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Self Distribution – A Good Idea?

Self Distribution – A Good Idea?

Those of you not familiar with the traditional music distribution model of the physical format might at some point consider it a good idea to attempt self distribution. Many labels see growth in their direct-to-consumer sales month on month, hear about store closures, and wonder whether or not distribution could be done themselves. The thought of an extra £1 per unit on every sale is an attractive one, and the idea of being self sufficient in this day and age…

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Exciting Developments in Music Distribution

Exciting Developments in Music Distribution

Rarely do we see new music distribution companies instantly making such an impact on the UK music scene as Railbird Digital & Unearthed Sounds. In the modern day with so much emphasis placed on technology driven solutions, often what’s lacking is the personal service and passion for music that independent record labels long for. Finding a new distribution partner can be a hard task with so many options available these days. With many digital distribution companies more focused on streamlining…

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Fracture – Loving Touch EP – Exit Records (exit049)

Fracture – Loving Touch EP – Exit Records (exit049)

Next up on Exit Records is Fracture – Loving Touch EP | manufactured by well Tempered. The EP centres around ‘Loving Touch’, officially using Ralphi Rosario and Xavier Gold’s early Chicago classic ‘You Used To Hold Me’. Ralphi loves the track and you will too. It updates the production taking the track to 160bpm, adding some footwork hats and bass but not forgetting Fracture’s roots and forsaking the breaks. This drops! Loving Touch has already had loads of club play…

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DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) vs Lacquer. Which should you choose?

DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) vs Lacquer. Which should you choose?

DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) became popular during the 80’s but was soon less favourable as more cutting engineers went back to lacquer.   DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) was co-developed by Neumann and Teldec, and in stead of engraving the groove into a soft metal lacquer-coated aluminum disc, a DMM lathe engraves the audio signal directly onto a hard metal copper-plated master disc. The difference between a DMM cut and a lacquer cut is that the DMM is more precise, with sharper…

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Roll The Dice – Until Silence – The Leaf Label (BAY89)

Roll The Dice – Until Silence – The Leaf Label (BAY89)

Here at Well Tempered we’re very proud to be manufacturing for The Leaf Label. Until Silence marks a monumental shift for Roll The Dice, in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted string section: dramatic arrangements grind against furnace blasts of static, and phases of unrelenting rhythmic intensity collapse into moments of frayed, fragile beauty. Roll The Dice’s most powerful and nuanced work to date, its tracks are by turns…

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Heavyweight 180g Vinyl

Heavyweight 180g Vinyl

It is often thought by many that a record pressed onto Heavyweight 180g Vinyl produces a better sounding product.  This is certainly not the case. Some think that a Heavyweight 180g Vinyl 12″ for example would have a lower noise floor than a standard 140g, it doesn’t. Others think that a 180g 12″ has deeper grooves than a standard weight 12″, this is simply not true. Whether you have your record pressed on standard weight vinyl or heavyweight, the pressing will use…

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Dinked 7″ Records

Dinked 7″ Records

The ‘dinking’ of a 7″ is the process used to punch out a large centre hole in a record.   The process was first introduced in USA so that dinked 7″ records could be played in Jukeboxes. Traditionally the large hole indicated that the 7″ was a 45rpm single. Jukeboxes were by far the most popular way to listen to music during the 1940’s and 50’s so 7″s pressed in the USA were by default pressed with a dinked or large…

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7″ Records with a 4 lug knocked out centre

7″ Records with a 4 lug knocked out centre

Something that’s becoming a lot more popular over recent months is the 7″ record with the 4 lug knocked out centre.     A 7″ cut adaptor is used to cut into the centre and notch out four ‘lugs’, resulting in the consumer having the choice between a standard hole, or a dinked hole. During the 1950’s Capitol Records released a series of 7″s using a tri-center or 3-lug, they named it the Optional Centre or ‘O.C.’ It proved extremely…

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Music Distribution Deal Terminated?

Music Distribution Deal Terminated?

With so many music distribution deals available today, choosing the right partner can be a difficult task. It is important not to jump into the first deal offered to you, but to take your time and make sure you have explored all options available to you. It is important that you ask the right questions to your potential new distributor, here are just some of the questions that you should be asking: Vinyl Distribution: What main territories do you cover? Do…

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Coloured Vinyl Record – Stand out from the crowd

Coloured Vinyl Record – Stand out from the crowd

A great way of making a recording more collectable and unique is to produce a coloured vinyl record. Though it’s important to be aware that a pressing of coloured vinyl produces a higher noise floor level resulting in slightly poorer audio quality. This is due to the polycarbonate additive, it is what makes the vinyl black in colour and reduces the noise level during the manufacturing process. The vinyl starts off clear and only becomes black once the polycarbonate is…

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