An inevitable start for an excellent sounding record is always the quality of the program material.

Below you will find the information about vinyl mastering, lacquer cutting, and recommended playback times for 12-inch or 7-inch records.

Please read the audio requirements and recommendations carefully to ensure high-fidelity record pressing.

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Vinyl Mastering Tips

Vinyl, like any other format, has its own limitations. To make sure your music sounds great on a record, please comply with general mastering for vinyl standards:

  • Peak Level: < 0db
  • Low-frequency cut at 10hz
  • Low frequencies below 250hz in mono
  • Be careful with extreme peaking above 16khz
  • No negative phase returns
  • Stereo width between  +0.5 and 1
  • File formatting:  .wav / .aif
  • Audio quality: 24bit; 44.1- 48Khz
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Playback Time / Vinyl Length

Loudness and frequency spectrum directly affect playback times on a vinyl record. Extended playback times may result in the loss of low-end, low volumes and poor quality. For the best quality results, please keep your record sides below 20 minutes.

Recommended playback time for a standard vinyl record:

  • 12″ 33 RPM – up to 22 minutes per side
  • 12″ 45 RPM – up to 15 minutes per side
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Submitting Program Material

  • Please compress an audio folder using the .zip extension before uploading.
  • The uploaded folder must contain individual audio files for each track named to index record sides, for example, A1-Name, A2-Name, B2-Name”.
  • If you require gaps between tracks, please add silence at the end of each track for groove spacing.
  • Please fill out the cue sheet below and upload it with the audio files.
  • Upload the audio and cue sheet to Dropbox, name it your Order Number, and share it with us (the artwork has to be uploaded in the same folder).
Download RPM Vinyl Cue Sheet

Mastering for Vinyl

Mastering is essential for the vinyl format in order to avoid distortion and mechanical playback issues and, generally, to make the record sound as good as possible.

If your music is not mastered or needs re-mastering, we highly recommend ordering professional mastering services with us.

  • Mastering from various formats: CD, tape, DAT, or digital files.
  • Convert a digital master to a vinyl pre-master.
  • Analog / digital in-depth mastering with high-end equipment.
  • Attended mastering and cutting session in Copenhagen.
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Reference Cut

If you are unsure about the mixing and mastering quality, we recommend ordering one copy reference cut on acetate. Reference cut is an excellent and inexpensive way to learn how your program material will translate to the vinyl format.

Masterplates & Stampers

We can press from both lacquer and DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) master plates. If you have a specific preference, would that be lacquer or DMM, please let us know when placing your order.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does copyright law apply to me?

Absolutely. We cannot press records with uncleared samples, unlicensed cover songs, or unlicensed master recordings.The permission is granted by Nordisk Copyright Bureau. Please clear the rights for your music and send us documentation.

Do we press from external lacquers?

Yes, you can send us lacquers & DMMs for pressing.

How can I optimize the sound quality of my record?

For an assured path to optimized quality, consider assigning both mastering and lacquer cutting tasks to the same engineer.