Blank CD Guide - Choose the Right Blank CD-R for Your Recording or CD Duplication Projects
Your reputation rides on the quality of the blank CD you choose to distribute!
Blank CDs need to be selected with the same care you give to creating the material you record. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether it's the first time a potential fan is hearing your music, or the first time a potential church visitor is hearing your message, you want them to experience your performance, presentation or sermon without skips, errors or lost data. Follow this guide, and you'll know how to present your valuable material without compromising your reputation.
- Format & Capacity
Current standard capacity for blank CDs is 700Mb or enough for about 74 minutes of music. 800Mb discs are also available and can hold about 85 minutes of music. If you need a disc that can hold a larger capacity, you may want to opt for a blank DVD, which holds 4.7 GB.
- Surface Type
Blank CDs are available with non-printable, or printable surfaces. Non-printable CDs can be marked with a soft felt-tip pen, for labeling. Printable CDs are completely blank (no manufacturer brand or label anywhere), allowing for full customization with either laser thermal or ink-jet printing. This can give you a very professional printed CD, even when produced in small batches. Pre-printed CDs, will make a much more professional impression than handing out discs marked up with a Sharpie.
- Data Integrity and Durability
CDs don't last forever. This is probably the biggest factor that makes one blank CD better than another. Cheap CDs can begin losing data and producing read errors as early as months after being purchased because the oxidization of the plastic used in their manufacturing happens faster when they are produced thinner and more cheaply. The higher the quality, the longer your CD will last and the better they will perform, with fewer read errors. This is why CCI Solutions has chosen to sell and recommend MediaSafe™ blank CDs. Our Professional blank CDs include a 100 year read & playback guarantee.
How you choose to store your blank CDs is the last crucial factor in the presentation and preservation of your project. Choosing environmentally friendly options like recyclable CD sleeves can be earth conscious and cost-effective, but CD jewel cases may be a better choice if you are presenting your music to a producer or gifting a copy of your church service to a valued member of your congregation. For archived copies of your presentation, or to safely store and organize master CDs for long-term storage, choose a professional CD album or MediaSafe™ Safe Case.