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SXSW 2011 Panel Picker Launched

The folks at SXSW just launched their PanelPicker online, which allows for anyone to vote on topics they would be interested in being finalized as panels at SXSW 2011.  Voting is live until August 27.

GGR submitted its own panel proposal, and you can vote for it here. (you’ll have to register for a FREE panelpicker account first)

Regardless of whether you plan on having a record pressed here at GGR, or by any one of the fine pressing plants around the world, we feel strongly that the topics we proposed will be helpful to anyone — new or veteran — wanting to get records pressed.

Here is a description of our proposal:

With the recent increase in the number of albums being pressed on vinyl, there is more interest now than in a very long time among bands and indie labels on how to press their own records. Many of these bands and labels have been raised during the “digital generation”, and therefore can find the process of moving their music to the analog vinyl format challenging. In particular, music that has not been mastered specifically for the vinyl format can sound horrible– clips; distortion; and in some cases, skips can ruin the end listening experience. This panel introduces those who are interested in having their own music pressed on vinyl to the process and limitations of the format. From the very limitations of the analog sound spectrum, to the inherent specifications of those flat black circle discs– this panel will discuss every technical aspect of pressing a vinyl record from the start to the finish and all in-between.


  • Do I need to prepare a master specifically for vinyl; and if so, what are the specs?
  • Lacquers, Stampers, Reference Acetates, Dub Plates, Test Pressings — what do all of these terms mean, and where to they fit into the process?
  • Does 33.3 or 45 rpm matter?
  • What is the longest side length I can fit on a 7″ or 12″ record?
  • Analog vs Digital masters — does it really matter, and if so, why?
  • Q&A Session covering all things vinyl
  • Remember– voting closes on August 27!

    Every Vinyl Record Press in the United States

    To date, this is a comprehensive list of actual vinyl pressing plants located in the United States:

    • Gotta Groove Records
    • Archer Record Pressing
    • Blue Sprocket Pressing
    • Brooklynphono
    • Burlington Record Plant
    • Capsule Labs
    • Cascade Record Pressing
    • Citizen Vinyl
    • Classic City Vinyl Works
    • Echo Base
    • Erika Records
    • Furnace Record Pressing 
    • Gold Rush Vinyl
    • Hand Drawn Records
    • Hitbound
    • Independent Record Pressing
    • Memphis Record Pressing
    • Musicol Recording
    • Nashville Record Pressing
    • New Orleans Record Press
    • Palomino Record Pressing
    • Physical Music Products
    • Quality Record Pressings
    • Record Technology
    • Smashed Plastic
    • Softwax
    • Stereodisk
    • Studio 4 Vinyl
    • Sunpress Vinyl
    • The Vinyl Lab
    • Third Man Records
    • United Record Pressing
    • VRP
    • Waxxy Poodle

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