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Vinyl nd Cd Mastering Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 3rd May 2012
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Vinyl nd Cd Mastering

A customer who hired me for a cd mastering now asks about vinyl.
As I don't have any experience in vinyl ... can we use the same master or should I do a separate one ?
For vinyl frequency range should be narrowed ?
Less compression supported ?

Glad to hear about anyone with experience
Old 3rd May 2012
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Here's a great article worth reading.


I find myself able to use the same set of masters for both CD and vinyl if I wasn't forced to make the CD masters too loud. I generally don't mess around with narrowing bass unless something is obviously very wrong with it. Keep an eye on upper frequency energy that can easily cause distortion from overloading. Employ de-essing, EQ, or mb compression to control excessive cymbal crashes, vocal sibilance, etc. If you've slammed the CD masters pretty hot, back off for the vinyl versions. They'll actually be able to cut a louder record if you give them clear, punchy transients that haven't been flattened from excessive limiting.
Old 4th May 2012
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Cola Verde's Avatar

Thanx for this great tutorial..
16 to 18 minutes is ideal.
Is Kevin Gray talking about 16/18 minutes per side or "total" (for a LP record)

A hot club record should be under 12 minutes, 8 to 10 minutes is ideal
Same question here.
Old 4th May 2012
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That's the total minutes per side.

For best loudness 45rpm and as minimal amount of time on each side. This is especially a classic way for Drum & Bass as it's allot about the loudness there (One track on each side @ 45rpm) Techno (Old proper stuff anyway) on the other hand often have 2-3 tracks each side and run at 33rpm.

Albums and acoustic stuff is another story, all depends on the genre your working with.
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