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Duplication FAQ - Burning and Mastering
Can I rely on my DVD-R drive to make CD-R discs?
Yes you can. We have tested CD copies from all the DVD/CD combo recorder drives, and we have found these drives can make a good quality CD disc. If you are making Audio master discs, Media Supply recommends using a Plextor or NEC recorder, as we have found they have the most consistent high-quality recordings.
Are the DVD-R copies I'm making 100% compatible?
This is becoming less and less of an issue, as older DVD players are being replaced in the field. DVD-R copies are probably about 90 to 95% compatible. Many DVD players were manufactured before DVD-Recordable was ever developed as a platform. So, some of these older players may have problems reading a DVD-R disc.
Why am I having problems burning at 1x with my 52x discs?
We are running into this situation more and more as higher speed media becomes the standard and older, slower recorders are still being used. The more a piece of media is built to work at higher speeds, the harder it is to have the media work across the whole spectrum of recording speeds.

There are two parts to this problem. First, media manufacturers write unique information to their discs called ATIP, which tells the drive the proper laser power-setting. As faster media and new drives flood the market, older drives are never updated with new ATIP info. Most drive manufactures have stopped making firmware updates for these older drives, so they never get the new data.

Secondly, as media speeds increase, the media manufacturers have to tweak their recording dye compositions to optimize performance. Many times these dye formulations that may work great on a 52x drive may not perform as well on a 1, 2 or 4x drive.

If you run into this problem, check out the MAM-A 24x or CD-DA blank media. This media was developed for the slower speed audio drives, and will probably work fine.
Why doesn't my 52x CD-R drive record much faster than my 16x CD-R drive?
16x CD-R drives were the last CD-R drives which recorded discs at the same speed across the surface of the disc. Every drive from 24x up uses a process called Constant Linear Velocity (CLR), where the disc records at faster speeds as you progress in the recording. So if you are burning a 100mb disc on a 16x drive, and another on a 48x drive, the recording time will be similar. The faster drive never gets to its highest recording speed unless the disc is nearly full.
Do I need a special adapter when burning or reading a mini or business card CD?
No. Both sizes fit in the 8cm groove of the CD drawer.