up your masters is more important
than just being
careful at mastering time. Years from now, formats will change
media can surprise us in not-so-pleasant ways. For instance no one
could have predicted years ago that some brands of analog tape
(particularly Ampex-Quantegy and Agfa-BASF) would become sticky to the
point of being unplayable. Pprofessional archiving companies can bake
sticky tape in special ovens in order to revive it.
DAT tapes first came
out, we were mixing to analog tape and DAT
backup at the same time. This was a good backup proceedure because
having the different formats gave extra options down the road.
Yet older DAT tapes aren't totally predictable either, and old mastered
1630 tapes (which look like giant 3/4" DAT tapes) are now developing
hard drives have
problems in the future? Will CDRs play like
new 10 years from now? Yes - according to the manufacturers, but
who really knows! We know that some CDRs have more errors than
others depending on the burner combination.
just a good idea to
cover yourself when you've invested so much
time and energy into your project. We
backing up any data files two
- onto addtional hard
drives, DVD-Rs (not DVD+R), or
CDRs. DVD standards may change in time, so always include
something else besides DVD-Rs.
that audio CDRs
stream audio and when you play them in order
to make backups, be sure to clock both master and backup machine with
the same clock. Always use the best digital cables you can
afford. Data files like AIFF, WAV, SDII should be copied at 2X,
4X or 8X unless your equipement manufacturer states the data is more
error-free using a different speed. Higher speed CDRs came later,
so we suggest sticking with whatever is most stable.
your masters in a safe
place. You've invested a lot of time
and money to create your project. Remember, hard drives will
always fail at some point. Back up early!!!! Back up
love what you did on my
CD. Do you have any more suggestion for what I can do to promote it and
get a deal? -Ed
out my links
and one group's success
via the Internet.
lots of ideas and support from the
sites I have listed. The sky's the limit. Utilize all possible ways to
get heard. From iTunes to Paramount Pictures, there's a lot of ways to
get your music sold. A good idea is to match the time and money you've
put into the recording and manufacturing with the same amount of time
and money for promoting, marketing and selling your music. Promote
yourself relentlessly.... and you can't help but make progress.
The CD wouldn't play
past track 4 on my home CD player. I
another player and it played fine, and the CD played fine in two
different car stereos. This happened one other time with a CDR. Do you
know what could cause that? -Tom, Louisville, KY
The reason that your
player won't play the CDR is because they have
an "ink" on the bottom, not actual physical pits like a standard CD.
The laser burns spots represent the "1" (and no burn spot represents
the "0"). Some CD players (usually car stereos) just aren't happy
looking at those burn spots and the result can be anything from dropped
tracks to glitches or other weird things.
CD/DVD players are
getting better all the time. Just to be sure, if you go to purchase a
home/car CD player, take several CDR's with you
to check which one will play them all (some manufacturers of new units
state that they play CDRs, MP3's etc.). The brand of the CD player
doesn't matter much, as the laser assembly inside them often are made
by different companies, like an RCA deck might have a Techniques laser
When you are going to burn an audio CDR, burn it at the slowest speed
your burner will go for the best sound and reliability. Do not use
iTunes to burn anything you need for critical listening! iTunes adds
unwanted processing to the sound. Also iTunes is not the best for
making MP3 files.
Caution: When making MP3's be aware of the volume level of your
original file. Straight-across converted MP3's files will be clipped if
the audio level is too hot. Contact us if you need the best sounding,
level corrected MP3 files.