Cassette Manufacture

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Background Information

Because we have had a low volume of cassette work over the past few years we have decided not to offer this service any longer. Please look over our web site and consider a more current format like CD, CDr, DVD or memory stick.


Duplication Methods | Packaging Options | Inlay Cards

Duplication Methods

There are two types of cassette duplication, 'in shell' and 'loop bin'.

Loop bin duplicating normally provides the best quality copies. The Digital Audio Company employs this process. Because loop bin duplication is a mass production system there is a minimum order quantity of 250. As part of the quality control process we supply a test cassette which is taken from a slave machine. This provides a representative sample which should be very carefully checked for defects by you before the other copies are run. Alternatively, the factory offer a listening service where they will check the sample (extremely carefully!) at no extra cost.

Packaging Options

Shells

Cassettes can be supplied in different types of shell:

  • Clear shell with white on-body print
  • White shell with blue on-body print
  • Black shell with white on-body print
  • Other shell / print combinations are available but at increased cost

Cases

The majority of cassettes are packaged in library case, but there are other options:

  • Crystal clear library case - all parts are see through
  • Clear / black library case - the hinged section is black
  • Clear / coloured library case - the hinged section is a colour other than black
  • Double library case - similar to single cassette cases but will hold 2 cassettes and a larger inlay card.
  • Poly box - a translucent, slightly flexible case, smaller than a library box. Good for posting, but difficult to get inlay cards to fit.
  • Slip case - a card or stiff paper sleeve with either 4 or 5 sides. Often used to package singles. Can be printed before assembly.
  • Video cases - a video box with a special moulded insert which can house 1 or more cassette. Often used for the presentation of multi-cassette sets. Usually uses a paper insert for print.

Inlay Cards

Inlay cards can be printed single or double sided and printed either black and white or colour. A 'basic' inlay card will have the front page, and to the left of that a narrow spin and 'back flap'. It is then possible to have additional flaps to the right of the front page, which fold round inside the library case. Prices are dependent on how many additional flaps are used and whether the print is black and white or colour.

Bar Codes

If you think that your products will be distributed by a commercial distribution company, or will be stocked by a 'large' retailer, you should consider using a bar code. Bar codes are often used in conjunction with ISRC codes for automatic royalty payments by radio stations. Bar code numbers are controlled in the UK by e-centre. Visit their web site or for more contact information see our links page.

Each bar code number consists of three parts:

In order to use a bar code number you must be a member of e-centre who will allocate you a company prefix to which you add a reference item number. Only members of e-centre can use bar codes. It is illegal to use bar codes if you are not a member of e-centre! Companies offering to sell or give you a bar code risk prosecution of themselves and you. In addition, it is quite possible that your royalties and revenue from sales could end up being paid to other bands sharing the same company prefix as you. Finally, don't be persuaded to stick the bar code off a chocolate bar, etc. on your CD - it could lead to mass confusion in Morrisons.

MCPS

The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society administer the mechanical copyright of the vast majority of music in the UK on behalf of songwriters and publishers. If you are going to use someone else's material, you will almost always have to pay a royalty. In order to progress your manufacture, you will need to fill in an Application For License form (available from us or MCPS), regardless of whether you are recording your own or someone else's songs. Once the form is completed and returned to MCPS they will let you know how much you will owe (if anything) in royalty payments, and then once this is paid, they issue a License To Manufacture. Other than for runs of less than 300 units, we (along with all other reputable duplication facilities) will require a license before we can commence manufacture. Visit their web site or for more contact information see our links page.

 


Cassette Prices from January 2009

Because we have had a low volume of cassette work over the past few years we have decided not to offer this service any longer. Please look over our web site and consider a more current format like CD, CDr, DVD or memory stick.

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