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: BJ78101-01 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).
? 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 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)
J?rg Peters (JP)
KL (5)
KR (3)
MK (11)
SJ (13)
ST (15)
VI (12)
Sublabels
Parent Label:
Contact Info:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 R?bel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

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

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
001 Transmissions  album cover Soundwalk Collective Transmissions(4xLP, Album + Box, Album) 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
3RANGE-52LP Doppelg?nger  album cover Curve Doppelg?nger(LP, Album, RE) 3 Loop Music 3RANGE-52LP UK 2017 Sell This Version
7BR0001-17 Fantasma Goria  album cover Fantasma Goria Fantasma Goria(CD, Album) Hindi Malalanta Music 7BR0001-17 Germany 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 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
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
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 Kim Oki ??? ?? (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
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 Krachmacherstra?e  album cover Astrid Lindgren Performed By Various Astrid Lindgren Performed By Various - Die Kinder Aus Der Krachmacherstra?e(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
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
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
8860 Irgendwas Bestimmtes  album cover Bummelkasten Irgendwas Bestimmtes(LP) Oetinger Audio 8860 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
9418 Hotel Terminus  album cover Erik Bosgraaf & Yuri Honing Erik Bosgraaf & Yuri Honing - Hotel Terminus(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 9418 Netherlands 2013 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 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
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, Gol) 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 Europe 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
36881 The Metal Mass (Live)  album cover Powerwolf The Metal Mass (Live)(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Napalm Records, Napalm Records 36881 USA & Europe 2016 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
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
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
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
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 H?nsel Und Gretel  album cover Humperdinck*, Lindner*, Hug*, Gramatzky*, Prey*, Moser*, Wallberg* Humperdinck*, Lindner*, Hug*, Gramatzky*, Prey*, Moser*, Wallberg* - H?nsel 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 H?rverlag 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, 5 C) 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 Rubackyt?, Ana?k Morel, Terpsycordes Quartet* Vierne*, Mūza Rubackyt?, Ana?k 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
99384 Piano Music  album cover Erik Satie, H?kon Austb? Erik Satie, H?kon Austb? - Piano Music(2xCD, Album, RE) Brilliant Classics 99384 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
101712 Liederhalle Stuttgart March 20, 1969  album cover Cannonball Adderley Quintet* Liederhalle Stuttgart March 20, 1969(LP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101712 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
101 733 St?dtische Festhalle Pirmasens November 13, 1959 - Liederhalle Stuttgart September 20, 1960  album cover Hans Koller & Friends St?dtische Festhalle Pirmasens November 13, 1959 - Liederhalle Stuttgart September 20, 1960(CD, Album, RM) Jazzhaus, SWR Music, Arthaus Musik 101 733 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
101 741 S?ngerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978  album cover Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* S?ngerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978(2xLP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101 741 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0103290BTN Wenn Der Beat Flippt  album cover DJ Thomilla* Wenn Der Beat Flippt(12") Benztown Records 0103290BTN Germany 1999 Sell This Version
109136 Slingshot  album cover The Senior Service Slingshot(7", Single, Ltd) Damaged Goods 109136 UK 2018 Sell This Version
120-456B2DS Da Original Troopa EP / Lost In Queens EP  album cover 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 Sell This Version
122-000B2DS-LP Liberal Art - 90′s Unreleased  album cover Laster Liberal Art - 90′s Unreleased(LP, Album, Ltd) Back 2 Da Source Records 122-000B2DS-LP Belgium 2017 Sell This Version
124-000B2DS Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood  album cover Pudgee* Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood(7", Ltd, Pic) Back 2 Da Source Records 124-000B2DS Belgium 2017 Sell This Version

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adammel

adammel

August 18, 2020
No superior German engineering here. (Sub) Optimal did a cheap and nasty 2012 pressing of Madonna's classic Like A Prayer. Filthy, warped, scratched, and artwork that looks like it was done on a home printer. Why do they release this garbage and think people won't care?
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
edited 3 months ago
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, some of the "Abbey Road 1/2 Speed Master" pressings (most of the Brian Eno reissues), the Siouxsie reissues, and, infuriatingly, every record but one out of two Smiths 5xLP "Queen Is Dead" boxes).
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.