Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DiscMakers (printing the CD)

                  Some different looks for the CD from the Artist

Blog  #13 Printing the CD

Yesterday I called up DiscMakers to make arrangements to have the CD 'replicated'(copied and printed up).  They were super helpful with me on the phone and answered some last minute questions.  I decided to add a bar code to the back of the CD, so right now the only thing I'm waiting for is the final layout for the back of the CD from my Artist.  It is also worth mentioning that each CD printing place uses their own template, so its best to figure out where you're going to print your CD before contacting the artist(or early on), so that they can work within each printer's format.  We had done this, so it made everything a lot easier.

I had planned on having 500 CD's printed, but for 10 dollars more they would print 1000(!).  They have a sale going on right now, so I thought it was a pretty good deal!  I decided to go with regular jewel cases with a 2 page insert.

Once I get the final image for the back of the album, I will mail Discmakers the 'Plant Master'(a final version of the CD) along with a Data CD of the album art, and then they can start printing up some CDs for me (they say it will take about 12 days).

Discmakers also had a great deal where if you pay $40 they will sign you up for a package which makes your music available on CD baby, itunes, Rhapsody, Napster and DigStation.  They also register your name, album title and track titles, so they will display on your computer when you put the CD in.

Hopefully I get get everything in the mail to them today or tomorrow.  I'm hoping to have the CD available for purchase by July 1st at the latest.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


                                                          Peter Schwebs-bass

Blog #12  Delays

So it has been a few weeks since I've written a blog.  While the CD is pretty much finished there have been a few minor delays.  The first one was I heard a slight imperfection on the mastered CD I got from the studio.  There was some distortion on my trumpet on one moment of 'Vista' that needed to be cleaned up.  I sent it back to the studio and they put a filter of some sort on it and now it sounds good(it was not distorted on the original mixes, it must have occurred during mastering).

The second delay came because I waited until a few weeks ago to send my music to the government for copyrighting and also just started my own publishing company with ASCAP.  I went away for a week and was told by ASCAP by the time I got back that I would have my publishing company name approved.  I needed to know this name so that it could appear on the back of the CD.  However, when I got back to town and hadn't received my 'membership card' yet, I called ASCAP and found out I was approved but they just hadn't mailed me my card yet.  My publishing company is called "JCrowMusic".  And on monday I can send my tunes away to ASCAP for official publishing.

I just emailed my graphic artist to let him know the Publishing company name so that it can appear on the back of the CD and he told me he's going to do some last minute tweaking on the design and have it back to me by the end of the day.

Which means, I'm pretty much finished and ready to send the CD to be printed up, hopefully I can send it off by the end of the week!


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cover Sneak Peak

So here's a sneak peak of the cover.  The left side will be the back of the CD book and has my 'thank you's and the right side is the actual cover.  We used that great Crow image a few places on the album design. (for those that don't know, my last name is pronounced 'Crow-Lee', and I have some friends that call me Crow for short).  I'm very happy with the way it turned out.