Studio and Location Recording, PA Hire


Assuming that you're producing a CD, you'll need to consider the appearance of both the CD itself and the box, or 'Jewel case', it comes in. For the CD itself, you can print your logo, etc onto a sticky label and stick it onto the CD with a special tool. While you may hear the occasional horror story of labels coming off while the CD is playing and destroying the CD player, to be honest, it's usually OK. However, the CD you get from me will have the printing applied directly to the CD, not to a label. As well as being 100% reliable, this gives a much more professional appearance.

The booklet that sits inside the CD case needs careful consideration, it is, after all, the initial impression. If the CD is for promotional purposes, eg a demo, you'll need to include your contact details. I'll be happy to help with the layout, including taking some photos of you actually doing the recording - I have a professional Nikon digital camera. Or, if you prefer, you can bring your own. I have some special computer software for this purpose. The booklet can be a simple two-page (front & back) affair (recommended for demo's) or 4,8,12 or even 16 pages. I would expect you to provide the artwork yourselves for more than 4 pages.

The 'back cover' of the CD is known in the industry as the 'J' card. This usually includes the CD title and artist on the spine at both sides of the box. The 'J' card requires specially folded paper, which I can supply.

Other types of Media 

I'm happy to talk about presenting your work on formats other than CD, for example Digital Audio Tape (DAT), audio cassette or minidisk. If you are planning to release your work commercially and having it reproduced elsewhere, you should consider a DAT, which is more reliable. Also, don't rule out the good old-fashioned audio cassette - lots of people still use them, especially in cars.