SHORT RUN VINYL FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, RECORD LABELS, + DJs
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY ORDER?
Each record comes with two blank labels. We can put the blank labels on the record or we can send you your labels as A4 sheets that can be put into your printer. We also offer full color and black + white printing, or we can design something for you.
VINYL OPTIMIZATION INCLUDED
Vinyl optimization is the process of sending your music through our custom hardware signal chain and making sure that the tracks are suitable for recording to vinyl.
ONE ALBUM ANALYSIS INCLUDED
We will check your audio files to make sure they are suitable for cutting. If your tracks need to be altered, they will be returned to you to be fixed. For any additional analysis, there will be a 5 euro charge per album.
If your files have any issues, you have a few options. Read below for more details.
a. Fix the files yourself.
b. Use a professional mastering service
c. We can master your sounds
a. Find the specifications for your tracks on the details page here.
b. Look into some of the following mastering services + sound engineers.
The mastering service that we offer is for an overall mastering of your files. This includes further vinyl optimization, EQing, and extending the dynamic range for higher quality vinyl playback. We charge a flat fee for the mastering based on the length of your record.
• Maxi (10 mins per /side) 15 euros
• EP (16 mins per / side) 25 euros
• LP (20 mins per / side) 40 euros
If you’re looking to provide your tracks with higher fidelity, we recommend working with one of the professional mastering services listed above.
• Evan Desjardins
desjardins [at] gmail [dot] com
• LANDR Online Mastering
WHY MIGHT SOMEONE NEED THIS KIND OF VINYL RECORDING?
Currently, pressing plants can take from 3-5 months to complete a vinyl order. Often, projects are not completed on time, with a lack of progress updates, on top of spending a large amount of money. This doesn’t really cater to independent artists and small labels who aren’t solely looking to make a major profit.
Direct-cut vinyl is a great alternative for certain situations. Here are some examples:
+ Vinyl-only DJs can use this service to make one-off records of their DJ tools or acapellas. If a DJ is also a producer, they can get a vinyl of their own tracks to spin.
+ For many producers and labels, having access to vinyl recording on a smaller scale can help artists promote and archive their sounds. Artists can drum up some noise for an upcoming tour with a limited edition series.
+ For a label who wants to get more established, they can invest in a short run of 20 records. This is a great way to gain support and a solid following, as well as promoting a new record from an artist in a unique way.
Lathe cuts are handmade, in real time. If the record is 10 minutes long, it takes 10 minutes to cut, plus the setup time to make a high quality record. This labor, along with maintenance and the knowledge required to produce these, make lathe cuts slightly more expensive (per piece) than a larger pressing of vinyl.
In the end, direct-cut vinyl is priced differently than pressed records. More often than not, record collectors and music supporters understand and value the difference between a run of 300 from a plant and a limited vinyl series of 20 copies, and are willing to pay a bit extra to be one of the 20 people who get to own one of the records.
Direct-cut records are made in real time, one-by-one. Therefore, we do not make more than 20 copies. If you are looking for 100-300 records, we highly recommend going to a pressing plant. (100 Minimum Pressing Plants).
Another option for you is to try vinyl on-demand -- You can get a few copies of your record made, when more orders come in, we can make you more copies of your record. You can make 100 copies over time, but only once the record has been purchased. No wasted money, no leftover records.
Because each record is cut in real time, we have a maximum of 20 records. We can make exceptions depending on our workload and backstock. if you have a specific idea and timeline, let us know and we can see if we can work something out.
We use a machine to do the actual cutting, but the stylus on the lathe is guided by hand. Each record is cut individually and in real time.
More often than not, the sound quality is comparable to pressed vinyl, but this really depends on the quality of the master. Lathe cuts shouldn’t be thought of as the same as vinyl from a pressing plant, but rather a handmade alternative.
The sound of a vinyl record has characteristics that you might not run into when you master digitally. We recommend ordering a test cut before you order a short run. For orders above 10 copies, we recommend purchasing a TEST CUT. Each test cut is 15 euros and includes a white lined inner sleeve, blank stickers on each side, and one vinyl optimization.
WHY ARE THE RECORDS PRICED IN THIS WAY?
I WANT 300 RECORDS PRESSED - CAN YOU DO IT?
DO YOU HAVE A MAXIMUM?
SHOULD I ORDER A TEST CUT?
Feel free to write us if your questions have not been answered: firstname.lastname@example.org
WILL THE RECORD SOUND THE SAME AS PRESSED VINYL?
ARE DIRECT-CUT VINYL RECORDS REALLY HANDMADE?
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