Well, my question is pretty simple:
When I was about 12, I first took a look at the rear-side of 2 CDs. One was grey, the other one was about green.
With time, I’ve learned that the “grey” one belongs to CD-ROMs, and the “green” one belongs to -R media.
This is because CD-ROMs are not burned but glass-mastered, and CD-Rs are burned. The 2 processes involve the use of cast aluminium (in glass-mastering) and (phtalo)cyanine (in CD-R media).
Since I first looked at a commercial CD, I wondered in what way I could produce some sort of high-definition labels.
Now, my question is:
I don’t care about the cast-aluminium block in the rear-side of a -ROM media, even if it is known that it lasts more that (phtalo)cyanine.
My objective is to produce high-definition labels, using a laser and/or special technologies if required.
The maximum I can produce now is a LightScribe-labeled -R media. My LaCie external burner works very well with TDK media, while Philips is the worst since the contrast is less than 40% so if you write something like “this is my CD” your eyes won’t probably notice it immediately.
LightScribe uses lasers, but their use is limited to writing “black in gold”. I want instead to produce a label with the colors I decide, and not with black+gold (LightScribe) or blue+white (LabelFlash).
You CDFreakers are my only way to know if this is possible.
It is possible that the costs are too high just to produce this media at home, but in that case I want to learn about this technology, and how companies and corporations invest in replicating.
I know there are the so-called “duplication turrets” (LaCie makes its own, for example, and so does Pioneer, Matshita/Panasonic etc), but they do not affect the A-side of a media; they just write data.
If you even have just a link to a company that produces what I want, careless of the costs, post it here! It would be very appreciated.