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?
The “standard” weight for our vinyl records is 40 grams for 7 inch records, 110 grams for 10 inch records and 150 grams for 12 inch records. Standard Vinyl also offers *heavy weight* vinyl records that are audiophile grade: 70 grams for 7 inch records and 180 grams for 12 inch 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 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 from you in writing (well email works just fine too, or you can bust our the old fax machine and send us a thumbs up!).
How much music can you fit on a record?
Generally speaking, on a 7 inch record you can fit around 4-6 minutes per side at 45 RPM (the most common speed). On a 10 inch record you can fit around 9-12 minutes per side at 45 RPM or 12-15 minutes per side at 33 RPM. And on a 12 inch record you can fit around 12-15 minutes per side at 45 RPM and 15-22 minutes per side at 33 RPM (the most common speed).