of 30 minutes – 15 minutes on each side.

When we are asked to convert cassette to a CD, most people don’t know how many minutes that particular cassette requires.

Convert Cassette to CD

Also, one thing to consider is that cassettes are analog and CDs are digital. To transfer from cassette to CD will create perhaps more white noise on the CD that you don’t hear on the cassette. So if you need not only transfer but also some sound mastering, you will want to mention that to whomever performs the transfer.

For instance, when CDMaker has to convert cassette to CD, we do the transfer first and provide the CD. If after listening to the CD there are particular tracks that a client wishes to have cleaned up – they can email us with the track number(s) and then only those tracks have audio mastering performed and that’s just at an hourly rate. So clients have the choice of only cleaning up the portions of a track that they wish.

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Making an Audio CD

Making an audio CD is often more easily conceived than executed. In short, it can be easier said than done.

Making an Audio CDSo let’s focus on making an audio CD if you are a speaker or author that wishes to take an mp3 recording and publish it to a CD.

Making an Audio CD

First if you already have the audio that’s a good thing. Otherwise, you would need to come up with some way to record whatever your content is. But for now if you have an mp3 file, you’re good.

Next, determine how you want your customers to play your disc. Do you want them to play it in their cars? on a cd player? on their computer? on their ipod player?

These may sound like obvious questions but you need to know this because it has an impact on your master format. If you want the CDS you publish to play on a CD player you need to provide a master than already is set up to do that. If you simply copy over the mp3 to a blank disc like you would a PDF file, then you do NOT have an audio disc you have a CD-ROM. It will play in a computer and on some CD players that read mp3 but they will not play like an audio disc in a standard CD player.

Making an Audio CD

All is not lost and you have the answer probably on your computer. Its as simple as opening up iTunes, importing your mp3 into its own playlist and then telling iTunes to burn your disc for a music CD.

Now this is a poor man’s way to make an audio master and if it weren’t spoken word, I’d tell you to go to a studio and get it prepared as a master.

Feel free to put your comments at the bottom and if you have any general questions I can answer them here. If you need additional information, use the contact page and give us your details and we’d be happy to see how we can help you specifically.

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Music Duplication for CDs

So why is music duplication so different from just making a copy on a computer?

First music has a specific playback device – the CD music player – that is in a car or a home stereo. A music file format is not just an mp3 file. The original music file is called a .WAV format. Like a graphic jpeg is a file will just enough information recreate the original high resolution image, so an mp3 is an audio format with less detailed information. While there are a growing number of CD players that offer mp3 playback – a professional recording will be authored for an audio playback device that requires more information or data in order to all the audio details to be heard by the naked ear. The music cd duplication is ideally a way to recreate the highest audio fidelity from the original source master.

Authoring a CD for Music duplication

There is so much that is now done on a home computer its hard to imagine that there might be more and yet a professionally produced audio CD requires care so that the full sound – what was captured in the studio, all that is good, can be heard while minimizing what may detract from the optimal sound.

There is a subsection of production call “mastering” or “audio authoring”. This is where after editing and mixing down there is a process which typically is even a separate studio that specializes in enhancing the desired sound traits and minimize or eliminate the negatives. For instance, there may be some moments of silence or what might be called “pure black” but when run through an analyzer  its clear that its not pure silence – mastering essentially whites out the background noise and creates a pure silence. Often these details can be heard only when pointed out but you know there’s a difference you just don’t know what the difference is.

Mastering engineers will tell you master the track for the playback device. If you know you’re going to release a track on itunes – in addition to mastering the track to go through music duplication, have an mp3 mastered for mp3 playback.

Music duplication vs replication

When it comes to which one is better – it really boils down to how many units you need – duplication of 100 units is a much more financially sound decision but you are talking about CDRs and some (not many to be sure) CD players treat a duplicated CD differently than a replicated CD.

That’s why CDMaker takes special notice of music CDs and provide a music duplication service that stands head and shoulders above even Fortune 500 companies offering the “same”. We will tell you the brand of blank CDs and DVDs we use, we will tell you what speed we duplicate and that each individual duplicated CD is double checked before its off the duplicator if its going to work or not.

Give us a call and let us show you what we can do to make you sound as good as you did in the studio.

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Austin, TX 78729

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CD Duplication Austin

CD Duplication Austin

Whether you need dvd or cd duplication, Austin, you’ve come to the right place.CD Duplication Austin

CDMaker is an Austin, Texas based CD duplication and replication company. In addition, CDmaker has a sister site that provides an online music store – and merchandise services including poster printing, Custom T-Shirts.

Austin is a special place for music and CDMaker is CD Duplication Austin style – friendly, fast and affordable.

CDMaker has been the go to source for CD duplication and replication since the early days of compact disc. Whether you are a musician, band,  indie label, singer songwriter, poet, or publisher, if you need discs, you need to call CDMaker.

CD Duplication Austin

There are a lot of details so why not work with a company that understands what you want and whose product is second to none? CDmaker only works with the best in terms of materials and sources. After all, what value is it if it falls apart on you at the merch table? Who cares how little you paid for your product at that point.

Go with a trusted, tried and true disc source – call CDMaker 512-388-1998.

CD Duplication Austin

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CD Text and Audio CDs

CD TextCD Text has to be one of the most misunderstood and poorly explained concepts in the world of music. For the life of me I wish someone would eliminate the jargon and stop torturing aspiring musicians and bands that just want to get their music out there in an accepted format.

OK, most people think CD Text is what you see when you put a CD into a computer – WRONG!

CD Text

A media player such as iTunes or Windows Media Player does not use any information on the disc other than the .wav file. If your computer is connected to the internet, it pulls the text data from a giant database called the Grace Note Program Database. It used to be called CDDB, Compact Disc Database. Essentially, its a huge database that anyone can contribute to if you know where the “Submit Track Names” option is in your place.

The point is, when you insert a CD into a computer that is connected to the internet, this database is what supplies the artist, track name, genre and album information you see on your screen, not the CD.

So what’s CD Text then you wonder?

CD Text

Well, its added or embedded into one of the sub-channels on your CD master by your mastering engineer most likely. You have to ask for it. Its not typically a standard aspect of a mastering process. Some mastering studios do and some don’t, the point is ask for it if you want it. Then when you have the cd duplication done, the information passes from your master onto the duplicated discs. If you don’t have it on your CD, do not expect it on your duplicated or replicated CDS.

So, if what I see on my computer isn’t CD Text, why would I have it on my master?

Good question. There are a lot of audio CD players that are equipped to read the CD Text that your engineer embeds into the master. When you insert a disc into an equipped machine, there is an LCD read out that scrolls or does a two line display of artist, track name and album. In that circumstance, that’s CD Text.

Its true whether you are doing cd duplication or cd replication.

CD Text

In future articles I’ll show you how to submit track names and how to check to see if your replicated or duplicated discs have CD Text in them. But for now, this will at least stop you from calling your duplicator to tell them that they didn’t put CD Text on your CDs. At least, I hope it stops you.

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Affordable CD Duplication Austin

Affordable CD duplication Austin is what CDMaker provides each and every day. If you’re really looking for crazy cheap and sloppy, please go elsewhere. Call us vain or cocky, we actually feel good when a project is complete and looks and sounds the best it can – whether that’s duplicated or replicated, those CDs and DVDs become our “babies” too.

Affordable CD Duplication Austin?

Are you kidding? That’s all we want to do. But price isn’t everything. What does it cost you when your packaging falls apart on your merch table because the glue didn’t stick? What does it cost you when you were told you’d have CDs on the day of your release only to find out the day before that they aren’t going to be ready in time?

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Affordable means much more than price. We understand that. So CDMaker only offers the highest in quality even down to the blank discs used in duplication. Affordable CD Duplication Austin is found by calling 512-388-1998.

When you speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable managers on phone, you’ll know the project that you’ve slaved over, cried and panicked over and loved even though it didn’t love you back is in equally committed hands. Our care meets or exceeds your own – try us and you will experience professional, affordable CD duplication Austin.

Affordable CD Duplication Austin

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CD Duplication and Red Book Audio

CD duplication and Red Book Audio usually get mentioned together when an audio recording is being talked about. If you need some CD duplication and if you have spent any time locating a CD DVD duplication service, you may have come across these terms but not had a clue as what they were or how or if this information applies to your needs .

CD Duplication

All CD duplication projects are done on Red Book standard audio media.

CD Duplication

So what is the Red Book of audio duplication, what are the media standards it has set, and why is it so important? CD duplicators and replicators must adhere to produce discs that conform to certain standards.  The Red Book is one of the nine Rainbow Books, which provide universally agreed on specifications for all types of media.

CD Duplication

Red Book Audio

The Red Book provides the standards for audio CDs, also known as CDDA (or Compact Disc Digital Audio). There are also Yellow, Orange, White, Blue, Beige, Green, Purple, and Scarlet books in the Rainbow Book set.

These different colored books provide disc standards for:

  • • Yellow – CD-ROM and CD-ROM XA
  • • Orange – CD-R and CD-RW
  • • White – Video CD
  • • Blue – Enhanced CD, CD+G, and CD-Plus
  • • Beige – Photo CD Green –
  • • CD-I (Interactive)
  • • Purple – DDCD (Double Density Compact Disc)
  • • Scarlet – SACD (Super Audio CD)

Specifically as it relates to audio, according to the Red Book, a standard CD is 120mm in diameter, 1.2mm thick, and is made up of polycarbonate plastic substrate, one or more thin layers of reflective metal (usually aluminum), and a lacquer coating.

The disc is divided into 3 parts – The lead-in area containing the Table of Contents, the program area containing the audio data, and the lead-out area containing no data.

The Red Book of was developed in 1980 by Sony Phillips to specify the physical parameters of the audio CD. This includes the optical stylus parameters, deviations and error rate, modulation system and error correction, and subcode channels and graphics. When the question came up as to how many minutes a CD should hold, Beethoven’s Symphony #9 was the length standard at the time. The prevailing thought was Beethoven needed 74 minutes and if no one is as masterful as he, no one will need more than 74 minutes.

In terms of the business costs of development and research. each disc – either blanks that are sold or replicated CDs – a portion of your cost is a license fee that is paid back to Sony Phillips for the technology they researched and developed.  In the early days of CDs, the fees for the licensing were significantly higher than they are today. Today less than .10 per disc is collected by replication facilities and blank disc manufacturers and paid over to Sony Phillips.

If you wish to read more about red book audio – Wikipedia is a good source – click here

CD Duplication

One other major CD specification set by the Red Book is the form of digital audio encoding taken on by CDs. The parameters set have become a de-facto standard in the CD duplication industry.  And while CD manufacturers must adhere to these standards, cd player manufacturers do not have to ensure that their devices provide 100% CD audio playability. Over the years, as CDs went from 74 minutes to now 80 minutes, some CD players will still stop at 74 minutes 30 seconds which is the official requirement of red book audio.

{All in all, most consumers probably won’t be too concerned with the individual technical specifications set by the Red Book.| In general, the technical specifications of Red Book shouldn’t be the concern of most consumers. } But as a consumer you can take comfort in knowing that there is a high standard of quality being upheld when it comes to your CD duplication, DVD duplication or data CD duplication project. Make sure that when you go to your CD duplication service you ask them if they use Red Book quality CD media.

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CD DVD Duplication Replication – Glossary

CD DVD Duplication Replication

It can be a jungle out there if you’re looking for information on cd dvd duplication replication or whatever you need in relation to your disc project. Which one is best for you or even what are the differences can be an education in itself before you even choose which duplication service to trust.

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CD DVD Duplication Replication glossary


The content is recorded onto CD-R & DVD-R discs from your supplied disc (CD-R or DVD-R). Duplication is used for all quantities, large and small, and offers the fastest turnaround. This is CD DVD duplication, replication is different.


Discs are pressed from a glass master that is made from your supplied disc (CD-R or DVD-R). Replication requires extensive technical setup and is only used for quantities of 500 & more.

Please contact us for assistance if you are not sure which process, duplication or replication, is best for you. We’ll be glad to help! Read more about how CDs work.

Graphic Art & Proofing Terms


The extra amount of that your art image extends beyond the trim edge of your artwork.


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black

the four primary colors used to generate full color press, or high quality, printing.


Once your artwork is ready for duplication or replication, a sample view, called a proof, is emailed to you for approval. The process of receiving and approving proofs is called proofing. Once your proofs are emailed to you your project is on hold until your approval is received.


Red, Green & Blue, the primary colors used to create images for viewing on a PC monitor.


Image density measured in dots per inch.

Packaging Terms


Case standard DVD case.

Cardboard Sleeve

folding sleeve with a pocket to hold the disc.


opens like a 4 panel insert.


lightweight plastic case, sometimes called a c-shell case from it’s appearance.


similar to a cardboard sleeve but it includes a tray to hold the disc rather than a pocket.

Insert the removable sleeve stored in the jewel case lid.
2 panel insert 1 page with a front and back, no folds.
4 panel insert 2 pages on each side, 1 fold.
6 panel insert 3 pages on each side, 2 folds.
8 panel insert 4 pages on each side, 3 folds.
10 panel insert 5 pages on each side, 4 folds.
Booklet insert opens as a book and contains a minimum of 8 panels.
Jewel case a typical plastic Compact Disc case.
Panel A section of an insert folder between two folds or between a fold and a trimmed edge. One panel is considered to be two pages, a front and back for each.
Spindle cylinder shaped case for holding large quantities of CDs.
Sleeve paper envelope fitted for CDs with a clear window on the front.
Slimline half the thickness of a standard jewel case. Slimlines can fit an insert but not a tray card.
Tray card the permanent page on the underside of the jewel case with a spine for labeling the CD.

Printing Terms

The first number indicates the color of the front. The second number indicates the color of the back.

0 = no print, 1 = one color & 4 = full color.

For example, a 4/4 (4 over 4) four panel insert package would include a four panel insert with full color printing on the front & back.

4/0 Indicates full color print on the front and no print on the back.
4/1 Indicates full color print on the front and one color print on the back.
4/4 Indicates full color print on the front and full color print on the back.

Over& Under Run The number of units an order is over or under

Offset The superior on-disc print process resulting in improved images, skin tones, full color graphics and text. Replication on-disc print is printed on a shiny silver disc face. So if you what any part of the disc to be white – you need to include it in your artwork and at the very least put in on your order form and speak to your rep about it.

Screen The on disc print process using mesh screens and stencils.

CD DVD Duplication Replication

As you can see CD DVD duplication, replication, can be as simple as what you do at home OR as sophisticated as what a major record label or publisher  does to release a project.

CD DVD Duplication Replication

IF you have any specific questions about how best your project would be best to go -duplication or replication, please call 800-678-1998.

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