Optimal Media GmbH

Optimal Media GmbH

Profile:
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
K = 2020

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, L577, L578, 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 and the 5 can be mistaken for a √.
• 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)
Heino Leja (HL)
Jörg Peters (JP)
KL (5)
KR (3)
MK (11)
SJ (13)
ST (15)
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Contact Info:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 Röbel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

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

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Between Flesh And Divine  album cover Asia Minor Between Flesh And Divine(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Rainbow45 Records Turkey 2016 Sell This Version
00 Fuel 217 / Sacré  album cover Anne Gillis / Jac Berrocal / Jacques Doyen Anne Gillis / Jac Berrocal / Jacques Doyen - Fuel 217 / Sacré(7", Ltd, Pic) Présence Capitale, D'Avantage 00 France 2018 Sell This Version
001 Transmissions  album cover Soundwalk Collective Transmissions(4xLP, Album + Box, Album) Dischi Fantom 001 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
3J77018 They Found My Body In A Bag  album cover Bror Gunnar Jansson They Found My Body In A Bag (Album) 3J77018 Scandinavia 2019 Sell This Version
003LP Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben  album cover Misses Next Match Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben(LP, Album, RP) Broken Silence Records 003LP Germany 2016 Sell This Version
3RANGE-52LP Doppelgänger  album cover Curve Doppelgänger(LP, Album, RE) 3 Loop Music 3RANGE-52LP UK 2017 Sell This Version
3rd ear 0200 Roadwork Vol 2: The MotorSourceMassacre  album cover 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 Sell This Version
004 Complete Soul  album cover Nils Wogram Septet Complete Soul(CD, Album, Dig) Nwog Records 004 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
7TH 12013 Equinox (3) Let's Go Back / Rollin' Out(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12013 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12014 Raid / JBB  album cover Coco Bryce Raid / JBB 7TH 12014 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12015 Double Dragon EP  album cover FFF & Coco Bryce FFF & Coco Bryce - Double Dragon EP (EP) 7TH 12015 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12017 Dogheart EP  album cover Jules Elipse Dogheart EP (EP) 7TH 12017 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12018 Ascension / Nerve  album cover Fushara Ascension / Nerve 7TH 12018 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12019 Coco Bryce Ayakashi EP(12", EP, TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12019 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12021 Remnant / Logical  album cover Fushara Featuring Shiva (28) Fushara Featuring Shiva (28) - Remnant / Logical 7TH 12021 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12022 Seven Chambers E.P.  album cover Jungle Buddha Seven Chambers E.P.(2x12", EP, Ltd) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12022 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7TH12023 Monarchy  album cover Tim Reaper Monarchy (EP) 7TH12023 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7TH 12024 FFF Never Give Up(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12024 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7THSUBSCI 001 Elysian Boundary  album cover Various Elysian Boundary (EP) 7THSUBSCI 001 UK 2018 Sell This Version
17 Fuglsang  album cover Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer - Fuglsang(LP, Ltd) Edition Longplay 17 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
17 rue Pville 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath)  album cover Kim Oki 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath)(LP, Album, Ltd, 180) Pleasantville Records 17 rue Pville South Korea 2016 Sell This Version
18 Brooklyn 3  album cover Donny McCaslin Brooklyn 3(LP, Ltd, Num, Gat) Edition Longplay 18 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
20SC0020 Barcelona  album cover Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona(CD, Album, RE, S/Edition) Mercury, Universal Music Group International 20SC0020 Italy 2020 Sell This Version
21C108 The Story Of Strength  album cover The Alarm The Story Of Strength(CD, Album) The Twenty First Century Recording Company 21C108 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
21c114 Sun Studio Sessions 2019  album cover The Alarm Sun Studio Sessions 2019(CD, Album, S/Edition) The Twenty First Century Recording Company 21c114 UK 2019 Sell This Version
024 Ei Ole Helppoo  album cover Gim Kordon Ei Ole Helppoo(CD, Album) Soliti 024 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
0006-2KHA Until Now...  album cover Joo Kraus Until Now...(2xCD, Comp) Künstlerhafen 0006-2KHA Germany 2016 Sell This Version
99CHANTS04LP No Eye Has An Equal  album cover Giulio Aldinucci No Eye Has An Equal(LP, Album, Ltd) 99CHANTS 99CHANTS04LP Germany 2019 Sell This Version
103 Interception  album cover Anthony Rother Interception(12", TP, W/Lbl) Psi49net 103 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
# 120 Converging Sins  album cover Ultha Converging Sins(2xLP, Album, Cle) Vendetta Records (3) # 120 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
147 Norsk Suite  album cover Rain (7) Norsk Suite(LP, Album, Num) Shadoks Music 147 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0196 Die Kinder Aus Der Krachmacherstraße  album cover Astrid Lindgren Performed By Various Astrid Lindgren Performed By Various - Die Kinder Aus Der Krachmacherstraße(CD, Album, RE) Oetinger Audio 0196 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
026-2KHA The Last White Christmas  album cover Juliano Rossi The Last White Christmas(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 026-2KHA Germany 2019 Sell This Version
03/14 Vinyl Classics Vol. 2  album cover Various Vinyl Classics Vol. 2(CD, Comp, Promo) Stereoplay 03/14 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
В 404 Жилец Вершин  album cover Хвост* И Аукцыон Хвост* И Аукцыон - Жилец Вершин(LP, Album, RM) Ulitka Records, Отделение ВЫХОД В 404 Russia 2015 Sell This Version
В 503 Live In Liverpool + John Peel Session  album cover Звуки Му Live In Liverpool + John Peel Session (Maxi, Album) В 503 Russia 2019 Sell This Version
В 518 Ч Сказки  album cover Ноль Сказки(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Отделение ВЫХОД В 518 Ч Russia 2019 Sell This Version
В 530 Оружие  album cover Калинов Мост Оружие(LP, Album, RE, RM) Отделение ВЫХОД В 530 Russia 2020 Sell This Version
1301-J1 Jerichow Grounded  album cover Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded(LP, S/Sided, EP, Etch, Ltd, Num, B-S) 1301 Media 1301-J1 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
1301-J1a Jerichow Grounded  album cover Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded(LP, S/Sided, EP, Etch, Ltd, Num, B-S) 1301 Media 1301-J1a Germany 2019 Sell This Version
3000GRAD SPECIAL CD001 Douglas Greed Angst(CD-ROM, Album) 3000° 3000GRAD SPECIAL CD001 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
5521-1 The Carnival Bizarre  album cover Cathedral The Carnival Bizarre(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Earache 5521-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5524-1 From Beyond  album cover Massacre From Beyond(LP, Album + 12", EP + Ltd, RE, 180) Earache 5524-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5526-1 Conquering The Throne  album cover Hate Eternal Conquering The Throne(LP, Album) Earache 5526-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5528-1 Supernatural Birth Machine  album cover Cathedral Supernatural Birth Machine(LP + LP, S/Sided + Album, RE) Earache 5528-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
5532-1 Forest Of Equilibrium  album cover Cathedral Forest Of Equilibrium (Album, EP) 5532-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
5534-1 Condemned  album cover Confessor Condemned(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Earache 5534-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
06025 SGL-CD I Will Follow You  album cover Schiller Mit Hen Ree Schiller Mit Hen Ree - I Will Follow You(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records 06025 SGL-CD Germany 2010 Sell This Version
9452 Waves - The Piano Collection  album cover Ludovico Einaudi - Jeroen van Veen (2) Ludovico Einaudi - Jeroen van Veen (2) - Waves - The Piano Collection(7xCD + Box) Brilliant Classics 9452 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
0013212KAI Quartetto N.7 · Quartetto N.8 · Sei Quartetti Brevi  album cover Salvatore Sciarrino - Quartetto Prometeo Salvatore Sciarrino - Quartetto Prometeo - Quartetto N.7 · Quartetto N.8 · Sei Quartetti Brevi(CD, Album) Kairos 0013212KAI Austria 2012 Sell This Version
0013242KAI Konzert Für Schlagzeug Und Orchester / Impulse Für Orchester  album cover 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 Sell This Version
0013312KAI Wüstenbuch • Ira-arca • Lied • Aer  album cover 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 Sell This Version
14480 Wo Soll Ich Suchen  album cover Dota* Wo Soll Ich Suchen(CD, Album) Kleingeldprinzessin Records 14480 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
15024 Pantomime of Wealth  album cover Latin Quarter Pantomime of Wealth(LP, Album, whi) Westpark Music 15024 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
15540 Punk 45 : Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns   album cover Various Punk 45 : Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns (5x7", RE + Box, Comp, Ltd) Soul Jazz Records 15540 UK, Europe & US 2018 Sell This Version
0017412BC Das Land Phantásien (Orchesterfantasie Nach "Die Unendliche Geschichte" Von Michael Ende)  album cover 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 Sell This Version
19334 Off Road  album cover Angelo Kelly Off Road(CD, Album, RE) Not On Label 19334 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
20181 Burn To Grow  album cover Josh Smith (5) Burn To Grow (Album) 20181 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
020948EIT Suite Musicale Per Il Film Napoli Che Canta (1926) Di Roberto Leone Roberti  album cover Giuni Russo Suite Musicale Per Il Film Napoli Che Canta (1926) Di Roberto Leone Roberti(CD, Album) Edel 020948EIT Europe 2004 Sell This Version
27394 The Digging Remedy  album cover Plaid The Digging Remedy(2xLP, Album) Warp Records 27394 UK 2016 Sell This Version
27626 The Day The Sun Went Out  album cover Boy Sets Fire.* The Day The Sun Went Out(LP, Album, RE, RM, Sil) End Hits Records 27626 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
28024 Ocean Machine (Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv)  album cover Devin Townsend Project Ocean Machine (Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv)(3xCD + DVD-V, NTSC + S/Edition, Dig) Inside Out Music, Inside Out Music 28024 USA, Canada & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
28360 Full Nelson  album cover Massive Wagons Full Nelson(LP, Album) Earache Records 28360 UK 2018 Sell This Version
29369 All For Metal  album cover Doro All For Metal(7", EP, Single, Ltd) Nuclear Blast 29369 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0033271BC Messe In H-moll BWV 232 (Ausschnitte)  album cover 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 Sell This Version
36941 Folksongs From A Non-Existing Land  album cover Roland V Campenhout* Folksongs From A Non-Existing Land(LP, Album) Meyer Records 36941 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
37181 Strange Place For Snow  album cover E.S.T. Strange Place For Snow(2xLP, 180) ACT (4) 37181 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
42-039S Uomo Donna  album cover Andrea Laszlo De Simone Uomo Donna (Album) 42-039S Italy 2017 Sell This Version
0044696ERE Heut' Ist Mein Tag  album cover Blümchen Heut' Ist Mein Tag(CD, Single, Car) Edel Records 0044696ERE Europe 1999 Sell This Version
45681-1 The Celts  album cover Enya The Celts(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records 45681-1 US 2017 Sell This Version
51266-1 I Still Do  album cover Eric Clapton I Still Do (Album) 51266-1 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
57150 Alone Together  album cover Lee Konitz & Brad Mehldau & Charlie Haden Lee Konitz & Brad Mehldau & Charlie Haden - Alone Together(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Blue Note 57150 US 2019 Sell This Version
57699 Elektrac  album cover Shobaleader One Elektrac(2xLP, Album) Warp Records 57699 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
58029-1 Genesis Exodus  album cover Main Concept Genesis Exodus (Album) 58029-1 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
58030-1 Reicher Mann  album cover Boshi San Reicher Mann(2xLP, Album) 58Beats 58030-1 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
58030-2 Reicher Mann  album cover Boshi San Reicher Mann(CD, Album) 58Beats 58030-2 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
62948 Memoirs Of A Madman  album cover Ozzy Osbourne Memoirs Of A Madman(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Num, Pic, RM, Gat) Epic, Legacy, Sony Music 62948 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
063 292-2 The Ragpicker's Dream  album cover Mark Knopfler The Ragpicker's Dream(CD, Album, RE) Mercury 063 292-2 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
066574-2 Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out Of Season(CD, Album) Go! Beat 066574-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
066665 Adya Classic 3  album cover Adya (2) Adya Classic 3(CD, Album) Mouse Music Company 066665 Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
081 522-4 I Fucking Love My Life  album cover Faber (11) I Fucking Love My Life(CD, Album) Universal 081 522-4 Switzerland 2019 Sell This Version
87324 The Imagination Of Thieves  album cover Latin Quarter The Imagination Of Thieves(CD, Album) Westpark Music, Westpark Music 87324 Germany & Switzerland 2016 Sell This Version
0 88279 2 Hänsel Und Gretel  album cover Humperdinck*, Lindner*, Hug*, Gramatzky*, Prey*, Moser*, Wallberg* Humperdinck*, Lindner*, Hug*, Gramatzky*, Prey*, Moser*, Wallberg* - Hänsel Und Gretel(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) EMI Classics 0 88279 2 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
89080 Christmas & Chill  album cover Ariana Grande Christmas & Chill(LP, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, RE, Gre) Republic Records, UMe, Universal Music Group 89080 UK, Europe & US 2019 Sell This Version
89644 Schallwelten - Ausgabe 2015/16  album cover Various Schallwelten - Ausgabe 2015/16(CD-ROM, Comp, Promo, mp3) Der Hörverlag 89644 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
94064 The Late String Quartets  album cover Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* - The Late String Quartets(3xCD, Comp) Brilliant Classics 94064 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
94155 Complete Piano Works  album cover Lyadov*, Marco Rapetti Lyadov*, Marco Rapetti - Complete Piano Works(5xCD, Album) Brilliant Classics 94155 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
94409 Libro Primo D'Intavolatura Di Lauto  album cover Kapsberger*, Yavor Genov Kapsberger*, Yavor Genov - Libro Primo D'Intavolatura Di Lauto(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 94409 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
94630 Beethoven: Complete Edition  album cover Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven: Complete Edition(86xCD, Comp, Box) Brilliant Classics 94630 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
94729 Complete Music For Cello Solo And Cello & Piano  album cover Britten*, Alexander Ivashkin, Andrew Zolinsky Britten*, Alexander Ivashkin, Andrew Zolinsky - Complete Music For Cello Solo And Cello & Piano(2xCD) Brilliant Classics 94729 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
95007 The Renaissance Keyboard  album cover Marco Antonio Cavazzoni, Andrea Antico, Fabio Antonio Falcone Marco Antonio Cavazzoni, Andrea Antico, Fabio Antonio Falcone - The Renaissance Keyboard(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 95007 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
95069 Piano Music: River Flows In You  album cover Jeroen van Veen (2) - Yiruma Jeroen van Veen (2) - Yiruma - Piano Music: River Flows In You(2xCD, Album) Brilliant Classics 95069 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
95367 Spleens Et Détresses Op.38 - Piano Quintet Op.42  album cover Vierne*, Mūza Rubackytė, Anaïk Morel, Terpsycordes Quartet* Vierne*, Mūza Rubackytė, Anaïk Morel, Terpsycordes Quartet* - Spleens Et Détresses Op.38 - Piano Quintet Op.42(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 95367 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
95508 Organ Music  album cover Correa De Arauxo*, Francesco Cera Correa De Arauxo*, Francesco Cera - Organ Music(2xCD) Brilliant Classics 95508 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
95543 Minimal Piano Collection Volume XXI-XXVIII  album cover 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 Sell This Version
95626 Complete Music For Piano And Violin   album cover Turina*, Macarena Martínez, Juan Escalera Turina*, Macarena Martínez, Juan Escalera - Complete Music For Piano And Violin (2xCD, Album) Brilliant Classics 95626 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
96822 Made In Basing Street  album cover Producers (3) Made In Basing Street(LP, Album) The Last Label (2) 96822 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
97430 Of Truth & Sacrifice  album cover Heaven Shall Burn Of Truth & Sacrifice (Album) 97430 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
99030E Guitar In Ernest  album cover Ernest Ranglin Guitar In Ernest(LP, Album, RE) Dub Store Records 99030E Japan Unknown Sell This Version
99384 Piano Music  album cover Erik Satie, Håkon Austbø Erik Satie, Håkon Austbø - Piano Music(2xCD, Album, RE) Brilliant Classics 99384 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version

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Dr.Graham

Dr.Graham

March 18, 2020
Most of their pressings/masters ive heard sounds horrible.. cant understand why so much labels pressed their records here.
DogsCollection

DogsCollection

January 22, 2020
The worst Optimal pressings in my collection usually equals to the best URP/Rainbo pressings in my experience. They have their occasional slip in quality control from time to time but most of the time their pressings are excellent.
patientot

patientot

September 28, 2019
Two things to be aware of with this plant:

1) The vinyl pressings range in quality from exemplary to awful. It's very much luck of the draw. Like the lower end U.S. plants, they still seem to have issues with getting records perfectly centered (watch for tonearm sway) and non-fill can be an issue. Pressing warps from sleeving the records before they are fully cooled also happen sometimes.

2) Their CD manufacturing processes are utter crap. If you buy a few discs from here you will encounter ones with loads of digital errors that refuse to produce a secure rip when using a program like EAC or dBpoweramp. Expect multiple tries or long ripping times with these programs. You can ignore the opinions of folks that use low-end non-secure ripping programs because they have no idea if their rips have errors or not.
mcalphax

mcalphax

September 5, 2019
I really don't know why everyone is complaining about issues here. Of all 30 of my records that were pressed here only one had a real pressing defect and another one had the labels mixed up. Other than that these guys pressed some of the best-sounding records in my collection, including the Beatles in Mono reissues, the Loveless remaster, Plastic Beach, the Kraftwerk remasters and more. These would never have sounded as good if they were pressed by the likes of GZ Media, URP or Rainbo.
bruno8586

bruno8586

April 15, 2019
The masters they seem to churn out sound fiarly good to my ears, unfortunately in the materials department their handling of the vinyl material itself they leave a lot to be desired with, it is unacceptable for first tier records to present printing defects, i can even understand/accept a relatively small amount of dust or debris that will not mean permanent damage to the tracks but other permanent defects that can be observed in these guys' pressings are not acceptable at all. Shame since at least one of the most recent pressings i own sounds really well mastered and i wanted to enjoy it a lot.
scullbox

scullbox

March 22, 2019
Terrible quality pressings, low quality assurance standards. I guess the only "Optimal" thing in their service is the price.
JATPL

JATPL

December 20, 2018
edited about 1 year 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

December 8, 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

October 18, 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

September 3, 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.