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Jargon Buster Part 3 – Audio & Video Files: 12th August 2019

Monday, August 12th, 2019

This is the third and final article by Mark Smith our Director of Technology here at Duplication Centre; helping you to understand some of the terminology and abbreviations used in the industry.

Audio Files:

Unlike the disc image formats above, these are just individual audio files used by computers. They require ‘Authoring’ to a disc. Authoring a CD means taking the audio (in any of the formats) and writing it into a format and structure a simple CD player can understand and play

WAV

These are high quality audio files, very similar to standard CD-Audio. This is a very common format used in recording studios .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAV

AIFF

AIFF is practically identical to WAV, but this format was developed by Apple in the late 80’s. Another very common format in recording studios.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Interchange_File_Format

MP3

This is a digital music format created for sending audio over the internet. The great attraction of the MP3 format is its ability to compress files, allowing them to use much less space. Technically lower quality than the above audio formats, but not really in any noticeable way

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3

FLAC

The Free Lossless Audio Codec. This is a newer format which is able to compress audio to take up space just like an MP3, but does so in a ‘lossless’ way. This means the audio quality should not be degraded  in any way, but the file size will be noticeably smaller. A useful format that has only seen uptake in technical and audiophile community.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLAC

Video Files:

This section may appear a bit short, but I had to draw the line somewhere.  There are a very large number of video formats that have existed over the years, far too many to discuss here. In practice there are 2 very common ones.

All video formats will require ‘Authoring’ to make a standard DVD-Video disc (OR a Blu-Ray-Video disc) to be player in a standard player.  Simply burning a video file on a disc will not necessarily allow it to play in a standard player.

MP4

A modern high quality video format widely used in consumer and professional markets.

MOV

Another modern high quality video format widely used in consumer and professional markets. Developed by Apple.

 

 

Jargon Buster Part 2 – Artwork Files: 16th July 2019

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

This article is the second in our series to help you understand some of the terminology used in the duplication process

Artwork Files:

Beware, we are now moving into the area of artwork and the word image no linger relates to a disc image! When talking about artwork, and image is simply a picture, a graphic or photograph

 

PDF

PDF stands for “portable document format.” Adobe Systems designed this format, which has become the standard for exchanging electronic documents. Its a very complex and powerful format used extensively in artwork design and printing, perfect for supplying your artwork supporting the other artwork formats below, as well as special print formats, colours and vector graphics.

 

JPEG,  TIFF, and PNG

These image formats are ideal for photos and similar images containing many colours offering good quality and acceptable sizes are possible. The quality / file size of a jpeg can be altered through the use of compression.

The three formats all vary slightly in the way they apply compression to the images, each with its own advantages. For printing its best to keep the compression at a minimum so the files are larger and better quality.

 

PSD

This format is only used by the graphics programs Photoshop. The files are generally large and contain lots of additional information and layers which are not needed for print. The complexity of the files make them perfect for editing and designing, BUT not ideal for printing. You should save your artwork to PDF or JPEG when ready to submit for printing.

To learn more about artwork formats this article is a good place to start, offering beginner guides to the various types: Further information on artwork formats.

 

 

Making Money From Music – Get The Mix Right! 9th May 2019

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The sharpest customers we deal with no longer rely on any one way to make money from their music.

Remember that the fresh way to approach making money is to have a mix of content available for your fans:

  • Via Your Website
  • Via Social Media
  •  After Gigs

These will include digital downloads, merchandising and of course the opportunity to buy CD’s and DVD’s in hard copy….and if you’re doing this you have all bases covered.

singer clapping on stage , audience clapping happy muic gig

Another tip is to make yourself available after gigs to sign your CD’s…providing  a memory that people love to keep!

Check out our instant price calculator to get a quote for your CD’s/DVD’s & BluRay’s to sell at your gigs.

https://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk/prices.html

Music Licensing: 24th April 2019

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Music wouldn’t exist without the work of songwriters composers and publishers.

Music Licensing is the licensed use of copyrighted music.

Music licensing is intended to ensure that owners of copyrights on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work.

copyright symbol to protect your cds and dvds.Black circle with black C

The PRS represents them and ensures they are rewarded and royalties are paid to members when their work is used.

If you are considering recording any music other than your own compositions you should always get in touch with the MCPS or PRS to check about copyright .

https://www.prsformusic.com/

The Health Benefits of listening to Music: 15th April 2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Happy Singer with headphones

10 Health Benefits of Listening To Music:

  • Improves Mood: regulates emotions,creates happiness and relaxation

  • Listening to music you like reduces stress, calms the mind and absorbs you in a positive way.

  • Lessens Anxiety:Listening to music can release dopamine, often spoken of as the “pleasure chemical”

  • It improves Endurance:particularly in exercise by a massive 15%

  • Improves memory

  • Eases pain: particularly as part of post surgery recovery

  • Provides Comfort: music is used in therapy to help with lonliness,fear…..

  • Improves Cognition: helps maintain some mental abilities

  • Helps children with autism spectrum disorder

  • Soothes premature babies: may impact vital signs,improve feeding

All benefits are based on research and studies.

Read more :

http://www.gethealthystayhealthy.com

 

 

Good Reasons to Publish Your Music: 4th April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

There is a great deal of information and research published about the health benefits of listening to and also of performing music.

Here at duplication centre we love to work with customers who are publishing as a solo artist or group/band and creating a hard copy CD,DVD or Blu-Ray to share with family, friends and fans.

Commit your work to CD for others to hear or just for your own enjoyment and pleasure.

Don’t forget to copyright your original music to ensure you receive any credits for use of your work.

You can find out about doing this on the PRS For Music website.

www.prsformusic.com

It’s satisfying and raises self esteem….and may even raise some cash!!

We love it when our customers share a picture or video of their order with us! 14th February 2019

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 .

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