Country of Origin labels for cassettes, CDs, vinyl, and print

Duplication.ca Canadian cassette manufacturing

If you are an American artist or label ordering media from Duplication.ca, you need to know about Country of Origin regulations! It can save you a lot of time, stress, and even money.

In short, manufactured media and print exported to the United States need to have the Country of Origin clearly marked on the packaging. This covers cassettes, CDs, vinyl, books, and more. Duplication.ca is a Canadian manufacturer, thus we highly recommend that “Manufactured in Canada” or “Made in Canada” appear on the artwork.

Noise Drone Repeat - Made in Canada

Typically this is placed on the back of the package, but it can be anywhere on the case as long as it’s visible from the outside. Please note that the Country of Origin has to appear on each individual unit, not the shipping container or box.

The country of origin is required not only when we ship to you, it is also required when you ship to distributors, and especially if you try to cross a border with the product in your vehicle. If you don’t put the country of origin, your product could be stopped at the border and you would be responsible for all transport and labelling expenses to apply labels to the product.

One could make the argument with American customs that an order of 25 cassettes is not for resale. However, if you’re ordering hundreds of CDs or vinyl, we strongly urge you to add “Made in Canada” to the artwork. These are not shipping fees you will want to pay for twice.

We also offer “Manufactured in Canada” stickers to place on the cases.

Girls Like Gum - Made in Canada

The United Kingdom does not require a Country of Origin, but some countries other than the United States may. We recommend you do your research if you are ordering from overseas, and see what your country of residence requires when importing media and printed goods.

That’s all you need to do to make sure there are no surprises from the border. As always, shipping to the United States is FREE when you order cassette duplication. Click here for more info and an instant quote!

 

Audio cassette sticker label guide

Sticker labels are an excellent choice for audio cassettes if you want to show off a killer design in vivid colours. Something to keep in mind when graphic designing is that our stickers aren’t one size fits all, we actually have a few models to choose from. Some mesh better with certain cassette shells than others. Here’s an overview of our different cassette label templates to make your next cassette duplication order even easier!

STANDARD WHITE

These smooth labels have diagonal corners on the top with rounded corners on the bottom. In addition to the regular matte stock is a high gloss version which gives your colours an extra shine. Our 12-up sheets (which is to say 12 labels per page) allow for full bleed, so you can make your images extra large to ensure no artwork will be cut off at the printers.

SQUARE BOTTOM CORNERS

These are similar to the Standard White labels, but instead of rounded corners they have square corners at the bottom. These do not allow for full bleed, so if you’re not careful with your home printing you may find that some of the artwork at the bottom of the label may appear at the top due to a shaky printer. For this reason we suggest using solid colour backgrounds, like the Mothra Stewart tape above (great band name.)

We have a variety of Square Bottom Corner labels! All of them are available on the cassette duplication calculator:
Glossy White Square Bottom
Brown Kraft
Clear Labels
Solid Colour labels

Ezekiel Tha Prophet

FOUR ROUNDED CORNERS (CL4RC)

Pretty self-explanatory, all four of the corners are rounded! They’re printed on matte paper, giving a visceral texture to your cassette. The labels are full bleed, so you need not worry when designing your artwork!

Visit our website to download sticker label templates and get designing!


Which label is right for your cassette?

Chum Out

All you have to do is look at the cassette shell! For example, the Chum Out cassette above is using our ‘Old Computer’ shell, which has beveled style frame. The frame cuts diagonally on the top corners, meaning that you will want to use either our Standard White or Square Bottom Corner style labels.

CL4RC02 Concrete Coloured Paint

Meanwhile, our black cassette shells have rounded corners across the edges, so you’re safe to use the Four Rounded Corners sticker labels without worrying about overlap! Of course, you could use the Standard White labels with this style of shell as well, it’s just a matter of personal preference.


If you have questions about particular shells, don’t hesitate to send us an email, we want to make cassette duplication as smooth of an experience as possible for you. Make sure to check out the cassette selection guide for high-res pictures of our cassette shells.

Order cassette duplication with sticker labels and receive FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada

Want to print them yourself? Buy blank sticker labels through the online store

Four new cassette case colors from Duplication.ca!

How do you follow up a week of new cassette shell colours? You introduce a line of new cassette cases! Our new cassette boxes are bright and cheerful, just in time for a long and hot summer.

Each Norelco case is available as an individual item through our online store or as a packaging option when ordering cassette duplication and print.

Neon Pink Norelco cassette case from Duplication.ca
Neon Pink
For the post-club ravers who crave more unpredictability in their music.
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Burgundy Norelco cassette case from Duplication.ca

Burgundy
Mysterious and comforting, like the deep woods, or acoustic black metal.
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Lemon Yellow Norelco cassette case from Duplication.ca

Lemon
A relaxing cassette case for scorching hot days, feels like squeezing a lemon into a white beer.
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Pink Norelco cassette case from Duplication.ca

Pink
Unafraid to stand out, you spot this pink cassette case and you can hear the off-meter off-tune no wave riffs from SoHo.
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Want to personalize these new cassette boxes so they’re unmistakably yours? Etch your artwork directly on the case! We can laser engrave text and artwork to cassette cases and the cassette itself. You can add it as an option through our cassette duplication calculator, where you’ll receive an instant quote and FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada.

Get your music professionally duplicated on these tapes and receive FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada!

Duplication.ca will ship your pre-orders for you!

Duplication.ca mailing services

Save Time and a Trip to the Post Office

The fun part of running a record label is the curation, design, meeting talented artists, and watching the orders roll in. The not-so-fun-part? Packing boxes and making trips to the post office. Fortunately Duplication.ca has an awesome service exclusive to our clients: Bulk Mail Order & Distribution.

The way it works is that when you place your media duplication order (be it cassette, CD, vinyl, DVD, etc.), you can go ahead and begin taking pre-orders from your fans. Once your order is ready to ship, send us your pre-order list and we’ll ship them out to your individual clients with a tracking number, arriving within 14 days. That way your fans won’t have to wait for you to receive your new album, package them in individual mailers, and make your way to the post office. You’ll have peace of mind that we’re taking care of the heavy lifting, and you can monitor its movement with your tracking number.

Here’s our prices per individual shipment:

Shipping to the United States
12″ Vinyl: $7.25 USD
7″ Vinyl: $7 USD
Cassette: $5.75 USD
CD: $5.75 USD
DVD/Blu-Ray: $6.35 USD

Shipping to Canada
12″ Vinyl: $15.83 CAD
7″ Vinyl: $14.34 CAD
Cassette: $12.69 CAD
CD: $12.69 CAD
DVD/Blu-Ray: $13.44 CAD

All you have to do is let us know that you’d like us to take care of the pre-order shipments when placing a new order. Once your order is complete we’ll contact you and take a tally of all the pre-order purchases you have in queue. We can get your product anywhere in the US or Canada quickly and safely, with a minimum of logistics. Every aspect of the mailing is handled in our warehouse, including mailers, labels, shipping, tracking, and storage. We can also accomodate international orders and bulk mailing to distros/record stores, just send us an email for custom pricing.

Check out our CD Pressing, Cassette Duplication, and Vinyl services at Duplication.ca

Double cassette album packaging now available

Double cassette albums from Duplication.ca

Are you releasing an album that’s just too big to fit on a single cassette? Maybe you want to package two albums together as a special edition? Duplication.ca has you covered.

Introducing Double Album Cases for Audio Cassette

Audio Cassette Double Album Case, Black, Polypropylene from Duplication.caAudio Cassette Double Album Case, White, Polypropylene from Duplication.ca

Available in black or white, these double album cases snuggly fit two audio cassette shells. The album snaps closed and has an outer overlay film allowing you to slip in a graphic trapsheet for large-scale artwork. They’re made out of sturdy polypropylene, making them crack resistant despite its lightweight design. There’s even enough space inside to fit a booklet!

Grab them for only $0.38 USD each!

Sangre De La Luna duplicated and packaged by Duplication.ca

We also have single album cases, available in black or transparent editions (the latter allows for double-sided artwork.) Grab them individually in our online store or add them to your duplication order and receive FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada!

USB Cassettes: digital music with an analog design

USB cassettes from Duplication.ca

USB CASSETTES
DIGITAL MUSIC WITH AN ANALOG DESIGN

Do you love the retro aesthetic of audio cassettes but need modern digital merch for your fans? Then revolutionize your merch table with our USB Cassettes! These USB drives are the same shape and size as regular audio cassettes, but with a moveable thumb drive that comes out of the bottom. At 8GB of space you can load it up with over 1,000 MP3s, 1080p video, FLAC files, PDFs, or any other data. We can supply larger drives on custom orders.

Click here to learn more about USB Cassettes

Best of all, you can personalize your USB Cassette with cassette cases, J-cards, pad print, and even full-colour UV flatbed printing. Now you can finally turn your digital release into a physical object for your fans!

USB cassettes with full packaging from Duplication.ca USB cassettes with full packaging from Duplication.ca

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Want to customize your order? Send us an email and we’ll supply a quote!

Best Cassettes of 2019: Duplication.ca Staff Picks

Best audio cassette tapes of 2019 from Duplication.ca

2019 has been wall to wall audio cassettes for the Duplication.ca team. We’re non-stop duplicating, printing, and packaging audio cassettes, to the point that we’ve been dreaming in high-bias. With so many jammers on high-rotation at the production facilities and Toronto’s Dupe Shop, to pick an absolute favourite of the thousands of cassettes we’ve duplicated in the past 12 months is an impossibility. But man did we try. Here’s our staff picks of just some of our favourite cassettes of the year.


Equip - Cursebreaker X duplication by Duplication.ca

Josh’s pick (Production, Toronto)
Equip – “Cursebreaker X” c32

Cursebreaker X is the latest album from Chicago synth/vaporwave artist Equip (Kevin Hein). This album is the full realization of the performance and musical aesthetics, culminating in a new stage costume including a Unicorn horn, cape and glowing Cursed Sword. It takes you for an immediate ride into a fictional RPG bringing in inspiration from Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy and Secret of Mana, fleshing out castles, valleys and skies with styles of Progressive rock, synthwave and Ambience compositions. Available exclusively at the legendary 100% Electronicon 2 festival, now just a myth. Break the Curse!


Sacred Bones Record Society - Robert Eggers mixtape, manufactured by Duplication.ca

Ashly’s pick (sales, Montreal)
Robert Eggers – “Sacred Bones Record Society mixtape” c60

Working as a companion piece to Eggers’ truly incredible horror film The Lighthouse (one of the best films of the year), this mixtape is a lobster trap of sea shanties, tales of shipwrecks, and isolation induced madness. May cause nautical hallucinations, siren calls, and flooding.


Oppression - Le coeur plein de rage, manufactured by Duplication.ca

Samm’s pick (Pad Print, Montreal)
Oppression – “Le coeur plein de rage” c33

Lo-fi, tough, and scummy black metal from the basements of Montreal’s east end, blending into post-punk and oi territory seamlessly. No real internet presence, email directly for a copy.


DJ Speedsick - Nothing Lasts, manufactured by Duplication.ca

Fae’s pick (Production, Montreal)
DJ Speedsick – “Nothing Lasts” c48

Harsh as Hell techno, heavy and soaking in mixer feedback. Imagine if the blood rave scene from Blade set up a residency in the midwest, and then make it a bit grimier.


Odd Person - The Flowers of Arcadia, manufactured by Duplication.ca

Ryan’s pick (Dupe Shop, Toronto)
Odd Person – “The Flowers of Arcadia” c30

The sounds of the rainforest dropped in the middle of electronic compositions. Mallets and percussions emphasize your surroundings as living, breathing ecosystems. These deeply engrossing new age arrangements serve as a healing potion for the cold edges of city life. Recommended if you dig Spencer Clark!


Robert Glasper, Fuck Yo Feelings, manufactured by Duplication.ca

Denise’s pick (Manager, Montreal)
Robert Glasper – “Fuck Yo Feelings” c84

Nearly filling up a c90 tape, the Fuck Yo Feelings mixtape is STACKED with guest appearances with legends like Herbie Hancock and new school maestros such as Denzel Curry. Robert Glasper delivers on his unique style of jazz and hip hop fusion, exactly what you’d expect after his work on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.


CFCF - Liquid Colours cassette

Rob’s pick (Marketing Coordinator, Montreal)
CFCF – “Liquid Colours” c44

A revisionist look at corporate y2k-era IDM and jungle music, tailor made to soundtrack your Calvin Klein purchases, or day at the relaxation spa, or even choosing your souped-up car in a Sega Dreamcast game. Conceptually fascinating, sonically amazing. Somewhere between KLF’s ideological use of sampling and vaporwave’s critique of capitalism in the music industry lands Liquid Colours, a guide through consumerism in a pre-9/11 world.


Real World - The Language of My Life is Written in Blood, manufactured by Duplication.ca

Garret’s pick (Dupe Shop, Toronto)
Real World – “The Language of My Life is Written in Blood” c8

Viscous death metal, not for the faint of heart. Brutal riffs that will pummel your eardrums like a heavy weight to a punching bag.

Available at the Dupe Shop


The amount of talent that comes through the Duplication.ca production line is simply incredible. From hip-hop to black metal, from new wave to no wave, and from vapor to the occasional field recordings of glacier movements, we’re happy to boast that we’ve treated each tape with the attention and care it deserved. Can’t wait to hear what you all have in store for 2020! We hope you get to use your holiday break as an opportunity to cram your friends into a jam space and churn out a killer c20.

In the meantime take a look at our cassette duplication calculator for tons of packaging options, cassette shell colours, and FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada!

Happy holidays, tape heads!

Creating Pad-Print and Laser Engraving Art Using Canva

If you need to create artwork using an online design service like Canva, here’s how you can go about it.

Our platemaker and Laser engraver operates at 1000 pixels per inch so we’ve created the pad print and laser engraving template as 5 x 5 inches with 1000 ppi resolution (5000 x 5000 pixels). The template files are found on our template page. For Canva you will need the JPG template like this one.

​In Canva you can create a document of 5000 x 5000 pixels, then import this template image and resize it to fill the entire canvas. Your cassette art must be done only in BLACK, no colors. Change the transparency of the template to see what you’re doing.

When you’re done, delete the template image, and then download the art.