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Aardvark Record Mastering
|Seven Inch||Twelve/Ten Inch|
If you want your source material returned,
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Additional charges may apply for
editing of master tapes
Optional Reference Lacquers with mastering orders:
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Dub Plates Customers, please see the Dub Plate page.
The Shipping and handling charge is per order, not per record. If two records are being ordered together, include only one $25 fee for shipping and handling.
The mastering and plating charges are per record, not per side. Plating is two step. Please understand that you will be charged for replacement plates if the pressing plant requires additional plates. In most cases, if plates break, they will be replaced at no charge. My plater guarantees stampers for the first run of up to 1000 records.
If the stampers should break on a re-order, the replacement of the stampers will be at the customer's expense. Changing color on a first order may require the stampers to be moved to another press. Only the first 1000 records on the first press will be guaranteed. If the stamper should break when moved to another press, the replacement stampers will be at the customer's expense.
Reference Lacquers are a good way to tell how well your songs will transfer to vinyl. Also DJs use reference lacquers to preview their songs in clubs to see if the record is worth the expense of pressing. There is no additional shipping charge for Reference Lacquers.
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I have cut longer than suggested times. A lot has to do with the levels of bass for the amount that can fit loudly at a given speed. Distortion tends to happen in the high end, so music with a lot of high end will be cut quieter to avoid this distortion. I try not to compress the music, but occasionally, I will limit the extreme peaks.
Dance club music is usually heavy in bass and should stay at about 12:30 on a 12" record, and 9:15 mins for a 10" at 33. Dance club customers, please see the Dub Plate page. The same rules apply for mastering dance music.
We would prefer too much information rather than not enough.
Double Grooves: Two distinct tracks recorded interlaced. Times have to be equal for each groove, and each selection must be half the length of a loud cut. Extra charge of dg7/side for 7", dg12/side for 10/12".
Locked Grooves: Groove that intentionally repeat every turn of the record. Time for a lock is 1.8 seconds at 33, and 1.3333 seconds at 45. The is no extra charge for up to 4 per record. The charges are lg per lock over the initial 4 above the standard mastering charges. Remember that locks are tricky, and we can't guarantee that they will all be 100% perfect. It is preferred that the tracks are sent as .WAV files exactly 1.8 seconds long for 33rpm, and 1.3333 seconds for 45rpm.
One Sided Records Not that this is a weirdness, but sometimes folks just want one side to press.
|One Siders||Seven Inch||Twelve/Ten Inch|
One Step Plating: We offer, but discourage, doing your project with One Step plating. With One Step plating, no mother plates are made. There is no way to make additional stampers without remastering the project. The precautions are as follows:
|One Step||Seven Inch||Twelve/Ten Inch|
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