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Vinyl Pressing

Record pressing from 100 pieces

We produce records as 7inch, 10inch and 12inch for a variety of national and international customers.
The lacquer cut is done in our studio, for the pressing we collaborate with a long-established family business in Germany. We guarantee highest quality, on-time delivery, sustainability and good customer service.
Through extensive supplier contacts we are able to fulfill many special requests. We offer Picture LP’s, coloured vinyl with a wide range of colours (also Splatter-Vinyl, Swirl-Vinyl & Split-Colour-Vinyl), Etched-Vinyl, locked grooves and much more. Also unusual packaging, such as Tip-On-Covers, LP-Books and printed lined inner sleeves are possible.
There are no limits to your imagination here. We will also be happy to come up with an individual design for your record.

Possible colours of a vinyl production

coloured vinyl records
More colours in this PDF (7MB)

Packaging & Print Specifications

Here you will find an overview of some of the possible printed materials and the corresponding specifications:

How does a production run?

Offers Production ProcedureGEMA License Application Online

If you would like to order a pressing after you have obtained a quotation from us, please send us your production data (audio, graphics, information) according to our specifications. At the same time, you should also apply for a production permit from the responsible collecting society (e.g. GEMA).

How much fits on what?

Simplified you can say: The longer the playing time and the more bass in the sound, the quieter the record becomes. The left values refer to a loud cut record (+2dB – +6 dB), the max. limit on the right is cut with a level of 0dB – +1dB. With longer playing times the record becomes quieter and the background noise increases.

 

45 rpm

33 rpm

12″

6 – 11 minutes17 – 22 minutes

10″

5 – 7 minutes12 – 14 minutes

7″

3 – 5 minutes5 – 6 minutes
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Mastering for Vinyl

The vinyl record obviously is an analog sound carrier. The sound recording is subject to physical conditions. Each master cut is associated with a change in sound compared to the original master.

Our goal is the faithful transmission of the production. To get as close as possible to this goal, it is helpful to follow some rules:

  • Stick to the recommended playing times
    Towards the center of the record, distortion and treble loss increase.

  • Quiet songs with little treble at the end of the sides

  • No phase shifts in the bass range
    It is best to avoid the use of stereo base broadening effects.

  • Make sure that no digital distortions occur
    (allow for a small safety margin)

  • For very “hissing” vocals, the discreet use of a de-esser is recommended.

  • Avoid too much compression/limitation of the sum,
    as this often does not contribute to an increase in loudness when cutting vinyl and can lead to distortions, especially towards the end of a side.
    A guide value is an average RMS value of -12 dB.

If you do not have professional equipment and the necessary experience, it is advisable to put the mastering in professional hands, because: once made, a mistake is often irreversible.
We will gladly take over the vinyl-compatible preparation of the material for you.
The complete mastering of a production can be realized in our mastering studio with finest plugins and analog equipment.

Data delivery for a record pressing

You can easily send us your complete production data via WeTransfer:
File Upload (WeTransfer)

We also accept all other common file hosters.
All common audio formats are possible. But best of all WAV or AIFF files in 16 bit or 24 bit with sampling rates up to 192 Khz.
Please include a tracklist with A/B sides, which also shows if the pauses in the audio material have already been created as silence or how long they should be otherwise.
Further digital possibilities: DDP, DAT, CDR
Our studio also has a perfectly calibrated OTARI tape machine to transfer your analog 1/4″ tapes.

What do I have to consider when delivering the graphic data?

The files should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The colour application/saturation must not exceed 300%! Otherwise the font may run out. Especially when printing the labels, there is a risk that they will not dry properly and thus not adhere perfectly to the record.
Please make sure that all fonts are embedded. When printing the covers, many surfaces and finishes are possible, such as Inside Out, matt cellophaning, gloss varnish, spot varnish, etc.

You will find some examples in our credentials.

1-Colour:

Either a Grayscale document is to be delivered (only the black channel is occupied) or another channel from the CMYK spectrum, e.g. Yellow.

2-Colour:

The prices for 2-colour printed materials refer to 2 channels from the CMYK mode. But we can also print with Pantone colours, the data must contain the Pantone colour. For spot colours only the Pantone Solid Coated fan is accepted.

4-Colour:

For all packages that are to be printed in 4 colours, the files must be created in CMYK mode.
Also single elements in RGB mode in a CMYK document cannot be printed.

Please provide us with print-ready PDF files. Otherwise a flat rate of 10€ (net) will be charged for the creation of a printable file.

© Caro Dentler