How CD Replication Works Behind The Scenes

If youíre in the market for a CD replication job big or small, S&J CD Duplication is the place to turn. Weíve been in business since 1998 and have earned a reputation for delivering only the highest quality replication in the business. CD manufacturing is one of our main fields of expertise and we take every project, no matter its size, very seriously.

CD replication, like DVD replication, is an undertaking that demands extreme attention to detail. Unless experience and expertise go into every step of the process, quality can suffer. S&J is simply the best company to turn to for CD manufacturing because of our willingness to go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.

CD Manufacturing " Bulk Disc " Pricing

Quantity Per Unit Price


  • Orders paid by certified check, money order or business check automatically receive a 3% cash discount from the prices listed.
  • Film fees are included
  • Shipping is additional
  • Up to full color offset printing is included


  • Turn time is 10-11 business days to ship out.
  • All music, CD-ROM royalties, audio licensing and/or changes are the responsibility of the customer
  • All CDs are delivered spindle wrapped unless other packaging arrangements have been made
  • Please provide masters on CD-R, No CD-RW
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  • 350 DPI minimal on all art work please for best printing resolution
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  • Max of 80 minutes or 700 Megabytes on a full sized CD
500 1.08
1,000 .62
2,000 .475
2,500 .455
5,000 .37
7,500 .34
10,000 .31
25,000 .265
50,000 .248
100,000 .237

CD Packaging Supplies

Quantity Paper Sleeve With Clear Window and Flap Standard Jewel Cases with Black or Clear Tray & Poly Wrap Slim Line Jewel Cases with Black Tray (includes shrink wrap) 6" x 6" White  Cardboard Mailers With Pocket Clam Shells (Round or Square)
500 $.105 $.25 $.23 $.25 $.22
1,000 $.075 $.23 $.23 $.26 $.22
2,500 $.075 $.23 $.23 $.23 $.22
5,000 $.065 $.23 $.23 $.22 $.22
7,500 $.065 $.23 $.23 $.215 $.22
10,000 $.065 $.23 $.23 $.21 $.21
15,000 $.065 $.23 $.23 $.20 $.21
25,000 $.065 $.23 Contact Us $.195 $.20
50,000 $.065 $.23 Contact Us $.185 $.20
100,000 $.055 $.23 Contact Us $.18 $.19

So, what happens during the CD replication process?

While CD duplication or DVD duplication involves burning information to a disk, CD replication involves the actual molding of compact discs from tiny polycarbonate beads so that the discs exactly mirror the original master disc. At S&J, we make each disc so our customers can rest assured quality goes into the mix. One of the primary ingredients in the beads used to produce CDs is crude oil. This is why customers will discover the cost of both CD and DVD manufacturing tends to fluctuate right along with the crude oil market.

During the CD replication process, your original master is used to make a specialized glass master CD. This glass master, in turn, enables us to create a special set of metal stampers. The pits and grooves on the glass master are transformed into tiny spikes on the stamper. Once a stamper is made, we get to work on your individual CDs. The polycarbonate beads are melted and placed into high-tech injection molding equipment. Exact clones of the master are crafted by pressing the stamper for your project into the molten polycarbonate ring. This results in an identical copy of the data or audio on your original CD. After we finish this, a coat of reflective aluminum is placed on top of the CD and is sealed with a lacquer coat that provides protection. This coat is hardened through the use of ultraviolet light.

While your CD replication process is technically complete at this point, S&Jís work isnít complete just yet. The next step in the CD manufacturing process involves silk screen or offset printing. Then we either spindle or package your finished discs into casings with or without inserts for delivery. The final result is a CD replication that is of the same quality you might find in a software or record store. To check out the specialized equipment that makes it possible for us to get our job done right, just click here.

Should you want to find out more about manufacturing CDs with packaging, just click here.

For our current prices on large CD DVD replication - or CD DVD duplication - projects, just call us toll free or contact us via e-mail. Before you contact us, visit our packaged specials page. This spot might have the exact information youíre looking for.

S&J does offer CD or DVD replication in quantities beginning at 500 units ranging to quantities in the millions. This means that all quotes are tailored specifically to the order. Price quotes can vary as a result. We do try to have all DVD and CD manufacturing quotes to our customers within 30 minutes during regular business hours.

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