What is a lacquer master?
The lacquer master is the master “record” we make from the audio source provided by you. This in turn is used to create the stamper, which is a negative image of the grooves on your record. The stamper is what we use to physically press and manufacture your vinyl records. Think of it as a mold of your audio being created. For any given record that we press, the lacquer master and stamper only get made once. Once they’ve been created we archive them so that in the event of a re-order you don’t need to have new ones made.
Do you do "split" coloured vinyl?
Yes we do! When you’re requesting a quote, just select “custom” for the vinyl colour and tell us which colours you want to use. We also do marble (i.e. mixed) coloured vinyl. Keep in mind though, “marbling” your records can produce varying and different looking results.
What are the different weights of vinyl records?
The “normal” weight for vinyl records varies wildly but is generally around 40 grams for 7 inch, 100 grams for 10 inch and 120 grams for 12 inch records. Anything heavier than that is generally considered “heavy” weight. Standard Vinyl offers vinyl that is audiophile grade: 150 or 180 gram weight for 12 inch and 50 gram for 7 inch records. To us, it’s the best mix of quality and manufacturing efficiency.
What are the different sizes of vinyl records?
There are three sizes of vinyl records: 7 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch. Standard Vinyl produces 7 inch and 12 inch records. We also do shaped, coloured and picture disc vinyl records too.
Do you only press 180 gram weight vinyl records?
Not exactly. The typical weight we use for pressing 12 inch records is 150 grams. As far as we’re concerned this is the best compromise of quality and manufacturing efficiency. Let us explain: 150 grams is considered a “heavy” weight because it’s heavier than a standard 120 gram weight record. All records degrade the more you play them, but a heavier record is more durable and will generally sound better for a longer time. Although some might disagree, we feel that the difference in sound quality between a standard and heavier weight is negligible. To us, it’s all about durability and quality.
If you’re pressing 100 or more 12 inch records then we offer the option of going up to 180 grams. What’s the difference? Well, 180 grams is so much heavier than the standard weight that it’s considered audiophile grade. Most new releases and re-releases you buy in the record stores today are only available in this format. They’re just that much more durable than 150 grams. If you’ve ever held a 180 gram record, you’ll know that it feels like a very high quality product.
Yes, you can find 200+ gram records out there and as you might guess they’re even more durable than 180 gram ones. The problem is that those heavier weights cost more to ship and take longer to manufacture. We feel that having a quicker turnaround on orders is worth the compromise.
Do you create test pressings of records?
Yes! All of our orders come with test pressings for your review. In fact, we won’t start manufacturing your order until we receive an OK in writing (email works just fine) from you once you’ve received your test pressings and you’re happy with the result.
How much music can you fit onto a 7 inch record? How about a 12 inch record?
Roughly speaking, on a 7 inch record you can fit 4.5 minutes of music per side at 45 RPM (the more common speed) or 7 minutes per side at 33 RPM. A 12 inch record can fit about 22 minutes of music per side at 33 RPM (the most common speed) or 15 minutes per side at 45 RPM.