How to Duplicate Multiple Copies of Your Home Recordings

By Jeff Strong

You can have someone else duplicate multiple copies of your home recordings. Duplication involves making copies of your master CD-R the same way you made the CD-R in the first place. The only difference is that duplication companies use CD recorders that enable them to make more than one copy at a time.

Duplication is great if you want to make a small number of copies — from 50 to 300. Bare-bones CD-duplication companies often provide one-color printing on the CD and either a vinyl sleeve or a jewel case to hold the CD.

Most full-service companies can prepare retail-ready packages, which look like other commercial CDs and include CDs with printing on them, jewel cases with color-printed inserts, and shrink-wrap. You can expect to pay $2.50 to $5 for each CD, depending on the quantity that you order.

An advantage to having your CDs duplicated is that it can usually be done quickly. Many duplication companies can provide you with a finished product in as little as a few days (although seven days seems to be the average). The disadvantage is that you usually pay considerably more for each CD than if you do it yourself or go the replication route.

To have your CDs duplicated, you need to provide a CD-R master (a CD-R that was recorded as an audio CD). If you want the duplication company to create retail-ready packages, you also need to provide artwork that’s laid out to the company’s specifications.

If you’re interested in going the duplication route, here are a few resources to get you started:

You can also do an Internet search for more places by using the search term CD duplication.