From the supplied master tape or high-resolution digital files we make a cut in the cutting room. The audio is being cut on a cutting lathe in a lacquer, which has an acetate layer or on a DMM, which has a copper layer. The difference between the two is that ... Read More >
The next step is the plating or galvanic. In this step of the process, the stampers which we use to press the records, are produced.The lacquer with the groove is sprayed with silver, which forms a layer on the lacquer. Than the lacquer with the ... Read More >
The vinyl is transported to the press in small granular or pellet form. Before it is placed between the stampers it is formed under high pressure into a small 'puck' or 'biscuit'. The 'puck' is mechanically placed between the stampers with on each side ... Read More >
4. Glueing and Folding.
The sleeves are folded inhouse, on one of our Winkler & Dunnebier folding machines. We have four machines which can practically fold any sleeve for all formats. One of them is a gatefold machine, which folds a two piece gatefold for 12" with a 8 mm ... Read More >
The packaging is being done at the finishing department where the records are mechanically sleeved in their outersleeve (apart from 7" and 10" which are sleeved by hand) and packed into boxes for transportation. Automatic stickering, shrinkwrapping, unique ... Read More >
6. Quality Control
Throughout this whole process the record is subject to a comprehensive Quality Control. Before an order can be pressed a first testing will be made and played by QC. When an order is planned for production QC will regularly check a record during the time ... Read More >
Vinyl has always been an interesting topic for the media. It appeals to many people, as it brings out emotions, reminds us of the past and brings back memories. We think that's also the reason why it is still popular - although not as big as it used to be. It's the emotional aspect of listening to a vinyl record, admiring the artwork, studying the lyrics (without magnifying glass) which will make sure vinyl will never dissapear and is here to stay for ever!
Please find below some interesting links about Record Industry in the media and about vinyl in general.
The days in which a vinyl record was simply packed in a white discosleeve with two holes and perhaps a sticker on it are long gone.... Packaging of vinyl records plays an important role now a days. Great designs, gatefold sleeves, posters, booklets, downloadcards and also beautiful boxes are used to make the vinyl record even more collectible and desirable. We recently packed a boxset for one of Hollands finests, Daryll-Ann. A very limited boxset of only 300 copies, numbered by hand by the band itself and filled with 7 albums, a bonus 7inch and 3 bonus CD's.
In May Michael Fremer, famous for his teachings on the wonders of vinyl, visited our factory and interviewed Ton Vermeulen. He also filmed a tour through the factory in his own unique way, with a GoPro camera mounted on his head, giving humourous comments on what he bumps into. Please check this video impression and enjoy!
Please take a minute to watch this charming little video, shot by the people of Birdt. It's a nice impression of the plant, accompanied by a track of their new album 'Place for one day'. So nice to make people happy with simply pressing their beautiful music on vinyl.