Frequently Asked Questions

Audio & Art File Questions



    • WHAT KIND OF ART FILES DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?

      Art files need to be submitted on our art file templates that can be downloaded HERE. They must be submitted at at least 300 dpi and in CMYK format.

    • WHAT KIND OF AUDIO FILES DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?

      If you are providing audio files, you will want to submit them as 24-bit WAV files or you can submit them on a data disc as full audio.

      It is important that you submit audio that is properly mastered for vinyl. Don’t over mix any element as it will be more apparent when pressed to vinyl. Cymbals shouldn’t be mixed too bright or loud. It is best to keep bass and kick elements centered. Vocals should be de-essed properly.

 

Info About Pressing Records



    • DOES COLORED VINYL AFFECT SOUND QUALITY?

      In general, yes. Black vinyl sounds the best and has the best playback characteristics with the least amount of noise.

    • WHAT IS A LACQUER MASTER AND WHAT IS A STAMPER?

      A lacquer master is what is used to create the stamper and is similar to a vinyl record but is thicker and is of a different material than vinyl. A stamper is created using the lacquer master and is a negative image of the grooves on your record.

      The stamper is what we use to physically press and manufacture your vinyl records. The negative image on the stamper is then used to press the positive image into the vinyl record.

    • WHEN DO I NEED 3-STEP PLATING INSTEAD OF 2-STEP?

      3-step plating is advised for pressings over 3,000 records, which includes a Father, Mother and stamper. Stampers wear out over time and usage and additional stampers are required for every 1,000 records pressed.

    • WHY DO ALL THE MATERIALS FOR MY PROJECT NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE YOU START?

      Your final product requires music and art for both the vinyl pressing and the labels and jackets that accompany your project. When vinyl records are pressed all materials are required to complete the pressing. Having everything in place insures the highest quality for your pressing and makes sure your project is completed as quickly as possible. We cannot start your project without all required materials, there can be no exceptions to this.

    • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REFERENCE ACETATE AND A TEST PRESSING?

      The purpose of the reference acetate is to verify the integrity of the disc mastering process and the purpose of the test pressing is to verify the integrity of the plating and moulding process. Basically, the acetate is to ensure the audio transferred to disc is acceptable,and the test pressing is to be sure there are no mechanical problems (i.e., excessive surface noise, skips, pops, etc). When the acetate is cut, all settings are charted. Upon approval the exact same settings are used to cut the master lacquer. If any changes are made in the test pressing stage, there will be a charge for a new master lacquer, new stamper and new test pressings.

    • HOW MUCH MUSIC CAN I FIT ON MY RECORD?

      Vinyl differs from CDs in that a CD can hold up to 70 minutes of music. Music quality on vinyl is determined by how much space an engineer can cut into a lacquer and therefore the more music you put on a record, the lesser the sound quality you can expect. The best sound quality is achieved with up to 18-20 minutes per side on an LP at 33 1/3 speed and 12-14 minutes per side on an LP at 45 speed. On a 45, it is best to keep your songs to 4.5 minutes and under at 45 RPM and to 6 minutes per side at 33 1/3 RPM.

    • I AM NEW TO PRESSING VINYL; HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

      The first thing you need to do is prepare your audio files. Schedule time in a studio and mix the songs the way you want them to be heard. Once you submit your audio files, a lacquer is cut and an acetate will be provided to you for approval. Metal stampers are prepared from the lacquer and test pressings are pressed from the metal stampers. Once approved, your project will be scheduled to be pressed.

      Other considerations in your vinyl pressing include label and jacket artwork. You will need to decide whether you want full color jackets or a plain die-cut white or black jacket and if you want 2-color or 4-color labels. We provide templates for labels and jackets HERE.

    • WHAT FORMATS OF VINYL DO YOU PRESS?

      We can press 12″ and 7″ vinyl, in black or color vinyl, either in stock colors or custom colors. 7″ can be pressed in either traditional large-hole format or with a small hole.

 

Payment & Terms



  • WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

    We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and PayPal.

  • TERMS OF SALE

    All orders are F.O.B. Dallas. Terms are 50% deposit and the balance due (including shipping) upon completion and prior to shipping/pick up. Personal or Company checks not accepted on balance due. 4% per month will be charged on all past due accounts. In the event the customer fails to pay within 120 days from any work compleated, Josey Record MFG has the right to sell, dispose or use any such material on hand in any way the company chooses. In this case all negatives, masters, stampers, mothers, trademarks, and CDs become the property of Josey Record MFG.