Any recording can be distributed on vinyl but some additional steps are required.
- Audio Mastering – A separate master recording should be produced if you plan to distribute on vinyl. Two wav files are created, one for the A side, one for the B side. A 12″ vinyl record at 33 1/3 rpm has a 22 minute per side run time, so you are limited to 44 minutes total on a 12″ LP record.
- Art work – For vinyl record jackets, labels, sleeves and inserts are designed. Artwork, photography, song titles, lyrics, credits, color and B/W are all part of the process.
- Lacquer Masters – Made by cutting lacquer on a cutting lathe from the mastered audio tracks. These form the basis for the mother daughter stampers.
- Metal Stamper – The lacquer master is then sprayed with tin chloride and silver, then nickle plated. The stamper can be used to press 2000- 3000 vinyl records.
- Test Pressing – Once the metal stampers are made, the vinyl test pressing is done. Generally the vinyl A and B sides are pressed onto two separate vinyl records. The test pressing is the last check before the record is mass produced.
- Pressing – Once the test pressing has been listened to and verified, the pressing starts.
- Packaging – The jackets are loaded with the record in a sleeve, inserts are added, and the entire album is shrink wrapped. Promotional labels and bar code stickers are added.
- Distribution – Vinyl can’t be downloaded 🙂 traditional brick and mortar distribution, and clicks and mortar distribution is required.
Winding Way Records is able to have your music produced, pressed to vinyl record albums, and distributed to a network of up to 800 record stores nationwide.
In 2016, vinyl record sales outpaced on-demand, ad supported streaming services at $416 Million; a new 28 year high, or about 8% of total music revenue from all sources. 2018 was even better! The fans have fun spinning records, they get a tangible piece of art, and the Artists gets paid.
We are happy to support the following pressers:
- Erika Records
- Standard Vinyl
- Gotta Groove Records
- Microforum Vinyl
- United Record Pressing
- Rainbow Records
Delays can occur when pressing vinyl records depending on production needs.