Why Masterdisk.

 
 
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We take care of everything.

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You deserve audiophile quality.

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It costs more to make a bad record.

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Walk-Through

The Vinyl Process

Step 1

Mastering

This is the part where we make the sound compatible with vinyl. Otherwise it's just like mastering for Digital release.  

Sometimes we can use the same EQ for digital and vinyl. But, often it's best for the vinyl release to have a custom mastering EQ.. Once we hear your tracks, we will be able to recommend whether or not we should master separately for each format.


Step 2

Cutting Refs

We play the mastered-for-vinyl WAV files into the cutting lathe, and cut a reference disk to ensure it plays without skipping, and that it sounds good when played back on a high quality turntable.  

We can ship the reference desk straight to you or your producer for approval. Or, you can opt to have your mastering engineer check the reference disks and report back to you. We hear hundreds of them and know just what to listen for.

If you prefer, we can create digital files from the reference disk. That way you can download the tracks and hear the record without waiting for the shipment.

Once you're completely satisfied with the reference, we move on to the next step:


Step 3

Cutting Master Lacquers

The master lacquers are cut using exactly the same settings we used to cut the references.  To avoid any quality issues or degradation, we make sure these master lacquers are shipped to the plating plant within two days of being cut.


Step 4

Plating And Test Pressings

The plating plant makes the metal plates needed for pressing. These are then put into a press and test pressings are made for approval.  

You will receive at least two test pressings. We strongly advise that you also have two test pressings sent to Masterdisk for and extra level of quality control . 

Once the test pressings and graphics are approved the plant can schedule your pressing run.  The amount of time the pressing run takes depends on the plant you choose and their production schedule. But not long after the boxes will show up on your doorstep and, voila, you have a record!

 

Testimonials

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