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A to Z’s Top 5 Pre-Press Issues (And How To Avoid Them)…

When you submit art to A to Z, the first stop for your files is the Preflight department. These technicians open every file you submit and check for a range of potential issues that could slow your project down or cause printing errors in the later stages. This is our way of ensuring that there are no surprises when your art moves on to proofing and then to printing. If there are any issues, your preflight operator will reach out to you via email or phone and walk you through the process of getting your files to the “print-ready” stage….(Continue Reading on Facebook

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A to Z’s Q&A with Kanine Records

2013 marks the 10th year Anniversary of inception for one of our favorite labels and longtime clients, Kanine Records. Kanine is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn based DIY record label co-founded by Kay and Lio Cerezo that is perhaps best known for releasing the debut albums by Grizzly Bear, Surfer Blood and Chairlift. More recent releases include Eternal Summers, Young Prisms, Royal Baths, Zambri and Xray Eyeballs…(continued)

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A to Z’s Vinyl Manufacturing FAQ

Vinyl manufacturing can be a complicated and often confusing endeavor for seasoned veterans and new comers a like. That’s why our new Q&A this month is Frequently Asked Questions of Vinyl Manufacturing. Enjoy!

1. How many minutes are recommended per side on a 12”, 10” and 7” record?

When deciding how many minutes to aim for on a record, there are many different considerations. Side times vary for different size records and the speed at which they’re cut. The volume level a side is cut at is a big factor, because louder program levels take up more space on the disc! Bass also takes up more room, as does a stereo signal. The rule of thumb is that shorter sides sound better because there is more room for the grooves to be spaced. That being said, the cutting engineer working on your project can evaluate your music and help to see what is possible with the volume level. The engineer can also check to see if anything should be adjusted in order to get a long side to work and still sound ok. Below are some guidelines to help give you a ballpark idea of the different possibilities…(continued below)

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