Vinyl Record Pressing in Ireland by Lunel Media

By David Watson on September 21, 2014

Vinyl is back!! and at Lunel Media we now press vinyl in Ireland, yes that’s right in Ireland which is great news for all of you who in Ireland who are looking for vinyl record pressing, it also means that you don’t have to go overseas to get your record pressed. 

Email sales@lunelmedia.com for a Vinyl price list and or an exact quotation for your Vinyl project.

Please see some information enclosed that outlines the process and the services that are available.

7″, 10″, 12″ STANDARD, HEAVYWEIGHT & COLOUR VINYL

Lunel Media offers the highest Industry Standard Vinyl Pressing along with all Print & Packaging options available.

Even with the falling cost of CD, DVD & Blu-Ray replication, vinyl manufacture and pressing continues to increase with most vinyl pressing plants worldwide working at or near their capacity.

7″ VINYL MANUFACTURE

7″ single Vinyl has made a successful return and is often used as a positive alternative to digital downloads. The collectable nature of a 7″ vinyl is the perfect replacement of the disposable MP3 single.

10” & 12″ VINYL MANUFACTURE

While the 7″ 45rpm has made a successful comeback, the 12″ vinyl continues to be the most successful size across all music genres and many record labels see vinyl pressing as a very important marketing tool for any important album release.

SUPPLYING YOUR AUDIO FILES

You can supply your tracks as CD audio, AIFF or WAV files or if you prefer you can supply us with a finished Laquer. Please Compress (ZIP) any files before sending and we will also require a full track listing with the name and length of each song, this must be sent with each master please. The standard bit rate is 24 bit.

Please keep a back-up copy of your master – mark your master with a catalogue number, this number or title should be unique and should be used for your label and sleeve so that each print part is correctly matched up to ensure no issues with the final product.

CUTTING AND PROCESSING

Your music is cut using copper plates (DMM). These plates are cut on a special lathe which is similar to a large record player and also works like a record player’s phonograph pickup in reverse as the audio is converted to mechanical motion. The cutting stylus is mounted in the head of the lathe and cuts a precise spiral groove across the plate spinning at the exact speed of 33 or 45 RPM, it also vibrates to ensure the transfer of the recording. We can also receive your own lacquers if that is your prefered option.

IMPORTANT – If you are cutting your own lacquers, please keep them cool while transporting.

The Plates can then be processed directly to stampers, lacquers are processed a different way and through several different stages to make the stampers. Copies of the lacquers (masters or negatives) are then made by electroplating and are made of nickel. The masters are then plated again to give positives. These stampers can be played to check the quality of the sound and these are then plated again to form the stampers (negatives again), which are then used in the manufacturing process to press the final records.

 TEST PRESSINGS

Test Pressings are provided for sound and quality checking and sound levels and or track listing should be perfect before TP’s are produced. Production will not start on your main order until you have approved and signed off on your test pressings.

SUPPLYING ARTWORK

For details on how to supply your artwork please email sales@lunelmedia.com  for templates and artwork information. Please ensure that you supply artwork files that fit the templates and that all the files are suitable for us to use as this will save time and your order will proceed far smoother if all files supplied are correct.

Please send your artwork and audio files via email and by a file transfer solution. Please remember to supply a catalogue number for each Vinyl release.

Keep a back-up copy of your artwork. Artwork is usually checked within 48 hours of being sent to Lunel Media and we will then email you with PDF proofs for your approval. Please note that PDF files can not be used for exact colour matching and are a representation only as computer screens work using RGB and we produce print parts using CMYK Litho printing process.

PRINTING

When the artwork files have been approved, the labels and sleeves are then printed and the catalogue number of reference is then matched to the relevant stamper. All labels are then baked to remove any moisture and the labels and stampers are then put on the pressing machines and production then starts.

PRESSING

Vinyl is then pressed by placing a small piece of vinyl, about half the area and two or three times the thickness of the final pressed record between the two stampers (A and B side) along with the relevant labels. (1st a label, then a piece of vinyl, then 2nd label). Using very hot steam (approx 300 degrees) the vinyl is then heated and forced under pressure into all the grooves of the stamper. At a precise moment the steam is replaced by cold water and the record is then instantly hardened. When the record comes out of the hot press it has ragged and uneven edges this is then neatly trimmed by a special circular cutting device.

Colour Vinyl records are pressed using different materials to that of solid black Vinyl  and therefore the quality of sound sometimes may vary. This can sometimes contribute to a higher noise level and isolated static sound (clicks) in the lead-in and lead-out grooves and to the cross-overs and at quiet moments of the recording.

General rule of thumb is that the more transparent the colours then the better the sound quality should be. Opaque colours sometimes show a higher noise level. Vinyl colours may also appear in different shades depending on the light, background and opacity of the record.  As coloured vinyl is produced from different batches of material there can be small variations in the final colour. Colour Vinyl records may sometimes show run-marks, spots or slight traces of other colours as all pressing machines cannot be run 100% clean.

PACKAGING

Most plants hand pack vinyl records into the print required and therefore vinyl orders will include a hand packing charge and labels, stickers and inserts are also all hand packed.

Please email sales@lunelmedia.com for more information or also for a quotation.