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!

A Guide to Best Burning

It’s the holiday season and, being the only source for consistent, high-quality A-Grade media in Europe, we’re rushed off our feet here at River Pro Audio. To add to the general hustle and bustle, we’re also continuing with our investigation into “Taiyo Yuden”. With the aid of Taiyo Yuden themselves we’re helping to remove imitation products from the market and prevent people purchasing under performing stock – we’ll bring updates on our progress shortly. It is worth being extra careful, however, as there’s still a large amount of misinformation regarding it. Again, contact us if you’re unsure of anything or are aware of anyone selling a disc as, or associated with, Taiyo Yuden – we’ll be able to check validity of claims for you.

As a bit of a change of pace we’re introducing a quick guide to burning that even the most hardened veterans might pick up some tips from – or perhaps even suggest some that we haven’t got here!

We’re often asked for advice in achieving the best burn, of course the main thing that we recommend is using a high-quality, consistent, professional A-Grade product like ACU-Disc, River Media and Falcon Media.

For the average user, using an A-Grade product will suffice, but for the professional user to achieve the absolute best results there are, of course, various other factors to consider.

Write Speed

Perhaps the next biggest thing is to ensure you’re utilising the correct speed during recording. There’s a very well-known myth in the industry that burning more slowly will allow you to achieve lower error rates. While this may have been true when devices struggled to output the required data to record a disc at higher speeds in a consistent manner, technology has advanced to the point that we no longer have this problem.

Burning at higher speeds doesn’t introduce problems, but, burning at incorrect or lower speeds does.

While it may sound odd, slow and steady doesn’t win the race, it’s easily explained. Most modern drives do not support burning at lower speeds, even though mastering software and firmware might allow you to force them to.

CD, DVD and BDR are also engineered to perform the best at their highest rated speeds – any differentiation of that will introduce problems. They are always rated at the speed they’re intended to be burnt at – while a 4x CD will achieve best results at 4x, a 52x CD will achieve best results at 52x. A multi-speed disc is still, always intended to burn at its upper speed limit.

We, firstly, recommend leaving duplication equipment and master burning speed to ‘maximum’ or ‘automatic’ settings. Not to force a higher speed or a lower speed. This ensures that both the media and the burning drive are using their most optimal levels and ensures the best quality burn.

However, if you are not getting the results you’d expect, we recommend fixing speeds, starting at the higher end. Some older drives that don’t contain the write procedures for newer discs on their firmware will default to burning them slowly, by fixing them to a higher speed you can negate the problems that it will introduce. Though, for best practice, we’d ultimately recommend modernising your write drives, such as with an M-Tech duplicator.

Disc Master Checking – Bad master? Worse duplicates.

At every stage of the duplication process, there are errors introduced. This is absolutely normal and is why disc readers contain error correction technology, however we do want to keep this as low as possible as explained in the A-Grade guide. To ensure that duplicates are going to be as error-free as possible, it’s critical to ensure that the source you’re copying from is as good as it can be.

If you only test one disc when you’re duplicating, make sure it’s the master. While the master disc may play correctly, it may still contain a high number of error rates – especially if you’ve received it from a customer in a physical form and on a consumer-quality media.

If you utilise this bad master in say, a tower duplicator, you’ll be adding yet more errors into the mix and the duplicates may be pushed over the limit. They may have compatibility issues, artifact issues, hang issues or simply not play at all.

Professional Hardware

It doesn’t often happen outside of the duplication industry, but optical disc drives aren’t immune to degradation over use. The more that they are used, the more likely it is they’ll fail.
If you are receiving a high number of rejects, or high error rates from a drive, it may be best to look to replace it.

It’s worth noting that professional duplication systems, such as those from M-Tech, R-Quest or Rimage, will often be much more durable and accurate than standard off the shelf consumer drives.

To surmise, for the best burns, you’ll want to:

From everyone here at River Pro Audio, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thanks for all your custom this year and we look forward to working with you long into the future.

The Optical Industry – Powered By TY

Taiyo Yuden is a huge name in our industry; when you think CD-R, you think Taiyo Yuden. It’s an amazing example of an effective brand; but more than that, a stunning example of what a universal push for quality and technological advancement can achieve. This is something we here, at River Pro Audio, hold in exceptionally high regard as it is something we mirror with all our production and development.

Alongside Sony and Phillips, Taiyo Yuden pioneered the first CD-R, and associated technology, back in 1988 and their recordable discs were, and still are, considered to be amongst the very best in the industry; alongside our world-renowned ACU-Media and River Media brands (although they came much after!).

Unfortunately Taiyo Yuden no longer manufactures optical media, but they still exist as a highly respected manufacturer of high-quality electronic components and, to this day, continue their exemplary push for development and rigorous attention to detail.

With stocks of these impeccable discs running out, we here at River Pro Audio would like to extend our thanks to Taiyo Yuden’s remarkable technological achievements which made all things optical media related possible: from affordable, high quality music, to archival data storage and to the development of recordable DVD’s and Blu Rays.

One thing’s for certain, Taiyo Yuden discs may no longer be available, but their technology powers even the most humble of discs, and will forever.

Optical Media – Powered By TY

Taiyo Yuden CD, DVD and BDR

Taiyo Yuden products are no longer in manufacture as of December 2015, please be aware of imitation Taiyo Yuden products.

With our large stock supplies we have continued to serve the quality driven Taiyo Yuden market, however we have increasingly seen a rise in Taiyo Yuden-like discs that are not performing to expected standards. Upon investigation of the media they, while using Taiyo Yuden MID’s in some cases, are discs manufactured post Taiyo Yuden closure and are not Taiyo Yuden media.

Taiyo Yuden are “working on eliminating imitation products”, but this is a difficult process, it’s recommended to be extra vigilant in your purchasing to avoid these products that can cause “quality failure”.

We will be marking Taiyo Yuden products that are no longer available with the above notice on our web store when they are no longer available from official distributors and recommending suitable, high quality alternatives to ensure your media production is not hindered.

Please contact us on 0208 311 7077 or sales@riverproaudio.co.uk if you would like to speak to one of our technical staff regarding your requirements, we will be happy to advise.

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