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 five-digit numeral code, followed by an appended two-digit disc numbering – without spaces).

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, which since 2010 is a single letter (A to Z):

A = 2010 – see 'Notes on CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays' below
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
I = 2018
J = 2019
K = 2020
L = 2021
M = 2022

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
Blu-ray: EL60280-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Vinyl: BJ78101-01 A1

Notes on CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays:
? CD, DVD and Blu-ray 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, L579, L622, LZ08, LZ09.
? In 2010 the company was still called Optimal Media Production. A release with the year code A and "manufactured by optimal media GmbH" in the matrix is a repress from October 2011 or later.

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. Also, G as the second letter, year identifier, can often be confused with the number 9. The numeral 1 can be mistaken for a 7 and the 5 can be mistaken for a √.
? The etched matrix may appear to have spaces but is in fact always without spaces (= BG12345)
? 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 their form in the Release Notes (e.g., "1 I mirrored in runouts").
? In 2020, matrix numeration reached number BK99999, then started with BK00000 (not with BK100000).

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 December and released in January).
? 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 two or more of these numbers (e.g., multi-format releases), please enter each matrix number in a separate field.

Additional notes:
? Even records that come without the characteristic Optimal code can indeed be pressed there. Orders going through certain brokers and/or manufacturers won't get assigned a code for the plating process. With Optimal being one of the biggest pressing plants in Europe, there may be many records that were unknowingly pressed there.

Vinyl mastering engineers employed at Optimal Media GmbH:
AM (23)
BK (14)
BW (5)
Heino Leja (HL)
J?rg Peters (JP)
JW (19)
KL (5)
KR (3)
MK (11)
SJ (13)
ST (15)
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Contact Info:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 R?bel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

[email protected]
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
001 Transmissions  album cover Soundwalk Collective Transmissions(4xLP, Comp + Box, Comp) Dischi Fantom 001 Italy 2017 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
7TH 12011 7 Track EP  album cover The Matchstick Man & Fozbee & Cooz The Matchstick Man & Fozbee & Cooz - 7 Track EP (EP) 7TH 12011 UK 2016 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 FFF & Coco Bryce FFF & Coco Bryce - Double Dragon EP(12", EP, TP) 7th Storey Projects 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 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
7TH 12023 Tim Reaper Monarchy(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12023 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
12MTHSCD003 Greatest Shits  album cover Liquid Sisters Greatest Shits(CD, Album) 12 Months (2) 12MTHSCD003 Finland 2014 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 ??? ?? (Cherubim’s Wrath)  album cover ???* ??? ?? (Cherubim’s Wrath)(LP, Album, Ltd, Gat) 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
024 Ei Ole Helppoo  album cover Gim Kordon Ei Ole Helppoo(CD, Album) Soliti 024 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
0004-2KHA I'm Yours  album cover Thet à Thet* I'm Yours(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 0004-2KHA Germany 2016 Sell This Version
#46 anorak. Enthusiasts And Collectors(LP, Ltd, Num) Uncle M #46 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0006-2KHA Until Now...  album cover Joo Kraus Until Now...(2xCD, Comp) Künstlerhafen 0006-2KHA Germany 2016 Sell This Version
100CDX30 An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London  album cover Skunk Anansie An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London(CD, Album + DVD) Carosellrecords 100CDX30 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
103 Interception  album cover Anthony Rother Interception(12", TP, W/Lbl) Psi49net 103 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
111A01 Jay  album cover 周杰倫* Jay(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, DMM) JVR Music 111A01 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A02 范特西  album cover 周杰倫 Jay* 范特西(2x12", Album, Ltd, DMM) JVR Music, Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd. 111A02 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A03 八度空間  album cover 周杰倫* 八度空間(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, DMM) JVR Music 111A03 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A09 11月的蕭邦 (November's Chopin)  album cover 周杰倫* 11月的蕭邦 (November's Chopin)(LP, Album, Ltd, DMM) JVR Music, Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd. 111A09 Taiwan 2020 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
#154 Infernal Decadence  album cover Spectral Wound Infernal Decadence(LP, Album) Vendetta Records (3) #154 Germany 2018 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
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 548 ДК МЭЛЗ 8 Апреля 1988. Премьера Фильма ?Асса?  album cover Зоопарк ДК МЭЛЗ 8 Апреля 1988. Премьера Фильма ?Асса? В 548 Russia 2021 Sell This Version
В 572 Даурия  album cover Калинов Мост Даурия(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol) Отделение ВЫХОД В 572 Russia 2022 Sell This Version
00722 Engel über Dem Revier  album cover Gundermann & Seilschaft Engel über Dem Revier(CD, Album) BuschFunk, Buschfunk 00722 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0919 Proxy: An A.n.i.m.o. Story  album cover Being As An Ocean Proxy: An A.n.i.m.o. Story(CD, Album) Being As An Ocean, Believe 0919 US 2019 Sell This Version
962.A023.010 No Deal  album cover Melanie De Biasio No Deal(LP, Album + CD, Album) [PIAS] Le Label, Play It Again Sam 962.A023.010 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
1117 Alea Aquarius - Weihnachten Mit Der Alpha Cru  album cover Simone Hennig & Tanya Stewner Simone Hennig & Tanya Stewner - Alea Aquarius - Weihnachten Mit Der Alpha Cru(CD) Oetinger Audio 1117 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
01142 Sag Mir, Wo Du Stehst - Alte & Neue Songs  album cover Hartmut K?nig Sag Mir, Wo Du Stehst - Alte & Neue Songs(CD, Album) Eulenspiegel Verlag 01142 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
1301-J1 Jerichow Grounded  album cover Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded (EP) 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
05053 Blue Note Trip - Late Nights / Early Mornings  album cover Maestro* Blue Note Trip - Late Nights / Early Mornings(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Blue Note, EMI 05053 Netherlands 2012 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 Unknown Sell This Version
6028 Deceiver  album cover Khemmis Deceiver(LP, Album, Ltd, Sea) Nuclear Blast 6028 USA, Canada & Europe 2021 Sell This Version
08686 Versions Of The Truth  album cover The Pineapple Thief Versions Of The Truth(LP, Album) Kscope 08686 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
9880-2 Travesuras  album cover Daniel García Trio Travesuras(CD, Album) ACT (4) 9880-2 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
9925-2 Funk Is My Religion  album cover Nils Landgren Funk Unit Funk Is My Religion(CD, Album) ACT (4) 9925-2 Germany 2021 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 E?tv?s, Pierre Boulez Friedrich Cerha - Martin Grubinger, Wiener Philharmoniker, Peter E?tv?s, 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 Furrer ? Klangforum Wien ? Trio Catch ? Tora Augestad ? Sébastien Brohier ? Mikhail Dubov* ? Hélène Fauchère ? Eva Furrer ? Uli Fussenegger ? Vladislav Pesin* Beat Furrer ? Klangforum Wien ? Trio Catch ? Tora Augestad ? Sébastien Brohier ? Mikhail Dubov* ? Hélène Fauchère ? Eva Furrer ? Uli Fussenegger ? Vladislav Pesin* - Wüstenbuch ? Ira-arca ? Lied ? Aer(2xCD, Album) Kairos 0013312KAI Austria 2014 Sell This Version
15342 #1 Record  album cover Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pur) Ardent Records (2) 15342 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
19334 Off Road  album cover Angelo Kelly Off Road(CD, Album, RE) Not On Label 19334 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
24313 Wowee Zowee  album cover Pavement Wowee Zowee(CD, Album) Matador Records Ltd. 24313 UK & Europe 2020 Sell This Version
27394 The Digging Remedy  album cover Plaid The Digging Remedy (Album) 27394 UK 2016 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
38556 American IV: The Man Comes Around  album cover Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around(CD, Album, RE) American Recordings 38556 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
38582 Triologie - The Best Of  album cover Trio Triologie - The Best Of(CD, Comp, RE) Mercury, Universal 38582 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
38583 Greatest Hits  album cover The Police Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, RE) A&M Records 38583 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
ΑΒ39118 Ηλιοθεραπε?α  album cover The Boy (6) Ηλιοθεραπε?α (Album) ΑΒ39118 Greece 2011 Sell This Version
42-039S Uomo Donna  album cover Andrea Laszlo De Simone Uomo Donna (Album) 42-039S Italy 2017 Sell This Version
44549 Band On The Radio  album cover The Grenadines (2) Band On The Radio(LP, Album) Target (15) 44549 Denmark 2018 Sell This Version
45511 Worship  album cover Hypocrisy Worship (Album) 45511 Germany 2021 Sell This Version
45512 Worship  album cover Hypocrisy Worship(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Nuclear Blast 45512 Germany 2021 Sell This Version
45515 Worship  album cover Hypocrisy Worship(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cry) Nuclear Blast 45515 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
47436 Das Schloss  album cover Keimzeit.* Das Schloss(CD, Album) Comic Helden 47436 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
50479 Turning To Crime  album cover Deep Purple Turning To Crime(2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180) Ear Music 50479 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
51551 Stiff Singles 1976-1977  album cover The Damned Stiff Singles 1976-1977(Box, Comp, Ltd + 5x7", Single, RE) BMG, Union Square Music, Stiff Records 51551 UK 2018 Sell This Version
52943 Meteora  album cover Linkin Park Meteora(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Warner Records, Machine Shop Recordings 52943 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
54161 Existence Is Futile  album cover Cradle Of Filth Existence Is Futile(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Nuclear Blast 54161 UK 2021 Sell This Version
55056 Steppin' Out  album cover The 13th Floor Steppin' Out(LP, Album, RE, RM) Blue Candle 55056 2017 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
61391 Deceiver  album cover Khemmis Deceiver (Album) 61391 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
61421 Live In North America  album cover Suffocation Live In North America(2x12", Album, Ltd, Gol) Nuclear Blast 61421 Europe 2022 Sell This Version
06/2015 Perfektes Timing Vol. 1  album cover Various Perfektes Timing Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Stereoplay 06/2015 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
62948 Memoirs Of A Madman  album cover Ozzy Osbourne Memoirs Of A Madman (Comp) 62948 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
64087 The Other Side Of Make-Believe  album cover Interpol The Other Side Of Make-Believe(LP, Album) Matador 64087 USA & Europe 2022 Sell This Version
064 998-1 By The Grace Of God  album cover The Hellacopters By The Grace Of God(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) Polar, Universal (3), Led Recordings, Psychout Records (2) 064 998-1 Europe 2017 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
77133 Golden Striker (Live At Theaterstübchen, Kassel)  album cover Ron Carter Golden Striker (Live At Theaterstübchen, Kassel) (Album) 77133 Germany 2021 Sell This Version
77139 Foursight - Stockholm  album cover Ron Carter With Renee Rosnes / Jimmy Greene / Payton Crossley Ron Carter With Renee Rosnes / Jimmy Greene / Payton Crossley - Foursight - Stockholm(2xLP, Ltd, Num, Sig) In+Out Records 77139 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
080 461-3 Zenyattà Mondatta  album cover The Police Zenyattà Mondatta(LP, Album, RE, 180) A&M Records 080 461-3 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
80759 Heavy Rain  album cover £ee $cratch Perry* Heavy Rain(LP, Album) On-U Sound 80759 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
080 913-3 Tussen De Regels  album cover Henny Vrienten Tussen De Regels(LP, Album) TopNotch, Universal Music 080 913-3 Netherlands 2019 Sell This Version
81870 Idol Eyes  album cover Common Saints (2) Idol Eyes(12", EP, Ltd, Bla) Starsonics 81870 UK 2020 Sell This Version
87242 Verwirrte Hirten  album cover Talking Horns, St.Ankowski* Talking Horns, St.Ankowski* - Verwirrte Hirten(CD, Album) Westpark Music 87242 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
87992 A Trick Of The Tail  album cover Genesis A Trick Of The Tail(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Yel) Charisma, Rhino Records (2), Atlantic 87992 USA & Canada 2021 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
89786 Lügenm?dchen  album cover Luana Lewis Gelesen Von Nicole Engeln Luana Lewis Gelesen Von Nicole Engeln - Lügenm?dchen(5xCD) Audio Media (2) 89786 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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Grantchesterestates

Grantchesterestates

July 18, 2022
3 copies of the Blue Note Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue reissue before I got one that was not plagued by non fill and tons of surface noise. Also I had been disappointed by my 2015 pressing of Queen’s A night at the Opera and A Day At The Races because of the amount of surface noise. Low and behold they were pressed by sub Optimal.
woenowdobby

woenowdobby

July 9, 2022
Optimal are pretty sh*t nowadays. The only optimal pressings I have which are decent are ones not pressed in the last few years.
Expect noisy vinyl, severe dish warps, non-fill, off centre vinyl with pressings that come from this plant. If you get a good record with no problems then consider yourself lucky.
sberrodin

sberrodin

June 4, 2022
Have to say I've had nothing but great experiences with optimal as a pressing plant. I mean it's a giant factory so things aren't perfect all the time, but I'd sure as hell rather see pressed at optimal than pressed at GZ. Optimal has even been more consistent for me compared to RTI. And I have a number of their releases, I have 5 or so Classic Series, the whole Beatles discography, and countless other pressings. Just felt I needed to say something because the reviews I'm seeing are overwhelmingly negative.
Jonah7Discogs

Jonah7Discogs

May 24, 2022
I actually don't like this pressing plant, they have loads of non-fill.
Jonah7Discogs

Jonah7Discogs

April 14, 2022
do one of your records pressed by this company have this sound?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c7XgUBZ0Q8w6lFdfYBPYeEHhNZ4a6tFV/view
noise starts at 0:06
m.wilding

m.wilding

March 19, 2022
edited 5 months ago
Do Optimal give a damn about pressing records at all? They are ruining the vinyl experience for many. I just received a shipment from Blue Note that included 6 classic series records ( A shipment that cost me about $80 to ship to the other side of the world) . 2 of the 5 records I have listened to so far have severe non-fill. I am almost afraid to open the 6th. With the cost of shipping it is not practical to return them and I do not have money to roll the dice and re-order replacements, so that willl be my last blue note classic order.
Alasdair504

Alasdair504

March 12, 2022
YOUR RECORDS SUCK. They skip throughout & sound terrible. Very unprofessional. Namely, Siouxsie's Once Upon A Time the Singles, but because of that, I've looked up others that have similar issues & they all brought me to you. YOUR RECORDS SUCK.
patientot

patientot

February 28, 2022
edited about 1 month ago
Luck of the draw with anything out of Optimal these days. Dishwarping straight from the factory seems to be the most common problem I've encountered, along with off-center pressings. Ultra-tight shrinkwrap doesn't help with warping. Off-center is due to improper alignment of stampers on the press.

Watch out for non-fill too.

Overall this pressing plant seems to do better with smaller runs from indie labels IME. Anything involving larger runs like the BNC stuff is just very iffy.

UPDATE: ALL BETS ARE OFF with this plant now. The indie releases they used to do a decent job on are now like flipping a coin. Around HALF of the stuff out of this plant I end up with gets returned due to defects. This plant needs to tune things up ASAP.
Martin_M

Martin_M

February 12, 2022
18 Blue Note Classic Records: 17 dish warped, 10 with high grade non fill issues. When does that stop? Shame about the music.
tangerinegripz

tangerinegripz

January 25, 2022
edited 7 months ago
These dudes need to sort their s**t out, they have almost entirely ruined the Blue Note Classic series by putting out faulty after faulty pressings. Haven't seen such lack of quality control since United. These last couple of years anything pressed at Optimal leaves room for doubt, even GZ Media got the upper hand now and is doing a better job as of late.