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Do I Need to Master My Audio For Vinyl?

By Dan Marter

Do I Need to Master My Audio For Vinyl?

Vinyl is definitely making a comeback, and whether you're a newbie or an experienced listener, you may be wondering if you need to master your audio to Create Your Own Lathe Cut Vinyl. In this blog post, we'll break down what mastering is, what it can do for your music collection, and whether or not you need to do it yourself. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Mastering for Vinyl?

Mastering audio for vinyl is the process of preparing a digital audio file for pressing onto a vinyl record. The goal of this process is to create a high-quality recording that will sound great when played on a turntable. To do this, engineers need to take into account the unique properties of vinyl records. For example, vinyl records are much less forgiving than CDs when it comes to imperfections in the recording. As a result, mastering engineers need to pay close attention to details such as sound levels, frequency response, and dynamic range. In addition, the file should be formatted correctly for the vinyl pressing process. 

What kind of difference will it make it for my order? 

Mastering audio for vinyl is the process of preparing music for release on a vinyl record. This usually involves making sure the audio is properly formatted and encoded, and that it meets the specific requirements of the vinyl pressing plant. It can also involve preparing the physical master disc or tape, which will be used to create the stampers that are used to press the records. In some cases, mastering audio for vinyl can also involve EQ'ing and processing the audio to make it sound its best on vinyl. 

Do I Really Need it? 

In short - No. You don't NEED to do add mastering to your order to create a Custom Lathe Cut Vinyl. But you should consider the source of your audio files before making that final decision. Our vinyl production team will always do our best to insure that your records come out the best they can, however we have a saying "Shit In, Shit Out." If you're making a copy of a copy of a copy quality will obviously deteriorate. If you're a fan of vinyl records, and the music you're putting on it you'll want to make sure your audio is mastered for vinyl. Mastering audio for vinyl make sure your music sounds its best on a record player and that the sound is clear and balanced. So while it is not 100% necessary for our process - it's important to make sure your audio is mastered for them if you want your music to sound its best.

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