Finally we arrive at the pressing plant, where meticulous work is carried out as in the other parts of the process. In fact, vinyl pressing comprises electrical, mechanical and thermal processes for the transformation of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pellets into vinyl records.
First of all, the PVC granules are heated up to 160ºC until they form a viscous paste that, in a hopper, is molded into small “donuts” of +/- 10/20gr. on the weight of the record to be pressed.
During this process, the central labels are placed on both sides of the “donut” in a mechanical process (manual in semi-automatic machines), remaining strongly attached to the vinyl by the pressure of 120Tm applied to compress it into a vinyl record and by the increase in temperature of the “donut” that has now been heated to 180ºC to practically liquefy under pressure. Once cool, the excess vinyl is ready for a final cut and then reused again.
A process with a duration of between 20 and 30 seconds depending on the machines, as well as the pressures and temperatures, which vary according to pressing systems. When the record is cold, the quality tests begin to verify that everything is correct, listening to the sound and looking at the grooves under a microscope.
And in fact, it is our pressing system that is in charge of finally shaping the music, in a 7”(42gr), 10”(110gr) and 12”(140gr/150gr/180gr) format,
All this on black vinyl, colored vinyl, effects, picture discs, different types of covers for all capacities (single, gatefold, trifold, record box,…) and endless possibilities to dress up the vinyl presentation.
Certainly, we do all this, above all for the best sound quality in the shortest times and serving our product to the whole world.
Dear vinyl lovers :: Despite all the problems, we are very happy to inform you that we have new times of vinyl pressing and always with the best sound quality. We have managed to reduce our production turnaround to terms between 4 and 8 weeks, adding an express pressing of 30/40 days. We have the best vinyl pressing with amazing timings and the best sound quality; no one does it better or as fast. And also, all this in 7” (42gr), 10” (110gr) and 12” (140gr/150gr/180gr), black vinyl, opaque color, transparent color, effects, picture disc, interior/exterior sleeves, inserts, design … everything you need to distinguish and differentiate your drive. The vinyl pressing with the highest sound quality.
Once your music is ready, we take care of everything: when we sign the contract to find out how you want the vinyl (inches, weight, color, quantity …), you deliver the necessary files in the appropriate formats and we begin the process.
Your music is processed to suit the medium in which it will be printed: vinyl. A re-mastering process is carried out which, in the case of vinyl, is a critical process and which has great relevance in the final quality of the record. It is a complex process in which the frequencies, volumes, intensities, depth and width of the groove must be worked out….
We will then proceed with the lacquer cut, which is the transfer of the music from the support to the lacquer; a nitrocellulose coated polished aluminum disc with a thickness greater than a normal disc. To cut the lacquer, a cutting lathe with its cutting head is used to cut and modulate the groove, transferring the music directly to the master.
When the lacquer is cut, it is sent directly to the elaboration of the electroplating works, where through different mechanical, chemical and electrical processes, the stampers are elaborated. Stampers are the metal molds that, once in the pressing plant, will shape your vinyl. Different jobs require different elaborations, therefore, we have a small number of pressing plants in Europe that meet our quality standards and where each job is sent in particular according to your requirements.
We will advise you on the best choice to capture your music on vinyl, opening a wide range of options for the final realization of the project: We work on all sizes of vinyl (7 “, 10” and 12 “) and even special sizes, with different weights of vinyl, colors, effects with color, photo-discs, all quantities, even from 1 vinyl (in any of the sizes), different types of interior / exterior covers and with different printing possibilities, insertion of coupons, shrink wraps, barcodes … and with a team of designers who will bring out the best of your music reflected in a amazing artwork, to give color to your rhythms.
100% guaranteed Sound Quality with the best time//price ratios. There is no more you can do to make your album sound better.