Customer Resources Forms Templates Links Canada Kinwood Multimedia

Category Archives: Helpful Tips from Production

A Perfect CD Compilation

Looking to make that perfect cd mix/playlist? Follow these simple tips/steps to ensure your audience is interested and attracted!


  • Don’t always focus on a genre and a theme. Putting widely different tracks in a compilation can add compelling contrast for the listener.
  • The most important thing is to burn early drafts on a CD and to listen to the mix yourself, from beginning to end, to better imagine what your intended audience will think when they listen to it. Listen in as many different places and speakers as possible: your computer speakers, your car stereo, cheap headphones, high-quality headphones, etc. Keep a notepad with you to write down ideas to improve it.
  • With advanced CD burning software, it’s possible to merge tracks, making it easy to insert sound clips (such as quotes from movies) between tracks. Merge the sound clip to the start of the track to make the CD more interesting.
  • Making cover art or creative liner notes can make the compilation more personal. @Kinwood Multimedia can assist with this.
  • Picking a set of songs that really define a specific (possibly current) time in your life can be appreciated later when you put on the album and are reminded of days gone by.
  • It’s possible to gradually build a mix CD. While listening to MP3s, if you come across a song that would be a good fit for a compilation, copy it over to a folder reserved just for your ongoing compilation.
  • Watch your attitude! Be certain you are in the mood you wish the CD to convey when you make the mix CD – otherwise, other feelings are likely to seep into the songs you choose.
  • Avoid picking several songs from one artist. Rather, focus on a wide range of artists. Especially try to avoid including two songs by the same artist back-to-back. Of course, there are always exceptions, such as songs that are made to be played together (such as “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye” by Judas Priest, “Depths” and “Surfacing” by Chapel Club “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” by Queen, or “Brain Damage” and Eclipse” by Pink Floyd) and two songs that have special meaning to your intended audience when played together.
  • Make the compilation running time no longer than necessary – if possible, keep it under an hour.
  • Consider using software such as Ableton. It’s NOT cheating and will allow you to make your mix far more interesting by adding effects and looping sections as you see fit. It’s also a useful tool to get your head around should you decide to mix on the fly.
  • Another avenue to consider is having an actual DJ mix the songs for you. A friend that deejays, or a professional DJ can blend the songs together for you. Remember, there are many ways of compiling music to create compilation mixes, but to truly be a mix CD the music should be mixed – seamlessly blended from one song to another. You will need a DJ or music mixing software as previously mentioned. By mixing and blending your music you can usually fit many more songs onto the CD than normally possible, since you will not be playing each song in its entirety. This also makes the mix CD more exciting and is preferred when making party mixes to play for your friends.



    Listen to a wide range of songs. If you want to expand your music library before you start making playlists, check out services that can recommend new artists to you. See Sources and Citations below for some ideas.


    Consider the audience. Is this compilation for yourself? Your friends? A significant other? Select music that’s appropriate for the tastes of the listener. Your grandma might not like a compilation of your favorite death metal songs, but she may enjoy rare jazz recordings from when she was young.


    Create a message with the mix (optional). Do you want your playlist to let someone know how you feel about him or her? If so, listen carefully to the lyrics of each song that you include in the mix, and make sure they’re aligned with what you’re feeling.


    Gather a rough draft. Assemble a “rough draft” of your playlist by compiling a lot of songs you’re thinking about including. You probably won’t use all of them in the end, but this step helps you narrow down your options.


    Edit the playlist (optional). If you gathered more songs than you needed for your playlist or mix, start eliminating those that aren’t a perfect fit. Are the lyrics slightly wrong? Does the music make the song fit poorly with the other songs? Could someone use this song to misinterpret your meaning? Ask yourself these questions as you think about what to cut.


    Arrange the tracks. Think of the playlist as a prolonged listening experience – you don’t want the listener to get bored or skip songs.

    • Start out with a few tracks that grab the listener and get his or her attention.
    • Group songs of similar tempos together, and gradually move into slower or faster tunes.
    • End the mix on a high note, with one a song that you think will really stick with the listener. Tying in the last song to the theme of the compilation can make it much more effective.

    Make adjustments. Finalize your track arrangement and listen to the version a few times. Feel free to remove some tracks and add others. It’s possible that you may realize new tracks you’d like to add late in the process.


    Title your mix (optional). If your sharing your playlist electronically, give it a title that reflects the theme of the mix. Or, if you’re out of ideas, name it after the person you’re giving it to.


    Share your compilation. When you’re happy with the mix, burn the CD or share the playlist.



Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DVD/CD Packaging Represents Your Exceptional Product

During your initial DVD replication project it needs to be determined what DVD packaging solution represents the best value for your particular DVD product needs and requirements.  You need to ensured that you will receive the best value in high-quality DVD packaging and professionally printed product collateral available for your product.

DVD Packaging

The evaluatation of your DVD-ROM packaging needs are based on several criterias that include your price budget, anticipated retail and distribution plans, packaging security requirements and the general perceived value of your product. For example, if your DVD title is being sold in a retail environment, it’s imperative that the product meets the retailer’s merchandise security policies, packaging size specifications and UPC labeling location requirements. While a large majority of retail DVD titles are packaged into a black, white, or clear “Amaray style” plastic DVD cases with a custom printed DVD casewrap, and DVD insert booklet, some products benefit or require the use of a higher perceived packaging and printing solution. An example of a commonly used disc packaging solution sold for collector box sets that demand a consumer to “perceive” a product as more valuable is illustrated by the “Digi-Pack” style of DVD packaging. The Digi-Pack printed board stock with one to many inlayed plastic trays, custom embossed foil, and multiple disc storage trays only one of hundreds of DVD packaging solutions that aim to increase the perceived value of your DVD product. While some DVD titles maybe adequately packaged into a paper envelope with a see through window, expensive video game titles may require security packaging.


The purpose of custom packaging is to promote your product or business to potential customers and clients. The exterior of this project is the first impression of what you’re offering. Customizing is the perfect way to promote your business while offering an attractive finish for your supplemental material.



Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Protect Your CD and DVD Media

At Kinwood provide a wide range of CD and DVD
for the protection of your storage media. Beyond saving
each disc from potential scratches or damage that can compromise your data,
these auxiliary components also allow you to organize your collection of DVDs
and CDs in a systematic manner. Our CD and DVD accessories are made of superior
quality and highly durable materials such as plastic, tyvek, aluminum alloy,
and more.

Our exclusive collection of CD and DVD accessories and
packaging options include the following, allowing you to purchase CD and DVD
accessories depending on your requirements.

Wallets , Sleeves & Aluminum Storage Cases

Kinwood can offer you as our valued customer a wide range of
CD wallets to suit your style, including many colors, leather, velvet, and
more. Our CD wallets are equipped with zippered enclosures that protect discs
from scratches and other damages, providing a strong and reliable sealed
packaging of your storage media. Strong and light weight, our CD/DVD aluminum
cases help you to categorize your storage media collection.

CD & DVD Case Mailers

Our high-quality CD and DVD Case Mailers are perfect for
direct mailing of your storage media. Hardy enough for safe shipment, they are
also light weight and printable – just seal and send. Kinwood can also custom
print your Disc Mailer !

CD & DVD Inserts

CD/DVD case inserts are die-cut and perforated to allow for
ease of printing, separation, and insertion into your CD or DVD case. Select
from various finishes to best suit your printer type.

Empty Cake Boxes

CD & DVD cake box packs allow for proper storage of your
discs, protecting them from dirt, dust, scratches, and other damages. Select
from storage capacities of 10, 75, and 100.

CD & DVD Labels

Decorative CD labels and full face DVD labels help you to
mark your CDs and DVDs for easy identification and classification.

OPP Plastic Bag

These plastic bags keep your CD and DVD cases clean and safe
from the elements and scratches.

Paper & Plastic Sleeves & C Shells  & Jewel Cases

Our paper and plastic sleeves are crafted of durable
materials for an effective storage solution. Select from multiple colors,
quantities, adhesive-backed, and other options.

Polypropaleyne Album Cases: Single, Doubles and

Kinwood is Canada’s largest stocking distributor of plastic album
cases to finish off your project !


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From Production Department – How to get music track names to show up in various music players

Getting music track names to show up in various music players If you have tried to create a Music CD, you may have noticed when you play it that the track names show up as “Track 1, Track 2, …” or even with names you’ve never heard of before or never intended to use.

Depending on the music player you are using, your CD will display differently. In order to get your tracks to display for everyone, you will have to use the following methods: CD-Text CD-Text allows you to use a simple CD-burning software such as Toast or Nero to specify the names of your tracks and album.

Any devices that are CD-Text compatible will display this information when the track is being played. CD-Text typically doesn’t work with Computer based Music CD players and other methods must be used based on the software you want your CD to work with. iTunes (Gracenotes)

Insert your CD into a computer and run the iTunes application. Click on your CD under the Devices section and the tracks should load in the player list. Select one track at a time and select File > Get Info from the menu. Change the information for the album, track, artist, etc, and click OK. Repeat this for each track. When you are finished, select Advanced > Submit CD Track Names and fill in the remaining details and click OK to submit your changes to the Gracenotes database. It may take a few days for information to be available to the world. Windows Media Player Insert your CD into your PC and run Windows Media Player. Select the CD from the media list. Right-click on the CD in the media list and select Find Album Info. When the information loads for the CD, click Edit. Make the changes to the CD as required and click Done. You may have to submit this information from up to 5 different computers before it shows up for everyone.

Also posted in Frequently Asked Questions | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment