Vinyl Pre-Mastering

Pre-mastering is the process of getting your audio ready for the vinyl lacquer cutting stage. If your audio is already mastered for vinyl, you will not require pre-mastering services from Train Records.

What is required for submitting an acceptable vinyl premaster to Train Records?

Source Audio Files:
  • 24 bit 96kHz WAV or AIFF format file is the vinyl pre-master standard. Other file resolutions are acceptable, down to CD quality audio, 16 bit 44.1kHz
  • File resolution should be the highest available, but should not be converted up to a higher resolution.
  • MP3 audio is not a suitable source for vinyl production.
  • The source audio files should be provided as a single WAV or AIFF format file for each side, with track spacing as it is intended to appear on the record and with an accompanying PQ sheet, indicating track IDs

A Note About High Frequencies:

The lacquer cutting system (the next step in vinyl manufacturing) is capable of putting very high peak levels on the record, but only ideal playback systems in optimal conditions will be able to play the sound back without distortion. Since we need the record to be playable on all types of equipment, it's necessary to limit the High Frequency information. It's recommended to provide a vinyl premaster that already has a balance of high frequency suitable for vinyl production.

A Note About Low Frequencies:

Excessive level in the very low bass can cause the record to skip. Excessive stereo information in the bass appears as vertical movement in the groove, so it's sometimes necessary to remove the stereo component of the music as well as any out of phase information in the very low frequency range. The cutting system is equipped to correct minor issues with the bass however, more severe problems will result in a record that can't be cut or that sounds very different from the source audio files provided. It's recommended to provide a vinyl premaster that already has low frequency level and stereo content that is suitable for vinyl production.

Running times:
As a general rule, the longer a side is, the quieter the record will be. Our general guideline for maximum side length is 20 minutes for a 12" 33 rpm record and 14 minutes for a 12" 45 rpm record. However, it's the bass content in the music that takes up the physical space on the disc, so it's sometimes possible to have a longer side without compromising the level or audio quality. Not all masters benefit significantly from shorter sides. As well, some styles of music are more ideally suited to a higher playback level, in which case shorter side lengths (15-18 minutes at 33 rpm, 9-12 minutes at 45 rpm) are recommended.

Level:
We cut your record at the maximum level possible within the confines of the vinyl medium. The factors determining the level are a combination of the HF and LF issues explained above, and the running time. The longer side of the record determines the level for all sides, unless otherwise specified.

Reference Acetates or "Dub Plates":

Any time that there is a question about whether or not your record complies with these guidelines, there is the option to cut a reference acetate first. An acetate is a disc that is cut just like the master record and can be played a few times to hear what your records will sound like. It can save the extra time and the expense of additional test pressings if you're unsure. Please contact your Account Manager for details.
Artwork Templates

Artwork Design Templates:

Before submitting your files, your artwork must conform to our templates. The templates below will help you prepare your artwork and ensure the sizes are correct. When your files are complete, upload them by Clicking Here. Should you have any questions, please refer to our Artwork FAQ section or contact our art department by emailing: art@trainrec.com. After all, we are here to help!


CD & DVD Disc Templates

CD Duplication

CD / DVD 22mm

Full Colour Disc Face

CD Duplication

CD / DVD 39mm

Black Text on Silver Discs

CD Digipaks

4 Panel CD Digipak

6 Panel CD Digipak Tray on Right

6 Panel CD Digipak

Tray on right side

6 Panel CD Digipak

Tray Centered

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2 Panel Sleeve

4 Panel Sleeve

 

6 Panel Sleeve

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1 Panel Insert

1 Panel Insert

2 Panel Insert

2 Panel Insert

3 Panel Insert

3 Panel Insert

CD Stapled Booklets

8 Page CD Booklet

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12 Page CD Booklet

12 Page Booklet

16 Page CD Booklet

16 Page Booklet

CD Tray Card

CD Tray Card

CD Tray Card

DVD Covers (Trap sheets)

DVD Cover Standard 14mm

DVD Cover

Standard 14mm

DVD Cover Slim 7mm

DVD Cover

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"Fat Pack" 22mm

DVD Digipaks

4 Panel DVD Digipak

4 Panel DVD Digipak

6 Panel DVD Digipak

6 Panel DVD Digipak

 

Vinyl Record Center Labels

12" Vinyl Record Center Label

12" Vinyl Record
Center Label

 


12" Vinyl Record Center Label

7" Vinyl Record
Center Label

 

 

Vinyl Record Jackets Vinyl record jacket

12" Vinyl Record Jacket
without Spine

Vinyl record jacket

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with Spine

7 inch Vinyl Jacket Template

7" Vinyl Record Jacket

Vinyl Record
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12" Vinyl Record Gatefold Jacket

12" Vinyl Record Jacket
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