Pro vs. high-end consumer Burners / CD-R Pre-mastering

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by mark4man, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member


    I recently e-mailed my replication service & asked which optical transport assembly they used to cut their glass masters; & which burner they would recommend to write CD-R pre-masters.

    They came back with Plextor on the OTA...

    & then went on to say that any of the burners I had mentioned (Tascam CD-RW2000, Alesis Masterlink, HHB BurnIt) would be wonderful, but that I might save some money if I went with a Plextor external SCSI or USB2 burner.

    So, my question is:

    Do the mastering house favorites (CD-RW2000, Masterlink, etc.) offer any distinct advantage (in burning for CD-R pre-master) over high end external consumer burners (Plextor, TEAC, etc.)... the quality of the written CD-R (not device features, but burn quality in general)


  2. doulos21

    doulos21 Member

    the thing i dig about the masterlink is you can preview it before you burn it to disk which includes checking levles and pre view hearing the conversion so the 20 gig drive does wonders for storing takes til you burn your hottest mix without wasting cdrs!
  3. beachhunt

    beachhunt Guest

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  4. beyarecords

    beyarecords Guest

    Is anyone using the Plextor PlexWriter Premium-U - CD-RW on OS X?
  5. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    The Plextor PlexWriter Premium is the mastering house favorite exactly because of the quality of the burn. I would struggle to think of one M.E. that doesn't use that drive on a regular basis. Well, maybe one...

    Most places (mine included) have the ML's and what not for playback - Not for processing. Burns are reseverd for the Plextors.
  6. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member

    Massive & beachhunt,


    Yeah...I'm sold. Trying to find one (Plextor Premium) now...they're not exactly a CompUSA or BestBuy stock item.

  7. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member


    Any decent online shop then - is one of my faves, but almost any of them have it.
  8. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member

    John S.,

    I've been looking for the PlexWriter Premium-U...the external USB model...& believe me...nobody has these (including NewEgg.) Apparently, the Premiums have been discontinued. I can't even get thru to sales at Plextor for a confirmation. I may have found one at CD.ROM.HQ...won't know 'till I call to see if they're actually still in stock.


  9. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member
  10. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member


    That's the internal drive [E-IDE (ATAPI.)] They're still available as new (&; I may have to go that route...although I've always been leery of burning in the box, so to speak.) But I'm actually looking for the external drive [USB], the Premium-U.

    Interestingly, I heard back from Plextor today; & they're telling me that their new DVD drive (PX-716UF) offers all the advantages of their Premium CD-RW drives. I'm not so sure, as lasers are implemented differently in DVD drives with respect to CD writing.

    Have no idea which way to go now...I suppose I need to research the DVD burner further.


  11. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest


    I'm in the same position as you. I've been looking for the Plextor Plexwriter Premium-U. But with no luck. Did you ever find one?
    Has your research on the new DVD drive (PX-716UF) turned up any info?

    Also, is the internal plexwriter premium any different from the from the external one? (Besides the fact that its internal of course) Is the quality of the burn between internal and external one the same?
  12. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member


    No...the run-of-the-mill internet resellers I had lined up turned out to be BSr's (claiming to have the external available...but then of course being out of stock.)

    I went with an internal, which I drove to Radnor, PA to pick up (at Micro Center, an authorized Plextor reseller.) (I'm in the Trenton, NJ area...& it only took a half hour.)

    Yeah...a support tech at Plextor told me not to go there. Just as I thought, the laser config is implemented differently. For CD-A pre-masters, CD-RW's are the best route (save for Exabyte)...&; in our case, the Plextor Premium is the premier choice of mastering houses & project studios alike.

    No difference. Same animal in a different case. We're better off with the internal anyway. Most CD-RW's are mfg.'s as E-IDE (ATAPI); & then adapted to USB external via a bridge chipset. Included software is also identical (& PlexTools is just tremendous.)

    My dilemma had been that I already had 4 devices attached to both IDE channels (primary & secondary.) So all I did was give up the cheapo DVD/CD combi drive that came with the PC...unplugged that & plugged in the Premium...was even able to leave it (the Premium) jumpered default, as a Master.

    On the internal, the mfg.'s model # you're looking for is: PX-Premium/SW. But be careful of the add-on designations. I found a PX-Premium/SW-BL...which was "Black"...which was also ideal for me. May not be the case for you (no pun intended.) They also had a PX-Premium/SW-B, which was I believe "Beige"...& the straight SW is I think "Silver". But I'm not sure, so check (if color matters.)

    Get the won't find an external anywhere. You'll plop down your credit card # only to find the supply house empty. Look on the Plextor site for local authorized resellers.

    Good luck,

  13. Johnjm22

    Johnjm22 Guest

    Thank you very much for the informative reply. :cool:
  14. mark4man

    mark4man Active Member


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