Once you are happy with your pre-masters our in house mastering engineer will create a few sets of vinyl-ready masters for you to approve before proceeding. This guarantees the audio source being sent to press has been carefully considered. You can also send in your own vinyl-ready masters if you want. Please see our mastering section for information.
Once the vinyl-ready masters are good to go, we send them over to Dan at DKS Mastering that offers a bespoke lacquer cutting service. With a quality audio source Dan can adjust and tweak the music to get the most out it whilst cutting the lacquer. There is an option to attend the cut at the studio in West London. If you would like to send in your own lacquers, this is possible.
Creating the perfect metalwork isn't an easy task. We make sure that the entire process is monitored with thorough checks along the way. After the lacquer is cleaned and processed, it is prepared through a delicate process with no physical interaction. The lacquer is then coated in silver nitrate which fills the grooves preparing it for electroplating.
This plate is placed into a container with a very specific solution so that the plate can be treated accordingly. This occurs for roughly two hours until there is enough Nickel on the plate so that it can be separated as a complete sheet. This is the negative.
This is cleaned and then enters the containers again so that a positive can be created which is the master lacquer. A stamper is created through the exact same process and this is what is used to fix onto the press.
With high run speeds and a great bit of metalwork, any quantity can be selected for the press size and this is usually done after the approval of test pressings. It isn't always necessary to get test pressings, but this can be discussed on an individual basis. You can choose between regular weight or heavy weight with either black polymer, coloured or transparent to create something a bit more special.
Whether you want to do a white label in a white paper sleeve or a luxury 12" with a full colour textured outer jacket, we have several options that we can offer. A choice between different weights of card and up to eight different types of lamination means we can offer a large array of choice for your project requirements.
Format - 7", 10", 12"
Specifics - Regular or Heavy weight with a choice of black, coloured or transparent wax
Labels - White, 1 colour of full colour centre labels
Sleeve - White or black paper inner sleeves or black or white card discosleeves. More options available
Outer Sleeves - 3mm, 5mm or 7mm spinned or un-spinned jackets. Matt or Gloss finish. Plenty of other options available
Test Pressings - Minimum of 10 test pressings
Finishing - Card inserts, stickers or other printed goods
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