Do-It-Yourself Cassette Packages
We do the duplication, you do the packaging
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Recording The Masters RTM911 (aka Fox) Ferro Music Grade Tape:
The Fox RTM911 is one of the best performing tapes currently being manufactured. Very consistent, clean, great sound, just about perfect quality. It out-performs our Analogue Media Super Ferro in some ways.
Normal-Bias Analogue Media Super Ferro Music Grade Tape:
Analogue Media Super Ferro is a very good tape with low noise floor, high output level, and a warm sound. We have our Super Ferro in C-60 and C-90 formats (good up to 96 minutes). Tapes longer than 96 minutes are made with New Old Stock classic BASF/Emtec/ECP tape (which is the predecessor of the RTM tape).
BASF Chrome Plus Extra:
A limited amount of BASF Chrome Plus Extra is available for real-time duplication. BASF Chrome Plus Extra was one of the the best Chrome tapes ever made. This Plus Extra version has some added cobalt particles for a warmer sound. Only available for real-time duplication.
110 and 120 minute normal-bias tape:
A very limited amount of BASF/Emtec/ECP Ferro 110 and 120 minute tape is available. 120 minute tape is very thin and easily damaged. Currently, we can only do realtime duplication with these long-play tapes.
Real-time duplication is suitable for high-fidelity music reproduction with the lowest tape noise and best fidelity from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Tapes are loaded to the exact length needed and then recorded in real-time, both sides at the same time. Duplication is done directly from your audio files. Every tape is checked on the A-side to ensure the quality is good. We can copy from 24-bit masters giving a resolution better than CD. We can also copy directly from a cassette master.
Pro High Speed:
Your master is reviewed and loaded into a digital bin. Duplication is done at high speed directly onto large tape pancakes. The pancakes are then loaded into the cassettes and cut to the exact length thanks to a low frequency cue tone recorded between copies. This method gives a good consistent result with flat frequency response from 20 Hz to 16 kHz. About 1 tape out of 50 is checked to ensure the quality is correct.
Offset printing: Offset printing is available by custom quote for runs of 500 or more.
A J-Card is the standard cover that goes into a cassette box. It's shaped like a J. Some people call it a "3-panel" because it has a front panel, a spine, and a back cover flap. J-Cards can have additional panels which we refer to as J+1, J+2, J+3, J+4, etc... We have templates available up to J+10.
Our J-Cards are printed full bleed on a digital press, cut on a paper knife for clean edges, creased and then folded by hand.
O-Cards are cardboard covers used in place of the plastic cassette case. These were often used for Cassingles. A proper O-Card is made with 15 point board to support shrinkwrapping. We also do O-Cards on a digital press with 15 pt board, and on brown 18pt chipboard.
Maltese Cross Cassette covers with custom printing can be a great alternative to O-Cards or plastic cases. Our covers are printed full bleed and then die cut for a professional appearance. This item is printed on only one side on sturdy 15 point (300 gsm) board. Four panels unfurl to reveal the audio cassette, and close the same way with a slit to keep the package in place.
U-Cards are shaped like a U and cover the entire back panel of the cassette case. By default these are printed without holes for the cassette case posts, thus they must be paired with cassettes cases with NO POSTS. Holes can be punched for an additional fee.
Album trapsheets are used for our Vinyl Album packages. 4/0 is single sided print with 4/4 is double sided print (double sided should be paired with CLEAR Vinyl Albums.)
We can use a machine called a pad-printer to print on audio cassettes. The pad printer can print the face surface as shown below.
Pad printing ink is more opaque than other print-on-cassette methods and is capable of printing fine details. The default pad print setting is only 1 colour, but 2 colours can be done by special request.
We can also laser-print paper labels in black or in full color. We have a wide variety of special paper stocks available, including florescents and metallic foils.
We can also etch or engrave your design into the cassette and the norelco case!
Full Body Print:
We're proud to introduce UV Full Body Print services for audio cassette! This service allows for electrifying colour print on your tape, covering the entire face area from edge-to-edge. You will receive way more coverage than pad print, and no longer be limited to only two colours.
Because our stock changes every day, certain shells may require extra charges and add to your order turntime. You will be contacted before we begin production if this is the case.
Spot Gloss is available upon request! Please mention it in the 'Notes' on page 2 of your order and we'll send you an updated quote.
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Day "0" starts when workable material is submitted and payment is made. Artwork must be ready to print. If there are any problems with your artwork we may not be able to start any production until you correct it. The cutoff time to enter rush orders is noon. If your material and payment is entered after noon, day "0" will be the next day.
The biggest problem we have when trying to keep on track with rush orders is artwork submitted without bleeds and not respecting the safety margin. Here's a youtube video about bleeds and safety margin. If your artwork doesn't follow these basic rules, your job will be delayed and correction fees may apply.
Digital press works a lot like your home digital printer, wherein rollers apply coloured toner to a sheet of paper, and heat fuses the image with the sheet. But unlike your home printer (unless you're living in an industrial printing facility) our digital press prints at a higher resolution with with richer CMYK colours than your typical consumer models. Its inexpensive start-up costs allow for affordable short-runs prints while still maintaining a high quality output.
High volume and high quality, the offset press is the golden standard for the printing industry. Far more complex than digital printing, an offset press requires metal plates with an etched design to apply ink to paper. Offset printing is typically used for larger runs (over 500 pieces), though through a custom quote you can request offset printing for shorter editions. You may want to consider this due to it's ultra high quality resolution and richer colours. If you're looking for professional printing quality with a glossy sheen, then our offset services are right for you.
2 panel cardboard sleeves or mini-jackets are printed on white cardboard and then die cut and glued - they're like a mini record jacket. The CD slides in from the side.
Pictured: Mikey & The Reelers 2 panel cardboard sleeve with 3-color disc print
Pictured: Mike Stevens 2 panel sleeve and full-colour offset-printed CD
Pictured: Emeline Michel (2013) 4 panel sleeve, offset-printed CD, and additional 32 page full-colour booklet.
Pictured: Dani Nash & Melleefresh vs. Deadmau5 CD Digipaks
Outer Case O-Cards
Cigarette Pack (Fliptop)
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