HOW TO PREPARE FILES FOR CD PRODUCTION

Please. read the following instructions carefully.
Before sending audio material, make sure it meets all the technical requirements.
The audio we receive goes into the production queue and only when its turn comes, it is checked by our technical department, so you might be notified about any incompatibility with the required criteria even several days after placing an order.

CD maximum lenght:
The Philips Red Book specifies that CD recordings should not exceed 74 min and 44 s. Most (not all) CD audio players support long-play discs, up to 80 min. However, not all players will work properly with discs longer than 78 minutes.*

DVD maximum capacity

DVD-5 – 4,7 GB max

DVD-9 – 8,54 GB max

DVD-10 – 2 x 4,7 GB max

* – if the optimal time of 78 minutes is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse a complaint concerning the sound quality or proper functioning of the discs

Content of CDs and DVDs
The content of a CD/DVD should be delivered digitally in DDP 2.0 format with MD5 checksum or traditionally on a CD-R/DVD-R disc (2 copies)

Disc Description Protocol (DDP) is a format for specifying the content of optical discs, including CDs and DVDs. DDP is commonly used for delivery of disc premasters for duplication and must contain 4 parts: 1) Audio image(s) (.DAT file(s)) 2) DDP Identifier (DDPID) 3) DDP Stream descriptor (DDPMS) 4) Subcode descriptor (PQDESCR). An optional text file can also be included, this will contain the track titles and timings.

All masters sent on CDR/DVDR medium should be production-ready and edited exactly as expected to work in the final product.

The image on DVDRs should be burnt to the disc’s main sector.

DVD-R DL is an acceptable medium for DVD 9 production.

All masters must be of the best quality, free of physical damage, errors etc. All masters should be adequately protected against possible damage during transportation, dirt, etc.

Defective masters or those that do not meet the recommended specifications may incur delays and change the process of possible complaints handling.

Replicas can be used as masters provided they are not copy-protected.

FILE TO DDP CONVERSION FOR AUDIO CDS:

If unable to provide a DDP for CD production, we can create a DDP 2.0 (+MD5) image from .wav, .aiff files on client’s special request and it is surcharged at 25 EUR net:

– the accepted files are .wav and .aiff

– the files should be named in such a way, so the computer browser could line them alphabetically up in a right sequence. For instance: 01 02 03 04 05 etc.. Thus when you put your files into one folder everybody would know what is the right order

– The names of all the files including the main folder should not contain diacritic characters

– CD-TEXT may be added to a DDP file  on request. The ordering party should provide a text document that may include these elements: the author / the album title / the track title / ISRC code / UPC/EAN code. All these elements are optional, therefore, the request may only contain the first three.

– adding breaks or any other interference into the material should be arranged between the client and Monotype Pressing.

BIN, IMG, ISO, MDS and NRG formats are also accepted (excluding DVD formats) for an extra fee of EURO 10 for their conversion to DDP format if this is agreed with a sales person.

The client may ask for the personalised matrix name on the disc. The number of marks on a matrix cannot exceed 25 characters.

The mastered files should be sent to: monotypepressing.wetransfer.com, or the link to the files should be pasted in the appropriate box in the order form.

The turnaround for CD only manufacturing: CDs without covers: ca. 7-10 working days after accepting the CD label/

CD imprint / cover printing:
– we accept materials in digital form on CDs and DVDs (PDF, version 1.3 maximum, minimum of 300dpi, CMYK)
– we kindly ask you to send us CMYK materials with embedded fonts and minimum 3mm of bleed
– in case of Pantone print, we ask for the exact Pantone number/s. The price may vary depending on the quantity and different kinds of Pantone)
– we accept PROOF prints
– we accept special offers which include the design of the imprint / cover printing, DTP editing, cover design based on the client’s materials); this service is charged individually

COLOUR PROOFS

CMYK proofs are based on composite files, made according to the FOGRA 39 standard.

PANTONE colours are referenced to the PANTONE® pattern; values being compared to the proof.

COLOURS

Offset CMYK print is applied directly on a disc’s surface or on a white pre-print (background).

Additional PANTONE®  colour or varnish may be added to a project.

Due to black paint transparency in the offset method, ultra-rich black areas in offset printing must be underlaid with CYAN 80%, MAGENTA 80%, YELLOW 80%.

TEXT – MINIMUM TYPE SIZE   Sans-serif fonts o for positive 4,5 point o for negative 5 point   Serif fonts: o for positive 5,5 point o for negative 6 point