There are five key attributes that set apart Gotta Groove Records pressings from those of other pressing plants – Experience, Materials, Quality Control, Convenience, and Customer Service:
Since our opening in 2009, we have pressed several million records — over 8,000 individual vinyl releases. These titles range from widely distributed releases such as Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound and Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits / 180 gram audiophile reissues such as Jaime Valle – ‘Round Midnight and Roy Orbison – In Dreams / indie releases such as Durand Jones & The Indications – S/T and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Sidelong / to private pressings such as Gary Wilson – You Think You Really Know Me and Matthew Logan Vasquez – Does What He Wants.
Whether you are a well established independent label looking to run 20,000 copies for a touring artist, a boutique indie label or self-releasing artist with an eye and ear for high quality sound and aesthetics, or a high school student wanting to press 50 copies to ask your significant other to prom (yep, we pressed this) — we want to press your next record.
We work with the best phonographic electroforming labs in the entire world — NiPro Records, Record Technology, and Queen City Audio. With this decentralized approach, we are able to manage production flow for the fastest and highest quality plating results; as well as adjust geographically based upon where master lacquers are being cut. In 2017-2018, we worked with with NiPro Optics / NiPro Records to develop the first new form of record plating technology in the past 30 years — GrooveCoated™ stampers. Depending upon the cut, this combination can dramatically increase the lifespan of the stamper, and reduce high frequency loss as pressing cycles continue over the course of manufacturing..
Through our years of service, we have procured the best materials for each specific type of music. Not all records run the same way. We use a variety of PVC compounds, which provides flexibility to yield the best sounding records depending upon the audible and physical characteristics of each individual release. Our primary black PVC compound is a formula we specifically developed for our pressing machines in collaboration with Rimtec — a privately owned joint venture between the Japanese firms Riken Technos and Mitsubishi Corporation. The formula nearly eliminates traditional molding/pressing issues such as stitching, non-fill, and in particular, material stamper scratches. We also offer Natural Translucent, which is the PVC that has no colorant added, and is commonly marketed as the “purest” vinyl formulation for phonograph records.
- Quality Control:
Our primary focus in how we run our business is producing the highest quality records possible. We are obsessed with quality – we admit we are not the fastest pressing plant, or the cheapest – but we are confident that you will get the best product for your money when you enlist our services.
No other pressing plant listens to as many records as Gotta Groove, period. We have a separate listening room devoted to every two pressing machines we operate. Every test pressing we run is thoroughly listened to, with extensive notes and an internal grading system applied, before passing and shipping to our customers. Occasionally, we fail test pressings internally, so we do not waste customers’ precious time sending test pressings we would not feel comfortable buying ourselves. While this approach does tend to lengthen the turnaround for test pressings, it dramatically reduces the overall start-to-finish turnaround of each order — 99% of the test pressings we ship are approved by our customers on the first run.
During final manufacturing, approximately every 25th record off each press is listened to – regardless of order quantity. This practice prevents records with imperfections that would otherwise enter the marketplace. As a result, the records we ship are about as close to “perfect” pressings as is realistically possible with the vinyl format.
Since our inception, we have been devoted to making vinyl manufacturing as easy as it can be. We provide everything you need to make a record in-house — vinyl mastering, lacquer cutting, plating, pressing, printed packaging, download code hosting, fulfillment, and even distribution if you need it.
Our focus on quality extends to the printed packaging we produce. While we sell a full line of standard jacket and innersleeve options, it’s the ultra-custom options that are really in our wheelhouse. Custom die-cutting, foil stamping, embossing/debossing, sequential foil stamp numbering, custom cardstocks — we love to make extremely unique packages come to life.
Finally, our proprietary Tip-On Gatefold jackets are different from any others in the marketplace. In the interest of constant improvement, in late 2017, we scoured the world (literally) to find the absolute best quality of corrugated material to use for the “cores” of our Tip-On Gatefold jackets. After much R&D, we ultimately decided upon a Japanese style hybrid chipboard core with inner liner. Starting in January 2018, all of our Tip-On Gatefold jackets use this new material for a core, and we continue to use dual lamination (vs more common liquid based coatings) for the printed sides of the jacket.
- Customer Service:
You will not find a more responsive company in the industry – we answer our phones during business hours (if you get the voicemail, please leave a message – we are just tied up on the other line). We answer emails within 24 business hours (and, most often, within minutes). The vast majority of our employees are musicians, and almost all of us are vinyl record consumers ourselves. So, we all take pride in the records that we put into the marketplace, and strive to produce them in a manner that we would be happy to buy with our own money.
We provide tools so the record making process can be as easy as possible — such as our Custom Record Builder — but we always welcome you to call or email us.
[email protected] or (800) 295-0171.
We want to press your next record.