FAQ - questions around vinyl records
Our FAQ Section is now completely available in english!
Vinyl dubplates (1-100 pieces):
We ship within a maximum of 5 working days. Often even faster.
If it has to go very fast we have our 2 working days to shipping Prime Service.
The time starts to run after we have received your order, tracks and payment.
It always depents on which information we send you in the order mail. On our home page you will always find the current time.
Vinyl Pressings (starting at 100 pieces):
For 12inch vinyl pressing it takes about 8 weeks.
For 7inch vinyl pressings about 6 weeks.
Do you prefer labelstickers with your own design? sweet! let's go and choose:
- "design custom label" with our labeldesigner in the webshop, We print and stick them onto your vinyl! (our recommendation)
- or "a4 labels", a labelsheet for printing the labels on your own. For experienced printer users only!
cd - size pocket battle disc´s come in a neat metal box.
we can make the following sizes:
12 inch: Standard LP or maxi single, 33 or 45 ar-pee-ems
10 inch: Maxis, transfer from 78 rpm disks and shellacks, your lp for the phonograph
7 inch : Singles for da dancehall masters and your oldies andd jukeboxes
5 inch : Pocket Battle Disk max. 2 minutes playtime
At drdub you can order printed covers for your vinyl from 1 piece already! all information can be found here.
You can design your own labels while ordering and we will color print them for you!
Included with the order of a vinyl cut are:
- The record (of course...)
- 2 white labels, printed labels or a label sheet
- Paper Inner Sleeve
- Cover with a large center hole in red, white, or black
if you want to, you can print the labels yourself (we will not apply them to the record but pack them extra, please specify when ordering).
Here you can download templates for printing your labels.
- 12 inch label, 10cm or 9,5cm diameter
- 7 inch label, 8,4cm diameter, big middle hole 3,9cm
- 7 inch (or 10 inch) label, 8,4cm diameter, small middle hole
Download and open in program of your choice...
While cutting vinyl dubplates a lot of work goes into the setup, volume adjustments and test cuts of your project. After that is done it takes us exactely as long as your tracks are to cut your records!
- 5 vinyl or more
- 10 vinyl or more
- 15 vinyl or more
- 20 vinyl or more
at some point it is cheaper to have your records pressed - do the math :)
- Dub-Club Steel
5% discount / Vinyl (after 5 orders)
- Dub-Club Sapphire
10% discount / Vinyl (after 8 orders)
- Dub-Club Diamond
15% discount / Vinyl (after 12 orders)
If you register for the Dub-Club (the drdub style of a client profil) and order several times you automatically benefit from this loyality discounts.
Quantity and Dub-Club discounts will be added together. 15% Discount is the maximum.
It's easy and there are several ways to do it:
- easiest with our upload tool
At the end of your order we will guide you on your personal page. Here you can drop your files via drag & drop. You can also upload or change them later. We confirm your title list via email. After that, no change is possible.
- using external upload services
- with ftp
if you submit your files via ftp, please send us a short email when you have loaded your tracks on ftp.drdub.com. recommended programs for this are filezilla and cuteftp for the mac. We will send you the login data according to your order.
- by email
You can also send us the files by email to email@example.com. please make sure that you do not attach more than 15mb of files per email. if necessary you can simply send several mails.
- oldschool - by post
You can also send us the files by post. please give your order number or at least a readable name and send everything to:
dr. dub, lindauweg 15, a-6391 fieberbrunn / tyrol, austria on dat, md, tape, mc, cdr, usb stick, or data cd.
- the shorter the recording time the better the quality!
We want every track to be recorded with the maximum possible volume and dynamics.
- 45 rpm allows a higher resolution than 33 rpm.
The possible recording time and quality depends on many criteria:
- a clean mix: the better a track is mixed and mastered, the better it sounds on record
- the more basses your mix contains, the greater the groove spacing and the shorter the recording time.
- Check your mixes for monocompatibility to avoid phase shifts in the bass range. best not use stereobasisbroadeningeffects (what a word ...).
- the louder the plate is recorded, the more groove distance is necessary and the shorter the recording time.
- extreme stereo signals call for greater groove spacing.
- extreme basses (below 20 hz) and extreme highs (above 18 khz) can not be recorded.
on the outside of a plate d*pi == 92cm per turn are available for your music. the inside of the label is only about 35cm.
The groove running speed of a 30 cm LP is on the outside at the beginning of the modulated groove at 29.2 cm diameter 50 cm/s and inside at the end of the modulated groove at 11.5 cm diameter only 20 cm/s.
This also explains the inwardly noticable decreasing sound quality of a record. Therefore, loud tracks belong to the beginning, and quietly to the end of a plate.
we can not outsmart the physics!
Reproductions for private use are permitted. We do not make a copy in the real sense, but master your tracks for editing on vinyl.
In particular, note:
Only a few copies may be made. Reproduction is only permitted for private use. Reproduction is only permitted if private use is actually the purpose. This is no longer the case if the duplication happens from the outset with the intention of selling, exchanging or giving away the copy. The copy must have been obtained lawfully. Illegally obtained CDs may therefore not be copied for private use. It should also be noted that reproductions that have been legally produced may not be distributed later or used for public reproduction.
This means that even copies that were originally made for private use can not later be sold, given away or played in public.
due to the demand we also cut from inside to outside!
So the 1 track starts now in the middle and not on the outer edge.
Not only to surprise your friends, it also has soundtechnical advantages!
Only available from us!
You pay the invoice amount through the online provider PayPal. You have to be registered there or register first, legitimize with your access data and confirm the payment order to us. Further information can be found during the ordering process.
Bank transfer (prepayment)
When selecting the payment method in advance, we give you our bank details in the order confirmation and begin with the production of plates after we receive your payment confirmation.
Registered letter to us works too, or you come over.
a special as you might expect from mr. bungle or pop music, known by "m": 2 tracks are cut parallel to the plate. therefore you can play either track 1 or 2.
We use standard black pvc / vinyl plates with 1,5mm thickness. In our assortment you will also find various colored and transparent vinyl with real "heavy" 2mm or 180gramm!
every single plate has been checked and is made especially for our cutter. This makes them extremely durable and there are no problems with scratching. thanks to the deep groove cut, our plates are even better for scratching than conventionally pressed plates.
transparent vinyl with 1.0 mm is also possible and is particularly suitable for quick and easy scratching, but is unfortunately more sensitive. unfortunately, only one side can be played here.
For Masters we use plates from Apollo. Very precise reproduction but unfortunately not quite as durable and expensive.
The ultimate battle tool is only available from us:
on 12cm (5inch) we cut your favorite battle tracks, intros, loops, signations etc.
at 45 rpm, max. 2 min. with amazingly good quality on it. It's clear that the lowest sounds and maximum loudness can not be achieved quite so good here, but do not be fooled - this small guys sound good!
We tested the "pocket battle discs" (pbd's) and took them everywhere during the last weeks. We sat on them and had them in our pocket while boarding: The pbd's can withstand it!
the vinyl is 2mm thick and can be pushed into any cd case. so you can always stick to your tracks in case of an emergency!
the pocket battle disc (pbd) is delivered in a sturdy, round metal tin so you can carry it everywhere.
Dr.Dub's Guide to achieve the most delicious sound on vinyl:
Vinyl records are analog record carriers and therefore have clearly different characteristics than CD's.
if you want to achieve good results on vinyl, please note the following points in your self-produced tracks:
Vinyl sounds different than digital recordings. Of Course, that's why you're on this side.
be aware of this and do without fancy stereo and psychoacoustic effects. Similarly, digital sounds produced for a cd can not sound like that on vinyl. all sounds that deviate far from natural sounds can bring mechanical sound recording to its limits.
The lowest frequencies below approx. 400 hz must be in phase! Check if your mix also sounds good in mono. if frequencies are missing or overemphasized, something is wrong!
stereo effects in the bass are taboo. this includes the strong use of chorus / phaser in the bass section.
challenging tracks with high bass and treble have to be arranged at the beginning of a record side. the recording and reproduction conditions worsen towards the middle of the plate.
Frequencies below 20 hz can not be reproduced, as well as frequencies above 18000 khz. Frequencies above 15khz should be lowered slightly.
Frequencies between 8 and 9 khz sound particularly satiated and "crisp" on vinyl.
check your mixes for distortions and peaks. especially digital distortions (clipping!) must not exist! These can become disproportionately loud and disturbing while cutting and are the main reason if plates can only be cut by us with restrictions! So as soon as the "over" LED is on - get the hell down with the level or limits.
- if you work with masterings plugins: less is better. driving the ultramaximizer at the limit does not sound good in most cases.
- a uniform level of your recordings guarantees a consistent quality of the whole record. if your tracks have big level jumps, we normally adjust them, but do not know if you want them this way too, so please drop us a message in case you prefer to keep high level differences between your tracks.
- for very hissy recordings, we recommend the use of a de-esser for both vocals and mix generals.
- mp3 files often do not sound as good as wav's, aiff's or cdr's! By the data compression acoustic artifacts can arise, which become amplified on vinyl more intense. if you send us ripped youtube videos you have to be aware that the sound is very poor and it's not really legal anyway. if it has to be mp3's, then compress it with max. 256 kbit / sec. here the noticeable quality loss starts in the areas above 17khz, which is played by vinyl records only conditionally anyway.
- the playback quality of a record depends to a large extent on the used reproduction technique. the type of scanning system, wear and condition of the scanning needle, adjustment of the vertical pressure and anti-skating play a major role.
are you tired of always playing the same grooves? make your own! we cut them for you. send us your loops, a capella beats etc. and we pack them on vinyl for endless scratch and drumbeat sessions.
- if you need endless loops, please note the following: the tempo must be exactly 133 1/3 bpm for a 4/4 rhythm on a 12 "at 33 1/3 rpm, so your loop must be exactly 1.8 sec! loops which are supposed to run at 45 rpm need to have exactly 180bpm and be 1 1/3 seconds long!
If we cut your vinyl disks on the neumann VMS66 Machine it is basically the same process as if cutting a laquer master.
- lighly linear frequency response
- very transparent sound
- exact stereo imaging
The neumann is the Mercedes Benz among record cutters and delivers top notch quality regarding any aspect. Please do not choose this option if you want us to cut mp3's. The Germans call this "perlen vor die säue werfen..."
On our homepage you can find the current delivery times. These times are based on the production times. Depending on the country shipping times vary as well.
You can calculate the arrival time by adding production time and shipping time to you date of order.
If your order is overdue, don't hesitate to contact us!
The tracking number is in the mail with the invoice.
If you need your order faster, you can upgrade to "Prime Service". Send us a mail - we'll do overtime.
you have a important gig at the weekend?
the borg are attacking and only you can save the world by playing some nice vinyl riddims?
you forgot your girlfriends birthday present and you need it this week, or you'll get killed?
then choose our dr. dub prime service while ordering.
this doesn't mean that we'll process your order slow otherwise. But sometimes there is a lot going on in the studio and it can take some days until your vinyls are finished.
our prime service ensures shipping in 2 working days for maximum 3 vinyl.
- Shipping to Austria via postal service takes approximately 2 days. No tracking.
- Express shipping to austria (EMS) normally takes 1 day. tracking number sent with invoice.
- Cost: 6.- Euro plus 0,50.- Euro per lp. Orders above 200.- Euro are free.
- EMS Cost: (+ 9.- Euro / 2.- Euro for each more)
- Shipping via POST AG takes 2-4 days. No Next day shipping (Dr. Dub is situated where the crows fly backward). tracking number sent with invoice.
- Cost: 12.- Euro plus 1.- Euro per lp. Orders above 300.- Euro are free.
Rest of the world:
- Priority shipping, registered shipping via austria post. Can take anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks, depending on where you hang out.
- we ensure shipping within 2 working days. We'll do overtime for you if needed! more info here.
We ship monday to friday, weekends we refuse to ship.
From 30 and more lps shipping is free (not for pressings)!
Please ensure the condition of the box when you receive the packet. If it is destroyed, do not sign the shipping papers and notify us in a timely manner.
.mp3 is not losslessly compressed. compared to .wav or aiff. information is omitted in order to minimize the size of the file. there are quite audible differences depending on how and how much compressed your .mp3 is.
some theory :
Audio is presented in the form of a curve. In a vinyl record this curve is cut (very simplified), digitally this will with described using 0 & 1 parameters.
This determines a number of horizontal and vertical dots (as in a graph) and should approach the shape of a curve. strictly speaking this is no curve but a up and down from horizontal and vertical lines. In wav files scaling is relatively fine. to see the edges and corners one would have to 'zoom' in quite far. With .mp3's larger steps are taken to represent the curve. This makes the image 'edgier'.
As a comparison: Photos are also displayed in the digital world, in pixels. More pixels mean a larger resolution, a sharper image and better quality
Whether .mp3 files sound good on vinyl, we can only tell after a test cut. you can assume that good .mp3 files are also ok on vinyl. But if you do 'hear' the .mp3 file there is a a high probabilty that your music will not sound good...