Q: How long does it take to make a CDr?
A: From a properly prepared DAT, it takes only slightly more than the amount of time required to play it. Your DAT will be checked to make sure it is properly recorded, and once the CDr is made, it will be finalized to make it playable on any normal CD player, exactly like a mass produced CD.
Q: Does the running time affect the cost?
A: Yes, but on average, only to a small degree... a less than 30 minute CDr is slightly less cost, but otherwise, "One size fits all". (Really short "one tune" CDr's ARE significantly less!)
Q: How long does a CDr last?
A: For practical purposes, a well treated CDr will outlive you! The "gold" formula CDr's are expected to have a life span of over 100 years, so pass it on to your heirs!
Q: Can you make a CDr from a regular audio cassette?
A: Yes, but there is an additional charge for preparing an intermediate DAT or workstation copy from your cassette. Other work can be done at the same time such as equalization, limiting, noise reduction, and adding reverb, stereo or other enhancing effects.
Q: What is the maximum recording time that I can put on a CDr?
A: Up to a maximum of 74 minutes according to the CD "Red Book" standard. It is possible to exceed this by using a non-standard 80 minute CDr, or by going to an Exabyte or 1630 master which is significantly more cost than a CDr master. You can see that it pays to keep within the CDr timings!
Q: Is it possible to make 10 or 20 CDr's at less than the "master" grade CDr's?
A: Yes. Small scale CDr replication can be done up to where it would be practical (about a quantity of 300) to make a glass master and do a small pressing run.
Q: Can you duplicate data CD-ROM's?
A: Yes. Provided you own the rights to copy the material contained on the CD-ROM, they can be duplicated on a small scale for the same prices as a regular audio CDr.