After a Session

After the Recording Seminar

By Nick Landis on Thursday Nov, 10th 2011

Please join us on November 16 for the “After The Recording” seminar at the AMF Creative Media Center.  Are you working on a new recording?  Have it ready to go and not sure what to do now?  This seminar will be full of information on what’s next – CD mastering, duplication, artwork, distribution and more!  Our guest speakers will give you the information you need, and will be glad to answer the many questions you might have.

DDP Masters

By Nick Landis on Monday Aug, 8th 2011

In the past few months, we've had several requests for masters to be sent over the internet to the manufacturing plant.  DDP is the perfect format for this.  Many plants will give you FTP information to send the DDP master to their facility or a login to a webpage that you can upload the file.  I like this trend and recommend this for clients that have chosen replicators that accept DDP masters.

QR Code

By Matt Eskey on Tuesday Jun, 21st 2011

We just pressed our first CDs that feature a QR code on the packaging. When the artist, songwriter Tonya Tyner, handed in her artwork, I didn't even know what the black and white square on the back of the digipak was. Now it seems like I am seeing them everywhere. When she told me that it was readable by smart phones and that you could have it link to a variety of functions, I thought it sounded like a great idea.

Band Camp

By Nick Landis on Monday Dec, 13th 2010

In this world of low-quality codecs and single song sales with a customer base that demands product instantly, I wish there was a place music fans still appreciated an album as a whole and understand the value of music. . .


By Nick Landis on Monday Nov, 15th 2010

SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that collects royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings.  SoundExchangeis  the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties for artists, master rights owners, and independent artists who record and own their masters.

Mastering Accomplished. . . now what?

By Nick Landis on Monday Aug, 23rd 2010

Many clients ask me about what to do after mastering.  I don't really have a very technical understanding of the nuts and bolts behind publishing and distribution, so I just send them to our local reputable CD manufacturing broker.  At Terra Nova, we recommend Matt Eskey with Any and All Media.  He has done a great job on every project I've sent to him and will continue to recommend Matt without reservation.  While I


By Nick Landis on Monday Apr, 12th 2010

The process of creating CD's by burning blank a CD-R in a computer's disc drive or with a stand-alone unit.  Although duplication yields an inferior product and costs more per unit when compared to replication, it is a better choice for small quantities (less than 300) or when a quick turnaround is necessary.


By Nick Landis on Tuesday Apr, 6th 2010

The process of manufacturing a CD where discs are created through injection molding polycarbonate plastic.  These 'green discs' are then aluminum plated and another 'top coat' of plastic is applied for the label.  Generally, a batch of one thousand discs is the smallest quantity that a replication plant can cost-effectively offer.  This process yields a very high-quality, professional product, and is not to be confused with duplication which is of lesser quality.