your minimum replication order?
Most CD Replication companies have a minimum
order of 1000 units. The reason for this is because a quantity
of 1000 is necessary to justify the replication process as
well as full color silk-screen and offset printing.
So, do you offer replication in quantities
less than 1000?
Please check the Small
Quantity Duplication Prices or call: (713) 526-6874 for
What are the actual differences between
replication and duplication?
Replication is the process of "stamping"
your data into an injection molded CD. This requires that
your data be first burned onto a template known as a glass
master, similar to how LP's used to be pressed. The finished
product has a silver coloration and looks like a music CD
you would buy at a record store. Replication is normally used
for larger quantities, where it's important to get the per-disc
price as low as possible. Often the replication process requires
that you order a minimum of 1,000 CDs to offset the setup
costs. However, Houston CD Factory
is capable of filling replication orders as low as 300 CDs!
Because your data is actually built into the
construction of the CD and not added later, the replication
process is less expensive than duplication. UNLESS, of course,
you only need a small number of copies! In that case, duplication
would be the more appropriate strategy
Duplication is a process that uses CD recorders
to "burn" your data into a pre-manufactured write-once
CD. These CDs, called CD-Rs or Recordables, are blank CDs
and cost between $3.00 and $4.00 depending on quantities and
printing options. Data is added by using a CD recorder. The
process takes between 9 and 74 minutes per disc depending
on the speed of the recorder. Because the setup costs are
minimal by comparison, it's much more cost-effective to reproduce
smaller numbers of discs in this way. It's not only less expensive
for smaller runs but it's faster. Normal turn around time
for CD-R duplication runs is usually only a few days.
Houston CD Factory
does both kinds of CD reproduction, as well as providing assistance
with the graphic design and packaging for your CD.
What are the differences in printing between
replication and duplication?
Replication orders include four-color silk-screen
printing directly on the CD face, full color CD booklets,
offset printed on a Heidelberg press, jewel cases, shrink
wrapping, and even optional bar codes when necessary.
Duplication orders are ink-jet printed on
white, adhesive labels. Either full-color or black and white
ink-jet printing is available.
Even the front and back-liner may be ink-jet
printed in full color.
What is the background color on replicated
The natural background of all CDs is silver.
To silk-screen photographs on the CD face a white base is
recommended. The white background counts as one of the four
for face label background choices.
How can I see the
difference between silk-screened and ink-jet printed CD face
labels and booklets?
||for silk-screened and offset
printed client samples
|| for Inkjet printed
What most people do is make an appointment
to come into our Houston, Texas studio. We are open Monday
through Friday between 10 am and 6 pm.
What do I do next?
We are conveniently located and exact, printable directions
may be found by clicking the Driving Directions link below.
Simply call us at: (713) 526-6874 or
e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org