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Frequently Asked Questions
On this page you will find a guide to the most common questions we receive. Please use this before contacting us or to help you make a decision before buying. Simply click on a question to view the answer.
What Do You Do?
How Do I Get The Best Out Of My Record?
- 7”: up to 3-4mins
- 10”: up to 5-6mins
- 12”: up to 6-7mins
- EP: up to 17mins
- LP: up to 20mins
Please leave about 2dB headroom on your tracks. Don’t use any maximising plugins such as Waves L1 as we will make your tracks as loud as possible in the last stage of the mastering chain.
The loudness of your record has nothing to do with the digital level on your master file. It only depends on playing time and bass content.
If the meters are at maximum and show no real movement all the time, it’s impossible to do any mastering without lowering the level first – this will result in a loss of punch.
Try to avoid stereo bass and phase problems (see the corresponding questions below).
Please note – there is no difference in quality between small or large hole 7inch records.
What Plate Format Should I Choose?
- 7 inch: ideal for bands and pop, rock, punk, reggae, soul, radio tracks
- 10 inch: short dance tracks, reggae and dub
- 12 inch: dance music, hip hop
- 12 inch EP/LP: for album formats
Please note that a 12” will always sound better than a smaller plate, this is due to the higher groove speed at the outer grooves.
Try listening to any 12” record and compare the beginning of the plate with the end, there will be much more hi-end at the beginning.
For loud dance music with lot of bass or loud hi-hats we definitely recommend a 12” plate.
Scratch records are preferably cut on 12inch, though sometimes a 10inch will do the job as well.
What Are The Plates Made Of?
What's The Difference Between Your Plates and An Acetate Dubplate?
What Are The Maximum Playing Times?
Very good: 3 minutes
Ok: 4 minutes
Possible: 6 minutes
Very good: 5.30 minutes
Ok: 6.30 minutes
Possible: 8 minutes
Very good: 8 minutes
Ok: 12 minutes
Possible: 14 minutes (or 17mins for EP, 20 mins for LP formats)
How Should I Send My Tracks To You?
- Digitally by using our dedicated Wetransfer page, a link to which will be sent to you after purchase. View instructions for sending your files digitally.
- Audio CD (44.1 kHz)
- CD-R using .wav or .aiff (44.1 or 96 kHz)
Please note that we currently cannot support audio cassette or minidisc as supplying formats.
Is There Any Difference I Quality Between The Plates You Deliver?
Can I Have Different Tracks On Each Side?
Why is it so important for mixes to be in phase and the bass being in mono?
If the mix is in phase, the cutter stylus will move from left to right but if the mix is out of phase it causes the stylus to move up and down. Too much up and down movement will produce a groove that’s too shallow or interrupted. This will cause the playback needle to jump.
The bottom end, low frequencies, is especially very critical. If the bass is in stereo, the cutter stylus will leave the surface of the record and the plate will be unusable.
How do I know is my mix is out of phase?
Try listening to your tracks in mono and stereo, ideally there shouldn’t be a big difference. If there is – especially at the bottom end – you might have a problem.
If you switch between stereo and mono, kick/bass should stay in the center.
What does mastering mean?
We don’t just insert some digital plugins to master. Our experienced engineers use state of the art analogue equipment and full range monitoring to make your tracks sound great.
Mastering is included in all of our prices.
I want you to cut my existing dubplates and acetates, any tips for recording them?
Don’t use the eq of your mixer, leave it flat.
Always record them into stereo files, even if the tracks are in mono. This has to do with the vertical movement of the cutter stylus and helps us to get rid of clicks and pops more efficiently.
Don’t truncate the noise at the beginning and end of the track, leave about 1-2sec of hiss, crackles and pops.
Use an elliptical playback stylus. It will follow the grooves better than a spherical one – this will result in lower distortions (especially when recording tracks with loud vocals).
On highly abused acetates (the ones where you can see the metal coming through) it helps to spray them with water before/during recording. The stylus kind of ‘swims’ in the groove, recording less noise.
I can't use my LPs in the club as they pick up feedback, can you help?
The grooves are very shallow and dense, too and so the needle jumps quite easily.
The same tracks will be fine when recorded off and LP and back to another format. On shorter tracks, even a 7″ will solve the problem.
For recording an LP, please take a look at the previous question.
I'm into dance music and want to cut a record, will your plates be loud enough?
Is there anything I should take care of for an EP or LP?
How do you know your plates will last?
How long have you been doing this for?
Will your 7s play fine in a Jukebox?
We will ensure that the mechanism of your machine will work correctly (i.e. it won’t cut off the music too early).
What's your turnaround time?
UK customers next day
EU customers 2-5 days
R.O.W customers 1 week
What payment methods do you accept?
How much would it be for 100 or 1000 12inch records?
Our dubplate service is aimed at about 1-10 copies of a track – a great substitute for test pressings.
However if you are in need of runs of over 100 records please contact our sister company www.curvedpressings.com
What are the weights of your records?
7” = 60g
10” = 115g
12” ultralight clear = 85g [currently unavailable]
12” black + clear = 180g
Standard record weights
12” vinyl = 130-185g
12” acetate = 240g