How to prepare data for vinyl pressing

Updated 2 weeks ago by Support Team

I thought I uploaded the tracks when I launched the project? Why do I need to do it again?

You will be required to submit a final version of your audio files in a compressed folder. We highly recommend that you send us audio files that have been professionally mastered specifically for vinyl for the best sounding final product. 

For details regarding mastering, please refer to this article

What are the audio requirements?

We accept high-resolution WAV or AIFF files – the most optimal resolution and format are to provide separate or one continuous WAV file per side at 96 kHz / 24-bit (we support audio from 44.1kHz / 16-bit up to 192 kHz / 32-bit). Ideally, your audio is peaking around 0.1 - 0.5dB.

Please note that it is better not to use overuse hard-limiters (brick-wall, peak limiters). In such cases, we must reduce the cutting levels (making your record quieter than it otherwise would be).

 

How do I submit my audio files?

Please send all files in a single zip via the uploader that we provide on your project page. Make sure your audio files are named so that they clearly indicate the side and track number, for example: A1_Example.wav, B2_Sample.wav

Within your audio zip please also include your track lists to confirm the music that you will be pressing. If you are not sure about this, you can download the track list template here.

 

How should I prepare my artwork files?

Please download the art templates from here. Align your design with the template and template specifications. Delete the template lines when you submit your art.

Requirements for pre-print artwork:

    1. Provide CMYK files for full-color printing
    2. Provide grayscale files for mono printing
    3. All documents provided must have a minimum 300dpi resolution pixel/inch. (black and white line art must be a minimum of 800dpi)
    4. Maximum ink coverage = 320% (Deep Black: C70% -% M70% - Y70% - K100%).
    5. Be sure to outline and vectorize all images and fonts where possible.
    6. Be sure your art meets or overlaps the bleed line (outer dotted line).
    7. Remove any ICC profiles from your artwork.
    8. Remove transparencies from your artwork.
    9. Remove all template lines.
    10. Converted to PDF format


    There is no need to leave a hole on your label designs. 
    IMPORTANT: Always follow the technical specifications required for print in order to avoid any mistake and get your record pressed as soon as possible.

    I thought I uploaded my artwork when I created the project, why do I need to do it again?

    We need your artwork in a PDF matched with the correct template in order to print your design.

    How do I submit my artwork files for print?

    Please send them in a single zip file using the uploader we provide on your project page.  Make sure the file name clearly indicates what each pdf is, for example: Label_side_A.pdf or Sleeve.pdf

     

    Can I check if my submitted artwork is OK to print?

    Yes, we will send you the preview file for your confirmation.  Once you accept this file, pressing will begin.  The preview file will have the template line with it, but it will not be printed on your sleeve and label.


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