Frequently Asked Questions
How does a groove work ?
This is amazingly simple & effective: the grooves reproduces the movements that the membranes of your loudspeakers and your eardrums have to make! The V shape of the groove creates a stereo, as there are independant modulations of the two faces of it.
How Can I prepare my audio for vinyl ?
Stereo, especially in the low-end, the phases, the total duration of the content, ... are important elements if you want to get the best out of vinyl.
What is a lacquer / a DMM / a Stamper ?
These are the intermediate elements between your tracks and the pressed disc. A lacquer is the first disc cutted before pressing: the original on which we will form a metal mold, the Stamper, which is none other than a metallic negative which will make it possible to replicate the lacquer identically. A particularly interesting technique has been developed by Teldec: the DMM. It's about cutting directly into metal, creating a different interaction between a stylus and a material. We then use the metal disc to make the StamperFor more informations, visit the article about making vinyl on our blog.
How long for one side?
7" at 45RPM : Optimal 3 min 30 / side (5 minutes max)
7" at 33RPM : Optimal 5 minutes / side (8 minutes max)
10" at 45RPM : Optimal 7 minutes / side (10 minutes max)
10" at 33RPM: Optimal 9 minutes / side (13 minutes max)
12" at 45RPM : Optimal 9 minutes / side (12-14 minutes max)
12" at 33RPM : Optimal 15 minutes / side (18-22 minutes max)
Is it possible to re-press?
Yes, we keep the stampers one year, so it is very easy to use them for a reissue. By eliminating the cost of cutting the lacquer and making the stamper, the second pressing is much more cheaper!
What file can I use to send you music ?
Minimum 16 bits / 44.1 kHz. Try not to transfer compressed files (mp3 or others) unless you have no choice.
How vinyl records are made ?
From cutting to pressed disc discover how vinyl records are made (article in french, translation in progress)
What are the legal procedures ?
You have to own the copyrights of the music and we need a mechanical license to press your records. You can request one from the copyright organisation you are associated with. For France, click to see details page