Pre-Vinyl Mastering

Fat As Funk is a specialist in optimising masters for pressing on to vinyl, ensuring a hassle-free cut and great sounding product.
Releasing a record on vinyl is an expensive process, and labels frequently find that the most economical pressing plants are far away from where they are based, making attending the cut in person unfeasable.
This is why it is so important to have masters specially optimised for vinyl cutting – mastering for vinyl is a different finish than mastering for CD/digital media. There are several essential and often overlooked processes that need to be addressed at the mastering stage or you risk problems at the cutting stage, & consequently risk a batch of vinyl that could have a range of problems – sounding excessively harsh in tone, flat dynamics, even making some needles skip on playback!
These days DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) is a much more popular alternative for pressing to vinyl than the old days of the lacquer. It’s also quicker & a lot cheaper, saving you on around £200 on a vinyl run. We master our pre-vinyl masters to translate brilliantly to the DMM process.
Loz at Fat As Funk has mastered several hundred tracks for vinyl & knows all the tricks inside-out. Pre-vinyl masters from us are a worthy investment – you can get your records cut with confidence, knowing that the sound you approve will be easy for the cutting engineer to translate onto the vinyl medium accurately.
Pre-vinyl mastering is the same price as CD/digital mastering. If you also want mastered versions optimised for CD too, we can provide these at a massively discounted rate of just £5 per track, when booked together as one job.
Please tell the engineer your requirements when you book.

How long should I have on a side of vinyl?

The length per side of a vinyl record depends a lot on the volume you want your cut. Here are some suggestions:
7″ @ 33 rpm: Moderate volume: 6.5 minutes… Loud: 4 minutes… Extra loud: 2.5 minutes.
7″ @ 45 rpm: Moderate volume: 5 minutes… Loud: 3 min… Extra loud: 1.9 minutes.
10″ @ 33 rpm: Moderate volume: 13.5 minutes… Loud: 8 minutes… Extra loud: 5 minutes.
10″ @ 45 rpm: Moderate volume: 10 minutes… Loud: 6 minutes… Extra loud: 3.5 minutes.
12″ @ 33 rpm: Moderate volume: 19 minutes… Loud: 11.5 minutes… Extra loud: 7 minutes.
12″ @ 45 rpm: Moderate volume: 14 minutes… Loud: 8.5 minutes… Extra loud: 5 minutes.
These times are flexible to an extent, but give a good guideline to aim for.