FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General information and frequently asked questions about record pressing, preparation of material, turnaround time, copyright license and payment.

 

HOW IS RPM RECORDS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PRESSING PLANTS?

Being a small pressing plant allows us to process every order with extra precision. Our team continuously listens to records during the production and visually inspects every single record before packing and shipping. We are open for customizing our services to client’s specific requests. Our small but efficient team responds instantly and takes care of your orders on a personal level.

WHAT VINYL FORMATS DO YOU PRESS?

Our specialty is 12 inch vinyl records of 140 grams and 180 grams. We can press 7 inch records on special requests, but not 10 inch vinyl records. One-off copies on acetate or lathe are also available on special requests. For such inquiries please contact audio@rpmrecords.dk

WHAT IS A VINYL CUE SHEET?

Vinyl cue sheet is a document that contains an essential information about your audio files, like track list, timing and groove spacing. A cue sheet is necessary for the cutting engineer to process the audio files. Download our standard vinyl cue sheet here

HOW MUCH TIME CAN I FIT ON A VINYL RECORD?

The time on a record is a relative subject, because it has a direct correlation with the frequency spectrum and loudness. In other words, loudest and most bass heavy records are typically those of a short playback time. These are known as 12 inch maxi singles. Depending on the program material, sometimes it is possible to cut a great sounding record side with over 20 minutes of playback. The maximum recommended time per record side is 25 minutes, but such a long playback usually results in a loss of low-end and loudness. Lengthy records typically are not the best sounding records. For the optimal and quality sounding product please keep the record sides up to 20 minutes.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COPYRIGHT?

Music publishing on physical formats is regulated by mechanical copyright law. Hence, every release needs to be registered at your country’s copyright bureau. We are not able to press your records without a permission from the respective copyright agency. In Scandinavia, you need to register with NCB (Nordisk Copyright Bureau) and choose RPM Records as your manufacturer.

Learn more about NCB copyright license

TIP: If some of the records produced are to be used as promos and giveaways, let your copyright bureau know so they won’t charge you for these copies.

WHAT KIND OF ART FILES DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?

Please find the correct format of submitting artwork files and download all necessary templates here.

WHAT DO I NEED TO PAY UP FRONT?

For all orders below 10.000,00 DKK (~1.340,00 EUR) we charge the full amount before the production. For orders above 10.000,00 DKK (~1.340,00 EUR) the payment terms are 50% before the production and 50% before shipping. Please find the payment details on your invoice and pay via bank transfer.

WHAT IS YOUR MINIMUM PRESSING QUANTITY?

The minimum pressing quantity is 100 records. Practically, we can press any amount but orders below 100 records will cost a fortune per record. If you have a specific amount in mind that is not listed in our package deals, please get in touch and we will find a suitable solution for you.

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER?

You can place your order via the ordering system on our website. The payment is not required at this stage. Alternatively, you can send us your order details and we will get back with an offer within a couple of days.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE MY ORDER?

Turnaround times depend on many factors, and changes constantly. But it usually takes up to 10 weeks for the first run of test pressings. We are committed to producing an entire order within 14 days after the test pressing approval.

WHAT IS A LACQUER AND DMM CUTTING?

Lacquer cutting is one of the two available methods for cutting master plates. It’s the first step in the vinyl manufacturing process where music is being carved into the lacquer coated metal disk using a heated stylus. DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) is also a method for cutting master plates, but using a copper coated metal disc instead. DMM method is recognized for shallower groove depth and less background noise. We offer both cutting solutions of the highest quality. Please let us know your preference when placing an order.

Learn more about the process of cutting a master record here.

WHAT IS A STAMPER?

After the master plates have been cut, we will forward them to an electroplating laboratory and form nickel plated discs (stampers) for the record pressing. Due to high-pressure stampers break after certain amount of production. If you expect to re-press later, please let us know when placing your first order.

CAN I SUBMIT LACQUERS?

Yes,you can submit your lacquers at any time. We will provide you with the address of our partner electroplating laboratory for shipping. However, we prefer cutting lacquers with our trusted partners, because an established communication circle and full control of the manufacturing chain ensures the highest quality production.

WHAT IS A TEST PRESSING AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

We are using a top of the line machinery, so if you deliver an appropriate vinyl master, there should be no issues regarding the quality. Nevertheless, this is a last step before the production and we strongly advise every client to order and carefully inspect test pressings.

Learn more about the process here.

HOW DO I ENSURE MY RECORD SOUNDS AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE?

Make sure your music is mastered for vinyl. Vinyl record comes with a number of limitations, and mastering is essential for a good sounding release. Leave plenty of dynamics and avoid brick-wall limiting. Hardly compressed music may result in difficulties cutting a loud and good sounding record.

Learn more about vinyl mastering here.

WHAT IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 140 & 180 GRAMS RECORD?

The key difference is, of course, the weight and the feel. 180gr records are known for deluxe audiophile releases. We press on both 140gr and 180gr vinyl to meet our client’s diverse preferences.

DO YOU PRESS COLOR VINYL RECORDS?

We offer standard black, solid color, transparent or swirl pressings without undermining the sound quality.In comparison to other pressing plants, our production team approaches and mix colors like paint. Hence, we can not produce split or splatter records. There are certain limitations in changing from color-to-color, and small orders will retain parts of transitional colors from previous pressings if the color transition fee has not been included. Swirl vinyl is an excellent solution to avoid add-on fees and reduce the waste of plastic.

Learn more about color vinyl records.

WHAT IS SWIRL VINYL?

Swirl vinyl record are made from blended PVC of a variety of colors of choice and comes out with colorful patterns. Two totally identical records are not common with swirl vinyl, and that makes it even more interesting!

CAN YOU PRESS RECORDS WITHOUT CENTER LABELS?

Yes, we can press records without center labels on special requests. Please send us your inquiry.

DO YOU SHIP WORLDWIDE?

Yes, we ship worldwide to one or several locations in case you have multiple distribution channels. That will save you time and money.

WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS?

Here you will find RPM Records’ Terms & Conditions.

DO YOU PRODUCE GATEFOLDS AND BOX SETS?

Yes, absolutely. Gatefolds, box sets and posters of all shapes and sizes are available to order.

CAN I VISIT THE PRESSING PLANT?

You are very welcome to visit the pressing plant upon request. It is located in Priorparken 510 – 2605 Brøndby. Our team will serve you a strong cup of coffee and show around our premises.

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