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Tips for releasing your project on vinyl
Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

vinyl-recordVinyl has made a steady resurgence in recent years, and a number of indie and commercial bands have been jumping on board and getting small runs of vinyl pressed. We've been mastering for vinyl for some time now and we know a lot about the vinyl process. Here are some tips which you might find useful when considering releasing your next project on vinyl:

  1. Decide on how many songs you want to put on the vinyl and work out the total running time of your single, EP or album. Why? Because this is a critical factor in working out what size record is suitable, what speed is best and how loud it can be cut. For example, if you have an album of songs and it works out to be over 22 minutes of music per side, there is a good chance it will need to be cut at lower levels to prevent distortion and may not sound as good especially on the last couple of songs on each side of the vinyl; in such a case you may have to factor in the cost of getting a double album cut and pressed. See below for our recommended running time chart.

  2. Get your songs professionally mastered for vinyl. There are a number of areas to consider when mastering for vinyl in order for the finished record to sound it's best, and I've seen people waste a lot of time and money when skipping this very important step.

  3. Leave yourself plenty of time to get vinyl reference cuts and test pressings done and send them to us to check that there aren't any technical issues with the vinyl cutting, plating or pressing before approving the rest of the copies to be pressed. In other words, don't set your release date or album launch date until you've worked out how long these processes can take. Time may vary depending on factors such as the cutting engineer's schedule and how many jobs the pressing plant are working on. It's better to give yourself too much time than not enough.

  4. Use someone reputable for the vinyl cutting. If you're wanting the best quality, or if you need to fit a lot of songs on each side, or if your vinyl needs to be cut loud, we recommend talking to us for an appropriate vinyl cutting vendor for your job. If budget and turn-around is critical we believe you can get decent results using Zenith Records in Melbourne for vinyl cutting and pressing.