Do test pressings come with Fast-Track orders?
Test pressings are not included with our Fast-Track combos as these packages were created to reduce overall cost and time. However, we do offer digital recordings of our SVM masters so you can hear how your records sound before we hit the presses!
Colour vinyl record manufacturing
Colours are seen differently by each person on various screens, hand-held devices and website browsers. For this reason we cannot guarantee that your vinyl record colour will be the exact same color as displayed on your screen.
We also source our raw materials from multiple suppliers, which can result in a colour shift that cannot be predicted nor corrected.
Can I get over 22 minutes per side on my 12" record?
Yes you can! In most cases we can fit up to 25 minutes on a side with our 12″ 33rpm records. We have a small surcharge for the longer cutting time of $100 CAD. This is a one-time charge and only applies to the side that is over 22 minutes in length.
NOTE: your audio may require further adjustments to the EQ and loudness to accommodate this.
What is SVM mastering?
SVM is our proprietary cutting method, utilizing a different type of master material which is great for those on a tighter budget. This option is great for shorter length records but does have a few limitations vs lacquer or direct metal masters. A little more compression, high & low frequencies may need to be rounded off and they may have a slightly louder noise floor. SVM only requires a 1-step platting process.
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 your vinyl records from. Think of it as a mold of your audio being created.
What is direct metal mastering (DMM)?
Direct metal mastering is a similar process to lacquer mastering but utilizes a copper metal disc vs a lacquer coated one. This process allows us to create your stamper directly from the metal master disc.
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?
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 all three of these. We also do custom coloured, shaped, etched and even picture disc vinyl records too.
Do you press 150g & 180g 12" vinyl records?
YES! Our standard weight 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 heavier than a standard 130 gram 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. To us, it’s all about durability and quality.
We offer the option of going up to 180 grams. What’s the difference you ask? Well, 180 grams is thicker & heavier than the standard weight record and is usually considered audiophile grade. Most major releases you buy in the record stores today are in this format. If you’ve ever held a 180 gram record, you’ll know that it feels like a very high quality product.
Do you create test pressings of records?
Absolutely! All of our standard combo packages come with test pressings for your review. In fact, we won’t start manufacturing your final records until we receive an OK from you in writing (email works just fine too or you can bust out that the old fax machine and send us a thumbs up!).
How much music can you fit on a vinyl record?
Records Pressed from Lacquer Masters
Records Pressed from DMM (Direct Metal Masters)
Records Pressed from SVM Masters