Things to do with vinyl records

The fun part is getting out to see live music as a big music fan. The pressing side serves your label as well as many other labels, right? John Snodgrass : Absolutely correct.


I think we have six or eight bands on our roster right now, and we are getting ready to grow by two. We love to service them.

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You were talking about eight months and how long does it take you guys to put out a record, to produce a record? John Snodgrass : Yeah. You may wait six, eight months. We have a friend of ours that actually came to us and ended up doing the business here. With Hand Drawn Pressing right now we tell people weeks. Giving them an ear to talk to. What is the entire production process? Do you produce the covers and the record itself? John Snodgrass : Artists send us their masters and their cover art, and we can take it from there.

We assemble everything, and theoretically your art and all your printed goods are ready prior to the records coming off the presses. The artists themselves have proofed everything, not once, but twice. They look amazing. The labels are perfect. We approve them. The art goes through basically three rounds of sort of a QC, and then when the artist approves it and we have it printed with our partner, it arrives here.

Some of the older machines did. They go on a spindle, a cooling rack if you will. Shrink wrap them. Whatever the artist wants. How did this process of pressing a record use to be versus what it is today? How have facilities kept up? You were talking about some older facilities where maybe the cooling process is longer. What are the other differences in how the process has maybe evolved and changed with this?

You go back 50 years ago and more and you still had to melt plastic, or in our case PVC, into a form that you can then press it. Some processes have become more efficient. The quality is a little bit better. We stop the machines.

We make five or ten, whatever it may be. We get to listen to it. From the master, you peel off a negative. Maybe on that stamp, that master stamp, there was something wrong with it. Maybe there was a burr of some sort or something to cause a skip. We can catch it right there. Then you can stop it versus making 1, copies of that, delivering it, and then the artist being unhappy. Why do you have fewer mistakes? Why is that? John Snodgrass : A lot of that is due to the manufacturer of our actual machines, Viryl Technologies , a company out of Toronto. The machines are technical enough.

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Use your Parade. Don't have an account? Sign up. Create a Parade. Whether your record is freshly pressed or older than the surviving members of The Beatles, a quick cleaning will do wonders. To get the most out of your record, we recommend a cleaner brush, like this one from Boundless Audio. To use the brush, place your record on your turntable and turn the power on.

Then, hold your brush at a degree angle and allow the record to spin under it. The idea is to move the brush from the inside grooves to the outside while it is spinning.

The Vinyl Record Cleaning System Kit

After a good once or twice over, spin the brush back into its holster. Do not touch the brush with your fingers, though. Your hands are oily by nature, and anything you drag onto the bristles will get transferred to your records during future use. Much like the vinyl brush mentioned above, this stylus brush is a solid bet for every record enthusiast. As you play record after record, small amounts of dust will build up and collect on your stylus.

This can then transfer that dust to your records, causing skipping or even damage, as the stylus will force contaminants into your records. To prevent this from happening, we like the Vinyl Buddy Style Brush. To use, swipe the brush back to front lightly, clearing away any lingering dust and dirt. Once finished, leave the brush on your turntable motor board, or side table, bristles up, to avoid further contamination.

If ever the brush gets too dirty, use another fine brush to come it gently to remove dust or debris. The next step in the process is the deep clean.