We think we have something really special to offer at GGR, and we want you to be part of it.
Every detail counts when you are aiming to make high quality vinyl records. There are six key attributes that set apart Gotta Groove Records pressings from those of other pressing plants – Equipment, Experience, Materials, Quality Control, Convenience, and Customer Service:
GGR has implemented some technology and processes which (quite possibly, although we can’t verify) have never been used on record pressing equipment anywhere in the world. In fact, NASA has consulted in some facets of our operation. We have a closed-loop heating/cooling system comprised of a high efficiency boiler and industrial chiller.
Our pressing floor includes eight (8) fully-automatic record pressing machines, all controlled by modern electronics such as PLCs (programmable logic controllers) and temperature-controlled molds. This translates to possible capacity of 10,000 records per day, depending upon order mix.
Having the best machines in the business is one key element – but making vinyl records is not easy, and experience counts. Since our opening in 2009, we have pressed millions of records — over 10,000 individual vinyl releases. These titles range from widely distributed releases such as Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions and Beyonce – Homecoming | 180 gram audiophile reissues such as Darren Korb – Songs of Supergiant Games and John Coltrane – Plays The Blues | indie releases such as Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio — I Told You So and Mavericks – En Espanol | to private pressings such as Black Unity Trio – Al-Fatihah and Liz Longley – Funeral For My Past.
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 a handful of copies to ask your significant other to prom (yep, we pressed this) — we want to press your next record.
Through our years of service, we have procured the best materials for each specific type of music.
Not all records run the same way during manufacturing. We use a variety of PVC compounds, including those made by TPC, Rimtec (Riken), and CAF. This provides flexibility to yield the best sounding records depending upon the audible and physical characteristics of each individual release, as well as an extreme selection of different vinyl colors — including Natural, which is the PVC manufactured by TPC that has no colorant added at all.
In 2018, we entered into an exclusive agreement with NiPro Optics to be our official record electroforming partner. This move enables GGR to provide the best metal work from the most technologically advanced and modern electroforming facility in the entire world. A proprietary reverse-osmosis (RO) water system is used, verses the more traditional deionization (DI) water systems in use at other plating facilities.
Additionally, 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 — our proprietary 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..
- 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 records 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. 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. Why? This practice prevents records with imperfections that would otherwise enter the marketplace. Period. Regardless of the type of machine or process used to make record, there is no better proven method to screen for and prevent quality issues than listening to the records themselves. Many issues are not visually apparent, and therefore require listening. As a result, the records we ship are 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 — mastering, lacquer cutting at the Well Made Music studios (all 12” jobs) and Rare Form Mastering studios (all 7” jobs), plating, pressing, printed packaging, download code hosting, graphic design, fulfillment, and even distribution if you need it.
Our Record Builder online price calculator and order placement system is the easiest way to order custom records in the industry [click here for a video showing the Record Builder in action]. We also have an online order tracking system, where customers can check the status of their order and see milestones 24/7.
- 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). When you work with us, you are working directly with the folks who actually do the production of each element of your release, so you have direct lines of communication for each step of the process.
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 want to press your next record.
[email protected] or (800) 295-0171.