How to create a DDP master for CD pressing

 

CD replication pressing at Duplication.ca

When sending Duplication.ca or any pressing plant a master for CD replication, the standard format is called a DDP. The DDP is an exact image of an audio disc, meaning that all the information found on that disc (audio, CD-text, ISRC codes, gap lengths, etc.) will appear in the DDP folder.

How do I acquire a DDP folder?

When you send your album to be mastered professionally, the engineer will supply you with a DDP folder for you to use for pressing. It’s important that you or the engineer include a checksum file with the DDP. The checksum is used to verify that all the individual files in the DDP are present and not corrupted in any way. If you plan on adding CD-Text and ISRC codes, they must be embedded before exporting the DDP. It is required that the DDP be created with 16-bit / 44.1kHz lossless audio files.

If you’re mastering the album yourself, some pro audio software can export DDP folders, such as Sonoris DDP Creator and WaveLab.

DDP Player by Steinberg

How do I listen to a DDP folder?

Steinberg has a freeware DDP Player you can download for Mac and Windows.  WaveLab Pro version allows you to burn a CD using the DDP folder, giving you a taste of what the CD will sound like when you receive it from our pressing plant.

How to send us a DDP:

A DDP can be easily uploaded using our FTP server. Make sure to compress the folder beforehand so there’s no need to upload/download loose files. We recommend compressing the DDP as a RAR archive or zip file, as it will verify if any corruption has occurred during the transfer.

Kerry Jane - Romance of Many Dimensions CD pressed by Duplication.ca

That’s it! Now you can focus on how you want to present your album. Perhaps a 4-panel cardboard sleeve, or maybe a classic jewel case with a booklet of liner notes? We have tons of options over at our CD replication calculator. Take a look and receive an instant quote!

The Duplication.ca Guide to Cassette Box Sets and Double Cassettes

Double cassette cases at Duplication.ca

Do you have an album so big that one cassette alone could not possibly handle it? Double cassette releases are always exciting, but how do you go about packaging them? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

Wet Tuna, released by Baked Tapes

Triple cassette box available from Duplication.ca

Multi-Cassette Box

This sleek design works like a Norelco case with the two cassettes sitting side-by-side. Its longer length makes it size comparable to that of a CD case, making it easy to store and easy on the eyes. An extra large double-sided J-card allows you to go nuts with the artwork, pack in as much detail and information as possible!

View the double cassette boxes on the online store

Our triple cassette boxes are even longer in length but keep the same width. Unlike the double cassette boxes they do not have posts.

Click here for triple cassette boxes

"MTL Tapes" released by La Cohu and packaged in a Triple Cassette Album from Duplication.ca

Cassette Albums

If you’re a fan of the classic audio book packaging style, look no further than our cassette albums. These packages contain a transparent wraparound film for you to slip in a larger trapsheet in lieu of a J-card. We even have albums that hold up to EIGHT CASSETTES, if you can believe it.

View our wide selection of cassette albums here

Disso Vol. One

Double Norelcos

Double Norelcos are exactly as they sound– two Norelcos joined at the hip! They open on both sides “butterfly style,” meaning it facilitates two J-cards. This is perfect for releasing two separate albums that require different artwork in one package.

Click here to order Double Norelcos

If you’re planning a run of 100 units or more, take advantage of our special offer. 100pcs for $60 CAD / $45.50 USD!

Double cassette slipcase by Duplication.ca

Printed Slipcases

Last, but certainly not least, we have our cardboard slipcases. These 15pt boxes can hold up to four cassettes with Norelco cases, which make them ideal for career retrospectives. They’re printed and assembled in-house, so not only do they go under our rigorous quality control, but we pass the manufacturer-direct savings on to you.

Take a look at our Printed Slipcases options

At Duplication.ca, no cassette release is too big or too small for us to handle! Don’t forget that in addition to great packaging and printing solutions, we offer high-quality cassette duplication services so your cassettes sound amazing on any stereo. Free shipping to the United States and Canada!

DUPLICATION.CA HAS A QUICK 4-WEEK TURNAROUND TIME FOR CASSETTES!

FM Attack - "New World" cassette duplicated at Duplication.ca

Sometimes the hardest part of recording and designing your latest cassette release is the waiting! It’s tough standing by the door, watching the mail carrier walk by your apartment with no packages in hand. At Duplication.ca we do everything we can to get your cassettes shipped as quickly as possible while not compromising the quality of our recording, printing, and packaging. We’re proud to be able to lower our standard turnaround time to an estimated 4 weeks before shipping! The standard shipping cost remains the same: FREE to the United States and Canada!

If you’re about to leave on tour or you’re just too excited to wait, we have a variety of rush options which guarantee that your cassettes will be out the door or ready for pick-up in a matter of days. Choose from 15 business days all the way to our ultra quick 5 business day turnaround.

Hot tip: if you want to ensure your cassettes will be put into production immediately, double check your audio and artwork files and upload them when you place your order! We only begin production once all the files have arrived and are ready for processing.

Click here to place your cassette order and receive your tapes in a matter of weeks!

Hot Cassette Shell Colors for Summer Releases

ED. (Elektric Dreams) Pool Party cassette duplicated by Duplication.ca

 

When it comes to summer activities like barbecuing in the backyard, floating in the pool, or chilling in the park, you’ve gotta have your jams by your side. At Duplication.ca we’ll make your cassettes look as hot as they sound! Here are some awesome cassette shell colour suggestions for you to duplicate the hottest summer album or mixtape!

Blue tinted with square hubs cassette tape shell by Duplication.ca

Blue Tinted w/ Square Hubs
Normal-bias • Tabs out • Red leaders • Soft window

Calm like a blue ocean, this is a great shell for you to slow down R&B cuts and create a killer vapor beat. Just don’t bring your tape deck too close to the tide.

Silver platinum mirror cassette tape shell by Duplication.ca

Platinum Silver
Normal-bias • Tabs in • Clear leaders

The type of cassette for when you’re decked out and ready to party all night. It’s the visual equivalent of Diamond in the Back by Curtis Mayfield. Your cassette deck will never look classier!

Yellow cassette tape shell by Duplication.ca

Feel Good Yellow
Normal-bias • Tabs out • Red leaders

Really, this tape is what summer is all about: kicking it with friends, good vibes, and forgetting that you have work tomorrow until it’s too late. Pop it into your 4-track and record an improvised jangle pop demo with your buds.

Fire engine red tint cassette tape shell by Duplication.ca
Scorching Red Tinted
Normal-bias • Tabs out • White frosted leaders

If you really want to turn up the heat, try out these red tinted tapes. When placed against a light source they look like smouldering molten lava. Pairs well with 100mph convertible synthwave tracks and Chromatics-style disco guitar.

Glitter cassette tape shells by Duplication.ca

Glitter Tapes
Normal-bias • Tabs out • Leader colours vary

Whether it’s Fourth of July, Canada Day, or any opportunity where you can shoot off fireworks and keep your neighbours up all night, let it be soundtracked by our glitter shells. We have a wide variety of glitter colours— red, blue, white, green, silver, gold, and some of them all mixed together!


Hotel Pools - Fall '18 cassette tape duplicated by Duplication.ca

Feeling inspired? Take a look around our cassette duplication page for more packaging options and shell colours! We duplicate our cassettes with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, meaning no bass slap or squealing synth will be spared.

Click here for an instant quote and to receive FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada

If you’re looking for blank tapes for home duplication or to put together the best BBQ mixtape anyone has ever heard, then head over to our online shop. We load blank cassettes to your exact desired audio length and with your choice of colour.

Visit our Blank Cassettes page today

Straight Outta Duplication.ca: Beat Tapes for your Boombox

From 80s NYC rappers to the modern day Ableton beat makers, cassette culture and hip hop will forever be fused. There are few things in the world that bring us more joy than popping a tape in our Nakamichi decks and listening to the chill snare hits and loop-digging samples of a hip hop beat tape. With our real-time duplication services and high-bias chrome tape the bass hits live loud and proud on cassette tape, allowing for a range of 20Hz to 20kHz.

Here are a few of our favourite hip hop and beat tapes that we’ve been blasting through the office!

Astro Mega - The Ends duplicated at Duplication.ca

Astro Mega – “The Ends” c26

Loop digging lofi hiphop beats duplicated to high-bias chrome cassette. Zone out and listen to the record pops and crackles dancing deep in the mix. Astro Mega is a Toronto local so this makes for great Game 6 half-time music during the inevitable Raptors win.
Available at the Dupe Shop


Recognize Ali - Islam duplicated at Duplication.ca

Recognize Ali – “I Self Lord And Master” c50

If you want an alternative to the Soundcloud mumble rappers look no further than Recognize Ali. When he says “that this that soulful boom bap sound” on ‘Liftin Me Higher’, he’s not lying. Limited edition cassette comes with obi-strip.


Cyrus Tha Great - CCC Vol​.​1: Beats Inspired by the film - Straight Outta Compton duplicated at Duplication.ca

Cyrus Tha Great – CCC Vol​.​1: Beats Inspired by the film “Straight Outta Compton” c11

Exactly as described, this cassette is overflowing with instrumentals and scratchwork in tribute to the legendary gangster rap crew. Has an awesome Roy Ayers sample on Side A. Truly dig the Akira style artwork and hand-numbered obi-strip.


Various Artists - Home Grown duplicated at Duplication.ca

Various Artists – “Home Grown”

Inner Ocean Records has an impressive and prolific back catalogue of beat tapes and instrumentals, and this compilation of record digging beats is a stand-out among stand-outs. Deep bass and killer vibes, each track differentiates itself from the last.
Available at the Dupe Shop


Pout - Nylon Tears duplicated at Duplication.ca

p o u t – “Nylon Tears” c26

Blending R&B, pop, and trap beats, this 2017 cassette still gets regular play at our Dupe Shop store in Toronto. Some tracks are filled to the brim with rapid snare hits and reverb-heavy saxophone, while others feel skeletal and atmospheric.
Available at the Dupe Shop


Do you have an album you’re aching to release on cassette? Take a look at our cassette duplication calculator to see all of our awesome shell colours and printing options. Our obi-strip and cassette etching options make for great limited edition releases.

Check out our cassette duplication calculator for an instant quote and FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada!

FREE SHIPPING ON CD PRESSING ORDERS THIS WEEKEND ONLY

 

Silkscreen, inkjet, and thermal CD and DVD printing at Duplication.ca
Looking to release a new album but worried about shipping costs? Then we have a great deal for you! This weekend we’ll knock off the shipping fees to the United States and Canada when you order CD duplication or replication with cardboard packaging.

Discount expires Sunday June 9th at 11:59 PM. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

All standard shipping to North America is absolutely free, you just have to add one of our awesome cardboard panel packages to your order! If you’re looking for major label quality discs, check out our CD replication calculator for professionally pressed CDs with silkscreen printing. Those needing smaller runs of their albums might want to view our CD duplication page– no minimum order required!

Our cardboard sleeves are printed in-house, meaning a quick turnaround and our meticulous quality assurance standards. Choose your CD jacket style:

'Illicit Paper' 2-panel cardboard sleeve from Duplication.ca

2-PANEL SLEEVES

The light-weight design makes it perfect for bringing on tour and carrying to gigs. Fits a CD and booklet.

Alex Henry Foster 4-panel cardboard sleeve from Duplication.ca

4-PANEL SLEEVES

This package opens like a book, allowing slots for the CD and a booklet. The interior panels are fully printable to add extra artwork and liner notes.

Kerry Jayne 6-panel cardboard sleeve from Duplication.ca

6-PANEL SLEEVES

Ideal for when your album is fully loaded with artwork and information, the 6-panel sleeve unfurls to reveal three fully printable panels on each side.

American clients take note: there are no hidden sales taxes or duty fees attached when ordering through Duplication.ca. So what are you waiting for? You only have a couple of days to put in your order! Take advantage of this awesome offer and get your new album on the merch table.

Click here to receive an instant quote on CD replication

And here to view our CD duplication calculator

Cassette Round-Up: May 2019

Every day when we walk into the Duplication.ca offices we’re greeted with a pile of awesome cassette releases waiting to be mastered and duplicated. This May we still found ourselves in a transitional stage between a never-ending gloomy winter and burgeoning hot summer. In other words, a great month for zoning out to broad range of music blasting out of our cassette decks. Here are a few of our favourites:

Various Artists – “The Mondrians” c42 + c46

A double cassette release featuring an incredible line-up of ambient-electronic composers (Ian William Craig, Norm Chambers, Connect_icut, Alexandra Spence, to name a few) interpreting the works of de stijl artist Piet Mondrian. Packaged in our awesome side-by-side double cassette boxes.


Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh – “Son of G Rap” c56 

38 Spesh and Kool G are looking to bridge generations of New York rap bringing out certified OGs from N.O.R.E. to Dipset-affiliate Vado. NYC hip hop is alive and well on this album. Limited edition tapes came with gold horizontal obi-strip.


Benjamin Hinz – “DEEP” c22

If you like your psychedelic rock brooding and slow, like it’s struggling breathe under the pressure of the ocean’s weight, then check out this 22 minute ripper. Housed in our customizable printed Maltese Cross cassette boxes.


C. Reider – “…a trustable cloud” c54 

Composed entirely out of free sound banks, instruments, and effects processing available in web browsers. It’s an outsider electronic trip, with the J-card artwork suggesting that this is the soundtrack to a Google Deep Dream.


Surachai – “Come, Deathless” c62

Mixing elements of industrial, power electronics, and even acid house, “Come, Deathless” is richly textured and may scare you half to death. Sounds like Autechre woke up in a miserable mood.


Do you have an album you’re aching to release on cassette? Take a look at our cassette duplication calculator to see all of our awesome shell colours and printing options. We’ll provide with you an instant quote, and free shipping to the United States and Canada!

Place your cassette order today

50% off Digital Download Cards at Duplication.ca

Why choose between a physical album and a digital release? Have both with our Digital Download Cards!

We’ve slashed the cost of our digital download cards by 50% until the end of June! Take this opportunity to package digital download cards and hosting services with your next physical release, that way no fan is left without a way to listen to and purchase your music. You can even sell the download cards individually from your merch table without the need of a physical release!

Our cards come in two sizes: 4″ x 2″, or 3.5″ x 2″ (standard business card size) printed on thick and durable 14pt cardstock. All you have to do is upload your audio in a compressed folder (ZIP or RAR) with a maximum file size of 500MB. For only $10 you can add custom artwork. Just upload your image using our templates and we’ll add the codes!

Click here to order Digital Download Cards and save 50% until July 1st, 2019!

Duplicate Cassettes at Home with Duplication.ca

Turn your home into a Duplication Station through Duplication.ca!

When you’re running an indie music label, every penny matters. Duplicating tapes at home is a great financial solution for those who aren’t afraid of rolling up their sleeves and recording by hand. Duplication.ca has all the accessories you need to package great looking and sounding cassettes in the comfort of your living room!

Blank Cassettes

Goes without saying that the first two items you’ll need are a cassette deck and cassette tapes. To say that we can supply with you with cassettes is an understatement— we have dozens of different shell colours and models to choose from and we can load them to the exact length of your album. Our normal-bias tape is intended to handle loud music, allowing you to boost the recording volume a little bit more before distortion.

Take a look around our blank cassette page and find which colour suits your music best!


Tab Plugs

Those who are experienced with multi-cassette duplicators know the hassle of placing scotch tape over every tab-out cassette and subsequently carefully peeling them off. For only $2.50 CAD Tab Plugs are a simple and inexpensive solution to this issue! Just pop in the plugs and your cassette recorder will override the tab recording lock.

Add Tab Plugs to your cart today!


Cassette Labels & J-Cards

Open up your image editing application and get started on designing your cassette label stickers! Our online shop is stocked with blank stickers for you to print at home on laser or inkjet, or you can cut out the middle man and we’ll print your labels for you!

View our Printed Cassette Labels options

We also have blank J-cards which pre-perforated for easy folding. You can design your cover using our downloadable templates and print directly at home or the photocopier. Like the cassette labels, we can also print and cut your J-cards using our high-quality laser press.

Click here for blank J-card pages


Tape Deck Maintenance

You’ll want your cassettes to sound as good as they look, so it’s important to regularly clean and maintain your cassette deck. We have specialized tools in our online store for this exact purpose, such as our Level Calibration tape, Speed Calibration, and Cleaning Fluid. You can make your recording and playback decks sound brand new, and fix detrimental issues like wow and flutter.

View our Cassette Maintenance products


All that being said, we have the equipment and facilities to supply wonderful sounding cassettes with gorgeous packaging. Our recording decks are fine-tuned to provide loud playback with a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. If you want the best, look no further than our cassette duplication services.

Click here for an instant quote on cassette duplication and receive FREE SHIPPING to the United States and Canada

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.

Thinking of joining the analog cassette realm? Check out our online cassette duplication calculator for an instant quote! FREE STANDARD SHIPPING to the United States and Canada.