Ok Very important news:
Hi Dan, thanks for your call.
I have attached a price list for you to check out.
Just to summarise what we spoke about on the phone, reasons why I think
might not work out for you on this project -
1. Its gonna be very quiet. Grooves move from left to right on the
and the louder the cut is the more land the grooves need to take up to
modulate left to right without crashing into each other (causing
when we only have a small amount of land to play with we have to cut
to fit it on. This will make it pretty much too quiet for DJs to play
and also the noise floor comes into play - on a 7 minute 7" the noise
is going to be probably about as loud as the music.
2. The closer you move to the centre hole on a record the worse the
quality gets. This is called inner groove distortion (where by high
frequency is lost the closer to the centre you get) and tracing
(whereby the tracking arm when playing back a record "reads" the
less accurately the closer you get to the centre of a record). You can
this on any record you own - find one with just one track on the whole
then play the outside edge and then skip straight to the inside edge
will hear a loss of high frequency and clarity when you move to the
of the record. So you can see why a 7" is going to have worse sound
than most of a 12" disc, because it is so much closer to the centre
In terms of loudness on this project I would say that I could cut a 10"
probably 6dB louder than a 7", with both at 33rpm. Also the majority of
music on the 10" would be further out from the centre hole than the 7"
so would be better sound quality.
I could cut a 12" that is 7 minutes long between 2 and 4 dB louder than
10", and again we would have fractionally better sound quality.
Both the 10" and 12" would be perfect for playing out.
The other option you have is doing 2 x 7" with 1 track on each side,
obviously then you are looking at more money again!
Hope all this helps, give me a shout with any queries. Holler at Mikey
me, and tell him to send me a copy of his record!
Optimum Mastering Ltd.
Unit 5.4, Paintworks,
Central Trading Estate,
Tel: 0117 971 6901
Fax: 0117 971 0700
So Basically, he wants us to holler at Mikey! And we discussed it, we (me and him) think a 10" would be best. Is this ok Forest Records? I'll check prices for it. Yers?