October 2018 cassette round-up

On a personal note, I love October. I love the crisp autumn weather, I love secluding myself at night and binging on horror movies, and more than anything I love stepping on crunchy leaves while listening to new tapes on my Walkman. Here’s are some personal favourite Duplication.ca jammers from the month of October!

R. Stevie Moore – “Homers” c62

Outsider artist R. Stevie Moore returns with this reissue of his 1973 self-release. If you’ve never done the deep dive of the weird ‘n wild world of RSM this is as good as any place to start!

Andrew Weathers / Blaine Todd – Split c44

A melancholic but surprisingly relaxing split cassette that wavers between post-rock and experimental folk. Fans of Six Organs of Admittance and Jackie-O Motherfucker will love it.

Plastic Cactus – “Moth Eyes” c17

Atmospheric dry desert rock, and like a mirage it moves into psych ‘n surf territory. Full of rad Thee Oh Sees style riffs at 0.6x speed!

Courtney Barnett – “Tell Me How You Really Feel” c44

If you can’t dig Courtney Barnett you can’t dig nothin’. A+ Melbourne slackerdom, and if that doesn’t sell it for you, maybe the Kim Deal backing vocals will.

Appropriate Savagery – “Elegant In Its Brutality” c26
Anasisana – “Sad For The Rest of My Life” c34

Another gorgeous batch by California label Casement Exchange. Both tapes swing between chaos and beauty, must grabs for fans of minimalism. Can’t choose between the two of them, they’re both quintessential October graveyard wandering music.

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So what’s the diff between Real-Time and High-Speed cassette duplication?

 

When entering your cassette duplication order, the first question you face is whether you want to duplicate real-time or high-speed. So what’s the difference? With real-time cassettes we load the tape according to your longest side length. From there we duplicate directly from your audio files, allowing us to use a high quality 24-bit source, even higher resolution than CD. Our frequency range is 20Hz to 20kHz, meaning that we can maintain extreme highs and lows while still dubbing at a loud volume and with low tape hiss. Each cassette is manually quality controlled to ensure the A-side sounds correct.


Our Tapematic 2000 loads tape into cassette shells for real-time duplication.

High-speed is the economical choice. The cassette is loaded into a digital bin and then duplicated continuously at high speed onto bulk 8,200 foot pancakes. Each tape is separated by a cue tone, which the Tapematic loaders use to locate, cut and load the tape into the cassette shell. Each cassette is consistent in quality with a frequency range of 20Hz to 16kHz. By being able to duplicate higher quantities at a faster rate we are able to offer a lower price per cassette compared to real-time, and just like real-time we are able to duplicate the cassettes at a loud volume with low tape noise.


Our high-speed loaders and duplicators running through a batch of cassettes in a matter of minutes!

 

Now that you know the difference, the only question that remains is which is the right duplication speed for your release? Compare the prices alongside all of our cassette shell colour and packaging options using our online calculator! We’ll supply you with an instant quote and free shipping to the United States and Canada.

September 2018 cassette round-up

Let’s take a gander at some of our favourite cassettes we listened to this past September. A very upbeat month before we get into the October gloom ‘n doom!

Lucid Sound Driver – “Night Light” c42

Instrumental dream-pop that’s sure to set the vibe right. Grab your Walkman and save this one for the last night bus home.

Coping Skills – “Worst New Music” c30

Not only is this possibly the best album title and cover art this year, the music also rips! Teenage Fanclub for the internet content mill age.

Shoshana Rosenberg – “A Gold Ring in a Pig’s Snout” c30

Beautiful cassette consisting of revolving bass clarinet tones. The room sound is audible, giving an impression of claustrophobia relating to its thesis of female oppression.

Velveteen Echo – “Submarine” c15

Dream-like and hazy indie pop from Miss Champagne Records. A little Galaxie 500, a little Grouper. Love their pad print design too!

Heathers – “Midnight is a Place” c30

Montreal 90s rock revivalists return with their second cassette release. At the right time and in the right place, this would be classic Sub Pop canon.

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New Product: CD Replication/Banner/Posters package deal

Hey gang,

As per usual we’re back in the lab cooking up ways to make your album releases and live shows even better. When you’re playing a show you want the audience to remember your name at the end of the night. Why not spell it out for them? For a limited time Duplication.ca is offering a CD replication gig package so you can slay in style! The package includes:

• 300 replicated CDs printed on one-colour silkscreen disc
• Standard jewel case packaging with 2-page inserts and traycards
• 4′ x 5′ vinyl horizontal banner for killer stage presence
• 20 posters for you to pin up and advertise your show

All for only $799! You can order through our online store, open 24/7!

Summer daze

If you’re back in school this September you may find yourself sitting in class reflecting on the summer that just ended. Concerts, parties, unbearably hot weather, and everything in between. Looking back at the past few months at Duplication.ca, I gotta say, this was a hell of a summer.

The big news is that we’ve massively expanded our CD and printing department. After 30 years of business we’ve acquired a new production space in Scarborough, Ontario, allowing us to increase our CD replication and duplication production. And it’s not just the sheer volume of jobs that’s improved, but the overall quality of the products and printing as well. We’ve got one of the best silkscreen technicians in the world meticulously working on your CD orders to make sure the colours are perfect. Our new offset printer is out of this world, allowing us to create new packaging solutions to your album releases at the highest quality.

Our CD silkscreen machine churning away.

Of course, we’re not limited to just CD-related production. We’re printing books, magazines, catalogues, and even large vinyl banners. Check out this behemoth:

Time-lapse of our banner printer, also churning away.

One thing we’re particularly psyched about is our new cardboard sleeves. We love ’em because they’re high quality at a very affordable cost. These sleeves are thicker and sturdier than ever before, with higher resolution print than what we previously offered. And depending on how big you want to go, we have 2-panel, 4-panel, and 6-panel options.

2-panel cardboard sleeve

Inside of the 4-panel cardboard sleeves

So, yeah, a pretty good summer. We want to share our excitement so we’re throwing a little sale. We’re offering free standard shipping to North America on every CD replication order with 2-panel cardboard sleeve packaging! This offer expires September 14th, so you better hurry.

Click here to check out our CD replication calculator for an instant quote.

August 2018 cassette round-up

Hello all tapeheads! Here’s a look at some of our favourite cassettes fell into our production line this month. Some are funky, some survived the pit, and one in particular is very kvlt.

Mortiis – “The Song of a Long Forgotten Ghost” c58

This is a reissue of Mortiis’ debut demo, a big departure from his black metal work in Emperor, instead opting to explore funeral dirge synthesis. Dig the dark forest etching on the matte black cassettes.

Wasterr – “Tape A” c9

It may be on the short side, but this cassette packs a hell of a punch. Melbourne garage rockers singing about fighting dads and smooching boys.

Moon Rise – S/T c40

You’ll have some trouble describing Moon Rise’s sound. Yes, it’s aesthetic, but it has the daring approach of PC Music, and the retro party vibes of The Avalanches. If that isn’t cool enough, check out their shimmering gold cassette.

Firearm – Dravecky c12

Bay Area hardcore as loud and tough as Dave Dravecky himself (SF Giants legend who broke his arm during a wild pitch!)

Satanic Panic ’81 – “The Sacrifice Hunter” c32

Synthwave maestros Satanic Panic emulate 80s horror VHS vibes in their soundtrack to The Sacrifice Hunter, a horror film so rare that… it may not even exist. Awesome use of our clear vinyl cassette boxes!

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