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A New Genre for Live Music: 18th February 2021

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

Even before the pandemic many artists were trying to find ways of providing a cinematic and very different experience for their fans at home. When the pandemic hit us and hit the live music scene so badly, it became more of a challenge and may be even a necessity to address this.

 

This is a wonderful article that charts the thoughts and recent history for some artists in their quest to get live music to us!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55947209

mountains lakes man accoustic guitar landscape

Xbox Sales Boom: 11th February 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Xbox Sales have rocketed during the pandemic and subsequent lockdown:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55820219

It’s well worth remembering that on Xbox One you can also play DVD’s, especially as there are less people buying DVD players as seperate units.

The X Box one comes with an optical Drive that can be used to play not only DVD’s but also Blu-Ray.

black x box console

Streaming threatens the future of music: 21st January 2021

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

We have found over the last few years that the demand for hard copy CD’s,DVD’s and Blu-Ray has reduced a little,but that even in our modern digitalised world there is still very much a place for them.

In this vein I read a very interesting article contributed to by best selling music artists….its well worth a read.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55056338

 

We still produce professional CD’s DVD’s and Blu-Ray ; either duplcaited or replicated depending on your requirements.

DVD’s in Care Homes: 19th November 2020

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Many people are using DVDs as an alternative to live streaming in Care Homes.

Many Care Homes do not have the technology or money to facilitate Live Streaming so the DVD is prooving its worth, helping bring both entertainment and also valuable information into Care Homes and remote locations.

smiling old woman seated

For more guidance about Care Homes visit you can visit:

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/guidance-hsc-staff-healthcare-workers-and-care-providers/guidance-healthcare

Stay Safe!

Music Therapy: 28th October 2020

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Many of us have seen recently how music can be used as great therapy with many medical conditions.

Through Lockdown we have seen music bring much joy and consolation to people who are living remotely or housebound; indeed it brings joy to all of us and can raise the spirits at any time.

A fine example of this has come into the spotlight this week.

A piece of music composed from just 4  notes by Paul Harvey aged 80 years who is suffering with dementia, has now been recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

And most importantly given him a new lease of life.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54684038

If you feel inspired to record or release one some of your music on CD,DVD or BLU-Ray give us a call and we can help you.

mountains lakes man playing guitar

USB Memory Sticks: September 21st 2020

Monday, September 21st, 2020

We are pleased to let you know that we now offer printing and duplication of USB memory sticks.

See more info here – just hover your mouse over the option to see a

description:

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

 

Email martin@duplicationcentre.co.uk or if you would like to chat about it give him a ring on 01702 530 354.

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Bespoke USB Sticks

Gracenote CD Database & CD Text: August 27th 2020

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

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.

Ordering Online: May 29th 2020

Friday, May 29th, 2020

In the duplication process we have to use a hard copy disc master to work from, and in the past our customers have largley sent these to us by post…..and many still do!

We have however found it particularly helpful during the lockdown period that we are able to accept customers masters digitally and create a hard copy master to work from here. With queues at the Post Offices because of social distancing and less staff working it has been a really helpful.

robot armed cd/dvd burner machine duplicating discs

We can create masters from your files if you have an electronic image in ISO, JMG, NRG, DDP or BIN /CUE or you can send us audio or video files which need authoring.

If you need any more information about this the FAQ’s on the website can help you or you can call us on 01702-530 354 and ask any questions.

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

The Beauty of Music: 29th Jan 2020

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Music is the Universal Language of Mankind…how true this is!!!

With or without lyrics music can be enjoyed by any person of any nationality!

stage with musician playing keyboards and singing in a heartfelt way

Keep playing and enjoying your music!

Maybe even take up a new instrument!

It’s so interesting to read the wealth of good that can come from learning a new instrument.

Have a look at the web-site below

 

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/reasons-to-play-a-musical-instrument/

 

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.

 

 

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