for Cassette Duplication
We perform two types of cassette duplication at A to Z Audio:
1. In-cartridge; for small runs.
This entails copying the contents of a previously recorded cassette directly
to blank cassettes at 16x speed, suitable for voice or non-critical
music. We also do high quality real-time duplication on our KABA systems.
No mastering is required.
2. Digital bin loop; for larger runs and highest possible quality.
Your audio program is loaded from specially formatted audio CDs onto a hard drive
configured so that side A will play back normally, and side B will play
back in reverse to enable both sides to be recorded at the same time,
at 16x speed, directly onto bulk cassette tape, with an inaudible cue
tone separating each program. A cassette loader which senses the cue tone then loads the tape into empty cassette shells.
We can prepare a digibin duplication master for you (see pricing below), or you may choose to supply us with a
duplication-ready master. To forgo remastering costs, your supplied master
MUST adhere to these guidelines:
1. A standard audio CD/CD-R (44.1 KHz/ 16-bit).
Wav, aiff, or any other formats NOT burned as an AUDIO CD are not acceptable and will have to be converted
and you will be charged for remastering.
2. One CD track per cassette side.
This doesn't mean you can't have more than one song on each side; rather,
it means all of the songs you want on Side A must be contained within
CD Track One, and all of the songs you want on Side B must be contained
within CD Track Two. For programs that will not fit on a single CD, you
2 CDs - one for each side, so long as they each only contain
one track. If you have only one side, or if you want the same program on both sides, one CD track will suffice. The price will be the same whether side B is blank or not.
3. 1 second of silence at the beginning
AND end of each CD track.
This does not count the typical silent pause between tracks on a normal
CD. It must be contained within the audio portion of the track. Otherwise,
you run the risk of losing a split-second of program material at the beginning
and/or end of each side. Simply copy and paste 1 second of silence at
the beginning and end of each file representing Sides A and B before assembling
4. A program free of excessive digital distortion and extreme low-to-low
Excessively hot, clipped, and/or distorted masters tend to get exaggerated
by the digibin duplication process. This doesn't result in the pleasant,
warm distortion regularly associated with tape saturation... it ends up
sounding grainy and grating. Also, extreme low-end/bass eats up a lot
of headroom and usually results in a quieter-sounding cassette. Many programs
with exaggerated energy in the low-mids (250 Hz-600 Hz) have been known
to overload cassette tape. Please consider letting us remaster your material
if there are any concerns. We want to make your release the hottest, best
sounding product possible without compromising the integrity of your original
Call us with any further questions.
Mastering Fees (90130):
$5.00 + .10 per minute: Burn master from prepared files
$5.00 + .20 per minute: Burn master from individual tracks
ADD, if applicable:
.20 per minute for correcting files
(reformat, reorder tracks, add silence, etc.)
.20 per minute for downloading files from internet
We also offer CD mastering, video
editing, DVD authoring, and format conversion capabilities as well.
Please call Matthew Gross at 440-333-0040 for guidelines, format preferences, and