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Creating a Master CD for Duplication: 2 Things To Consider

Across Australia, there is a thriving live music scene. If you play in a band, you will understand that there is no better feeling that getting up on stage in front of a crowd and playing the music that you love. However, many bands also crave something else - the chance to make their own record. Digital technology means that time in a professional studio is now cheaper than ever, which means you can use professional equipment and tools to capture your band. However, before you send your record for duplication, so you can sell it online or send it off to a record company, it is important that you ensure that the master CD is a high-quality representation of your music and your band. Below is a guide to 2 things that you should consider.

How the CD sounds when played on different systems

When you are in the studio, it is likely you will be listening to the master recording using hi-fidelity headphones. While this is really useful in terms of balancing the track, it can sometimes create a false impression that what you hear in your expensive studio headphones will be what everyone else hears. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. When the track is played back using the small speakers of a cell phone or over a car radio, you may find that it sounds terrible as the bass is lost and the treble is too high. To avoid this, you should listen to the tracks you have recorded using different media players to make sure the sound is good enough. Small tweaks made to the master copy can help to make sure your music CD will sound great however it is played.

The different levels used on each track

Even within a professional studio environment, there will be slight differences between the sounds on each track. For example, the treble may be much higher on one track, or there may be more reverb on another. While this isn't a problem as such, it can create a jarring effect when one song is followed by another, and the listener may hear a change in tone. When creating your master CD, you should use a piece of music software which has an equaliser control. As the name suggests, the equaliser will allow you to balance the entire recording so that it flows.

Once you are happy with the master recording, you can take the CD to your local CD duplication service, who will be able to use industrial equipment to produce as many duplicate copies as you need. The CD duplication service will also carry out quality checks on the duplicates to ensure they are a true copy of the master. To find out more, contact a printing service today.