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, so it is so important to have masters specially optimized for the vinyl medium. Mastering for vinyl is different to 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.
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.
Please note that this special rate is only for pre-vinyl versions of masters bought at the same time as regular masters for digital use. If you ONLY want pre-vinyl masters please book using the normal priced “Stereo Mastering” service & let us know you only want pre-vinyl.
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.