Making Vinyl Webinars

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Web Series: Episode Four –  Did anyone say Compact Disc? CD: Dead or Alive?!

November 9, 2021

Is now the time to reconsider CD? With extended lead times in vinyl manufacturing & material shortages, many artists are now reassessing the compact disc as a way to fill their need for physical media. Our next webinar will plunge into the benefits and new opportunities that are immediately available compared to vinyl.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sven Deutschmann, CEO, Sonopress GmbH
Connie Comeau, CFO, The ADS Group
Christoph Diekmann, Managing Director, Addvalue Consulting
Kenneth Winkler, Vinyl Postcards 
Bryan Ekus, President, Colonial Purchasing / Making Vinyl

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Web Series: Episode Three
The Resurgence of the Audio Cassette

September 1, 2021

Vinyl isn’t the only physical format that has made a comeback. This session will take a deep dive into cassette culture, sourcing, manufacturing, and why this format has a certain attraction that streaming hasn’t been able to duplicate.

Confirmed Speakers:

Alon Avnon – Chairman, Recording The Masters
Steve Stepp, President, National Audio Company
Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Author, Personal Stereo
Antonio Scotti, Vice President, Tapematic
Matthew Lyttle, Engineer, Golding Products

Moderated by: Bryan Ekus & Larry Jaffee, Making Vinyl

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Web Series: Episode Two
Vinyl: More Sustainable Than You Think

July 28, 2021

Yes, its primary consumption may be derived from fossil fuel, but today’s record is not like yesteryear’s from the perspective of raw materials including lead-free PVC and recycled paper. Hear from the environmental-minded record label, pressing plant, PVC supplier, a Vinyl Institute, and a professor who has proven that digital music leaves a bigger carbon footprint than physical media.

Viny Sustainability Update: Domenic DeCaria, The Vinyl Institute

Panel Session:
Sharon George, Keele University
Nike Koch, Sony Music
Matt Earley, Gotta Groove Records
Ugo Berardinelli, CAF Srl, Italy
Moderated by: Larry Jaffee, Co-Founder, Making Vinyl

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Web Series: Episode One
The State of Physical Media: Executive Update

June 29, 2021

We kicked off our monthly webinar series that focuses on all formats of physical media. This new series called “Physical Media World” will provide insights into the packaged media industry, as well as movers and shakers of the record manufacturing industry.

Market Presentation by: Alexandre Jornod, Lead Market Analyst – Music & Audio at Futuresource Consulting.

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Panel Session:
Karen Emanuel, CEO, Key Production (London) Ltd.
Sven Deutschmann, CEO, Sonopress GmbH
Justin Kristal, President, Copycats
Nike Koch, Director of Operations, Sony Music
Moderated by: Bryan Ekus, President Colonial Purchasing & Co-Founder of Making Vinyl


This 1-hour European edition is fast-paced and will help demystify the vinyl record cutting process. Get the customized answers to your specific situation to ensure high-quality pressings every time.

Moderated by: Scott Hull, Masterdisk
Panelist: Darcy Proper, Valhalla Studios; Rainer Maillard, Emil Berliner Studios; Rinus Hooning, Record Industry

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Interview with Legendary award-winning album/45 designers SPENCER DRATE with JUDITH SALAVETZ.

This show is part of The Making Vinyl interview series interviewing the major people in different vinyl areas.

The show title “DESIGNING FOR MUSIC” (1992) originated from their FIRST authored sold-out book profiling the best music packaging designers worldwide with their work and they both included.

‘Making Vinyl’ DJ with BreakBeat Lou, DJ Z-Trip, DJ Cut Chemist, DJ Shortkut & Stokyo

Moderated by: Chuck One, Stokyo
Panelist: BreakBeat Lou, DJ Z-Trip, DJ Cut Chemist, & DJ Shortkut

The DJ nightclub market saved the vinyl format during the wilderness years. Hear from some of the luminary spinners who know how to get people to move on a dance floor and a major turntable manufacturer catering to the professional DJ market.


A conversation around what to know and do to make sure things go as planned and what to if they seem to be headed in another direction.

This session will address how to plan, budget, and ultimately have your record land in the hands of consumers.

Moderation by: Chuck Gorman, Industry Consultant
Panelist: Melanie Pillette, Better Noise Music; Alex Cushing, Hand Drawn Records; Gene Zacharewicz, Music Industry Pro

Postponed – New Dates TBA.

A gripping true story that documents the amazing discovery of Africa’s last record factory. Locked away for twenty years, the fully functional machinery sat forgotten until Gordon Wallis stumbles across it in a desolate industrial site.

Listen to those that lived the wild elephant encounters, robberies, near-death experiences, and chaos that ensued as the giant machines are ripped from their dusty grave in a desperate attempt to give them a new life in Europe.

How to Produce Your Vinyl Records Without Any Money

You’re an artist or a label? Learn how to produce your records without spending any money. You’re a vinyl factory? Learn how to improve your conversion rate to have more quotes signed. You’re interested in stopping waste, stock, and overproduction in the vinyl industry? We have a solution for you.

Presented by: Alexis Castiel, CEO & Co-founder, Diggers Factory


This 1-hour session is fast-paced and will help demystify the vinyl record cutting process. Get the customized answers to your specific situation to ensure high-quality pressings every time.

Moderated by: Scott Hull, Masterdisk
Panelist: Margaret Luthar, Welcome to 1979; Clint Holley, Well Made Music; Greg Reierson, Rare Form Mastering; Noah Mintz, Lacquer Channel Mastering

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How Delays Between Vinyl Mastering & Electroplating Can Result in A Rejected Test Pressing

The single biggest factor that affects the quality of a pressing is the time between when a lacquer is cut and when it is processed in electroplating. Lacquer age affects, called Springback, was common knowledge in the 1960s and 70s. During this time the industry was aware of this phenomenon and safeguards were built into the process to avoid the drastic quality degradation when it occurs. Welcome To 1979 took a scientific approach to Springback and can showcase how drastic it can be in an attempt to bring this knowledge back into the mainstream. Lacquer Age will be explained, our experiment detailed, and sound clips played.

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Discovering California Soul

For over 14 years Cliff Beach has been releasing some of the best up-and-coming artists from Los Angeles, including Brian Sturges (Wall Of Flesh Soundtrack), Alex Nester of (Urban Renewal Project), Honey LaRochelle (The Brand New Heavies), Mestizo Beat, and his own projects The Moon Crickets and Cliff Beach. He will share his learning experiences in great making CDs and vinyl from start to finish, how to use streaming services like Spotify to promote your music in the digital age and why he feels vinyl has a resurgence and has a bright future ahead.

Making Vinyl Berlin

May 2-3, 2019
Meistersaal / Hansa Studios

Making Vinyl Berlin is the premiere B2B vinyl conference featuring top executives from the world’s leading pressing plants, as well as agile newcomers in the market, and other professionals throughout the vinyl value chain. Talks include experts on mastering, plating, packaging, raw materials suppliers, machinery vendors, and more.

Keynote speakers: Bob Mold, Rene Renefeld, Eduard Meyer & Gerhard Blum.

More Sessions to be announced soon!