With the rising popularity of Internet downloads, youtube, and piracy, CD sales is affected significantly. It is important to save every penny in the CD manufacturing costs in order for your music to thrive in this tough market. There are plenty of ways to do cut down your CD Manufacturing expenses without compromising the quality of your music and the attractiveness of your CD packaging. The trick is to do some research from other musicians, get the help of some people, and to follow the adage “ less is more.”
If you are producing an album for the first time and you do not have a very big budget, here are simple ways for you to cut down CD manufacturing costs.
Design Your Package
Instead of hiring a graphic designer for your CD packaging, why don’t you unleash your creative side and make your own album art. Or if you do not have an artistic flair, you may have band members, friends, or relatives who’s really good at CD packaging art and is willing to do it for you free of charge. Do not be ashamed to ask for help from them. Remember, you are still a rising star and you need all the help you can get. Just make sure the person you choose is reliable so you would have less worries and headaches. Do not forget to credit the designer in your album!
Limit the Number of Pages You have to decide on what to include inside your CD packaging. If you want to cut-down costs, it would be helpful if you limit the number of pages and only include the most essential information. Is it really necessary to include your bio, your photos, and the song lyrics in your CD packaging? If you are a new band, these add-ons could help you get recognized but always remember that there is Myspace or twitter if you want more promotion.
Do not use clear cases. Aside from the fact that clear cases usually cost a bit higher than regular jewel box cases, using clear cases also makes it necessary for you to print on both sides of the inlay card. This simply means additional paper, additional design, additional printing, and of course additional expenses.
Research on inexpensive CD Manufacturing companies. Our goal is to cut down CD manufacturing cost without compromising quality. It is not wise if you print the CD packaging using your home printer and burn CDs using your computer. The cheap quality of your album may ruin your career before it even started! The best way to do it is by having your album manufactured by a CD Manufacturing company that’s known for it’s good quality and low charge. The best thing you can do is ask other independent musicians for the best deals.
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