As with all custom manufacturing, CD manufacturing is subject to overrun or underrun (shortfall) percentages based on the quantity ordered, otherwise known as a production tolerance.
You may receive a small additional quantity on your order, an overrun, or conversely less units than you ordered, a shortfall.
While this aspect of the production process can understandably be a source of confusion, it’s worth understanding and anticipating in the event your final quantity is different to the amount you actually ordered.
You may be thinking and asking yourself, “Why do manufacturing overruns and underruns occur?”
Due to the high-speed process of custom manufacturing; complex, large-scale vinyl presses and print machines are unable to stop at the flick of a switch.
Imagine you’re riding a bicycle downhill, at full speed. It’s not wise (or safe) to stop immediately. You must gradually hit the brakes before you can fully stop. This is also the case for presses and machines, as they too need time to come to a halt due to the speed at which they operate.
As a result, there can be small deviations between the requested and final quantity, depending on when the machine was slowed to a stop.
With the complexity and multi-faceted nature of vinyl manufacturing, production tolerances are essential to manage the considerable variables between all of the different parts of the process; vinyl pressing, printed parts, cutting, scoring, folding, gluing and packing – all before any bespoke elements are considered and quality control is implemented.
Currently all production tolerances are set to neutral.
Sometimes it is possible to make changes to your order depending on what stage of production it has reached. If you request changes prior to product parts being manufactured, we should be able to amend the order without incurring any charges, If however, the parts in question are already manufactured, you will likely be subject to some sort of monetary fee to update your order. Please contact your account manager immediately if this is something you require and we will be happy to help.
Please note that lead times can vary substantially from week to week. In certain circumstances we can deliver within 7 working days, however depending on the product and quantity, some orders can take up to 5 or 6 weeks to complete.
If you are planning an upcoming release, we recommend that you drop us an email to find out current lead times and chat through feasible dates and deadlines. If you have something urgent with a specific deadline date, please ensure you let us know as early as possible, so we can look to schedule the order into our processing and production schedules.
All goods are dispatched to you through leading global courier companies. All deliveries will require somebody to sign for the goods at the address you have specified, so please make sure somebody will be available at home, in the office or at the warehouse. We will always tell you when your goods are dispatched so you are able to plan receipt of your order. Unfortunately our courier companies will not be able to specify the delivery time until the day of delivery, although some couriers will text you with an ETA where possible.
Approximately 2-3 days after your artwork is signed off, audio processed and payment received. At this stage we will be able to give you an estimated date for delivery. Please bear in mind that with such an industrial manufacture process delays can and do happen, so please do not plan any launch shows or events too close to your estimated date as it cannot be guaranteed until all parts are produced. We will give you a delivery date as soon as production is complete, which will usually be 24-72 hours in advance.
We would always recommend awaiting confirmation of estimated shipping dates and transit times before any planned release date announcement or finalising of events around the release. We also advise adding 10-14 days to this estimate, as it is always best to have stock on hand when you organise the event, rather than arriving along with your guests.
You can change your shipping information during the order, providing your orders has not been despatched or due to be despatched in the next 48 hours. The price of delivery will be subject to change depending on the location of the new delivery address. If the request to change is within 48 hours of despatch additional administration charges may apply to change the address.
Not what, but rather whom, Gracenote, Inc. provides music, video and sports metadata and automatic content recognition technologies to entertainment services and companies, worldwide. Utilising standardized artist and recording IDs, it helps to connect Artists, Albums and Recordings across digital media. Gracenote is considered to be the most comprehensive collection of worldwide music data available today. It is commonly this information that iTunes, Windows Media Player and digital platforms refer to, and is not to be confused with the CD text information stored on the actual CD's
To ensure that iTunes, Windows Media Player etc. displays information similar to CD-Text you need to insert the disc and add the details yourself to the online databases that these media players use. For example, to ensure that Tunes displays this information simply insert your CD > Highlight The Track Names > Right-click > Get Info. Now input the details and then highlight again and go to Advanced > Submit CD Names and follow the on screen instructions. Once this information has been submitted, allow 24 hours and the next time you put the CD into a computer with Internet access, it will automatically link to the information you submitted.