With over fifteen years experience, Breed Media has gained a well established reputation for the reliable and high quality manufacture of vinyl records. We provide a wide range of vinyl pressing services, from colour vinyl and special vinyl to vinyl in gatefold sleeves, double and tripple vinyl. Once you’ve chosen your desired product, our from 250 units upwards.
7 inch vinyl in printed sleeve
Introducing our 7 inch vinyl in printed sleeves. Choose classic black vinyl in sleeves with sustainable paper inner sleeves and premium 280gsm card quality printed outer sleeves. We provide options for heavyweight vinyl, vibrant colour vinyl, gatefold sleeves, and various printing finishes like embossing and hot-foiling.
10 inch vinyl in printed sleeve
Enhance your vinyl releases with our 10 inch vinyl pressings in printed sleeves. Our service includes bespoke printed artwork, expert artwork analysis, proofs, and printing plates, ensuring a flawless result. We prioritise sustainability with eco-friendly paper labels and card sleeves, sealed with a plant-based varnish.
12 inch vinyl in printed sleeve
Our quality 12 inch vinyl in printed sleeves will take your vinyl releases to the next level. Breed’s expert team will apply their vinyl mastering, cutting and processing knowledge to your vinyl pressing, creating impeccable sound. Elevate your releasel to a bespoke 12 inch vinyl and choose from a wide range of options to perfect your release - these include heavyweight or colour vinyl, gatefold sleeves and Pantone colour printing.
Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve
Explore our double or triple gatefold sleeves designed for 7 inch, 10 inch or 12 inch records. Our multi-aperture vinyl sleeves are perfect for housing double or triple vinyl editions, and are designed to accommodate extras like posters and lyric sheets. For single vinyl releases, we provide left-panel glueing for a seamless presentation.
Our carefully crafted colour vinyl pressings will help you realise your artistic vision. Explore different inner sleeve options such as black paper, poly-lined paper or custom printed inner sleeves. Outer sleeves with 3mm, 5mm, or 7mm spines can be manufactured, tailored to your individual release. Pantone colour printing (according to their latest colour chart) and further creative finishes such as embossing, hot-foiling and bespoke die-cutting are also available. Our vinyl is produced with luxury lithographic printing and sustainably sourced inks.
Unlock your vinyl potential with our special vinyl pressing service. Our comprehensive package includes expert artwork analysis, proofs, and printing plates, meaning you’ll experience the ultimate sound and print quality. We offer special, bespoke vinyl options, ranging from heavyweight vinyl, splatter vinyl, colour in colour, and half and half variations. Once you’ve chosen your product, our custom packaging service provides shrink-wrapping as well as eco-alternatives for a truly tailored experience.
Vinyl FAQs and Info
Your audio masters for vinyl pressing can be supplied as zipped WAV files via our ftp upload site (contact us for details), by wetransfer, dropbox or via CD-R/retail-ready CD—along with a full tracklist, timings and side splits.
The standard bit rate to press vinyl is 24 bit/44.1KHz. The master should be fully edited and as you want it to sound, with all tracks in the correct order and with your desired gaps between each track.
A complete track list should be supplied with every record pressing master. The list should contain the names of all the tracks, each track’s duration and the side splits for correct separation into side A and side B. These are mandatory requirements.
The quality of vinyl audio is directly affected by the distance between the record grooves and therefore the playing time of the record. Exceeding the maximum recommended playing lengths below can compromise the audio quality of the record, with bass heavy recordings particularly problematic.
At 33 rpm:
- 12" - 19 mins per side
- 10" - 14 mins per side
At 45 rpm:
- 7" - 5 mins per side
- 10" - 10 mins per side
- 12" - 15 mins per side
When pressing vinyl with hidden tracks or any unusual features this should be clearly communicated to us at the ordering stage. Provide the track number, name, time and details of your special requirements. Examples include long gaps between tracks, very quiet passages or deliberate use of electronic buzz or distortion etc.
Once your vinyl record masters and order are received, we cut the audio to either lacquer or direct to copper plates (DMM) depending on various factors. Both lacquers and DMMs are created on a special lathe which looks like a large record player and works rather like a record player's phonograph pick-up in reverse, where the audio is converted to mechanical motion. The cutting stylus, mounted in the head, cuts a precise spiral groove across the plate spinning at an exact speed of 331/3 or 45rpm, and vibrates to transfer the recording. Once the cut has taken place, lacquers are processed, firstly to a negative using nickel and an electroplating process, then again to create a positive. These are then plated once more to form the stampers (negatives again), which are then used to press the final records. DMM Coppers are processed directly to stampers.
TPs are supplied for you to check that the A and B sides are correct and the music is in the right order. It is too late to change levels and EQ at this stage. Breed Media is unable to further your order until you have approved your test pressings.
Your records are hand-packed, but on oassion some vinyl record pressing plants pack directly into a ‘bag' (a sleeve without a spine). Therefore, most record manufacturing runs will include a hand-packing charge. Stickers and inserts are normally hand-packed too. We require an accurate description of the required sticker position. You should always consider where any shop placed pricing stickers may appear (usually top right). Hand-packing is charged per movement.
Colour vinyl record pressing is undertaken using different material to solid black vinyl which crucially doesn't contain graphite. As a result the quality the quality of sound may vary, in particular, higher noise levels and isolated static sounds (clicks) may appear in the lead-in and run-out grooves, in the track crossovers and at any quiet points of the recording. For more information see our Coloured Vinyl Page
Who We Are
At Breed Media we're here to support musicians and bands at every stage of their journey. From new bands to established artists, our mission is to empower your expression while fostering sustainability.
We believe in the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ principle, pursuing social equity, environmental quality, and economic prosperity. With a focus on active environmental care, responsible trading practices and equitable employment, we strive to reduce our impact on the environment and promote diversity.
Join us in making a difference through engaging physical media products that hold deep meaning and resonate with your audience. Express yourself, support sustainability and evolve with us at Breed Media.