The website’s latest piece details each stage of the vinyl record production process, including lacquer cutting, electroplating, center labels, inner sleeves, record jackets, test pressing, and other factors that may affect the final cost.
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However, audiophiles state that the analog processes used in vinyl records are a more faithful representation of what the artist played. This article from By The Barricade will help readers understand the production process and how to keep costs down.
Vinyl records have been experiencing a renaissance of sorts for almost 20 years. However, the format exhibited a significant surge during the pandemic, with the Record Industry Association of America reporting a nearly 30% increase in sales in 2020 alone. In addition, that year was the first time vinyl outsold CDs since the 1980s.
The higher demand has also caused many artists to consider their vinyl pressing. In response, By The Barricade’s new piece breaks down each element of the production process, highlighting areas that will increase costs.
Some factors to consider are the size and weight of the record, music length, the number of records produced, and packaging options. The article states that a single pressing could cost between $5 and $20, while a run of 100 could cost between $450 and $2,500.
About By The Barricade
Covering a wide range of music industry topics, By The Barricade offers interviews, album and concert reviews, the latest news items, and more. As with the new article, the magazine also provides regular advice and guidance for those who wish to become more involved in the music business. An in-house record label, Awfully Good Records, is also available.
A company representative recently stated: “The creation of vinyl records is a bit of a process. Given the unique manufacturing process, it is easy to let the cost of these records get out of hand. Having a bit of knowledge beforehand will help you understand what you need to know when producing a vinyl record.”
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