HISTORY, PRODUCTION, SPECIAL FEATURES
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 ?!
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 COSTMastering specially made for vinyl pressing. Playback in the highest vinyl master quality.
Manufacture according to the guidelines of the press shop.
2 change versions included.
VINYL STEM MASTERING COSTSMastering of subgroups. Stem mastering enables deeper editing of your audio masterial.
Analog mastering of subgroups.
2 change versions included.
Our vinyl online mixing guarantees an analogue sound experience with a unique New York sound.
Analog mastering of a stereo mixdown.
2 change versions included.
FAQ ON VINYL MASTERING
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.
As already mentioned, you can S sounds on a plate "shrill" to make noticable. To avoid this, I'll describe two approaches:
- 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
- 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.
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.
If the Press Shop or specialized editing studios have received the order, there are two possibilities to produce master foils for the pressing.
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