FAQ & Tips

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section.  Below you will find answers to most of your queries as well as information on how to prepare your audio for submission.  If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us via the contact form

  • What services do you offer? Open or Close

    ServicesWe specialise in cutting one-off vinyls and smaller limited presses, however, we can also do larger runs. 

    We also do mastering and we will be cutting into PVC compound.

     

  • What is the difference between a "one-off" and "commercially available" vinyl? Open or Close

    DifferenceA traditional vinyl record is first cut into a lacquer, from which a metal (often silver or zinc) master disc is then moulded.  Subsequent vinyl copies are then pressed from this metal master disc.

    For "one-off" lathe cut vinyls we cut straight into a PVC compound, which is a slightly softer material than pressed vinyl but with the same sonic qualities, durability and scratch resistance.

  • What formats do you accept when submitting my music for a vinyl cut? Open or Close

    Audio FormatsAt the moment we only accept uploads in WAV or AIFF format.  However, feel free to add multiple files to a ZIP or RAR archive if you wish.

    MP3 is not recommended and we do not support WMA.

  • Which disc formats can you cut? Open or Close

    Disc FormatsWe currently offer 12", 180g, 2mm black vinyl.  

    Soon we will be adding the following formats to our range: 

    Sizes: 7", 10", 12" (150g)
    Colours: transparent, colour and picture disc.

  • What is your turnaround? Open or Close

    TurnaroundDepending on our work load at the time of placing your order, stock availability, etc., it can take from a couple of days to a maximum of 2 weeks to receive your cuts.  If you are concerned about this please email us prior to placing your order for a more accurate estimation. 

    Delivery normally takes:

    UK: 2-3 Days, EU: 3-5 Days, Rest of World: 7 Days

    Please be aware we cannot be held responsible for delays or missing items if you choose unregistered delivery. 

  • Which payment methods do you accept? Open or Close

    150 paymentWe currently accept payments via PayPal only.  If this is a problem please get in touch via the contact form.

Audio Preparation

Technics SL-1210 Mk IIRecords are a wonderful medium for reproducing dynamic sound, adding warmth and character to it, only comparable to just some of the most sophisticated digital systems. It is also a physical medium, when you hold it and look at the cover or the sleeves it emotes history and culture.  However, there are some limitations to take into account with vinyl.  When recording sounds onto it there are some crucial compromises which need to be made when preparing your audio. 

Below we have summarised some tips and technical information to bear in mind when working on and submitting your material to be cut into glorious vinyl.  Many things can be corrected by the cutting engineer, however, if not taken into account before submitting your mix, the end result may be affected by the cutting engineer correcting some of these issues.

Again, if you have any queries or concerns please get in touch via the contact form

 

Tips & Info

  • Bass and Stereo

    Low Frequency EQ

    Bass and low frequency sounds should never be in stereo.  Keep stereo wideners above 500Hz, centre your low frequency sounds and roll off bass frequencies below 20Hz otherwise the playback needle won't be able to play it! Centring low frequencies will solve lots of tracking issues and will allow the loudest levels possible in your cut.  Stay away from crazy stereo sound effects as these do not translate well onto vinyl.

  • High Frequencies

    High Frequency EQ

    Stay away from loud high frequency sounds (loud fx/sweeps).  Very high frequencies (above 15kHz) tend to cause unwanted distortion.  Distortion doesn't translate well onto vinyl and, combined with ultra high frequencies, it can cause damage to the lathe's cutting head.  Try to submit your mix as clean as possible.  Avoid boosting any of the highs above ~10kHz in your mix.  If you are looking to add "presence" or brightness, focus your boosts in the high-mid frequencies, somewhere around 2-6kHz, and apply a low pass filter to your mix ~18.5 kHz.

  • Sibilance

    Sibilance

    When providing vocal tracks with loud sibilants, try to de-esser that particular track's high frequency sounds (~8.5 khz) otherwise the engineer will need to apply a de-esser to the entire mix.

  • Cuts per Side

    Cuts per Side

    If you want several cuts on one side make sure that the hottest, brightest, most dynamic mixes come first.  Leave the more instrumental mixes for the inner grooves (these last tracks will be slightly quieter as the longer the recording side and the closer it gets to the inner grooves, the quieter it becomes).  You might want a little boost on the top end for that track.  With vinyl it is all about making certain compromises!

  • Limiting

    MugenElectronics Limiter

    Don't excessively apply limiter effects to your track; be gentle with it - it could cause the opposite effect, forcing the engineer to make a quieter cut from it. Also hot signals can sound okay in digital formats but may not translate well to vinyl. If you are unsure please provide us with two different mixes.
  • Loudness

    Clipped Waveform

    Don't clip your wave forms and don't go over the top with the loudness. -12dB RMS is hot enough - leave some dynamic range!
  • Track Length

    Track Length

    If you want your cut to sound louder, keep the side length realistic.  For a hot dance 12" single keep the side length to ~12 minutes max. for 33 and 9 minutes max. for 45rpm.  The longer the track length, the less loud and deep the grooves will be.  If the bass is too loud the grooves will be deeper which will mean less space available on the record.  When cutting vinyl think like this: loud vs length, you need to compromise.

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