Welcome to the home of independent music

We’ve been helping musicians succeed since 1946

Disc Makers - The home of independent music

Disc Makers empowers artists to do what they love

Disc Makers is the world’s largest CD, DVD, and Blu-ray manufacturer for independent musicians, filmmakers, and businesses. We offer everything you need to make your release successful, including duplication, replication, printing, graphic design, audio mastering, DVD authoring, worldwide distribution, and so much more.


Disc Makers started as the Ballen Record Company. Gotham Records was one of our most popular labels.


We make over 5 million CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays a year and 97% of that is from independent artists.


We employ over 350 people in 6 locations in the US. We make everything in our HQ in Pennsauken, NJ.

Our mission

Our goal is to help independents – musicians, filmmakers, and small businesses — compete head-to-head with larger companies. That’s why we make the industry’s best CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and why we offer all the creative, distribution, and fulfillment services our customers need to succeed.

We didn’t invent independent music. We just made it a reality.

In 1946, Ivin Ballen founded a record label in Philadelphia called The Ballen Record Company. The company, and its various imprints, including Gotham Records, would go on to produce music by early R&B pioneers like Roy Smeck and Bill Doggett.

Because there were no other record plants in the Philadelphia area, Ivin built his own and began pressing 78’s for his artists as well as for other local labels. Within a few years the record-pressing side of the business became more successful than the label and in 1959 the company’s name was changed to Disc Makers.

Before Disc Makers came along, independent artists had to go to eight different vendors in order to make a record. We put everything in one place, making it for the first time easy and affordable to for an artist to release an album without label support—essentially creating the independent music industry as we know it today..

While our products have evolved with the times, from vinyl to CD and beyond, our mission has always remained the same: Empowering independent artists to pursue what they love.

Ivin Ballen

Our family

Disc Makers is part of the AVL Digital Group, whose main goal is to help musicians, authors, artists, and businesses manufacture, distribute, and promote their creative work both online and off. With offices across the United States, AVL consists of some of the most respected brands in the music and book publishing industries, including Disc Makers, Disc Production Services, CD Baby, BookBaby and HostBaby.


We believe in making the greenest products in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

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Interested in a partnership opportunity with Disc Makers?

We’ve worked with thousands of industry companies, creating mutually beneficial partnerships through an array of assets and special programs. Think there’s an opportunity for Disc Makers to partner with your company or event?

Contact us at partnerships@discmakers.com and we’ll make sure to get back to you.

MasterWriter, Taylor, Pledge Music, Sweetwater, Artist Growth, Cakewalk, BMI Partnership opportunities with Disc Makers


Of all the colors our discs are, GREEN is the most important one.


We all know that CDs are made of plastic. They can’t be made from anything else but optical grade polycarbonate. However, the plastic content is only a small part of the overall disc package. We believe we can make the biggest environmental contribution by providing our customers with sustainable alternatives.

So is a green disc possible? Absolutely!

We work hard to provide you with high quality, affordable products that reduce our carbon footprint.

Here are some of the steps Disc Makers takes towards affordable eco-friendliness:

What is the difference between recycled-content and post-consumer recycled content?

A recycled-content product is an item that contains recovered materials, which are wastes that have been diverted from conventional disposal such as landfills for another use. Recovered materials include both pre-consumer and post-consumer wastes.

Pre-consumer materials are generated by manufacturers and processors, and may consist of scrap, trimmings, and other by-products that were never used in the consumer market.

Post-consumer material is an end product that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and would otherwise have been disposed of as a solid waste. Post-consumer materials include recyclables collected in commercial and residential recycling programs, such as office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastics, and metals.