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RE: vinyl production - any recommendations?

If you are on a budget- United might be alright- their pressings are better than their mastering jobs IMO. One of my employee's bands did a project there mastering and all. It came off with a reasonable pressing, but the sound was compressed. I suspect they use a lot of processing so as to be able to turn projects out quickly.

So when we mastered a project for a local band that had their project pressed there, we were dubious, but it turned out well. We try to avoid processing when doing mastering projects. That usually means a lot more time spent with the project doing test cuts and the like.

RTI (Record Technology) in Camarillo, CA is a well-known record plant. They do excellent mastering and pressings; they are known for their 180-gram vinyl and do very well with thinner pressings too. We've done a number of projects through them. Some were for full services and others were for pressings only, all of which turned out quite well.

The best plant in the US IMO/IME is QRP which is the record pressing plant owned by Acoustic Sounds. They do mastering and pressings of exceptionally high quality.

We did a project through them and FWIW, when you cut a lacquer, it is usually so quiet (if you have a good stylus and the temperature is properly set) that the playback electronics will be the noise floor (because of this its hard to know what the noise floor of a good lacquer actually is, but it has to be in the -90db range; most of the surface noise that occurs on an LP happens during the pressing process and not the mastering). When we got the test pressings back they were as quiet as the test cuts we had made.

There's a lot of excitement about Jack White's new record plant in Detroit. I'm eager to hear how they do.


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