How it’s made:
Your own one-off custom vinyl record
With Vinylify you can make your own 10” vinyl record. For our production process we use original machines from the nineties. We made a short summary of how custom vinyl records are made, for all you vinyl junkies out there!
Lathe-Cut vs Pressed Vinyl
Lathe-cut records have been around since the beginning of the vinyl format itself. Lathe-cutting is ideal for short-run, one-off records because each piece is individually hand-cut & tested. Pressed vinyl, on the other hand, is aimed at bulk orders – say, for example, 150 copies of one album. If you are looking for a big run like this, finding a pressing plant is a better choice. The individual nature of our lathe-cut vinyls make them an ideal choice for small quantity, limited releases for artists, bands and even music labels.
One-off custom vinyls also make great gifts for occasions like weddings, birthdays, Christmas & Valentine’s Day. And you’re not just restricted to music! Imagine a birthday wish from your children, the sound of your newborn baby or your marriage proposal on vinyl!
The Vinylify Record Maker
Our lathe cutting machines date back to the nineties and were developed by a German engineer that loves vinyl as much as we do. Each vinyl is created using a 1990s Technics 1210 MK2 turntable, a vinyl recorder, and an audio rack that converts digital sound to analogue. The blank records we use are thicker about 2mm thick (thicker than a standard record). This makes them more durable and far less prone to warp over time. Each piece is cut with a diamond stylus onto the highest quality PVC, before one of our sound specialists carefully tests and listens to the output to make sure that it sounds perfect!
How to make your own record
Using Vinylify’s streamlined online tool, anyone can make and order their own custom vinyl record in a few easy steps. Vinylify has made the process simple.
3 steps of making a one-off record:
- Upload your own music. You can fit a maximum of 20 minutes of music on a 10″ record, that’s 10 minutes of music per side. We require a .WAV file for mastering the track, usually at a sample rate of 44.1kHz and a bit depth of either 16 or 24 bit. This ensures that we’re working with high quality audio from the beginning. Nothing to worry about if you only have an mp3. file, this works fine as well.
- Create your cover art. We recommend a high resolution .jpeg or .png design for front and back (minimum 1024×1024)
- Upload your custom labels.
Do you have any further questions about creating the perfect vinyl? Check out our guidebook for more detailed information.