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Your tracks on wax: How to press your own record

The steps you need to take to get your own vinyl out there

  • Louis Anderson-Rich
  • 13 March 2017
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Getting into the vinyl game is an expensive business. But asking someone else to do it is certainly going to be cheaper than sourcing your own lathe, audio racks, digital to analog converters and many more bits of equipment.

If you’re looking for a one-off press, maybe of your favourite track or because you are a strictly vinyl-only head and those digi-only releases are too good to not have on wax, then services like Vinylify are for you. Prices will also vary when it comes to size of the records so a 7" will be cheaper than a 12".

Limited 50-record runs shouldn’t be sneered at if you can’t shell out for more. If the music’s good, a limited-run gives it that extra rarity that record collectors love to seek out. It helped the Red Ember label launch a comeback after all.

But if you’re an up and coming underground label looking to do something a little meatier, say about 300-400 records, then you’ll be looking at £600+ via DMS, Gotta Groove Records or Curved Pressings.

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