Vinyl Record Pressing

Vinyl Record Pressing

Saveloy
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Joined: Nov 27 2003, 12:24 PM

Jun 14 2012, 10:15 AM #1

Anyone here ever had a vinyl record pressed?

If so, do you have any tips, advice, warnings etc for someone thinking of doing it?

How much is it likely to cost in the UK? I'm thinking 7", maybe 12" single.
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otalgia
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Jun 14 2012, 04:36 PM #2

DMS (www.discmanufacturingservices.com) in Plymouth are good (according to our label boss!).

Only suggestions is to keep each side short (less than 4 mins) on a 7" or if you need longer consider running it a 33rpm or move up to 12". Also invest a little extra and get test pressings before commiting to a larger run.

Costs run from around £400 for a small run in plain sleeves. Represses would be cheaper.

Good luck
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Saveloy
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Jun 15 2012, 10:46 AM #3

otalgia @ Jun 14 2012, 05:36 PM wrote: DMS (www.discmanufacturingservices.com) in Plymouth are good (according to our label boss!).

Only suggestions is to keep each side short (less than 4 mins) on a 7" or if you need longer consider running it a 33rpm or move up to 12". Also invest a little extra and get test pressings before commiting to a larger run.

Costs run from around £400 for a small run in plain sleeves. Represses would be cheaper.

Good luck
Thanks, Otalgia!

400 quid... :(
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Jun 15 2012, 07:15 PM #4

Saveloy @ Jun 15 2012, 10:46 PM wrote:
otalgia @ Jun 14 2012, 05:36 PM wrote: DMS (www.discmanufacturingservices.com) in Plymouth are good (according to our label boss!).

Only suggestions is to keep each side short (less than 4 mins) on a 7" or if you need longer consider running it a 33rpm or move up to 12". Also invest a little extra and get test pressings before commiting to a larger run.

Costs run from around £400 for a small run in plain sleeves. Represses would be cheaper.

Good luck
Thanks, Otalgia!

400 quid... :(
Yes, I looked into this about a year ago, and the cheapest deals for a 7'' single are about £400-£450.

I suppose one way to cut costs would be to do a split single/e.p with someone else.
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Jun 15 2012, 07:16 PM #5

PeterL @ Jun 15 2012, 12:15 PM wrote:
Saveloy @ Jun 15 2012, 10:46 PM wrote:
otalgia @ Jun 14 2012, 05:36 PM wrote: DMS (www.discmanufacturingservices.com) in Plymouth are good (according to our label boss!).

Only suggestions is to keep each side short (less than 4 mins) on a 7" or if you need longer consider running it a 33rpm or move up to 12". Also invest a little extra and get test pressings before commiting to a larger run.

Costs run from around £400 for a small run in plain sleeves. Represses would be cheaper.

Good luck
Thanks, Otalgia!

400 quid... :(
Yes, I looked into this about a year ago, and the cheapest deals for a 7'' single are about £400-£450.

I suppose one way to cut costs would be to do a split single/e.p with someone else.
I never understood the idea behind split singles... til now. Thanks Peter! :beer:
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Joined: May 20 2003, 11:57 AM

Jun 15 2012, 08:56 PM #6

O'er here in NZ, we have this dude:

http://www.peterkinglathecutrecords.co.nz/
I am Alvin Snook in all but website.
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Jun 15 2012, 09:50 PM #7

splart_plantation @ Jun 16 2012, 08:56 AM wrote:O'er here in NZ, we have this dude:

http://www.peterkinglathecutrecords.co.nz/
Hmm, this is tempting....
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Jun 15 2012, 10:05 PM #8

PeterL @ Jun 15 2012, 10:50 PM wrote:
splart_plantation @ Jun 16 2012, 08:56 AM wrote:O'er here in NZ, we have this dude:

http://www.peterkinglathecutrecords.co.nz/
Hmm, this is tempting....
Certainly is. Have vowed to get one of my bands on vinyl... when I have some money (i.e. not in the immediate to middle future).
I am Alvin Snook in all but website.
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otalgia
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Jun 17 2012, 02:14 PM #9

flickeringlexicon @ Jun 16 2012, 07:16 AM wrote:
PeterL @ Jun 15 2012, 12:15 PM wrote:
Saveloy @ Jun 15 2012, 10:46 PM wrote: Thanks, Otalgia!

400 quid... :(
Yes, I looked into this about a year ago, and the cheapest deals for a 7'' single are about £400-£450.

I suppose one way to cut costs would be to do a split single/e.p with someone else.
I never understood the idea behind split singles... til now. Thanks Peter! :beer:
It's also an easier way to shift units. Flitwick records had the ethos that it was better to give the records away rather than have 100's of them stashed under their beds unplayed. Splitting the costs of a single is a great idea, especially if one of the bands is popular!

Vinyl is pretty much a loss leader nowadays as once you factor the cost of manufacturing and distribution then you need to sell the records at about a fiver a throw to break even (unless of course your self distributing and making your own covers and sleeves etc).

Anyone in the Uk looking to make one-off pressings should look at - http://www.vinylcarvers.com . Not the cheapest, but can make nice presents for your friends.
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elvischomsky
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Aug 22 2014, 07:45 PM #10

Dunno where to put this, but a look inside ver world's biggest vinyl pressing plant... http://mashable.com/2014/08/22/gz-media ... -main-link
'A good man and loyal' MES 2014.

I've never met a Fall fan I did like.
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SonofAlways
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Aug 26 2014, 02:51 AM #11

I had a small label some years ago and used United Record Pressing in Nashville.
Aside from the fact they have been around for decades and are currently used by the likes of Jack White for all of his product, they only do vinyl and were also the cheapest. But the real advantage is they do short runs. Most places have a 500 minimum but United will do 100. There is also a cheap printer next door called Hamlet that will do the labels for less than most places.
My only caveat with United is that the one time I used them for the mastering it wasn't great and had to have it redone. I used Aardvark in Colorado for my mastering and they are both speedy and excellent.
If you split up the various steps you can save some money.
It's so good I would buy it as a cassette single
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misterrogers
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Mar 3 2015, 07:32 PM #12

for US also check out

http://www.piratespress.com


I was extremely pleased-check out their site-

they can do some absolutely stunning designs in vinyl these days if you're into that.

..I had mine pressed in 180 gram black......not much more than standard grade.. they will do as small as 250 presently...

most people want the stuff as loud as possible (normalized they sometimes call it)- there is an option for that. I chose to stuff that on the lp. dynamics better. must turn up louder.......my mp3 d/ls are more like that.
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