Pressing Plants
Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Don Mills
Lacquer Cutting
2HZ, 5HZK, etc: Lacquer Cut At (if no other indicators are present)

Electroplating
DM- or DM: Mastered At (in lieu of Plated At)
o or º or °: Mastered At Customatrix (in lieu of Plated At)

Pressing
DM followed by stamped number: Pressed At
2.7" pressing ring indicated a Don Mills pressing when manufactured by CBS/Columbia Canada
Ensure there are no identifiers for other pressing plants

Cinram
Records pressed here can be identified by an encircled "CR" in the run-outs (usually stamped). Some WEA Music of Canada, Ltd. vinyl and cassette releases also have "CR", usually below the catalogue number.

MCA Records (Canada)
These pressings can be identified by the following symbol in the runouts: ◎—∈—◎

Quality Records
Records pressed here can often be identified by an uppercase "Q" or "Qu" in the run-outs and/or printed on the labels. The "Q" is often quite small, upside-down compared to the rest of the run-out etchings, and tucked in just where the run-out hits the locked groove.

GZ Media
E = stereo, 12", 33⅓ RPM
LCCN: 130500E

Precision Record Pressing
Cutting and plating is done at GZ Media. Black vinyl is generally pressed at Precision, while coloured vinyl is generally pressed at GZ. There can be exceptions in both cases.
LCCN:
Mastered At = GZ Media 157850E
Pressed By = Precision Record Pressing 10-83451
or
Pressed By = GZ Media 157850E
Manufactured By = Precision Record Pressing 10-83451

Microforum Services Group
Vinyl releases can be identified by a matrix number of "V#######" in the deadwax.

MPO
Records pressed here can be identified by the "MPO" etching in the run-outs.

Optimal Media GmbH
B = vinyl records
A = 2010, B = 2011, C = 2012, etc
LCCN: BC12345

Rainbo Records
S = LP, 12", and 10" (note: the "S" can be confused with a "5")
LCCN: S-12345

Record Industry
Matrix scheme as of 2004: 12345 XY Z (usually stamped)
12345 is the sequential RI matrix number, X is the cut number, Y is the side identifier and Z is the catalogue number assigned by the label.
Examples: 94465 1A SDRVNYL 001 / 94465 1B SDRVNYL 001
LCCN: 94465
Record Industry is mastering and pressing all Music On Vinyl records.

United Record Pressing
Records pressed here often contain an etched ⓤ or Ⓤ in the run-outs.

Mastering Studios/Lacquer Cutting
Disques SNB Ltée.
1973-2006
LCCN: Lacquer Cut At

The Lacquer Channel Limited
1975-1987
LCCN: Lacquer Cut At

The Lacquer Channel
From late 1987 - 2009
LCCN: Lacquer Cut At

Lacquer Channel Mastering
2013 - present

McClear Place
1979-1990
LCCN: Mastered At

Customatrix
Small stamped zero "0" in the deadwax. Will often be so faint that it looks more like a "C" or a "G" or a "J" or a "D".
LCCN: use "Mastered At" until additional drop downs are created (e.g. metalwork).
o º °

RTI
Matrix number scheme used for the processing:
Side A: xxxxx.1 (2) or (3)
Side B: xxxxx.2 (2) or (3)
Other stamper identifiers are 1 or 2 dotted crosses ( ꔰ [unicode symbol], + or ++), indicating a pressing by RTI.
A record processed by RTI doesn't necessarily mean the company also pressed it. Please only use the Mastered At role in LCCN field when the scheme appears.

Symbols, Letters & Numbers
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à á â ã ä å æ ç è é ê ë ì í î ï ð ñ ò ó ô õ ö ù ú û ü ý þ ÿ ¿ ¡

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⓪ ① ② ③ ④ ⑤ ⑥ ⑦ ⑧ ⑨ ⑩ ⑪ ⑫ ⑬ ⑭ ⑮ ⑯ ⑰ ⑱ ⑲ ⑳
➀ ➁ ➂ ➃ ➄ ➅ ➆ ➇ ➈ ➉

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Links
Common runout groove etchings

Create a master release for Various Artists

Goldmine Standard

How To Format Text

Not On Label

The Capitol 6000 Website

Canada Post - find a rate

Miscellaneous Info
The four-point MAPL icon (Music, Artist, Lyrics, Performance) indicates Canadian content (CanCon)

SID codes (Source Identification Codes) were introduced in 1994 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

iTunes Plus format (AAC, 256 kbps) was not offered prior to May 30, 2007

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