RPA Official Falcon Media Partners

River Pro Audio have always prided themselves on the quality, consistency and innovation of the products they stock and services they deliver. Naturally, championing a manufacturer who shares those ideals (and delivers on them!) was an easy decision to make.

Partnering with Falcon Media to become the official distributor and Europe’s largest stockist was an easy decision to make. With our core customer base being interested in superior quality, A-Grade media, Archival media and accepting of all but the most reliable media, the alignment of our company values made our partnership inevitable.

With Taiyo Yuden media no longer manufactured, or available, Falcon Media is one of only a handful of media that can offer the same quality and reliability. The other two being ACU-Disc and River-Media.

You can read more about Falcon’s and River Pro Audio’s partnership here.

If you’re looking for Falcon Media, you can find Europe’s best prices and next day availability here.

As always, if there’s anything we can do to help or advise you on anything optical media related, just get in touch!

Breaking News – River Media Professional Launch New Pro CD-R Prism Disc

Our new blog post brings a rarity in today’s day and age, the launch of a new CD-R.

The culmination of over 21 years of research and development, the River Media Pro CD-R Silver Prism is the pinnacle of optical CD achievement and has been developed from the ground up for the highest run print systems; the Everest Prism and Screen/Litho printers.

Crucial in the development of this product has been not only our own expertise, but also our customers feedback, trials and comments – the River Media Pro CD-R Silver Prism is absolutely packed full of features that ensure smooth operation, unparalleled quality & consistency and best aesthetics.

With all of our new improvements, optimisation and our unrivaled development process, we’re able to produce one of the highest quality discs available today in the world and, additionally, one of the highest quality discs that has ever been produced.

The River Media Pro CD-R Silver Prism also incorporates the much lauded unique developments of other discs we’ve developed and manufactured, as well as new ones, such as:

    Anti-Sticky Surface:

    A common place on the majority of our manufactured media now (River-Media / ACU-Media), this specialist coating process ensures that discs remain separated from each other in storage and use, to eliminate problems with them ‘sticking’ together. It enables the discs to work smoothly with auto-loading machinery and ensures that runs are able to complete automatically, with no manual user intervention.

    Due to the easier handling and being less prone to errors, it also drastically increases the life of robotic machinery by up to 80%, reduces operator costs significantly and increases throughput!

    Reflectivity+:

    Reflectivity of optical media is crucial; it is how data is read back from the disc. Often discs with a clear coated surface, often referred to as uncoated, can show this easily as the disc can be show to be semi-transparent. It is harder to show with coated media, such as inkjet or thermal due to the extra layer, although the problem still exists.
    Not only is this aesthetically displeasing for an end user; but it also affects the accuracy of the playback of the disc and can additionally reduce the total working life of the disc by a considerable amount.

    With our Reflectivity+ technology, the reflective layer has been thickened and undergoes more stringent quality checks, even in raw material form, to ensure that the discs have exceptionally high reflectivity and will play back more accurately, as well as ensure a much longer life.

    EdgeReflect:

    A common problem automated duplication equipment has, especially in aging duplication machines or low-light environments, is difficulty reading internal sensors for locating and positioning media within them. This creates problems with double-loading and, essentially, machines falling over and being unable to continue production unless there is some manual intervention.
    It is quite common for the outer edge of some discs to thin slightly, due to the production process involved, which can cause a loss of reflectivity at the edges – which leads to sensor issues, as well as potentially some inner/outer-edge reading problems.

    With the EdgeReflect technology, we’re able to ensure a consistent reflective layer thickness, especially at the edge of the disc, aiding both playback and correct sensor tripping.

    Anti-Pit:

    It is easy to think that imperfections in a discs print surface aren’t common at all; however the majority of lower-grade media contains them, they’re just too small for the eye to see! While it is too small to aesthetically ruin the quality, these variations in the surface depth can wreak havoc with printing machinery and cause lower life for print heads, especially with direct-to-disc methods like the Everest Prism printer.

    By tightening the quality control checks on the disc surface and introducing a more accurate surface application, we’re able to reduce these minute problems significantly, giving you a considerably increased life on printing machinery.

The River Media Pro Silver Prism CD-R also only uses the highest quality, purest materials. Finest optical grade polycarbonate along with the strictest quality controls, even at raw-material level, ensures that these discs have the lowest error rates of any disc examined in the industry today.

With Taiyo Yuden’s exit from the market and stocks on core lines no longer available, it is certainly the time to seriously consider a high-quality alternative. With special introductory offers available, UK Warehousing for next day delivery and an unparalleled quality disc, get in touch today!

Optical Media and Modern Archives

With increasingly growing demand for digital data storage and the rapid advancement in storage technology, it is easy to think that the humble disc is being left behind. However, we are increasingly seeing optical disc technology being drawn upon time and time again; simply because of how much more effective it is compared to any existing alternative.

Many large players in the data storage world, and even large storage architects, are designing systems and practices which work with optical storage at the forefront – bringing all the benefits of more modern storage, such as cloud-access, distributed storage and automated redundancy, to the humble disc.

It is easy to see why. Storage of data is very expensive, even if you discount the setup costs of a large or local data center, the costs of powering them, cooling them and keeping them secure is huge. Data centers based solely around modern hard drive storage are fantastic for rapid access, but, compared to the optical disc, they can’t compete with pricing or archival length.

Simply put, an optical disc will hold data once burnt without any energy costs. They do not require cooling and the physical cost is comparatively low. The disadvantages of using these discs, since they are ‘offline’, have been largely eliminated through the novel platforms developed primarily by Google’s and Facebook’s growing data needs and a requirement to cut costs.

In conjunction with Facebook, Panasonic have developed an archive system known as Freeze-Ray, an optical disc based data archive system, for use primarily for long term storage needs. This both reduces costs through cold storage and allows for strong data integrity – two things vitally important in the world of data storage.

Everspan, a product developed by Sony, has further refined the concept and is even able to read optical discs at a speed of 18gb/s which rivals the speed of conventional hard drive archival platforms. These systems are of particular interest to government archival institutions and defense contractors due to the resilience of optical media; as they have a life of 100+ years unpowered, and, are the only digital storage method which can withstand an EMP attack!

Of course, the technology these systems rely on is, at its core, the humble optical disc. With proper storage and handling, ACU-Disc, River-Media and Falcon Media products have life in excess of 100 years.

For any data storage, software development and solutions architecture needs you might have, feel free to contact the experts at River eSolutions, they will be happy to assist and advise on any problems your growing business might be experiencing in the digital world.

For any optical media information needed, or if you’d like us to cover something else in the optical media industry, do let us know!