VINYL MASTERING

HISTORY, PRODUCTION, SPECIAL FEATURES

Competent partner

We have been creating vinyl masters for our customers since 2006. .

Internationally represented

Active in over 50 countries with numerous vinyls that have been mastered by us.

Top customer service

We are at your side competently and advise you on vinyl mastering.

Every music lover knows that the playback medium is not always the same. Even if the trend towards the digital medium has developed over the past few decades, fans of good vinyl still remain loyal to their records. More and more artists are offering their works as "black discs" again, and for good reason. Vinyl has character. Therefore, a Mastering for vinyl increasingly important.

VINYL PRODUCTION - SPECIAL FEATURES ?!

Vinyl

Whether in the classical genre, R&B, soul, funk, rock or hip hop, more and more vinyls are being pressed and the demand is increasing tremendously. Of the unmistakably balanced sound of a vinyl remains unsurpassed to this day.

However, it has turned into a good art Master for vinyl making to make and usually with Hypercompression or Brillanz and Exciter to make the edited song accessible for the record without falsifying the work. Not only good hearing is required for this, but also specialist knowledge and expertise, because regardless of whether the project is ultimately in the Lacquer cutting process on a lacquer film, or at DMM process is copied onto a copper foil before it gets to the press shop, a few things must be taken into account in the mastering process so that the vinyl can also be played.

VINYL MASTERING AT PEAK STUDIOS

By more than 15 years of experience in the production of vinyl master files Peak Studios accompanies you and your project from the mix to the vinyl master in the pressing plant. Regardless of which method you choose, our trained team of experts is your competent contact!

VINYL MASTERING PRICES

Prices for vinyl mastering are an important criterion when deciding on the right mastering studio, especially when it comes to a special area like that Vinyl mastering goes. We have therefore tried to make this as transparent as possible. We are happy to offer generous discounts for larger projects!

VINYL MASTERING COST

Mastering specially made for vinyl pressing. Playback in the highest vinyl master quality.
85,00 per song *
  • Manufacture according to the guidelines of the press shop.
  • 2 change versions included.
Recommendation

VINYL STEM MASTERING COSTS

Mastering of subgroups. Stem mastering enables deeper editing of your audio masterial.
from 55,00 per stem **
  • Analog mastering of subgroups.
  • 2 change versions included.

VINYL
MIXING
COSTS

Our vinyl online mixing guarantees an analogue sound experience with a unique New York sound.
from 120 per song *
  • Analog mastering of a stereo mixdown.
  • 2 change versions included.
* Stereo mastering = 1 stereo track. When uploading several group tracks, the stem mastering is booked automatically. ** at least 2 stems prices include VAT.

FAQ ON VINYL MASTERING

Some believe you have for Vinyl and to prepare two different masters for a digital publication. This is not necessary if, as in the past, the track is not given excessive loudness through hypercompression or brilliance, as is common nowadays. The track would sound wonderful on a vinyl record and it would not be necessary to make two different masters. However, this is how it is done nowadays. Therefore it usually makes sense to prepare an extra master for vinyl (vinyl mastering). Our mastering tips list a few things to keep in mind when mastering vinyl.

Mono compatibility is extremely important, especially with vinyl. Especially loud sounds with strong attack times are problematic here. On the other hand, strings and pad sounds are given less weight in the Vinyl Master. A good mono center from about 300 Hz down is desirable.

It is essential for the vinyl master to remove the stereo information in the bass range in order to achieve a rich and central bass sound and to avoid later jumping the needle on the record. Since the track is supposed to breathe, you have to work carefully on the compression, so you only try to weaken the peaks with a low Treshhold value but not to mix the whole song into a dynamic pulp.

A track to be released on vinyl should be a certain dynamism kept to sound good and clean on a record. Again, it always depends on the genre and the song itself. Processors are also to be avoided Add overtonessuch as an exciter that will later "shrill“Can sound. Overall, you have to be careful with the high frequencies (S-sounds) of a vinyl master. If no precautions are taken, they can either "muddy" or to "sharp" to make noticable. These procedures can be identified on the basis of the production of a vinyl.

EQ'ING IN THE VINYL MASTER

When eq'ing I use a low-cut filter at around 40Hz to minimize possible rumble on the record. With a Hicut filter the upper frequencies are limited. For a vinyl master are here 17kHz a good approach, as a record cannot always reproduce this faithfully to the original. Try a very gentle one with different slopes roll off to achieve. With a gentle roll-off (e.g. 6 db or max. 12 db/oct. as edge steepness, you can definitely set your hi-cut EQ for the vinyl master at 15 khz.

With the so-called "Half Speed ​​Vinyl Mastering" in the Lacquer cutting process it is even possible to display a frequency response of up to 25 kHz. This is because instead of 33/13 RPM (revolutions per minute) with only 16 2/3RPM is worked. The advantage of this is that the precision when transferring all information from the Vinyl Master is significantly increased. So you have less distortion, better transient response and benefits from a greater dynamics.

S-LUTES

As already mentioned, you can S sounds on a plate "shrill" to make noticable. To avoid this, I'll describe two approaches:

  1. With the help of the bandpass filter a De-esser's, let's look for the “sharp” frequency between 3-10 kHz (depends on the song). Then carefully adjust the de-esser. This should be done with feeling so as not to weaken too much of the particular frequency. It always depends on the song, so it is difficult to give exact values ​​here. That will not only made this way at Vinylmaster, but can be particularly important here to help you clean sound to ensure the plate. For the pros: Pull okatve over the core frequency at the same time 
  2.  alternative approach is the use of an EQ. We also use it to find the specific frequency and extract it in a narrow band (high Q value), with -1 to 5 dB. The timbre of the whole track is influenced here, but this can be wanted. There is NO the one perfect solution.

MID-SIDE EQ'ING

Stereo information be in the bass range not just removed for vinyl masters, is here though inevitableto prevent the needle from jumping. It sounds better overall when the bass is more central. For this purpose, the low frequencies are removed from the side signal with a hipass filter. In theory, this can be done with any audio processor that has a Mono bass control owns, can be realized.

When using Compressors one should be careful in the vinyl master. The track should be able to breathe. Low ratios are used here (1,1: 1 - 1,6: 1). The threshold value is also kept lower in order not to let the compressor grip too strongly and only to weaken the peaks a little. M / S compression is also a good option here, so that the side signal can be processed separately from the mono signal. Last but not least, the track order on the disk should be determined. The farther one approaches the middle of a record, the worse will be the appearance of high frequencies and their Transients. Therefore: The track with the greatest "Brilliance“Put first.
Brilliance is understood in our context as "addition" of heights in the range of approx. 6-20khz, which process is relevant in vinyl mastering. Here, large level jumps and extreme energy weighting in the mix should be avoided as a result of the manufacturing method and nature of the vinyl it can lead to the press shop rejecting the production or - which in our opinion is much worse - the record or needle open the plate starting jumping. This can be mitigated with a lower one Overall loudness - anything between -12 and -20 LUFs (but please don't nail us on that).

If the Press Shop or specialized editing studios have received the order, there are two possibilities to produce master foils for the pressing.

 

IS YOUR MIX READY?

In our free mix analysis you can find out whether your track can be refined for vinyl mastering.

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