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
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SOM574LP Ellengæst  album cover Crippled Black Phoenix Ellengæst(2xLP, Album, TP) Season Of Mist SOM574LP France 2020 Sell This Version
SoS 144 Here Are The Courettes  album cover The Courettes Here Are The Courettes(10", Album, Mono) Sounds Of Subterrania SoS 144 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
SP 940 Creatures Of An Hour  album cover Still Corners Creatures Of An Hour(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 940 US 2011 Sell This Version
SP 950 Only In Dreams  album cover Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 950 US 2011 Sell This Version
SP 1030 The Invisible Way  album cover Low The Invisible Way(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 1030 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
SP 1047 At Best Cuckold  album cover Avi Buffalo At Best Cuckold(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 1047 US 2014 Sell This Version
SP 1050 Fellow Travelers  album cover Shearwater Fellow Travelers(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 1050 US 2013 Sell This Version
SP 1078 Lyla Foy Mirrors The Sky(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 1078 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SP 1112 Jet Plane And Oxbow  album cover Shearwater Jet Plane And Oxbow(LP, Blu + LP, Aqu + Album, Ltd) Sub Pop SP 1112 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
SP 1135 Phase Zero  album cover Morgan Delt Phase Zero(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP 1135 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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SP1333 Thin Mind  album cover Wolf Parade Thin Mind(LP, Album) Sub Pop SP1333 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
SP1379 Smell The Magic  album cover L7 Smell The Magic(LP, Album, Ltd, RM, Los) Sub Pop SP1379 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
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SPEAR077 Roy Green & Protone* Why Don't You EP(12", EP, TP, W/Lbl) Spearhead Records SPEAR077 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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SPEAR080CD Spearhead Presents: The Soundtrack  album cover Various Spearhead Presents: The Soundtrack(2xCD, Comp) Spearhead Records SPEAR080CD UK 2017 Sell This Version
SPEAR 133 BCee Beat The System - 10th Anniversary Edition(2xLP, TP, W/Lbl) Spearhead Records SPEAR 133 UK 2020 Sell This Version
SPEARLTD023 Eavesdrop (3) Into The Sun E.P.(12", TP, W/Lbl) Spearhead Records SPEARLTD023 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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SRSBX3500 Remains   album cover International Harvester Remains (5xLP, Album, Comp, RM, 180 + Box, Ltd, RM) Silence Records AB SRSBX3500 Sweden 2018 Sell This Version
SSR-007-2015 Dreamer  album cover Wolvespirit Dreamer(10", Single, Tur) Spirit Stone Records SSR-007-2015 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
ST4T004 Tekno  album cover 1900 Tekno(LP, Album) St4t ST4T004 Sweden 2016 Sell This Version
st 1607 Tanzlinde  album cover Sherpa Tanzlinde(LP, Album, Ltd, Gre) Sulatron-records st 1607 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
STAR 179148 Släkt Med Lotta Svärd  album cover Vasas Flora Och Fauna Släkt Med Lotta Svärd(CD, Album) Startracks STAR 179148 Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
STAR 201170-1 Göteborg String Session  album cover Kristofer Åström Göteborg String Session(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle + DVD, PAL) Startracks STAR 201170-1 Sweden 2016 Sell This Version
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STN Life Eternal  album cover Mayhem Life Eternal(LP, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Saturnus Productions STN Hungary 2020 Sell This Version
Strike 138 Enter The Tub  album cover Cristian Vogel Enter The Tub(12", Ltd, Cle) Shitkatapult Strike 138 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
STS214 Cellar Door  album cover Idjut Boys Cellar Door(CD, Album, Dig) Smalltown Supersound STS214 Norway 2012 Sell This Version
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STS23212 De Javu (Rub N Tug Remix)  album cover Lindstrøm De Javu (Rub N Tug Remix)(12") Smalltown Supersound, Feedelity STS23212 Norway 2012 Sell This Version
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STUMM 130 Everything Is Wrong  album cover Moby Everything Is Wrong(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Mute, BMG STUMM 130 UK 2016 Sell This Version
STUMM414 TFCF  album cover Liars TFCF(LP, Album, Red) Mute STUMM414 UK 2017 Sell This Version
STUMM441 Ssss  album cover VCMG Ssss(2xLP, Album, 180 + CD, Album) Mute, Mute STUMM441 UK, Europe & US 2012 Sell This Version
STY001 Mobius Strip  album cover Tunnidge Mobius Strip(LP, Album) Shining Tyger STY001 UK 2016 Sell This Version
SUA086LP Їм Часто Сниться Капіж  album cover Drudkh Їм Часто Сниться Капіж(LP, Album, Ltd) Season Of Mist Underground Activists SUA086LP France 2018 Sell This Version
SUB-112-S Outer Spaced  album cover Hashish (2) Outer Spaced(7", Ltd) Subliminal Sounds SUB-112-S Sweden 2015 Sell This Version
SUBALT010 Flummox EP  album cover Taiko (4) & Le Lion (2) Taiko (4) & Le Lion (2) - Flummox EP(12", EP) Subaltern Records SUBALT010 UK 2016 Sell This Version
SUEDEBOX007X Coming Up  album cover Suede Coming Up(CD, Album + CD, Comp + 2xCD + DVD-V, NTSC + 10", S) Edsel Records SUEDEBOX007X UK 2016 Sell This Version
SUICIDELP016 New Found Dialect  album cover The Invaderz* New Found Dialect(12", EP, Ltd) Commercial Suicide SUICIDELP016 UK 2014 Sell This Version
SULTASELECTS 1 Nein Fortiate EP  album cover Denis Sulta Nein Fortiate EP(12") Sulta Selects SULTASELECTS 1 UK 2017 Sell This Version
SUN SLP 1245 Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams  album cover Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Ora) Sun (9), Charly Records SUN SLP 1245 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
SUNSPCD006 Sister Big Stuff  album cover Prince Buster Sister Big Stuff(CD, Album, RE) Sunspot SUNSPCD006 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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SUNSPLP015 In Person  album cover Gregory Isaacs In Person(LP, Album, RP, 180) Sunspot SUNSPLP015 UK 2013 Sell This Version
SV 26 From Ajanta To Lhasa  album cover Arturo Stàlteri* From Ajanta To Lhasa(LP, Album, Ltd, Red) Soave SV 26 Italy 2020 Sell This Version
SVR091 White Stains On Black Wax  album cover Beastmilk White Stains On Black Wax(7", S/Sided, Ltd, RE) Svart Records SVR091 Finland 2012 Sell This Version
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SVR150 No Holier Temple  album cover Hexvessel No Holier Temple (Album) SVR150 Finland 2012 Sell This Version
SVR277 Jäämeri  album cover Radiopuhelimet Jäämeri(LP, Album, RE, RM) Svart Records SVR277 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
SW 512 CD Living On Love - Remastered Edition  album cover Pete Alderton Living On Love - Remastered Edition(CD, Album, RM) Songways SW 512 CD Germany 2014 Sell This Version
SWAMP:LP002 Boss  album cover Zed Bias Boss(4x12", Album) Swamp 81 SWAMP:LP002 UK 2013 Sell This Version
SXL 2313 La Fille Mal Gardée - Excerpts  album cover Ferdinand Hérold, John Lanchbery, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Ferdinand Hérold, John Lanchbery, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - La Fille Mal Gardée - Excerpts(LP, Album, RM, 180) Decca SXL 2313 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
SXL 6099 Second Piano Concerto  album cover Rachmaninov*, Kyril Kondrashin*, Moscow Philharmonic*, Vladimir Ashkenazy Rachmaninov*, Kyril Kondrashin*, Moscow Philharmonic*, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Second Piano Concerto(LP, RE) Decca, Decca SXL 6099 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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SZCD 9668-18 Komet  album cover Megaherz Komet(CD, Album + CD + Dig) Soyuz Music SZCD 9668-18 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
SZLP 0512-21 Браво 1984-1985  album cover Браво Браво 1984-1985(LP, Comp) Soyuz Music SZLP 0512-21 Russia 2021 Sell This Version
T5J-7001 UNDA  album cover Shinpei Ruike, RS5pb Shinpei Ruike, RS5pb - UNDA(LP, Album) T5Jazz Records T5J-7001 Japan 2016 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.