Optimal Media GmbH

Optimal Media GmbH

Profil:
German full service media manufacturer, operating under this name since October 1, 2011.
Formerly operating as Optimal Media Production.

Matrix scheme:

XY#####-ZZ
(Single letter format identifier, followed by single character year identifier, followed by a 5 digit numeral code, followed by an appended two digit disc numbering).

X is the format identifier:
"A" = CDs
"B" = Vinyl records
"D" = DVDs or Blu-Ray Discs
"E" = Blu-ray Discs

Y is the manufacturing year identifier, since 2010 a single letter (A to Z):
(before 2010 see Optimal Media Production listings)

A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
I = 2018
J = 2019

After the 5 digit numeral code, the 2 digit disc numbering (ZZ) can be found, which starts at "01".
On multi disc releases the last digit usually incrementally rises by 1 for each disc. (Example: Disc 1 = 01, Disc 2 = 02, etc.)

Examples:
CD: AB57815-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
DVD: DC83784-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Vinyl: BC781001-01 A1

Notes on CDs/DVDs:
• CD and DVD releases additionally carry a "manufactured by optimal media GmbH" string next to the matrix number.
• If the production was done for a manufacturing broker (e.g. Handle With Care), the string often is replaced with the name of the broker.
• The plant's mastering SID codes are: ifpi/IFPI L571, L573, L574, L575, L576, L622

Notes on Vinyl records:
• The matrix number can be either machine stamped or hand etched.
• If initials of a mastering engineer (see the list below) appear next to the matrix number, you can also enter the Lacquer Cut At role for Optimal Media GmbH.
• If there are no mastering engineer initials present, the mastering / lacquer cutting was done externally.
• Due to the nature of the hand etching, the B (format identifier) might be mistaken for a 3, an 8 or a D. The numeral 1 can be mistaken for a 7.
• Vinyl releases additionally carry the side positions along with an additional digit, next to the matrix number (see the example below).
• There are sometimes additional, faintly inscribed "geometric" marks. These are added during plating, and are therefore mirrored. They consist of a digit and a symmetrical symbol such as I, +, =, △ (for example I ↾ ). Enter these with the runout string in their non-mirrored form (e.g. "1 I") and note this in the description field (e.g. "1 I mirrored" - see this example).

Notes on the manufacture date:
• The year of manufacture in some cases may not be equal to the release year.
• The actual release date can be the same year of manufacture or one year later (e.g. manufactured in Dec. and released in Jan.)
• It (normally) cannot be earlier than the year it was manufactured though (there can be certain exceptions).
• Do not derive a release year from the manufacturing date code alone.

How to enter the matrix number in the LCCN fields:
• Please only enter the "XY#####" part, without the appended disc numbering: This is the internal "article number".
• If a release shows 2 or more of these numbers (e.g. multi-format releases), please enter each in a separate field.

Vinyl mastering engineers employed at Optimal Media GmbH:
AM (23)
BW (5)
HL (2) (Heino Leja)
JP (48)
KL (5)
KR (3)
MK (11)
SJ (13)
ST (15)
Sous-label
Label Principal:
Information de contact:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 Röbel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

info@optimal-media.com
Sites:
[l313190]

Label

Cat n°  Artiste Titre (Format) Label Cat n°  Pays Année
Between Flesh And Divine pochette d'album Asia Minor Between Flesh And Divine(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Rainbow45 Records Turkey 2016 Vendre cette version
In The Flat Field pochette d'album Bauhaus In The Flat Field(LP, Album, RE, RM, Yel) 4AD 2018 Vendre cette version
001 Transmissions pochette d'album Soundwalk Collective Transmissions(4xLP, Album + Box, Album) Dischi Fantom 001 Italy 2017 Vendre cette version
3bean006 The Selfishness Of Love pochette d'album Salad The Selfishness Of Love(CD, Single, Ltd) 3 Bean Records 3bean006 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
3H11423 Piano & A Microphone 1983 pochette d'album Prince Piano & A Microphone 1983(LP, Album, 180) NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records 3H11423 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
003LP Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben pochette d'album Misses Next Match Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben(LP, Album, RP) Broken Silence Records 003LP Germany 2016 Vendre cette version
3RANGE-52LP Doppelgänger pochette d'album Curve Doppelgänger(LP, Album, RE) 3 Loop Music 3RANGE-52LP UK 2017 Vendre cette version
3rd ear 0200 Roadwork Vol 2: The MotorSourceMassacre pochette d'album Motorpsycho, The Source (6) & Deathprod Motorpsycho, The Source (6) & Deathprod - Roadwork Vol 2: The MotorSourceMassacre(2xLP, Album, RE) Stickman Records (3) 3rd ear 0200 Germany 2018 Vendre cette version
7TH 12013 Equinox (3) Let's Go Back / Rollin' Out(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12013 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12014 Raid / JBB pochette d'album Coco Bryce Raid / JBB 7TH 12014 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12015 Double Dragon EP pochette d'album FFF & Coco Bryce FFF & Coco Bryce - Double Dragon EP (EP) 7TH 12015 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12017 Dogheart EP pochette d'album Jules Elipse Dogheart EP (EP) 7TH 12017 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12018 Ascension / Nerve pochette d'album Fushara Ascension / Nerve 7TH 12018 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12019 Coco Bryce Ayakashi EP(12", EP, TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12019 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12021 Fushara Featuring Shiva (28) Fushara Featuring Shiva (28) - Remnant / Logical 7TH 12021 UK 2017 Vendre cette version
7TH 12022 Seven Chambers E.P. pochette d'album Jungle Buddha Seven Chambers E.P.(2x12", EP, Ltd) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12022 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
7TH12023 Monarchy pochette d'album Tim Reaper Monarchy (EP) 7TH12023 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
7TH 12024 Never Give Up pochette d'album FFF Never Give Up (EP) 7TH 12024 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
7THSUBSCI 001 Elysian Boundary pochette d'album Various Elysian Boundary (EP) 7THSUBSCI 001 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
17 Fuglsang pochette d'album Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer - Fuglsang(LP, Ltd) Edition Longplay 17 Germany 2016 Vendre cette version
17 rue Pville 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath) pochette d'album Kim Oki 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath)(LP, Album, Ltd, 180) Pleasantville Records 17 rue Pville South Korea 2016 Vendre cette version
18 Brooklyn 3 pochette d'album Donny McCaslin Brooklyn 3(LP, Ltd, Num, Gat) Edition Longplay 18 Germany 2017 Vendre cette version
024 Ei Ole Helppoo pochette d'album Gim Kordon Ei Ole Helppoo(CD, Album) Soliti 024 Finland 2014 Vendre cette version
0006-2KHA Until Now... pochette d'album Joo Kraus Until Now...(2xCD, Comp) Künstlerhafen 0006-2KHA Germany 2016 Vendre cette version
115 S The Bottle pochette d'album Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson The Bottle(7", Ltd, Gre) Charly Records 115 S UK 2013 Vendre cette version
# 120 Converging Sins pochette d'album Ultha Converging Sins(2xLP, Album, Cle) Vendetta Records (3) # 120 Germany 2016 Vendre cette version
В 404 Жилец Вершин pochette d'album Хвост* И Аукцыон Хвост* И Аукцыон - Жилец Вершин(LP, Album, RM) Ulitka Records, Отделение ВЫХОД В 404 Russia 2015 Vendre cette version
2019  Is That My Self pochette d'album Mr. Highway Band Is That My Self(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Col) Ikaros Records (2), Los Almiros Records 2019 Greece 2019 Vendre cette version
5521-1 The Carnival Bizarre pochette d'album Cathedral The Carnival Bizarre(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Earache 5521-1 US 2014 Vendre cette version
5524-1 From Beyond pochette d'album Massacre From Beyond(LP, Album + 12", EP + Ltd, RE, 180) Earache 5524-1 US 2014 Vendre cette version
5526-1 Conquering The Throne pochette d'album Hate Eternal Conquering The Throne(LP, Album) Earache 5526-1 US 2014 Vendre cette version
5528-1 Supernatural Birth Machine pochette d'album Cathedral Supernatural Birth Machine(LP + LP, S/Sided + Album, RE) Earache 5528-1 US 2015 Vendre cette version
5532-1 Forest Of Equilibrium pochette d'album Cathedral Forest Of Equilibrium 5532-1 US 2015 Vendre cette version
5534-1 Condemned pochette d'album Confessor Condemned(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Earache 5534-1 US 2015 Vendre cette version
06025 SGL-CD I Will Follow You pochette d'album Schiller Mit Hen Ree Schiller Mit Hen Ree - I Will Follow You(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records 06025 SGL-CD Germany 2010 Vendre cette version
9006 The Symphonies pochette d'album Prokofiev* / London Philharmonic Orchestra*, London Symphony Orchestra*, Walter Weller Prokofiev* / London Philharmonic Orchestra*, London Symphony Orchestra*, Walter Weller - The Symphonies(4xCD, Comp, RE) Brilliant Classics 9006 Europe 2012 Vendre cette version
9452 Waves - The Piano Collection pochette d'album Ludovico Einaudi - Jeroen van Veen (2) Ludovico Einaudi - Jeroen van Veen (2) - Waves - The Piano Collection(7xCD + Box) Brilliant Classics 9452 Europe 2013 Vendre cette version
0013212KAI Quartetto N.7 · Quartetto N.8 · Sei Quartetti Brevi pochette d'album Salvatore Sciarrino, Quartetto Prometeo Salvatore Sciarrino, Quartetto Prometeo - Quartetto N.7 · Quartetto N.8 · Sei Quartetti Brevi(CD, Album) Kairos 0013212KAI Austria 2012 Vendre cette version
0013242KAI Konzert Für Schlagzeug Und Orchester / Impulse Für Orchester pochette d'album Friedrich Cerha - Martin Grubinger, Wiener Philharmoniker, Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez Friedrich Cerha - Martin Grubinger, Wiener Philharmoniker, Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez - Konzert Für Schlagzeug Und Orchester / Impulse Für Orchester(CD, Album) Kairos 0013242KAI Austria 2012 Vendre cette version
0013312KAI Wüstenbuch • Ira-arca • Lied • Aer pochette d'album Beat FurrerKlangforum WienTrio CatchTora AugestadSébastien BrohierMikhail Dubov*Hélène FauchèreEva FurrerUli FusseneggerVladislav Pesin* Beat FurrerKlangforum WienTrio CatchTora AugestadSébastien BrohierMikhail Dubov*Hélène FauchèreEva FurrerUli FusseneggerVladislav Pesin* - Wüstenbuch • Ira-arca • Lied • Aer(2xCD, Album) Kairos 0013312KAI Austria 2014 Vendre cette version
14480 Wo Soll Ich Suchen pochette d'album Dota* Wo Soll Ich Suchen(CD, Album) Kleingeldprinzessin Records 14480 Germany 2013 Vendre cette version
0017412BC Das Land Phantásien (Orchesterfantasie Nach "Die Unendliche Geschichte" Von Michael Ende) pochette d'album Siegfried Matthus, Michael Heltau, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Ingo Ingensand Siegfried Matthus, Michael Heltau, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Ingo Ingensand - Das Land Phantásien (Orchesterfantasie Nach "Die Unendliche Geschichte" Von Michael Ende)(CD) Berlin Classics 0017412BC Germany 2001 Vendre cette version
19334 Off Road pochette d'album Angelo Kelly Off Road(CD, Album, RE) Not On Label 19334 Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
20181 Burn To Grow pochette d'album Josh Smith (5) Burn To Grow(CD, Album, Dig) M2 Music 20181 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
0033271BC Messe In H-moll BWV 232 (Ausschnitte) pochette d'album Johann Sebastian Bach, Lucia Popp, Carolyn Watkinson, Eberhard Büchner, Siegfried Lorenz, Theo Adam, Peter Schreier, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig Johann Sebastian Bach, Lucia Popp, Carolyn Watkinson, Eberhard Büchner, Siegfried Lorenz, Theo Adam, Peter Schreier, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig - Messe In H-moll BWV 232 (Ausschnitte)(LP, RE, 180) ETERNA, Berlin Classics 0033271BC Germany 2008 Vendre cette version
36941 Folksongs From A Non-Existing Land pochette d'album Roland V Campenhout* Folksongs From A Non-Existing Land(LP, Album) Meyer Records 36941 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
37181 Strange Place For Snow pochette d'album E.S.T. Strange Place For Snow(2xLP, 180) ACT (4) 37181 Germany 2018 Vendre cette version
42-039S Uomo Donna pochette d'album Andrea Laszlo De Simone Uomo Donna(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat) 42 records 42-039S Italy 2017 Vendre cette version
0044696ERE Heut' Ist Mein Tag pochette d'album Blümchen Heut' Ist Mein Tag(CD, Single, Car) Edel Records 0044696ERE Europe 1999 Vendre cette version
45681-1 The Celts pochette d'album Enya The Celts(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records 45681-1 US 2017 Vendre cette version
46496 Everybody Wants To Know pochette d'album Shawn Pittman (2) & Jay Moeller* Shawn Pittman (2) & Jay Moeller* - Everybody Wants To Know(LP, Album, Ltd, 180) Crosscut Records 46496 Germany 2018 Vendre cette version
48690 Nachtbrot pochette d'album Turbostaat Nachtbrot(2xLP, Album) 18Null9 48690 Germany 2019 Vendre cette version
51266-1 I Still Do pochette d'album Eric Clapton I Still Do(2xLP, Album, 180) Bushbranch Records, Surfdog Records, Polydor 51266-1 Europe 2016 Vendre cette version
55997 Somewhere In The Mountains pochette d'album Roland Van Campenhout Somewhere In The Mountains 55997 Germany 2019 Vendre cette version
58029-1 Genesis Exodus pochette d'album Main Concept Genesis Exodus (Album) 58029-1 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2018 Vendre cette version
58029-2 Genesis Exodus pochette d'album Main Concept Genesis Exodus(CD, Album, Rev) 58Beats 58029-2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2018 Vendre cette version
58030-1 Reicher Mann pochette d'album Boshi San Reicher Mann(2xLP, Album) 58Beats 58030-1 Germany 2017 Vendre cette version
58030-2 Reicher Mann pochette d'album Boshi San Reicher Mann(CD, Album) 58Beats 58030-2 Germany 2017 Vendre cette version
65 983 Acid pochette d'album Acid (4) Acid(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Schallter, CBS 65 983 Austria 2014 Vendre cette version
066574-2 Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out Of Season(CD, Album) Go! Beat 066574-2 Europe Unknown Vendre cette version
84195 Maiden Voyage pochette d'album Herbie Hancock Maiden Voyage(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gre) Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note 84195 Europe 2015 Vendre cette version
87324 The Imagination Of Thieves pochette d'album Latin Quarter The Imagination Of Thieves(CD, Album) Westpark Music, Westpark Music 87324 Germany & Switzerland 2016 Vendre cette version
94064 The Late String Quartets pochette d'album Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* - The Late String Quartets(3xCD, Comp) Brilliant Classics 94064 Europe Unknown Vendre cette version
94409 Libro Primo D'Intavolatura Di Lauto pochette d'album Kapsberger*, Yavor Genov Kapsberger*, Yavor Genov - Libro Primo D'Intavolatura Di Lauto(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 94409 Europe 2013 Vendre cette version
95543 Minimal Piano Collection Volume XXI-XXVIII pochette d'album Dennis Johnson (5), Philip Glass, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland, Terry Riley, Harold Budd, La Monte Young / Jeroen van Veen (2) Dennis Johnson (5), Philip Glass, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland, Terry Riley, Harold Budd, La Monte Young / Jeroen van Veen (2) - Minimal Piano Collection Volume XXI-XXVIII(8xCD + Box, Comp) Brilliant Classics 95543 Europe 2017 Vendre cette version
95626 Complete Music For Piano And Violin  pochette d'album Turina*, Macarena Martínez, Juan Escalera Turina*, Macarena Martínez, Juan Escalera - Complete Music For Piano And Violin (2xCD, Album) Brilliant Classics 95626 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
101 741 Sängerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978 pochette d'album Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* Sängerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978(2xLP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101 741 Germany 2014 Vendre cette version
109136 Slingshot pochette d'album The Senior Service Slingshot(7", Single, Ltd) Damaged Goods 109136 UK 2018 Vendre cette version
120-456B2DS Da Original Troopa EP / Lost In Queens EP pochette d'album Jam DOT* / Da Ooh! Jam DOT* / Da Ooh! - Da Original Troopa EP / Lost In Queens EP(CD, Album, Comp, Ltd, RM, S/Edition) Back 2 Da Source Records 120-456B2DS Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
122-000B2DS-LP Liberal Art - 90´s Unreleased pochette d'album Laster Liberal Art - 90´s Unreleased(LP, Album, Ltd) Back 2 Da Source Records 122-000B2DS-LP Belgium 2017 Vendre cette version
124-000B2DS Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood pochette d'album Pudgee* Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood(7", Ltd, Pic) Back 2 Da Source Records 124-000B2DS Belgium 2017 Vendre cette version
125-000B2DS Can't Come Close pochette d'album Natives In Black Can't Come Close(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Back 2 Da Source Records 125-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
126059E Live At The Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, USA, 5th November 1974 pochette d'album UFO (5) Live At The Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, USA, 5th November 1974(LP, Unofficial) Verne Records 126059E France 2015 Vendre cette version
126-206B2DS Intro To The Central pochette d'album Narcotik (2) Intro To The Central(LP, Album, Ltd) Back 2 Da Source Records 126-206B2DS Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
126-206B2DS-CD Intro To The Central pochette d'album Narcotik (2) Intro To The Central(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records 126-206B2DS-CD Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
127-000B2DS Warriors Anthem pochette d'album Sham & The Professor Warriors Anthem(10", EP) Back 2 Da Source Records 127-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
128-000B2DS Back To Basics pochette d'album B Flatt* Back To Basics(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Big Noise Entertainment 128-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
129-000B2DS Remember Me pochette d'album The Speedknotz* Remember Me(12", EP, Ltd, RE) Back 2 Da Source Records 129-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Vendre cette version
129903 David Helbok Trio pochette d'album David Helbock Trio David Helbok Trio(CD) Optimal Media GmbH 129903 Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
1301-01 Stockroom Recordings (No.1) pochette d'album Bouet Stockroom Recordings (No.1) (Maxi) 1301-01 Germany 2015 Vendre cette version
1301-02 Stockroom Recordings (No.2) pochette d'album Bouet Stockroom Recordings (No.2)(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Gol) 1301 Media 1301-02 Germany 2016 Vendre cette version
1301-03 Skyline Drive - Stockroom Recordings (No.3) pochette d'album Bouet Skyline Drive - Stockroom Recordings (No.3) (Album) 1301-03 Germany 2018 Vendre cette version
133-000B2DS Do The Math pochette d'album Various Do The Math(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Tribal Music Inc. 133-000B2DS Belgium 2019 Vendre cette version
133-000B2DS-CD Do The Math pochette d'album Various Do The Math(CD, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Tribal Music Inc. 133-000B2DS-CD Belgium 2019 Vendre cette version
1-47865 Music pochette d'album Madonna Music(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Maverick, Warner Bros. Records 1-47865 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
0157905ERE Baby It's You pochette d'album JoJo (3) Baby It's You(CD, Single, Enh) Black Ocean Records, Edel Records, daFamily Entertainment 0157905ERE Germany 2004 Vendre cette version
178525-3 Ecliptica pochette d'album Sonata Arctica Ecliptica(CD, Album, RE, RM) Spinefarm Records, Spinefarm Records U.K., Universal 178525-3 Europe 2008 Vendre cette version
0205829KID Yakari - Folge 8 pochette d'album Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various - Yakari - Folge 8(CD) Edel Kids 0205829KID Germany 2010 Vendre cette version
0206016KID Yakari Folge 9 pochette d'album Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various - Yakari Folge 9(CD) Edel Kids 0206016KID Germany 2011 Vendre cette version
0207198KID Yakari Folge 15 pochette d'album Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various - Yakari Folge 15(CD) Edel Kids 0207198KID Germany 2011 Vendre cette version
0207443ERE Quid Pro Quo pochette d'album Status Quo Quid Pro Quo(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0207443ERE Germany 2011 Vendre cette version
0207447EREP In Concert Live At Sibelius Hall pochette d'album Tarja Turunen, Harus Tarja Turunen, Harus - In Concert Live At Sibelius Hall(CD, Album, Promo) Ear Music 0207447EREP Germany 2011 Vendre cette version
0207553ERE Ignition pochette d'album Unisonic Ignition(CD, EP) Ear Music 0207553ERE Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0207702CTT Salsa Fuerte Featuring Yumarya pochette d'album Salsa Fuerte Featuring Yumarya Salsa Fuerte Featuring Yumarya - Salsa Fuerte Featuring Yumarya(CD, Album) Edel : Content 0207702CTT Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0207710ERE 20/20 pochette d'album Saga (3) 20/20(CD, Album) Ear Music 0207710ERE Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0207758CTT Captured For Good pochette d'album Joo Kraus & Tales In Tones Trio Joo Kraus & Tales In Tones Trio - Captured For Good(LP) Edel : Content 0207758CTT Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0208062CTT 'N Tango Für Gitti (Ulrich Gumpert Solo) pochette d'album Ulrich Gumpert 'N Tango Für Gitti (Ulrich Gumpert Solo)(CD, Album, RE) Edel : Content 0208062CTT Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0208163ERE Black Traffic pochette d'album Skunk Anansie Black Traffic(CD, Album) Ear Music 0208163ERE Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0208237KID Yakari - Reise in die Urzeit pochette d'album Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various - Yakari - Reise in die Urzeit(CD, RE) Edel Kids 0208237KID Germany 2012 Vendre cette version
0208247CTT Greatest Performances pochette d'album Omega (5) Greatest Performances(2xDVD) Edel : Content 0208247CTT Germany 2012 Vendre cette version

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JATPL

JATPL

20 décembre 2018
edité 2 months ago
Sub Optimal would be a better description for this pressing plant. The quality control there vacillates wildly and frankly, for a company in a country famed for its manufacturing prowess, their inability to press records to a critical standard beggars belief. I place Optimal in exactly the same bracket as GZ. In the past year I have bought so many records by them, which are not pressed properly: Bowie's new Glastonbury 3 LP is a disaster area with creased inner sleeves, scratches and non-fill on the third disc, Paul Weller's new album was scratched and clicky, Angus & Julia Stone's Snow was another horror show with constant thuds on the lead outs of the sides of the first disc, Kate Bush's live LP released the year before-I am yet to hear a copy of that set, which does not have dents, non-fill and creases to the inner sleeves. There are others and I could go on but I won't-and everyone one of the LPs I mentioned I am basing on multiple, multiple copies bought and returned. They also frequently produce LPs with spindle holes which are really too large (Fleetwood Mac's The Dance being a recent example of this bizarre flaw.). I saw a brief video filmed at Optimal recently and watching the way they were handling the records coming off the presses made me shudder.
goldencalves

goldencalves

8 décembre 2018
I probably own 40-45 or so records this plant has pressed, probably at least half (20 or so) of those I own have manufacturing defects, and probably a third of those (6 or 7) I've had multiple copies with similar pressing issues.

Primarily: non-fill/cold-fill/stitching (it doesn't seem like there is an industry-wide term for this, or there are technical differences that I don't understand). This looks like shiny, pearlescent dots or dashes in a groove, where there is no audio information. You sometimes need a very bright, directed light to see. It can sound like small ripping sounds, depending on the size and distribution, and probably accounts for a lot of "surface noise" on new records.

Secondarily: Scratches, usually messily ovular or circular, from vinyl fragments not properly removed from the edges of records or the spindle holes. A small bit will get stuck somewhere on the disc and shift around in shipping and handling to create audible scratches.

1 for 2 is, in my opinion, a poor score for quality control. I used to notice that it seemed to be relegated to smaller labels that have less sway than majors, including some of my favorite labels (On-U Sound, WRWTFWW, and I think that Modern Love and DDS I believe use Optimal but not certain) but I've noticed it touch their major releases as well (some of the newer Bowie pressings, Radiohead reissues, and, infuriatingly, every record but one in the Smiths 5xLP "Queen Is Dead" box).

Musicfreak98

Musicfreak98

18 octobre 2018
I think Optimal's quality control has actually improved lately. I've heard two titles pressed by them released this month (Oct 2018) and I've been very impressed by both. Minimal noise floor, clean surfaces, very little in the way of noise. I've found their output to historically be VERY hit and miss, but maybe they're turning over a new leaf. Fingers crossed.
Maslakoff

Maslakoff

3 septembre 2018
The last Siouxsie and the Banshees reissues got me so disappointed. Not only the sleeves look blurry compared to original artwork, but the records themselves are printed badly: lots and lots of cracklings throughout the sides, some present surface noise and surprisingly awful distortion in inner grooves (plus sibilance). I have the same issue with their coloured pressing of Charli XCX, as well as Japan's new reissues. I guess the quality control is becoming non-existent because of the number of records being printed, but that can't be an excuse. Before it was a quite decent record plant.
I stop buying their discs for the moment until they do something with this mess.
otxx

otxx

21 juin 2018
Non-fill on Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool" is so bad that I had to get up and stop the record, tried very hard not to smash it (them) and began listening to the digital instead. The majority of other contemporary records that I've bought (in Europe) are pressed at this plant. They usually come in "sandpaper" sleeves and have a high amount of scuffs all over them. If record sales are falling it is because people have started playing them and realized that they're manufactured poorly.
.Richard.

.Richard.

26 mars 2018
No-fill on their pressings pretty much all the time right now. I think these guys are rushing too much out there at the moment and their standards are slipping. They, along with United, account for the vast majority of the defects I receive.
leonthepro

leonthepro

13 mars 2018
I regare optimal as above average at the very least.
mvns

mvns

1 août 2017
One of the better plants out there, although quality can be hit or miss still. The records tend to be scuff/scratch-free but are prone to non-fill, especially the heavyweight pressings.
mtngchi

mtngchi

3 janvier 2017
I have only a handful of record pressed by Optimal, but they sound pretty good so far, except for Kid A reissue which had some amount of surface noise, but much better than some other plants out there
nick73

nick73

19 août 2016
"Optimal Media" what a joke... Mastering often too quiet. Quality control seems terrible.