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
122-000B2DS-LP Liberal Art - 90´s Unreleased  album cover Laster Liberal Art - 90´s Unreleased (Album) 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
0124284KID Pettersson Und Findus - Das Original-Hörspiel Zum Kinofilm  album cover Sven Nordqvist Pettersson Und Findus - Das Original-Hörspiel Zum Kinofilm(Cass, Album) Edel Kids 0124284KID Germany 2001 Sell This Version
125-000B2DS Can't Come Close  album cover Natives In Black Can't Come Close(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Funky Fresh Records (3) 125-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
126-206B2DS Intro To The Central  album cover Narcotik (2) Intro To The Central(LP, Album, Ltd) Back 2 Da Source Records 126-206B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
126-206B2DS-CD Intro To The Central  album cover Narcotik (2) Intro To The Central(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records 126-206B2DS-CD Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
127-000B2DS Warriors Anthem  album cover Sham & The Professor Warriors Anthem(10", EP) Back 2 Da Source Records 127-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
128-000B2DS Back To Basics  album cover B Flatt* Back To Basics(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Big Noise Entertainment 128-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
129-000B2DS Remember Me  album cover The Speedknotz* Remember Me(12", EP, Ltd, RE) Back 2 Da Source Records 129-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
129903 David Helbok Trio  album cover David Helbock Trio David Helbok Trio(CD) Optimal Media GmbH 129903 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
1301-01 Stockroom Recordings (No.1)  album cover Bouet Stockroom Recordings (No.1) (Maxi) 1301-01 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
1301-02 Stockroom Recordings (No.2)  album cover Bouet Stockroom Recordings (No.2)(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Gol) 1301 Media 1301-02 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
1301-03 Skyline Drive - Stockroom Recordings (No.3)  album cover Bouet Skyline Drive - Stockroom Recordings (No.3) (Album) 1301-03 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
133-000B2DS-CD Do The Math  album cover Various Do The Math(CD, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Tribal Music Inc. 133-000B2DS-CD Belgium 2019 Sell This Version
133-206B2DS Do The Math  album cover Various Do The Math(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Tribal Music Inc. 133-206B2DS Belgium 2019 Sell This Version
0142918KID Pettersson Und Findus  album cover Sven Nordqvist Pettersson Und Findus(Ltd + DVD-V, RE + Cass, RE) Edel Kids 0142918KID Germany 2002 Sell This Version
0207079CCU alle fünfe!  album cover 6-Zylinder alle fünfe!(CD, Album, Dig) Sixpack (2) 0207079CCU Unknown Sell This Version
0207198KID Yakari Folge 15  album cover Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various - Yakari Folge 15(CD) Edel Kids 0207198KID Germany 2011 Sell This Version
0207234CTT Winter Poem  album cover Secret Garden Winter Poem(CD, Album) Edel : Content 0207234CTT Germany 2011 Sell This Version
0207240ERE Creepin' In  album cover Horace Silver Creepin' In(CD, Comp) Edel:Kultur, Noble Jazz 0207240ERE Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0207443ERE Quid Pro Quo  album cover Status Quo Quid Pro Quo(2xLP, Album, Gat) Ear Music, Fourth Chord Records 0207443ERE Europe 2011 Sell This Version
0207447EREP In Concert Live At Sibelius Hall  album cover Tarja Turunen, Harus Tarja Turunen, Harus - In Concert Live At Sibelius Hall(CD, Album, Promo) Ear Music 0207447EREP Germany 2011 Sell This Version
0207681EREP Giants   album cover The Stranglers Giants (CD, Album, Promo, Car) Edel 0207681EREP Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0207710ERE 20/20  album cover Saga (3) 20/20(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ear Music (2) 0207710ERE Russia 2012 Sell This Version
0207758CTT Captured For Good  album cover Joo Kraus & Tales In Tones Trio Joo Kraus & Tales In Tones Trio - Captured For Good(LP) Edel : Content 0207758CTT Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208000ERE The Duke  album cover Joe Jackson The Duke(LP, Album) Ear Music 0208000ERE Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0208062CTT 'N Tango Für Gitti (Ulrich Gumpert Solo)  album cover Ulrich Gumpert 'N Tango Für Gitti (Ulrich Gumpert Solo)(CD, Album, RE) Edel : Content 0208062CTT Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208160ERE Live In Anaheim / Gillan's Inn  album cover Ian Gillan Live In Anaheim / Gillan's Inn(CD, Album, Comp, S/Edition, Dig) Ear Music 0208160ERE Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0208174ERE Destination Set To Nowhere  album cover Vision Divine Destination Set To Nowhere(CD, Album + CD + Ltd, Dig) Ear Music 0208174ERE Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0208237KID Yakari - Reise In Die Urzeit  album cover Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various Derib + Job (13) Performed By Various - Yakari - Reise In Die Urzeit(CD, RE) Edel Kids 0208237KID Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208247CTT Greatest Performances  album cover Omega (5) Greatest Performances(2xDVD, Comp, PAL) Edel : Content 0208247CTT Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208382CTT Children Of The Sun  album cover Joe Sample & NDR Bigband* Joe Sample & NDR Bigband* - Children Of The Sun(CD, Album) Edel : Content, P.R.A. Records 0208382CTT Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208394CTT The Montreux Session  album cover Leon Russell The Montreux Session(LP, Album) Edel : Content 0208394CTT Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208426EME Double Platinum. Special Edition  album cover The Ten Tenors Double Platinum. Special Edition(2xCD) Edel:Records 0208426EME Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208485ERE Hideaway  album cover Matt Bianco Hideaway(CD, Album) Ear Music 0208485ERE Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0208488ERE Spin It Again! Live In Munich  album cover Saga (3) Spin It Again! Live In Munich(2xCD, Album, Promo) Ear Music 0208488ERE Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208527EREP Tubular Beats  album cover Mike Oldfield Tubular Beats(CD, Album, Promo) Ear Music 0208527EREP Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208545CTT Von Kopf Bis Fuss (Eine Hommage An Marlene Dietrich)  album cover WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln Von Kopf Bis Fuss (Eine Hommage An Marlene Dietrich)(CD, Album) Edel : Content 0208545CTT Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0208564EME Klangkunst  album cover Various Klangkunst(CD, Comp) Edel Records 0208564EME Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208574CTT White Horses  album cover Inga Rumpf White Horses(2xLP, Album, Gat) Edel Records 0208574CTT Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208733ERE Bula Quo!  album cover Status Quo Bula Quo!(2xCD, Album, Jew) Ear Music, Fourth Chord Records 0208733ERE Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208749KID Drachen - Ein Geschenk Von Nachtschatten  album cover Thomas Karallus Drachen - Ein Geschenk Von Nachtschatten(CD) Edel Kids 0208749KID Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0208756EREP Forward  album cover The Brand New Heavies Forward(CD, Album, Promo) Ear Music 0208756EREP Europe 2013 Sell This Version
0208798ERE Fräuleinwunder - Edition Damenwahl  album cover Various Fräuleinwunder - Edition Damenwahl(CD, Comp) Edel:Kultur 0208798ERE Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208822ERE Official Bootleg Volume Six - Live At The Rock Of Ages Festival Germany 2008  album cover Uriah Heep Official Bootleg Volume Six - Live At The Rock Of Ages Festival Germany 2008(CD) Ear Music 0208822ERE Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208921CTT Naive (Acoustic Flavoured)  album cover DePhazz* Naive (Acoustic Flavoured)(2xLP, Album, 180) Edel : Content 0208921CTT 2013 Sell This Version
0208922EME Back To Eurodance  album cover Various Back To Eurodance(2xCD, Comp) Edel Records 0208922EME Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0208927 TRM The Best Of  album cover Angelo Branduardi The Best Of(CD, Comp) Trecolori Media, Gabric Edizioni Musicali Srl 0208927 TRM Italy 2013 Sell This Version
0208945ERE An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London  album cover Skunk Anansie An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London(CD, Album) Ear Music 0208945ERE Europe 2014 Sell This Version
0209124ERE Get Used To It (The Tom Moulton Mixes)  album cover The Brand New Heavies Get Used To It (The Tom Moulton Mixes)(CD, Album) Ear Music 0209124ERE Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0209183EME Back To Eurodance Vol. 2  album cover Various Back To Eurodance Vol. 2(2xCD, Comp) Edel Records 0209183EME Germany 2013 Sell This Version
0209342CTT The Hamburg Session  album cover The New Mastersounds The Hamburg Session(LP, Album, 180) Edel 0209342CTT Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209396BHP Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 2011  album cover The Australian Pink Floyd Show Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 2011(2xLP, Album, 180) Black Hill Pictures 0209396BHP Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209414ERE Light Of Dawn  album cover Unisonic Light Of Dawn(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0209414ERE Europe 2014 Sell This Version
0209437ERE Amplified Soul  album cover Incognito Amplified Soul(CD, Album, Dig + CD, Comp) Ear Music 0209437ERE Europe 2014 Sell This Version
0209458ERE Sagacity  album cover Saga (3) Sagacity(2x12", Album, 180) Ear Music 0209458ERE Europe 2014 Sell This Version
0209478MSW Exclusively For My Friends  album cover Oscar Peterson Exclusively For My Friends(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180 + LP, Album, RE, RM, 180 + ) Edel, MPS Records 0209478MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209480EREP Destined Ways  album cover Neopera Destined Ways(CD, Album, Promo) Ear Music 0209480EREP Europe 2014 Sell This Version
0209496ERE Unleashed In Japan 2013  album cover The Winery Dogs Unleashed In Japan 2013(LP, Album) Ear Music 0209496ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209635ERE Tubular Beats  album cover Mike Oldfield Tubular Beats(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0209635ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209636ERE 20/20  album cover Saga (3) 20/20 (Album) 0209636ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209639ERE Dream A Little Dream  album cover Helen Schneider Dream A Little Dream(LP, Album) Edel Records 0209639ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209660ERE Chickenfoot  album cover Chickenfoot Chickenfoot(2xLP, Album, RE, RP) Ear Music 0209660ERE Europe 2014 Sell This Version
0209683ERE Godsdog  album cover De-Phazz Godsdog(2xLP, Album, RE) Edel Records 0209683ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209691ERE Das Beste Vom Palast Orchester Mit Seinem Sänger Max Raabe Vol. 3 "In English Please"  album cover Palast Orchester Mit Seinem Sänger Max Raabe Das Beste Vom Palast Orchester Mit Seinem Sänger Max Raabe Vol. 3 "In English Please"(2xLP, Comp) Edel Records 0209691ERE 2014 Sell This Version
0209722MSW Alive & Jumping  album cover Lionel Hampton With Milt Buckner Lionel Hampton With Milt Buckner - Alive & Jumping(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209722MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209725MSW Violinspiration  album cover Stephane Grappelli* & The Diz Disley Trio* Stephane Grappelli* & The Diz Disley Trio* - Violinspiration(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209725MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209726MSW Come On And Shine  album cover Patrick Williams Come On And Shine(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209726MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209728MSW Present Perfect  album cover Rob McConnell And The Boss Brass* Present Perfect(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209728MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209730MSW It's Nice To Be With You (Jim Hall In Berlin)  album cover Jim Hall It's Nice To Be With You (Jim Hall In Berlin)(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209730MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209731MSW Have You Met This Jones?  album cover Hank Jones Trio Have You Met This Jones?(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209731MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209732MSW Donau So Blue  album cover Albert Golowin, Friedrich Gulda Albert Golowin, Friedrich Gulda - Donau So Blue(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209732MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209733MSW Light-Airy & Swinging  album cover George Shearing Light-Airy & Swinging(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209733MSW Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0209734MSW Mirror Mirror  album cover Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Billy Higgins - Mirror Mirror(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209734MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209735MSW Harpadelic  album cover Jonny Teupen Harpadelic(CD, Album, RE, RM, O-C) MPS Records, Edel 0209735MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209736MSW Call  album cover Michael Naura Quartett* Call(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209736MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209737MSW Rass!  album cover Monty Alexander Featuring Ernest Ranglin Monty Alexander Featuring Ernest Ranglin - Rass!(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209737MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209738MSW Flamenco-Jazz  album cover Pedro Iturralde Quintet, Paco De Lucía Pedro Iturralde Quintet, Paco De Lucía - Flamenco-Jazz(CD, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209738MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209740MSW Jazzanova  album cover Ira Kris Jazzanova(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209740MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209741MSW Trip To The Mars  album cover Orchester Roland Kovac Trip To The Mars(CD, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209741MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209742MSW Sleeping Bee  album cover Billy Taylor Trio Sleeping Bee(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209742MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209746MSW Invitation  album cover The Singers Unlimited, Art Van Damme The Singers Unlimited, Art Van Damme - Invitation(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records, Edel 0209746MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209764ERE Live in Paris 1975  album cover Deep Purple Live in Paris 1975(3xLP, Album, RE, RM) Ear Music 0209764ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209789CTT Deins & Done  album cover Meret Becker Deins & Done(LP, Album, Ltd) Edel : Content 0209789CTT Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209799ERE The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prince   album cover The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prince (LP, Album, RE) Edel Records 0209799ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0209856MSW Intercontinental  album cover Joe Pass Intercontinental(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records, MPS Records 0209856MSW Germany 2014 Sell This Version
0210097MS1 Afrodiziak  album cover KhaliféSchumacherTristano Afrodiziak(CD, Album) MPS Records, Edel 0210097MS1 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0210159MS1 Afrodiziak  album cover KhaliféSchumacherTristano Afrodiziak(2xLP, Album) MPS Records, Edel 0210159MS1 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0210176EMU Killer  album cover Thunder (3) Killer(CD, EP, Dig) Ear Music 0210176EMU UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0210348EMU Rapture Of The Deep • Now What?! • The Now What?! Live Tapes  album cover Deep Purple Rapture Of The Deep • Now What?! • The Now What?! Live Tapes(Comp, Sli + CD, Album, RE, Dig + CD, Album, RE, Di) Ear Music 0210348EMU Germany 2015 Sell This Version
0210370CTT Garage Pompeuse (The Berlin Session)  album cover Dephazz* Garage Pompeuse (The Berlin Session)(LP, Album) Edel : Content 0210370CTT Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0210397EMU Heading For Tomorrow  album cover Gamma Ray Heading For Tomorrow(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Ann) Ear Music 0210397EMU Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0210511MS1 I Love You  album cover Malakoff Kowalski I Love You(CD, Album) MPS Records 0210511MS1 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
0210518EMU Machinery / Cocoon  album cover Ash Machinery / Cocoon(7", Single) Ear Music 0210518EMU Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0210539EMU From The Setting Sun... (In Wacken)  album cover Deep Purple From The Setting Sun... (In Wacken)(3xLP) Ear Music 0210539EMU Europe 2015 Sell This Version
0210563ER2 B-Movie: Lust And Sound In West Berlin 1979-1989  album cover Various B-Movie: Lust And Sound In West Berlin 1979-1989(Blu-ray) DEF Media 0210563ER2 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
0210806CTT Private  album cover DePhazz* Private(CD, Album) Edel : Content 0210806CTT Europe 2016 Sell This Version
0210885EMU Live At RAK Studio 1  album cover Thunder (3) Live At RAK Studio 1(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num) Ear Music 0210885EMU Europe 2016 Sell This Version
0210899CTT Charles Bukowski - Gedichte Neu Vertont  album cover Reinhardt Repke*, Club Der Toten Dichter Reinhardt Repke*, Club Der Toten Dichter - Charles Bukowski - Gedichte Neu Vertont(LP, Album) ZuG-Records 0210899CTT Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0210986MSW Montreux Alexander - Live! At The Montreux Festival  album cover The Monty Alexander Trio Montreux Alexander - Live! At The Montreux Festival(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records, Edel Records, MPS Records 0210986MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version

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Eirikstim

Eirikstim

October 25, 2021
The pressing of Coltrane’s Love Supreme “Live in Seattle” is terribly disappointing. No matter how many cleanings. So many clicks and distortions. It’s sacrilegious.
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.