does anybody know of record pressing companies that do low quality inexpensive vinyl pressing?  i used to buy punk records for cheap and id like to do the same thing with electronic music but all the places ive found were way too expensive.  any ideas?

Unfortunately the thing these days seems to be expensive low quality vinyl pressings. hmm

Seriously, though, I'd be curious about the same thing.

Vinyl + cheap don't really exist. Unless you look to print on other kinds of material, like lathe-cut jawns. Datathrash definitely helped me out on information with that. smile Lemme see if I can find the linky

But really if you're looking for cheap low quality you're probably better off with cassette I think, don't quote me on that though

don't forget you need to have it mastered for vinyl as well.

http://www.recordingmag.com/resources/r … l/114.html

If you're doing a small run, an0va's suggestion of lathe cut is definitely the way to go.

http://www.poly-cut.com/pricing.html

http://peterkinglathecutrecords.co.nz/info.htm

Subterrestrial wrote:

If you're doing a small run, an0va's suggestion of lathe cut is definitely the way to go.

http://www.poly-cut.com/pricing.html

http://peterkinglathecutrecords.co.nz/info.htm

I've heard horrible reviews of Poly-cut, people saying it's a scam and still backed up on orders from years ago-something to consider before checking that one out. There's other options, though. You also have to make sure your stuff is mastered for vinyl too like stated above, but you could always do that yourself too!

cheap low quality vinyl usually means lathe cut, which means it'll basically be un-listenable once you listen to it 5-10 times.

an0va wrote:
Subterrestrial wrote:

If you're doing a small run, an0va's suggestion of lathe cut is definitely the way to go.

http://www.poly-cut.com/pricing.html

http://peterkinglathecutrecords.co.nz/info.htm

I've heard horrible reviews of Poly-cut, people saying it's a scam and still backed up on orders from years ago-something to consider before checking that one out. There's other options, though. You also have to make sure your stuff is mastered for vinyl too like stated above, but you could always do that yourself too!

Poly cut was great for me.
I ordered and received my records in a month.
Another one to check out is http://corporaterecords.biz/

Back in 1950-60s in USSR, behind the iron curtain, there were DIY bootleg recordings of foreign artists (Presley etc) and forbidden local ones called 'music on bones'. The recordings were made on used X-Ray film (with pictures, hence the name) and hand made electro recorders like this one. Designs of such recorders were published in DIY electronics magazines at the time. It was illegal, sound quality was low, the recordings didn't last for long, but it was doable and affordable. I guess, with all the fancy modern electronics and tools (CNC of all kinds), a dedicated person with some skills could make something similar, but with better quality and cheap enough.

Shiru wrote:

Back in 1950-60s in USSR, behind the iron curtain, there were DIY bootleg recordings of foreign artists (Presley etc) and forbidden local ones called 'music on bones'. The recordings were made on used X-Ray film (with pictures, hence the name) and hand made electro recorders like this one. Designs of such recorders were published in DIY electronics magazines at the time. It was illegal, sound quality was low, the recordings didn't last for long, but it was doable and affordable. I guess, with all the fancy modern electronics and tools (CNC of all kinds), a dedicated person with some skills could make something similar, but with better quality and cheap enough.

this sounds like a conspiracy theory from a sci-fi show.  thank you for the info.  i'm not that dedicated though.

The reason punk records could be done on the cheap is because... They could be done on the cheap. Waves of punk have been crushed when the price of oil drives the price of plastics up, so I'm in agreement with the cassette guys, with a lean toward suggesting something even cheaper, like a low capacity thumbdrive or micro SD.

Saskrotch wrote:

cheap low quality vinyl usually means lathe cut, which means it'll basically be un-listenable once you listen to it 5-10 times.

i'll keep that in mind.  i was once told that's how "dub plates" are.  the dub plate the guy had was a chunk of material. 

i was hoping for maybe thin vinyl or even low quality sound.  by low quality i mean you wouldn't want to listen to it loud at a club but would be fun for at home.

chunter wrote:

The reason punk records could be done on the cheap is because... They could be done on the cheap. Waves of punk have been crushed when the price of oil drives the price of plastics up, so I'm in agreement with the cassette guys, with a lean toward suggesting something even cheaper, like a low capacity thumbdrive or micro SD.


i hadn't considered the correlation between the price of oil and the raw materials for vinyl but that could make sense.

where i'm at is that mp3's and digital distribution works great for free.  to actually sell something i would want a physical object and for me that would be vinyl.

godinpants wrote:
an0va wrote:

I've heard horrible reviews of Poly-cut, people saying it's a scam and still backed up on orders from years ago-something to consider before checking that one out. There's other options, though. You also have to make sure your stuff is mastered for vinyl too like stated above, but you could always do that yourself too!

Poly cut was great for me.
I ordered and received my records in a month.
Another one to check out is http://corporaterecords.biz/

how well did those "lathe cut" records hold up?

infradead wrote:

don't forget you need to have it mastered for vinyl as well.

http://www.recordingmag.com/resources/r … l/114.html

that was a great article.  thanks.

i think i have some of the old styrene records that they're talking about.  they don't really play anymore.

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