1. Types of files, form and time of delivery
– The production cycle (and order completion) starts on the day in which we receive a correctly filled order form (.xls or email) and original materials in required format(s) and the client’s approval
– the duration of order completion is decided individually and depends on the complexity of the project and the number of copies
– we deliver CDs worldwide
– delivery cost is 35PLN netto in Poland ( the price may be higher for large orders)
– delivery cost for other countries is decided individually
– when delivered, a parcel should be checked in the presence of the courier, to make sure it is not damaged
– the client receives a proforma invoice once the production process has started
– the payment date counts from the day the invoice is issued with a 3-day notice unless there are individual arrangemnets of the contract signed with the client
4. LEGAL LIABILITY
– MonotypeRec. cannot be held responsible for delays in order completion resulting from unrelated factors such as strikes, demonstrations, road accidents, natural disasters etc.)
– MonotypeRec. cannot be held responsible for any mistakes or faults (arising) on the client’s side such as incorrectly prepared pressing materials (e.g. wrong order of tracks, no breaks between tracks, deformations of audio/video material) or printing materials (e.g. incorrect cover edition, incorrect Pantone definition); in such cases MonotypeRec. retains its eligibility for full payment as it was decided in the contract
– the client is entitled to make a COMPLAINT about a product if its faults result from factors different than incorrect preparation of pressing and printing materials
CD imprint / cover printing:
– we accept materials in digital form on CDs and DVDs (PDF, version 1.3 maximum, minimum of 300dpi, CMYK)
– we kindly ask you to send us CMYK materials with embedded fonts and minimum 3mm of bleed
– in case of Pantone print, we ask for the exact Pantone number/s. The price may vary depending on the quantity and different kinds of Pantone)
– we accept PROOF prints
– we accept special offers which include the design of the imprint / cover printing, DTP editing, cover design based on the client’s materials); this service is charged individually
Content of CDs and DVDs
– the content of a CD/DVD should be delivered digitally in DDP 2.0 format with MD5 checksum, disc image or traditionally on a CD-R/DVD-R disc (2 copies)
– we can create a DDP 2.0 (+MD5) picture from .wav, .aiff files on client’s special request and it is surcharged
– send us you mastered files here: monotypepressing.wetransfer.com
HOW TO PREPARE VINYL FOR PRODUCTION?
33⅓ rpm – 23:00 min per side
45 rpm – 12:00 min per side
33⅓ rpm – 7:00 min per side
45 rpm – 5:00 min per side
Maximum level of digital source signal
The maximum level of digital source signal should not exceed 0.0 dB True Peak. The True Peak Level is not Peak Level.
Approved frequency bandwidth
Both ends of audible bandwidth (below 30 Hz and above 18 KHz) should be kept on a decent level (not exceeding the rest of the audible spectrum). One should also realize the bandwidth of high frequencies is limited toward the end of a disc side. Especially on 7’’ discs played with 33 1/3 r.p.m. This phenomenon is inevitable and can not be cured by pre-emphasis / de-emphasis means.
Too high level of sibilants (like: sss, shhh, zzzz etc) and the upper band contents (like hi-hats) are not suitable for vinyl and could cause cross-modulation effects. It sounds like distortion and unstable stereo image on such signals. It is strongly recommended to keep these sounds on a decent level, by using de-essres and other means during pre-mastering process.
Phase and correlation
The overall correlation of stereo should not exceed 90%. 0% – means mono, 180% – means anti-phase. The correlation of bandwidth below 200 Hz should be even narrower, and below 100 Hz should be 0% (mono). It is highly probable that additional click, crackles and distortions occur, if these specs are overridden.
Dynamics and non-linear distortion
It is strongly recommended to not overdose the usage of maximizes during the pre-mastering process. The loudness level of -10 dB LUSF seams to be enough for a really loud undistorted vinyl.
The process of DMM-cutting and vinyl reproduction is analog by its nature. It brings its own non-linear distortion to reproduced sound. So, all non-linear effects could get its new sometimes
unpredictable flavor on vinyl. So, it should be taken into account.
Approved file formats
We approve such files: .wav and .aiff. Sampling frequencies and bit depths: 44.1 KHz (16, 24 bits); 48 KHz (16, 24 bits); 88 KHz 24 bits; 96 KHz 24 bits. We do prefer 24 bits. On special request we approve files of 192 KHz 24 bits. On a special request and by additional fee we approve analog tapes (1/2’’ and 1/4’’).
We do not put pauses between tracks on a vinyl plate. Thus if one song should seamless go into another (atacca) there would be no unwanted break in sound. But still there will be a visible Virtual Track Marker (widen groove) to show where next song begins. If you intend to have a silence between two songs, it should be appended to the end of the first one file. Your files should be named in a way so the computer browser could line them alphabetically up in a right sequence. For instance: A_01 A_02 B_01 B_02 C_01 C_02 D_01 D_02. Thus when you put your files into one folder everybody would know what is the right order and which songs belongs to side A, B, C or D of your album.
In some cases vinyl change the way your digital pre-master sounds. Sometimes it’s change for good,
Sometimes it’s change for strange. In digital realm we can produce sounds vinyl cannot retrieve. If this happens you got two ways to take: love it or produce your sound with the above specs in mind.
– send us you mastered files here: monotypepressing.wetransfer.com
Final print files should contain only your artwork – the content which has to be printed.
Please remove all remains of our template.
Leave only cropmarks in the corners (for booklets, inlays, covers) and centering cross (for CD)
If possible don’t make hole in the center of CD label, it will help printers at pressing plant
It is also quite okay to provide square image of size 117×117 mm for CD label print.
Then you don’t have to make it round and make round hole in the center of it.
If you use Pantone colors for CD label please provide Pantone number(s).
Additional colour for inlay or booklet means 20% bigger cost.
Accepted graphical formats:
PDF, 300 dpi, CMYK color, no color profiles please (or Fogra 39 if you really need to use them)
– Flatten all transparent objects
– Outline fonts
– Convert all shadows and gradients to bitmaps
Convert all bitmaps to CMYK prior to importing them to PDF