The Vinyl Pressing Process

Vinyl Process Test Pressing

Want to know how Vinyl Records are made?
Here's the step by step process.


Once we receive your audio (visit Tips for Vinyl Pre-Mastering→), there are 3 main steps:


Step 1: The Lacquer Master

It starts with an aluminum disc that is around 14 inches in diameter- slightly larger than the finished product- that is coated with a veneer of lacquer. Once the lacquer hardens, the record is then assiduously scrutinized for any and all imperfections, such as dirt, pits, or juts. Even the most minor imperfections are not tolerated.

Following inspection, the master disc is now ready to be cut. In terms of sound quality, cutting the lacquers is the most important part of the vinyl manufacturing process. Similar to a record player needle, the sound from your recording is passed through a sapphire-tipped cutter and is etched on to the disc. The music is recorded in real time from start to finish, which creates one continuous groove in the record.

The lacquer master is now ready to act as the mold for the metal stamper.

Vinyl Process Step 2 lathe cutting lacquer

Step 2: The Metal Stamper

The next step is to create a stamper from the master. The master is sprayed with silver nitrate, creating a new stunning silver disc with the grooves intact. In order to stiffen the disc, it is submerged in a solution of nickel and an electrocharge fuses the nickel to the silver. This new disc is now a perfect ‘negative’ of your lacquer master, with ridges instead of grooves. This is your metal stamper…

The metal stampers are mounted into press, where 100 tons of pressure is applied to vinyl “biscuits”, to a searing 380 degrees Fahrenheit, creating your stunningly beautiful vinyl records.

A note about labels: We sear our labels right on during the pressing stage. They are, in fact, ‘baked’ prior to press to ensure no moisture content remains. There’s NO Stickers here!

Vinyl Process Step 3 Metal Stamper

Step 3: Printing and Packaging

We can print, fold and glue the jackets much more quickly than we can press the vinyl records, so they are ready well in advance. This allows packaging and shrink-wrap to be completed in only a day or two after the vinyl records come off the press.

Your beautiful vinyl records are now ready to impress your fans! It's taken 8-10 weeks from start to finish- that's the fastest turn around time in the industry! We'll get in touch to arrange for pickup or shipping.

Vinyl Process Packaging

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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

 CD / DVD Sleeves

2 Panel CD Sleeves

2 Panel Sleeve

4 Panel Sleeve

 

6 Panel Sleeve

 CD Inserts

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

8 Page Booklet

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

Slim 7mm

DVD Trap Sheet Fat

DVD Cover
Multi Disc
"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

12" Vinyl Record Jacket
with Spine

7 inch Vinyl Jacket Template

7" Vinyl Record Jacket

Vinyl Record
Gatefold Jackets
12" Vinyl Record Gatefold Jacket

12" Vinyl Record Jacket
4 Panel Gatefold