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We love it when our customers share a picture or video of their order with us !

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Click here to see a short customer video.

Colour CD packed in a Plastic Wallet with a 2 Sided Card Insert.

 

Click To Hear Some Great Music!!!

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Here’s a little bit of inspiration and interest for our customers this February!!!

Featuring our  Managing Director Martin Johnson.

Martin who was formerly a professional musician, is well known in the Jazz world as one of the best Hammond B3 players in the Uk.

He is distinguished particularly by being one of the only players to use the pedals for bass rather than the left hand.

Check out his webite:

www.martinjohnsonb3.com

or visit you tube to see some incredible tracks with Drummer Davide Giovannini and Percussionist Snowboy .

Meet the Management Team

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Our Managing Director here at Duplication Centre was a Professional Musician majoring in the Hammond B3 Organ .

He is one of the only Hammond players in the UK to use the foot pedals and enjoys an eclectic range of music but his main love is Jazz and Jazz funk.

He has an amazing musical ability and an incredible ear for music and plays most instruments he picks up!

Martin owned a  recording Studio  and it was from this studio that Duplication Centre grew. It was here that he met Mark Smith our Technical Director.

 

 

Mark is a graduate in Computing and Design, a qualified sound engineer, well versed in Pro Tools and has an amazing natural ability to understand everything technical!!

Apart from all his other duties at Duplication Centre, Mark has an amazing affinity with the machines and is our Mr Fix it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Johnson, Head of Production is a graduate in Film and Media studies from Greenwhich University.

He is responsible for the day to day production of all your artwork and discs and is a very patient and meticulous worker.

 

 

Una Johnson  manages our packing and dispatch team and is also responsible for our Digital Marketing.

She is a graduate with a Bachelor of Education and former teacher and brings the skills developed in that career to us here.

All of these gifts and talents combine to make a great team.

If you call us or email you will most likely speak to one of these people so can be sure that you are getting the best possible advice and guidance for your project.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Everyone at Duplication Centre wishes you a Very Happy New Year.

We are here to help with both duplication and replication services and are happy to chat about new projects or old re-runs on 01702 530354.

You can get an instant quotation or learn more about the duplication process; just select the section you want to learn more about on the home page. Our news section has lots of useful and informative articles we have written to help you.

You can also  talk to us on Live Chat where we will do our best to answer your questions.

 

We are looking forward to working with both new and existing customers in 2019

Christmas Message From Duplication Centre!

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Everyone at Duplication Centre: Martin,Mark,Una,Mark,Jo,Abi,Chanelle,Anna,Tig and Phil all wish you and you families a Very Happy Christmas!

Looking forward to working with both New and Existing Customers in the New Year!

We continue to work in both Duplication Services, Replication Services,Digital Publishing & Fulfilment and Waterproof Printing and we are happy to chat to you about any of these on 01702-530354 or you can learn more online :

www.duplicationcentre.co.uk

www.replicationcentre.co.uk

www.thedigitalpublishingcenter.com

www.waterproofprint.com

Duplication Production continues over the weekend until Christmas Eve and we continue to accept new orders or re-runs over all the Christmas period but these will not go into production until Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

New Product

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Just live on our Web-Site for the start of October is the New 4 Page Lancing Pack.

The Lancing pack is a 4 panel card wallet which opens like a book.

Printed in full colour front,back and inside using our industry leading digital press.

There are 4 panels for your artwork and an opening on the right for your disc to slot snugly into.

The card is die cut for an immaculate finish and is made from FSC Certified and sustainable premium Pro Card Stock  300 gsm .

The Lancing Pack has a modern look and is the perfect,more Eco-Friendly option to the CD Jewell Case.

And for the finishing touch you can choose to have Shrinkwrap applied to the Lancing Pack  or for it to be sealed in one of our fitted Cellobags.

Cellowrap, Shrinkwrap & Cellobags

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Here at Duplication Centre we offer all three of these options for giving your CD/DVD or Blu-Ray the fully professional finished look.

What is the difference?

CELLOWRAP:

We use this process for wrapping Single Standard DVDs along with Double DVDs,3 Way and 4 Way DVD cases and for all Standard Single and Double Jewell cases.

This process is semi-automated and applies a thick plastic outer wrap by a heat sealing process, to pre-cut pieces of the plastic wrap.

SHRINKWRAP:

We can use this process to wrap any of the cases we offer in the duplication process using PVC shrink film (gauge 15 micron) including:

Jewell Cases both single and any multi-way, DVD cases single and multi-way, Blu-Ray cases both single and multi-way,Clam Shells, Digi-paks, and all the slimline versions of the cases that we offer on the web-site. We can also use shrinkwrap on our digi-paks and card wallets.

Like cellowrapping this is a semi-automated process where the roll of wrap is cut to size using a heat bar, sealed and then literally “shrunk” to fit the case being wrapped with a heat gun.The customer then rips this off to open the product.

 

Both of these processes produce fully sealed units which not only look very professional but are then fit for sale on the internet. For many company’s cellowrap /shrinkwrap is a requirement  acting as proof that the product is new and has not been “tampered” with.

Both are easily removed and then the wrap needs to be discarded.

 

CELLOBAGS:

These are bespoke bags that we have are made-to-measure for  products that we offer them on; they fit snugly and look professional.

They are clear and can be sealed with a sticky panel much like a self-seal envelope.

The advantage with these is that with careful removal your product can be reinserted for added storage protection.

The process of applying these is completely manual.

It is available on all the single and double cd jewell cases (standard and slimline) and on DVDs both single double 3 and 4 way as well as the slimline version.

It is the most popular choice for our card wallet and digi-pak products.

These are all optional additions to the packing of your order and not essential unless you plan to sell on web-site like Amazon where it is a must!

Printed Parts Are Important

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

All of our customers are producing a CD,DVD or Blu-Ray to communicate Audio and/or Visual, Music, Spoken Word, Information or Performances to their audience/customers. This is the main event!

With a physical CD, DVD or Blu-Ray however there is another dimension/medium available to express visually in Word, Picture and Images through the use of printed covers and booklet inserts. This recruits yet another of our senses and gives an additional aesthetic dimension to your product. For most customers this is a really important feature of the duplication process and for many is not just the imparting of information, but another expression of art.

Our clients can spend a great deal of time designing artwork for their orders so with this in mind we invest in a State of the Art printer technology which is second to none for print production.

We only use the highest quality card and paper on all the associated printed parts that come with CD, DVD and Blu-Ray Production.

How often have you pulled out a CD/DVD booklet that is thin and shoddy quality? We know that you want your duplication order to be of a professional standard so we only use card that is 350gsm and 170gsm papers. These are good to handle and allow the print quality to show at its best. Your carefully planned project deserves no less than the highest quality printed parts and that is what we provide.

We also manage to remain Eco-friendly whilst maintaining this high quality by using FSC certified sustainable stock for our printing 🙂

Which CD/DVD Case is Right for You?

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

This article is revisiting the topic of casing and giving a more up to date analysis of what is available and popular at the moment.

Over the last few years there has been a great shift in the type of CD/DVD casing chosen by customers.This is partly due to the increasing access we all have to the digital world, where personalising and producing bespoke products is much easier and ever more professional in outcome.

Whether you are a band selling at gigs or a school producing a play or a company producing product or financial information it matters how you present your CD/DVD to your customer or client.

What are your choices?

The first decision to be made is whether you want printed parts with information on for your customer to read…if you don’t then your options are:

FOR YOUR CDS

A plastic Clam Shell Case or a plastic wallet ; both of these will allow your onbody print on the CD to show through and are a good  and  really low cost option.

The plastic wallet comes in single or double versions and also those used for inserting into books and magazines with clear self adhesive strips.

 

 

If you do want printed parts there are a wealth of options and things to consider.

By far the most popular form of casing currently is the card wallet which we print in full colour on both sides.

The Card Wallet

We have noticed a real shift in sales over the last couple of years and this has grown in popularity to become our best selling case option.There are many reasons for its popularity not least because it is very eco-friendly,unbreakable  and  easy to post. It is most popular however because you can tailor the wallet to print photos , text…whatever you choose…and end up with an inexpensive bespoke product printed on high quality fsc certified 350 gsm box board.

 

You can then choose to have these cellobagged or shrinkwrapped just to create the complete profession look or for selling online.

The CD Digi-Pak

Along side this is the CD digi-pak which is a 4 page card option with a clear or black tray for the CD to sit in; this gives

all the same benefits as a card wallet but has the more sturdy plastic tray for the CD to sit in.

And finally in the card range is the 4 page lancing pack which is a double card wallet with one side sealed with glue or left open for a booklet.

 

The CD Jewell Case

The CD Jewell Case….named because they are said to pick up light like jewells!! …. are transparent plastic, fitted with 2 arms that support the lid…these are by far the most traditional, and were the preferred option for many until recent times.

These too allow you to bespoke your order with 2,4,6 and 8 page booklets giving you the space to include all the information you want to; along with a rear tray,single or double sided for your track listings.

The jewell case also comes in a slimline version where there is no back tray so no art in the back, but still plenty of room for the booklet to be inserted in the front.We have the black tray option on the web-site but can order in a clear tray  if you wish.

 

FOR DVDS

For your DVDS the same decision process applies as with CDS….Do you want printed parts?

As a DVD and a CD Disc are the same size you can have any of the CD casing options if you want to for your DVD….. we do have customers who choose to have a DVD in a slimline cd case for example or in a CD card wallet…..however we do offer some other packaging products which are particularly designed for the DVD.

DVD Digi-pak These are made with the same high quality card as the cd digi-pak but are a different shape…rather more like a book …longer but nice and slimline in design.

 

Our DVD customers mostly still choose the AMARAY standard DVD case made of plastic which comes in single,double,3,4,5,10 way and so on….

 

The Standard Amaray DVD Case

 

They come in all colours but we advertised black and clear as they are by far the most popular.

 

The clear case gives you the option for a double sided wrap to be printed…the black for just single sided.

This traditional DVD casing can also be ordered with a DVD booklet 2 or 4 page.

 

Our web-site offers a free artwork creation tool and all the templates for both the disc art and printed paper parts are in our Artwork section. Artwork Creator

If you hover over the case options on the web-site you will also see an image and description of the case in question.After you have done this if you are still undecided give us a call and we’ll use our experience to help you decide. Instant Prices and Ordering

 

 

CD-TEXT and the Gracenote Database

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Gracenote CD Database and CD-TEXT

We live in an age where all things exist on the cloud, but this is only partly true for the text information’s we see when playing CD-Audio disc.

There are in fact two ways to add track text info to a disc:

In the beginning, not long after CDs were released in the 80s, an update was made so small amounts of text could be added to a CD. This text lives in sub channels of the disc so it won’t effect playback, but a CD-TEXT enabled player can read and display the information. Nowadays these players are less common, but still used in most car stereos unless you’re driving one of a few higher end vehicles.

A common assumption is that most computers read CD text, however this is not the case; iTunes, Windows Media Player etc. do not use CD-Text at all. They use a more modern system, the GraceNote – Compact Disc Data Base (CDDB). With this system none of the text used is actually stored on the disc, but all saved on the internet.

When you insert a CD and view through iTunes for example, the computer identifies the disc and then looks it up on the web. If it cannot find a match it will not display the text information, or may display a close match (from another artist!). So even if you have a CD which has CD text, but is not registered with the CDDB, its unlikely the text will show up on a computer at all.

We have customers who have experienced this problem and fortunately its very easy to correct.

We recommend using iTunes as it’s one of the easiest ways to upload your CD information.

The below link will show you how to do this in just a few minutes:

http://support.gracenote.com/support/pkb_Home?l=en_US&c=Public%3AArtists_Labels_Publishers

Once submitted it can take a couple of days to update but that’s all you need to do.

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