As your fan base grows, you are going to want to make yourself look more
professional by upgrading the quality of your CD's. Yes, you can sell CD's that
are burnt from your computer on generic discs from your local discount store.
You just may not sell as many as you could if they looked a bit more
Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get professional looking CD's of your
bands music today. The first option is paying someone else to do the work for
you. Services, like Copy Cats Media, offer professional quality mastering and CD
duplication at an affordable price. Usually, you can buy small quantities at a
slightly higher per piece price than buying larger quantities so you don't have
to warehouse a huge stockpile of CD's.
The advantages to using these services are the facts that the work is done
for you, everything will be packaged and ready to sell just like the CD's at you
local music store. The bad thing is affordable means different things to
different people. Many services charge $20 or more per track to master an album
and this doesn't include the costs of purchasing the extra CD copies for your
inventory. If you don't have the extra money, you might have to take matters
into your own hands.
Actually, that's not such a bad idea either. With services like
CDPrintExpress, you can get blank CD's with a professionally printed image on
the face. In many cases, these services even offer a graphic design team who can
create an image for you if you don't already have one. Once you have the printed
CD's, it is an easy task to load your CD duplicating tower and burn your music
onto them. Make an investment in a few jewel cases, print some inserts with
matching cover art and you are ready to go.
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