The process of preparing a vinyl or CD project can sometimes be rather extensive. It is entirely normal to have questions and we try to cover the most common ones on this page.
1. What is the turnaround time for a vinyl order ?
Probably the single most asked question we are asked.
A: Demand as well as capacity for vinyl records will always have an impact on production times and at the moment demand is very high, and therefore capacity is scarce. Our intention is to provide you with a time frame (turnaround) that is reliable and accurate. The turnaround consists of two stages once an order has been confirmed and started. After submitting an online order, sending us all of the production files (audio AND artwork) and payment has been remitted/received it can take roughly 4~6 weeks for your test pressings to be shipped. Once you approve the test pressings your order will be completed in the remaining weeks as per the turnaround and finally shipped out. It's important to note that this exact time frame is not ironclad. The various steps in the vinyl manufacturing process are both complex and delicate and in the some instances there can be set-backs and delays. However we can assure that it is always our intention to do the best we can. Vinyl De Paris is committed to manufacturing a quality product.
To ensure proper production flow and respect of the turnaround times we require that all vinyl orders adhere to the following criteria :
Initial stage :
- online order submitted
- audio and all artwork files transferred to us. ie: all production files must be in our possession
- full payment remitted and received. A pro-forma sales order for payment along with our bank details will be sent to you within 2 business days after submitting an online order.
- artwork proofs approved (where applicable). Important : Due to the heavy influx of orders, consequently the printing queue is very long. Estimate 5~6 weeks for print production from proof approval.
Test pressing stage (where applicable) :
- test pressings approved within 48hrs of delivery
If any of the above criteria is not met, the turnaround time will be affected and prolonged.
2. How much audio can I fit on a side of vinyl?
A: The volume on a vinyl record is directly affected by the total time per side. The more time, the lower the overall volume. These are the recommended times per side to be within the ideal range for best sound quality potential. Keep in mind that mastering quality will have an impact on the results.
Ideal times per side range based on a NORMAL CUT on lacquer:
|Format/ speed||45 rpm||33 rpm|
|7 INCH (17cm)||4min||NA|
|10 INCH (25cm)||6min||8min|
|12 INCH (30cm)||8min|| 14min|
|TIMINGS TECHNICALLY POSSIBLE*|
|Format/ Speed||45 rpm||33 rpm|
|7 INCH (17cm)||5min||6min|
|10 INCH (25cm)||8min||18min|
|12 INCH (30cm)||13min|| 22min|
*Very long times per side are not recommended and inevitably have consequences on the sound. One or several of these undesired effects can result from long times per side. A significant drop in overall volume, risk of distortion and higher surface noise etc. NO SOUND QUALITY CLAIMS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ORDERS WITH TIMES PER SIDE EXCEEDING THE IDEAL TIMING RANGES IN THE ABOVE CHART.
3. How should I prepare my audio for vinyl cutting/pressing?
A: Mastering is one of the most important aspects for achieving good results. We strongly recommend that audio be mastered by an experienced vinyl mastering engineer. Mastering for analog differs somewhat from mastering for digital, and these differences in will have a significant impact on the outcome.
If mastering services are not available in your area, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will gladly offer our recommendations for reputable mastering services.
A: Yes and no. Vinyl (analog) has its particularities and physical limits compared to digital. Many factors will affect the result, namely times per side, mastering, music genre and cutting type (DMM vs lacquer). Clients must not expect a 1:1 result when compared to the digital master files but rather a warmer, unique characterful sound experience when using audio that is within the ideal tolerances. PVC material differences between black and color vinyl should also be considered to have a slight impact on the sound quality of a final pressing. Come color compounds can have a very slight effect on the surface noise noticed.
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