Duplication vs. Replication

To help you decide what you need, we have put together some of the basics on cd/dvd duplication and replication.

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What is the difference between duplication and replication?

Disc Duplication
Duplication is the standard way quantities of 1 - 1,500 CD's or DVD's are produced. The original disc is placed in a reader which then copies the data onto a hard drive. The master is ejected and blank discs are then loaded into the system. Your data is burned (transferred) to the blank discs. The information is verified and the copy then accepted or rejected.

Replication
Replication is the method used to produce mass quantities (over 1,500) of CD's or DVD's. A "glass master" of your original is made which in turn "stamps" the data onto blank media. The disc is then printed and lacquered for protection. Replication generally takes a much longer time then duplication because of the necessary added steps which can add 7-14 days to complete. Another factor is that a "clean room" environment must be maintained for proper "Mastering". The slightest piece of lint, dirt, etc. can flaw the master, with the defect carried over to the stamped copies.

What are the deciding factors when choosing one over the other?

  1. Fast Delivery: Without the need of longer machine set-up times or Glass Mastering delays, CD-R or DVD-R Duplication is ideal for your urgent need or short run requirements.
  2. Lower Costs: With no Glass Mastering, the costs for smaller quantity runs can often be more affordable than with small run Replication costs. Through use of high-tech Rimage Equipment, photo realistic printing is available on your CD / DVD. As the printing is done straight from your electronic files, there are no film costs to worry about.

Disc Replication is most ideal for high volume projects with longer turn times.

CD & DVD Replication is the manufacturing process that essentially replicates or "clones" your original master. A Glass Master is created from your original master.

Is there a difference in the final product?

There is no difference in the disc's except for a slight compatibility issue between the two processes. A replicated disc will work in all players and computer drives. A duplicated disc will work in players that will read a CD-R or DVD-R disc. Almost all modern set-top players and computers can play this format. In short, there is VERY LITTLE difference between a duplicated or replicated disc. If you have menus, chapters, alternate sound tracks, extras, etc. on your original, it will be on the new disc regardless of how it was copied. Most companies are now using duplicated discs instead of replicated ones because of the cost and time saved by this process and the ever decreasing compatibility issue.

Does Legend duplicate or replicate for its customers?

We duplicate in house using the complete line of Rimage products. For more information or to place an order, please visit our CD/DVD Duplication Page

What if decide I want to replicate, can you help me?

Yes. Legend has business relationships here in Southern California with several of the major CD/DVD Replicators. These companies offer very competitive prices with quick turn around. Legend would act on your behalf. We would bid, procure and deliver your project.