SHORT RUN VINYL FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, SMALL LABELS, + DJs

 

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY ORDER?

LABELS

 

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. We can advise you on which service will be best for your music, feel free to send us a message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c. Mastering

 

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

    Toronto, CA

    desjardins@gmail.com

 

 •  LANDR Online Mastering

    landr.com

 

 •  Vital Cornet (Raär)

    Paris, FR

    vital.cornet@gmail.com

 

 •  Nihad Tuhle

    Berlin, DE

    nihadtule@gmail.com

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 in a timely fashion, and they 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, it doesn’t make sense to drop a thousand dollars on 300 records. Therefore, having access to vinyl recording on a smaller scale can help artists archive their sounds. If an artist is looking to promoting their music, a vinyl series could be really beneficial (and fun). Artists can drum up some noise for an upcoming tour with a limited edition of 15 records.

 

 

+ For a label who wants to get established, they can invest in a short run of 20 records. This is a great way to gain support and a solid following. A limited vinyl series can be really appealing to supporters because of its rarity.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE: direct-cut vinyl also allows for new possibilities. Creatively, there are so many options that have yet to be explored. This service gives the music community a new way to work with and think about vinyl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lathe cuts are handmade, in real time. If the record is 12 minutes long, it takes 12 minutes to cut, plus the extensive 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 run of pressed of vinyl.

 

The benefits of direct-cut vinyl are no minimum requirements, so no large expense of ordering 300 records at once and the turnaround time is quicker, usually 3-5 weeks versus 3-5 months from a pressing plant.

 

These products are not intended for people who see music and record production as a commodity, but rather for artists to be able to archive their sounds for themselves and their supporters, or for practical purposes, such as DJing or getting a small label established in the music community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our direct-cut records are made in real time, one-by-one. If a record is 16 minutes long, it takes 16 minutes to cut, plus setup time. If you are looking for 100-300 records, we highly recommend going to a pressing plant. (100 Minimum Pressing Plants). If you want to try something more custom, with a quick turnaround time, then we are a great choice for your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 diamond 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. Direct-cut vinyl tends to have a bit more surface noise than pressed vinyl and each record may have slight variations or inconsistencies. To reiterate, the quality of the record really depends on the files being mastered for vinyl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

WILL THE RECORD SOUND THE SAME AS PRESSED VINYL?

ARE DIRECT-CUT VINYL RECORDS REALLY HANDMADE?

Feel free to write us if your questions have not been answered: info@discarchive.de

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