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Production 101: Mastering & Manufacturing for the Physical Formats


In support of National Album Day, Key Production with the collaboration of Gearbox Records and supported by the BPI, will be hosting Production 101: Mastering & Manufacturing for the Physical Formats.

The course aims at equipping artists and record labels with the knowledge they need to better understand the mastering and manufacturing process of the main physical music formats.

With vinyl coming back and CDs not backing down either, understand the different steps involved in the manufacturing of physical formats can be beneficial for artists and record labels in order to better plan their physical releases, learn best ways to supply key information and understand reasons behind possible issues.

The event will comprise of a workshop style presentation where one of Key Production’s managers will go through the basics of VinylCDs & DVDs production, Artwork & Printing.

To complete the educating experience Gearbox Records, a specialist in analogue mastering and cutting, will broach the topic of audio quality guiding attendees through the minefield of vinyl mastering and production.

Depending on the number of participants there will be the chance to visit Gearbox studio.

There will be time afterwards for questions and 1-2-1s.


The workshop will be hosted at Two Tribes Brewing, an eclectic brewery based in Tileyard Studios nearby Kings Cross and Caledonian Road.

Friday, October 12th

From 2pm to 5pm (with 30 mins break to visit Gearbox Studio)

Two Tribes Brewing, Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, N7 9AH.

Tickets are free and can be booked at the link below.

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Subjects Covered Include:


  • Vinyl Mastering & Production
  • Vinyl as a format: the different sizes and their respective run-times.
  • Metal Work: DMM v Lacquers
  • Test Pressings: how to evaluate a test pressing.
  • Vinyl Labels
  • Standard Weight v Heavy Weight
  • Coloured + Patterned Vinyl
  • Picture Disc & Flexi Discs

CDs & DVDs

  • Run-times
  • Replication v Duplication
  • Masters: PMCD, DDP and Glass Masters.
  • Disc Labels

Artwork and Printing

How to supply artwork

  • Different printing processes
  • PDF v Wet Proofs
  • Coated v Uncoated

Special finishes

  • Spot Varnish
  • Emboss / Deboss
  • Foiling
  • Die Cuts

Project Management

  • Modo Design & Production
  • Our Supply Network
  • Eco-Solutions
  • Extra Services
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