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
L = 2021

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 LZ09.

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 √.
• 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 Release Notes (e.g. "1 I mirrored in runouts" - 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.

Additional notes:
• Even records that come without the characteristic Optimal code can indeed be pressed there. Orders going through certain broker 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 might be tons of records that were unknowingly pressed there.

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)
BK (14)
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Contact Info:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 Röbel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

[email protected]
Sites:
[l313190]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
001 Soundwalk Collective Transmissions(4xLP, Album + Box, Album) Dischi Fantom 001 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
003LP Misses Next Match Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben(LP, Album, RP) Broken Silence Records 003LP Germany 2016 Sell This Version
4AD0314T The National Cherry Tree(12", EP, RE, RM) 4AD 4AD0314T Europe 2021 Sell This Version
7TH 12011 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 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 Jules Elipse Dogheart EP (EP) 7TH 12017 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12018 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 Fushara Remnant / Logical 7TH 12021 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12022 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 Various Elysian Boundary (EP) 7THSUBSCI 001 UK 2018 Sell This Version
12MTHSCD003 Liquid Sisters Greatest Shits(CD, Album) 12 Months (2) 12MTHSCD003 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
17 Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer - Fuglsang(LP, Ltd) Edition Longplay 17 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
17 rue Pville 김오키* 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath)(LP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Pleasantville Records 17 rue Pville South Korea 2016 Sell This Version
18 Donny McCaslin Brooklyn 3(LP, Ltd, Num, Gat) Edition Longplay 18 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
20SC0020 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 Gim Kordon Ei Ole Helppoo(CD, Album) Soliti 024 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
0004-2KHA 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 Joo Kraus Until Now...(2xCD, Comp) Künstlerhafen 0006-2KHA Germany 2016 Sell This Version
99CHANTS04LP Giulio Aldinucci No Eye Has An Equal(LP, Album, Ltd) 99CHANTS 99CHANTS04LP Germany 2019 Sell This Version
100CDX30 Skunk Anansie An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London(CD, Album + DVD) Carosellrecords 100CDX30 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
103 Anthony Rother Interception(12", TP, W/Lbl) Psi49net 103 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
111A01 周杰倫* Jay(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, DMM) JVR Music 111A01 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A02 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 周杰倫* 八度空間(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, DMM) JVR Music 111A03 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A09 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 Ultha Converging Sins(2xLP, Album, Cle) Vendetta Records (3) # 120 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
147 Rain (7) Norsk Suite(LP, Album, Num) Shadoks Music 147 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0019-2KHA Manfred Krug & Günther Fischer-Quintett Manfred Krug & Günther Fischer-Quintett - Noch Nicht Ganz Weg (Das Letzte DDR-Konzert)(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 0019-2KHA Germany 2018 Sell This Version
026-2KHA Juliano Rossi The Last White Christmas(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 026-2KHA Germany 2019 Sell This Version
В 503 Звуки Му Live In Liverpool + John Peel Session (Maxi, Album) В 503 Russia 2019 Sell This Version
В 518 Ч Ноль Сказки(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Отделение ВЫХОД В 518 Ч Russia 2019 Sell This Version
В 548 Зоопарк ДК МЭЛЗ 8 Апреля 1988. Премьера Фильма «Асса» В 548 Russia 2021 Sell This Version
00722 Gundermann & Seilschaft Engel Über Dem Revier(CD, Album) BuschFunk, Buschfunk 00722 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0919 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 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 Simone Hennig & Tanya Stewner Simone Hennig & Tanya Stewner - Alea Aquarius - Weihnachten Mit Der Alpha Cru(CD) Oetinger Audio 1117 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
1301-J1 Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded (EP) 1301-J1 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
1301-J1a Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded(LP, S/Sided, EP, Etch, Ltd, Num, B-S) 1301 Media 1301-J1a Germany 2019 Sell This Version
05053 Maestro* Blue Note Trip - Late Nights / Early Mornings(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Blue Note, EMI 05053 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
5108 John Katzenbach Gelesen Von Simon Jäger John Katzenbach Gelesen Von Simon Jäger - Der Täter(CD-ROM, RE, MP3) Ullmann Medien 5108 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
5521-1 Cathedral The Carnival Bizarre(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Earache 5521-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5524-1 Massacre From Beyond(LP, Album + 12", EP + Ltd, RE, 180) Earache 5524-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5526-1 Hate Eternal Conquering The Throne(LP, Album) Earache 5526-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5528-1 Cathedral Supernatural Birth Machine(LP + LP, S/Sided + Album, RE) Earache 5528-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
5532-1 Cathedral Forest Of Equilibrium (Album, EP) 5532-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
5534-1 Confessor Condemned(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Earache 5534-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
06025 SGL-CD 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
9423 Nikolai Karetnikov* / Soviet Cinema Orchestra* cond. by Emin Khachaturian* & Valery Polyansky Nikolai Karetnikov* / Soviet Cinema Orchestra* cond. by Emin Khachaturian* & Valery Polyansky - Till Eulenspiegel (Opera In Two Acts)(2xCD, Album, RE) Brilliant Classics 9423 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
0013212KAI 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 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 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
15342 Big Star #1 Record(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Pur) Ardent Records (2) 15342 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
19334 Angelo Kelly Off Road(CD, Album, RE) Not On Label 19334 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
24313 Pavement Wowee Zowee(CD, Album) Matador Records Ltd. 24313 UK & Europe 2020 Sell This Version
27394 Plaid The Digging Remedy (Album) 27394 UK 2016 Sell This Version
27626 Boy Sets Fire.* The Day The Sun Went Out(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gol) End Hits Records 27626 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
28024 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 Massive Wagons Full Nelson(LP, Album) Earache Records 28360 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
29369 Doro All For Metal(7", EP, Single, Ltd) Nuclear Blast 29369 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
38556 Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around(CD, Album, RE) American Recordings 38556 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
38582 Trio Triologie - The Best Of(CD, Comp, RE) Mercury, Universal 38582 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
38583 The Police Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, RE) A&M Records 38583 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
ΑΒ39118 The Boy (6) Ηλιοθεραπεία (Album) ΑΒ39118 Greece 2011 Sell This Version
42-039S Andrea Laszlo De Simone Uomo Donna (Album) 42-039S Italy 2017 Sell This Version
44549 The Grenadines (2) Band On The Radio(LP, Album) Target (15) 44549 Denmark 2018 Sell This Version
55056 The 13th Floor Steppin' Out(LP, Album, RE, RM) Blue Candle 55056 2017 Sell This Version
57699 Shobaleader One Elektrac(2xLP, Album) Warp Records 57699 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
58029-1 Main Concept Genesis Exodus (Album) 58029-1 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
58030-1 Boshi San Reicher Mann(2xLP, Album) 58Beats 58030-1 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
58030-2 Boshi San Reicher Mann(CD, Album) 58Beats 58030-2 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
62948 Ozzy Osbourne Memoirs Of A Madman (Comp) 62948 Europe 2014 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
0068.121 Joe Pass Intercontinental(CD, Album) MPS Records, MPS KulturSPIEGEL Edition, Edel 0068.121 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
75203 John Coltrane Giant Steps(LP, RE, 180) Atlantic, Atlantic 75203 US 2020 Sell This Version
80759 Lee Scratch Perry* Heavy Rain(LP, Album) On-U Sound 80759 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
81870 Common Saints (2) Idol Eyes(12", EP, Ltd, Bla) Starsonics 81870 UK 2020 Sell This Version
87242 Talking Horns, St.Ankowski* Talking Horns, St.Ankowski* - Verwirrte Hirten(CD, Album) Westpark Music 87242 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
89080 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
90199 Björk Homogenic(LP, Album, RE, 180) One Little Indian 90199 UK 2015 Sell This Version
0092322BC Hanns Eisler Chorlieder - Kinderlieder - Volkslieder(CD, Comp, RE, RM, RP) Berlin Classics 0092322BC Germany Unknown Sell This Version
94064 Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* - The Late String Quartets(3xCD, Comp) Brilliant Classics 94064 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
94155 Lyadov*, Marco Rapetti Lyadov*, Marco Rapetti - Complete Piano Works(5xCD, Album, 5 C) Brilliant Classics 94155 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
94485 Pentagram Curious Volume(LP, Album) Peaceville 94485 UK 2015 Sell This Version
94630 Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven: Complete Edition(86xCD, Comp + Box) Brilliant Classics 94630 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
95007 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
95508 Correa De Arauxo*, Francesco Cera Correa De Arauxo*, Francesco Cera - Organ Music(2xCD) Brilliant Classics 95508 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
96148 Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio Elégiaque Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio Elégiaque - Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios(5xCD, Comp + Box) Brilliant Classics 96148 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
96205 Santiago De Murcia, Gaspar Sanz, Son Jarocho* / Navegar Mar Afuera Santiago De Murcia, Gaspar Sanz, Son Jarocho* / Navegar Mar Afuera - Navigating Foreign Waters: Spanish Baroque Music & Mexican Folk Music(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 96205 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
96822 Producers (3) Made In Basing Street(LP, Album) The Last Label (2) 96822 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
97721 Jehnny Beth To Love Is To Live(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) 20L07 Music 97721 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
101712 Cannonball Adderley Quintet* Liederhalle Stuttgart March 20, 1969(LP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101712 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
101 741 Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* Sängerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978(2xLP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101 741 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
109136 The Senior Service Slingshot(7", Single, Ltd) Damaged Goods 109136 UK 2018 Sell This Version
120-456B2DS 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

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Shimmel

Shimmel

October 2, 2021
I've never had an issue with the quality of Optimal's work. All these complaints sound like people need to wash their records and change the stylus. My deluxe copy of MBV's Loveless looks and sounds fantastic. My Jarvis Cocker "Jarvis" looks and sounds incredible. My quadrilogy of Eno reissues...you guessed it ... look and sound incredible (IN SPITE of being "half speed masters", but that is some Abbey Road nonsense, NOT Optimal). I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at that. I am thinking about getting RATM 's first LP ( mostly for nostalgia ) and If I do I will definitely seek out the reissue pressed at Optimal.
Robou

Robou

August 21, 2021
They don't seem to mind selling records that are full of scratches to their customers (and labels don't seem to care as well). What a disaster.
eLPiek

eLPiek

August 21, 2021
Very bad pressing of https://www.discogs.com/Volbeat-Rewind-Replay-Rebound/release/13950350. I like the music but this pressing plant totally ruined the sound. It's not clear sounding. Also both vinyl suffer from scratches.
kyle15

kyle15

June 30, 2021
Optimal has become Europe's cheap & quick turnaround go-to next to GZ. And that's not a good thing. The proof is in the pudding.
Lanakias1

Lanakias1

June 12, 2021
edited 4 months ago
They have ruined so many good releases like https://www.discogs.com/My-Bloody-Valentine-Loveless/release/18793696 or "Kate Bush" new remasters. You can listen many surface noise and static noise. They must fix their plants. This is unacceptable. Kevin Shields should press his new vinyl reissues at "Pallas". I will message them
hamsta007

hamsta007

June 2, 2021
Recently got my copy of Alcest - Ecailles de Lune and it sounds awful. They massacred the whole album. Such beautiful music and so poor pressing.
Watty

Watty

May 21, 2021
edited 5 months ago
Very bad pressing of https://www.discogs.com/fr/Chris-Brann-Deep-Fall/release/11943477. Tracks A1, A2 & C1 are terrible !!! My other records (20) from this pressing plant are perfect.
werk91

werk91

May 7, 2021
Non-fill on most records in the last years. QC is severely lacking -_-
soukous25

soukous25

April 22, 2021
this is a high-end german pressing plant? The quality of their pressigns is garbage . Audible scratches on a new records and a lot of distortions here and there. Its more like made in china than made in germany quality. From now on boycotting anything that has Optimal as a source.
Ximeroni

Ximeroni

March 2, 2021
I recently bought Marc Almond's "Chaos And A Dancing Star" that was pressed at this plant and I was surprised that a brand new, sealed record could be this noisy.

It was not only really dusty, but there are also marks that look like glue residue and superficial scratches. The marks can't be removed - neither with Isopropyl alcohol nor L'art du son nor my spin clean-type cleaning machine. There are also a lot of periodic clicks during playback and a rather high noise floor for a new record.