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Before posting this article, COMBO contacted Rod with CODA, Inc., a local duplicating and replicating company. Rod had this advice for anyone contemplating having vinyl done: Make sure you have your songs professionally mastered. Mastering for vinyl is NOT the same as mastering for CDs! [COMBO sponsor AirShow Mastering should be able to help you with that.]

You can only put about 22 minutes of songs on each side of a vinyl versus 60 minutes of music on one side of a CD. Plan accordingly. Then there is the matter of artwork. You will not only need something for your record jacket (two sides) but you will need two labels for the vinyl – one each for side A and side B.

Make sure that you have all your necessary ‘paperwork’ done as well. You will be required to fill out a form that certifies that you/your band are the properly registered copyright owners, with membership in ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC, and other formal paperwork duties. The replicating companies are very strong on making sure that all is legal before proceeding.

When that paperwork is accepted [allow up to 2-3 months for this process], you will then submit your mastered recordings. A ‘proof vinyl’ will be made up for you to listen to and approve. This will take approximately 2 months after you submit your recordings.

As with all product deals, you will need to put a down payment of approximately 75% of the cost of the number of records you order with a minimum being of 300-500 copies depending on the replicating company before they will get started. Balance will be due before shipping.

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Plan on this whole process taking at least 8 months from start to finish. As the following article states, the replicating companies are back-logged for months.

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Manufacturers Struggle to Keep Pace With Vinyl Record Demand

By David Sharp, AP News | The arrival of the compact disc nearly killed off record albums, with vinyl pressing machines sold, scrapped and dismantled by major record labels.

Four decades later, with resuscitated record album sales producing double-digit annual growth, manufacturers are rapidly rebuilding an industry to keep pace with sales that reached $1 billion last year.

Dozens of record-pressing factories have been built to try to meet demand in North America — and it’s still not enough.

The industry “has found a new gear, and is accelerating at a new pace,” said Mark Michaels, CEO and chairman of United Record Pressing, the nation’s largest record producer, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Demand for vinyl records has been growing in double-digits for more than a decade and mass merchandisers like Target were bolstering their selection of albums just as the pandemic provided a surprising jolt. With music tours canceled, and people stuck at home, music lovers began snapping up record albums at an even faster pace.

Record albums nearly spun into oblivion with sales overtaken by cassettes before the compact discs brushed both aside. Then came digital downloads and online piracy, Apple iPods and 99-cent downloads. Streaming services are now ubiquitous.

But nostalgic baby boomers who missed thumbing through record albums in their local record stores helped to fuel a vinyl resurgence that started about 15 years ago.

It coincided with the launch of Record Store Day to celebrate indie record stores, said Larry Jaffee, author of “Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century.”

These days, though, it’s more than just boomers.

A younger generation is buying turntables and albums — and cassette tapes, too — and a new generation of artists like Adele, Ariana Grande and Harry Styles have been moving to vinyl, Jaffee noted.
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Sharp reported from Portland, Maine.
Follow David Sharp on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@David_Sharp_AP

[Thanks to Alex Teitz for contributing this article! http://www.femmusic.com ]

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