Preparing Your Tracks For Cutting
Vinyl is a totally different beast to CD's and other digital audio formats. So if this is your 1st track to vinyl please also read our short FAQ.
Unfortunately there is a 125 mb per file limit on the uploads. If your file is larger you can send your music via Dropbox, WeTransfer.com or some other file share site, just email us the link. Or send us a CD or USB stick.
For the highest quality vinyl please note the following :~
- MP3s, WMA and other lossy compressed audio formats are generally poor quality and, if it can be helped, best not used for cutting Dubplates or Mastering. The best formats are WAV and AIFF.
- Never convert a MP3/WMA to WAV/AIFF as this does not improve the audio quality, it may in fact degrade it.
- If ripping tracks from a CD then rip as a 16bit 44.1kHz WAV/AIFF. If ripping from vinyl rip as a 16bit/24bit 44.1kHz (or higher) WAV/AIFF and not too loud, never normalise/maximise the files. If downloading from an online music store please download the highest quality format they offer and do not do anything to them before sending to us, just send as they come.
- Make sure you have checked all audio files for any problems before sending.
- 24bit WAV/AIFF with a sample rate of 44.1kHz or above is best.
- Record your tracks at -6dB to -3dB to give us some headroom.
- Please do not normalise your tracks or use any compressors, limiters, maximizers or stereo imagers on your mixes/Master Bus. Very important for Dubplate cuts.
- De-ess any vocals. Very important for Dubplate cuts.
(This short VIDEO CLIP shows the importance of leaving head room and not normalising, using compression etc).See The Limitation's of Vinyl Records page for more information.
If you require templates for your label you can download them HERE. If you do not use these templates we cannot guarantee how the label(s) will look.
Please supply as much information as you can with your tracks, such as the track time’s (when sending CD), track order, sample/bit rate etc.
When sending tracks for Mastering please give us an idea of what you want by giving examples of songs you like the sound of and telling us of any specific concerns you have. Or you can let our engineer just do his thing. And you can always call and speak to us over the phone.
When sending a CD for cutting please leave a 2 second gap in between tracks.
Unfortunately unlike CD's or digital playlists you cannot have tunes in any order you like on vinyl, you have to think about and plan your track running order. Therefore, if you would like an EP or LP cut please arrange the tracks so the loudest, brightest most dynamic ones are at the start of the record and the quieter ones at the end I.E. Any track that has loud hi hats, cymbals, brass or the vocal have a lot of sibilance. This is very important and the reason for this is explained HERE .
Never ever send us your original CD.
And finally, make sure you select the correct timing and Dubplate size for the length of your tunes (if your tune is longer than the timing you have selected it will be cut down and faded out to the timing you selected).