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Frequently Asked Questions

What is DVD replication?

DVD replication is a physical production process that involves actually pressing the discs during manufacture from a glass master. Replicated discs are also referred to as DVD ROM discs, with the ‘ROM’ standing for ‘Read-Only Memory’ (as opposed to DVD-R or DVD+R where the ‘R’ stands for ‘Recordable’).

The glass master is made of glass that has been coated by a chemical, which is burned off with a laser. The glass master is a ‘negative’ of the DVD and it is then coated with a molten nickel compound and turned into a ‘stamper’. The stamper punches tiny pits in the production DVDs that use molten aluminium as the reflective surface and polycarbonate for the remainder of the disc.

DVD replication is a very quick and cost-effective production method for larger quantities of discs (1000 or more). Due to the high setup costs this type of production is not suitable for smaller production runs. Replicated DVDs are then printed using a five colour silk screen or offset lithographic process, resulting in a very high quality disc.

The other main type of CD or DVD production is referred to as CD duplication or DVD duplication and is suitable for smaller production runs with quicker turnaround times. CD and DVD duplication involves burning blank CD and DVD media with a laser to add the file contents onto the discs.

Advantages:

  • Ideal for print runs of more than 1000 discs with much lower costs for high volumes
  • Silk screen or offset lithographic printing for top quality results

Disadvantages:

  • Longer turnaround times (typically 10-12 working days)
  • Cannot be left blank for you to burn your own content onto

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What our customers say

4.8/5.0 on Facebook

Brilliant service and product . Couldn’t fault Charlotte who looked after our order, great advice and support with regards design etc . Would recommend any indie bands out there to use this company , you won’t be disappointed .read more
Kenny Martin
Kenny Martin
2018-06-12T11:50:32+0000
Band CDs has provided Brilleaux (New Zealand) with UK based CD production for all their tours of UK and Europe since 2013.Great service, innovative and impactful products, fast delivery and keen pricing make them our go-to partner for this part of our Merchandising strategy.Paul's customer-facing approach is like a breath of fresh-air - It's an *absolute pleasure* to do business with these guys!Highly recommended :-)read more
Rob Vernon
Rob Vernon
2018-04-15T11:27:23+0000
Thank you so much Band CDs team (Charlotte was the person who took care about my release😉) The artist KEYVANOTH and I are very pleased of the result and I deeply support Band CDs and will renew as soon as I can afford😊 thank you for your very nice photo and I'm pleased to have added some other one about this great product (the vinyl style CD with microgroove relief and deepl black reverse is awesome !) The CDs were safely delivered this afternoon. Many thanks.phoenixread more
Emmanuel Duchez
Emmanuel Duchez
2018-01-31T21:44:31+0000
I've had a 50 CD order for a classical music project. The audio quality was very high, and I loved the black vinyl CDs. The digipak printing was perfect, the staff was friendly and helpful, and overall it was a lovely experience. As a minor issue, I personally find the booklet pocket needlessly large, but that is a matter of taste. I would definitely recommend them. Many thanks for the professional services!read more
Maria Suciu
Maria Suciu
2017-09-27T14:17:18+0000
Fantastic!! Just had some gorgeous black vinyl record style CD's done for my EP and the quality is spot on!! They look absolutely gorgeous, proper full colour centre, and record style wallet. They also do great presentation cases and a bargain on mailing envelopes for CD's too. So glad I found this gem of a company and will definitely be using them again!! :) @ortenseblueread more
Donna Maria Bee
Donna Maria Bee
2017-09-15T10:21:32+0000
I've now had 4 different CDs produced by the Wizbit/BandCD team and can thoroughly recommend them for attention to detail, courteous and careful correspondence, good design advice, speedy service and high quality production. Absolutely no complaints!!read more
Andy Beaumont
Andy Beaumont
2017-09-13T20:44:41+0000
Can't rate BandCDs highly enough, 5 stars doesn't even come close, from day 1 they help me with every issue I had with my CDs right through to the final product, the range of products is also mind blowing , from normal everyday CDs to mini vinyl CDs which is what I opted for for my own release, there is something for everyone here, can I personally thank everyone at BandCDs for their excellent service and friendly approach, The Plastic Fantastic Ep was The Skalps first release and we will 100% return to BandCDs for future releases. Thank you from all at Skalps Hq.read more
Tommy Byrne
Tommy Byrne
2017-09-12T22:40:33+0000
Band CDs did a run of cassettes for me in August and they are beautiful. The full on-body printing is a great option and the quality of the J-cards is excellent. Delivery was very fast and the price quoted was extremely competitive. I have since ordered from them again.read more
James Griffin
James Griffin
2017-09-09T17:11:13+0000
Band CDs are doing an awesome work with tape manufacturing, their professionalism and efficiency is amazing and the tapes I received are high quality products and they know how to handle problems such as delivery issues. I ordered a batch of 50 tapes for my label, which was lost by the delivery service and after a few months of being in contact with the delivery service trying to locate the parcel, they sent me another batch of 50 tapes that they re-produced. Couldn't recommend Band CDs enough.read more
Maël Elemental
Maël Elemental
2017-03-13T20:44:07+0000
Excellent product, great customer service and did exactly what was asked for!! Thanks Charlotte for a great product and super duper service! Would highly recommend - Ian (Gone Savage) Check it out on our bandpage - facebook com gonesavageukread more
Ian Salpekar
Ian Salpekar
2016-10-27T13:00:28+0000
Can't recommend these guys enough. I worked closely with a chap called Michael at BandCDs on a small batch of cassette tapes. He was an absolute legend! His meticulous attention to detail was unlike anything else I've experienced from any of the printers/manufacturers I've dealt with in the past at other companies. He ensured that certain elements of the design lined up and also bent over backwards to make sure the colour of the printed J Cards matched nicely with the colour of the plastic cassette. Top this off with an extremely quick turnaround, high quality products, great sounding audio and all at the lowest price I could find anywhere online and you can see why it's smiles all round in my house! Great job, thanks again all! :)read more
Alex Foster
Alex Foster
2016-08-02T09:36:59+0000
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