Let our new record pressing division "Indy Vinyl Pressing" vinylize your music! LPs in a kaleidoscope of custom vinyl colors to choose from. Custom printed single and gate-fold album jackets. Free MP3 hosting and free download card for each packaged LP.
A gramophone record (phonograph record in the US), commonly known as a vinyl record or simply vinyl or record, is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat polyvinyl chloride (previously shellac) disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove.
Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication).
Basically, mixing is the step before mastering that involves adjusting and combining individual tracks together to form a stereo audio file after mix-down. The stereo file is then mastered, which ensures that the various songs are clearly polished and form a cohesive whole on an album
LP refers Long Play; it is a vinyl record. Per Wikipedia: The LP (Long Play), or 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record, is a format for records. Introduced by Columbia Records in 1948, it was soon adopted as a new standard by the entire record industry.
A EP album is a collection of songs by a musicians which is used to raise awareness of their talent. It's usually longer than a single (Hence the word 'extended' in the EP definition 'extended player'), but shorter than an album.
Plating is an electro-chemical process that deposits nickel onto a thin layer of liquid silver solution that is first applied to the lacquer. The "mother" plate can be used to make a number of stampers, each of which is good for approximately 1000 vinyl records before degrading.
Unlike ordinary vinyl records, which are quickly formed from lumps of plastic by a mass-production molding process, a so-called acetate disc is created by using a recording lathe to cut an audio-signal-modulated groove into the surface of a special lacquer-coated blank disc, a real-time operation requiring expensive, delicate equipment and expert skill for good results. They are made for special purposes, almost never for sale to the general public. They can be played on any normal record player but will suffer from wear more quickly than vinyl. Some acetates are highly prized for their rarity, especially when they contain unpublished material.
Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) is an analogue audio disc mastering technique. Unlike conventional disc mastering, where the mechanical audio modulation is cut onto a lacquer-coated aluminum disc, DMM cuts straight into metal (copper).
A 12" vinyl record holds Approximately 12 - 14 minutes per side, 22-24 minutes total record
If you find a copy that has an issue that does not appear on another copy in your batch, that is ALWAYS a test pressing noise issue. When test pressings are made, we only make 5-10 units. We usually scrap the first 20-50 LPs from a stamper on the real press run because it takes that many copies to get rid of the noise artifacts on newly made metal plates. Long story short, if you have one good test pressing out of 5, you are going to get clean production copies.
Indy Vinyl pressing can accept a formatted audio CD-R, uploaded digital files, cut lacquers or mother plates. When supplying a CD-R, please burn each side on a separate disc to avoid confusion. If this is not a possibility, make sure a track listing is provided with clear directions on which songs are to appear on each side.
When supplying digital files, please put each side's content in a separate folder. We'll supply a track listing form to be completed prior to pressing. You may name the tracks for CD Text format which will be handing if you are doing the free complimentary Digital Download.
Black vinyl has the best playback characteristics - by far. Black vinyl produces the least amount of surface noise and the most resonance and is why it is preferred by high end "audiophile" labels.
To produce different hues, special pigments need to be added and the compound is re-fomulated for each color. This can result in a pressed record with slightly higher surface noise.
As a rule, opaque colors have less surface noise than transparent colors so if you want color vinyl and still want it to sound as good as possible, choose one of our solid colors for best results.
Surface noise effects certain music more than others. If your music is very dynamic (jazz, acoustic, classical), this noise will be more noticeable than on a loud rock, metal or dance record. When in doubt, press black vinyl!