The differences between CD/DVD Duplication and Replication
DUPLICATION OR REPLICATION?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
There are lots of differences as in essence Duplication and Replication involve two entirely different technologies. Both produce media with your content on. However, Duplication records the content into a reflective layer on the medium using the laser of a drive. Whilst Replication produces the same medium by process of injection moulding.
A Duplicated disc exists in a blank format and is printed with artwork before the content is written on. The Replicated disc is moulded or pressed from polycarbonate granules. After that it is coated with an alloy, subsequently printed with your artwork. Same result, much different process.
IS ONE METHOD BETTER THAN THE OTHER?
Not really, it depends more on your exact need. Duplication is very useful if you need to have your discs quickly as turnaround is much more flexible. The setup and machine preparation is a lot less time intensive so your discs can be in production within minutes of you providing your master. Replicated discs require the making of a ‘stamper’. This is a metal disc containing your content that is used in the moulding process.
Duplicated discs are also more economical to produce in smaller numbers as the cost associated with setting up a project is comparatively low. The stamper cost for replication up to a certain amount of discs (usually a 1,000) is chargeable, which makes it more economical for larger volumes. In respect to data integrity and quality, we are using only top tier material so there is no discernible difference between the two formats.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE SUITABLE OPTION FOR MY PROJECT?
Firstly, decide on the quantity you need and the delivery time that you ideally require. Typically if you are in a hurry and require turnaround times of less than 5 working days or you need less than 500 discs, Duplication is the way to go. For longer turnarounds and larger quantities, Replication may be the option for you.
Secondly, decide on the packaging option you require with your order. Quite often disc production is not the longest element in the production cycle. Some printed parts take longer to produce than others. Subsequently, the decision on turnaround times and production method is determined by these circumstances.
HOW LONG DOES EACH PROCESS TAKE?
A Duplication project can go into production within 24hours. So discs that require no packaging will be ready for dispatch the next day. In replication the project can be on the machine within 48-72hrs. This can be expedited but the accompanying packaging and printed parts are longer than 3-4 days turnaround.
We own and operate the largest duplication centre in the UK. Working with some of the largest content publishers, bands, record labels, corporate and public sector clients. We specialise in cd duplication, short turnaround vinyl records pressing and dvd replication.
We’re not just a Duplicator, we have a proven track record offering a complete range of services for CD, DVD, Blu Ray, USB and Vinyl products with turnaround times as short as 12 hours. This is complemented with print, automated packaging or manual assembly options for more complex multi component products.