cd duplication

Discussion in 'Publishing / Marketing' started by sammyg, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member

    Dec 12, 2003
    Hi guys,

    was wondering if anyone can recomend a good professional cd duplicating machine, im new to this area and dont know much about various brands out there.

    thanks heaps,

  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    I don't know much about them either. Anyone?
  3. TotalSonic

    TotalSonic Guest

    There are basically 2 types of standalone CD duplicators - multi burner towers which have to be loaded manually and single or double burners which are automated (and often integrated with a printer).

    If you don't mind a little labor the multi-burner towers offer the quickest yield for less dollars. It's best to get one with a built in hard drive (which most of them have now) that you can load the image to it so that the CD-R master doesn't have to be re-read each run (this guarantees that the copies will be made off a consistent image). It's also good to find one with a USB or Firewire port so that you can load an image from an external DAW or hard drive.
    I've had good success with the towers made by Octave -
    Microboards is another one to look into that makes towers -

    For automated single burner types that eliminate the labor (but have less yield per hour) check out Primera's Bravo series - - or the Microboards DX-2 -

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson
  4. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I second Microboards. I personally prefer tower duplicators over the automated duplicators. The towers are much faster and cheaper, the only catch is you have to feed them by hand like he said. Take a look around the microboards website; Primera has some good integrated printers/duplicators too.
  5. fherkm

    fherkm Guest

    hi! im looking for a nice deal in duplicators, i know there is
    alot of brands out there, but, the best reseller? im from Mexico
    and im not familiar with U.S reselleres, i must search for an
    american reseller beacuse in Mexico mexican resellers kill us with the final price,

    so... any advice??...

    i´ve red that Plextor drives are the best of the best, what you think?... then i want to know if DVD duplicators burn perfectly
    good CD proyects... or is much better using only CD burners...

    i mean, any advise is very wellcome...

    thanks, and sorry about my english, is not muy lenguish =P

  6. TomK

    TomK Guest

    I'm running a multi cd automated tower from Verity Systems. I've copied close to 20,000 CD's in two years and I can't stop this thing. Big bucks, but it's worth it.
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  8. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    I just built a 1->3 duplicator for my church. If I were to do it for me I'd go the same route. An A-Card controller and Plextor burners. It's fast and the disks have very low error counts (on TY media).

    I could have bought one for the same money, but it wouldn't have had Plextor drives (which I trust).
  9. dpd

    dpd Active Member

    Sep 29, 2004
    I have a Microboards unit at the station. Uses Plextor drives.

    I haven't checked, but may have some information of use to you. If nothing else, they really get into the error rate debate in excrutiating detail - very informative.
  10. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    We did the same thing only with five Plextors and are very happy with the results. One of the firms we do business with uses Microboards duplicators for their CD duplication but the last time I was there they seemed to have a lot of masking tape over their drives that were not working and I guess that Microboards is having problems finding replacement drives for older duplicators. Anyone else know about this problem? I guess all the new drives are 52 X and the older ones were 48X and they are not compatible with the older units. I did not want to ask too many questions but about 1 in 5 of their duplicators had a piece of masking tape over it saying do not use waiting for replacement.

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