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
0210989MSW Walking The Line  album cover The Oscar Peterson Trio Walking The Line(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records 0210989MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0210991MSW The Hub Of Hubbard  album cover Freddie Hubbard The Hub Of Hubbard(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records 0210991MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0210998MSW Mirror, Mirror  album cover Joe HendersonChick CoreaRon CarterBilly Higgins Joe HendersonChick CoreaRon CarterBilly Higgins - Mirror, Mirror(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records 0210998MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0211154MS1P MPS - Tomorrow, Today & Yesterday Vol.1 2016  album cover Various MPS - Tomorrow, Today & Yesterday Vol.1 2016(CD, Comp, Promo) MPS Records, Edel 0211154MS1P Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0211290EMU Rocks (Milestones Reloaded)  album cover KMFDM Rocks (Milestones Reloaded)(CD, Comp + DVD-V, NTSC) Ear Music, KMFDM Records 0211290EMU UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version
0211346MSW The Hub Of Hubbard  album cover Freddie Hubbard The Hub Of Hubbard(CD, RE, RM, Dig) MPS Records 0211346MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0211347MSW Mirror, Mirror  album cover Joe HendersonChick CoreaRon CarterBilly Higgins Joe HendersonChick CoreaRon CarterBilly Higgins - Mirror, Mirror(CD, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records 0211347MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0211352EMU No Bitter End  album cover Tarja* No Bitter End(7", Single, Gat + CD, Single) Ear Music, Ear Music 0211352EMU Europe 2016 Sell This Version
0211531MSW Clark After Dark, The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry  album cover Clark Terry Clark After Dark, The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records 0211531MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0211547MSW Symbiosis  album cover Bill Evans Symbiosis(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records 0211547MSW Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0211712EMU Lost In Paris Blues Band  album cover Paul Personne, Robben Ford, 'Bumblefoot' Ron Thal* With John Jorgenson & Beverly Jo Scott And Last But Not Least Kevin Reveyrand, Francis Arnaud Paul Personne, Robben Ford, 'Bumblefoot' Ron Thal* With John Jorgenson & Beverly Jo Scott And Last But Not Least Kevin Reveyrand, Francis Arnaud - Lost In Paris Blues Band(CD, Album, Dig) Verycords, Ear Music 0211712EMU Europe 2016 Sell This Version
0211735MS1 Nightintales  album cover China Moses Nightintales(LP, Album, 180) MPS Records, Edel 0211735MS1 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0211841EMU Thunder (3) Rip It Up(CD, Album, Jew + 2xCD, Album + Dlx, Ltd) Ear Music 0211841EMU Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0211842EMU Broken Mirror  album cover Thunder (3) Broken Mirror(CD, EP) Ear Music 0211842EMU Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0211890EMU Infinite  album cover Deep Purple Infinite(Box, Dlx, Ltd + CD, Album + DVD-V + Ltd, Dig + 2x1) Ear Music 0211890EMU Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0211912EMU Live At The Glasgow Barrowlands  album cover Deacon Blue Live At The Glasgow Barrowlands(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0211912EMU UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0211945EMU Thank You Wacken Live  album cover Hansen & Friends Thank You Wacken Live(Blu-ray + CD, Album) Ear Music 0211945EMU Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0211977MSW Soaring  album cover Don Ellis Soaring(CD, RE, Hig) MPS Records 0211977MSW Germany 2017 Sell This Version
0211987MS1 Wünschen  album cover Erik Leuthäuser Wünschen(CD, Album) MPS Records 0211987MS1 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212047CTT A Higher Desire  album cover Pat Appleton A Higher Desire(LP, Album + 7") Edel : Content 0212047CTT Germany 2017 Sell This Version
0212049EMU No Going Back  album cover Stiff Little Fingers No Going Back(2xCD, Album, RE) Ear Music 0212049EMU UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0212143EMU Best Served Loud - Live At Barrowland  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Best Served Loud - Live At Barrowland(2xLP, Album, RE) Ear Music 0212143EMU Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0212270KID Schneeflocken  album cover Various Schneeflocken(CD) Edel Kids 0212270KID Germany 2017 Sell This Version
0212407MSW Here Comes The Sun  album cover Monty Alexander Here Comes The Sun(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) MPS Records, Edel 0212407MSW Germany 2017 Sell This Version
0212451EMU Two Dogs  album cover Popa Chubby Two Dogs(CD, Album, Dig) Ear Music, Verycords 0212451EMU Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0212493KID Dragons 1 / 2  album cover Thomas Karallus Dragons 1 / 2(2xCD) Edel Kids, Toggo 0212493KID Germany 2017 Sell This Version
0212506EMU The Infinite Live Recordings Vol.1  album cover Deep Purple The Infinite Live Recordings Vol.1(3xLP, Ltd, Pur) Ear Music 0212506EMU Germany 2017 Sell This Version
0212619EMU Deeper  album cover Lisa Stansfield Deeper(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ear Music (2) 0212619EMU Russia 2018 Sell This Version
0212639EMU One Of A Kind  album cover Don Airey One Of A Kind(2xCD) Ear Music 0212639EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212694EMU Original Human Music  album cover Ultraphonix Original Human Music(LP, Album) Ear Music 0212694EMU Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0212702EMU Over And Out  album cover Rick Parfitt Over And Out(2xCD, Album, Ltd + Box) Ear Music 0212702EMU UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0212740MS1 Ripples (Echoes Of Dreams)  album cover Malia Ripples (Echoes Of Dreams)(LP + 7", Bon + Album, Ltd) MPS Records 0212740MS1 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0212748MS1 Let Your Light Shine On  album cover Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On(2xLP, Album) MPS Records 0212748MS1 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212753EMU Here Come The Aliens  album cover Kim Wilde Here Come The Aliens(LP, Album, Yel) Ear Music 0212753EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212764EMU One Of A Kind  album cover Don Airey One Of A Kind(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0212764EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212794EMU Malice In Wonderland  album cover Paice Ashton Lord* Malice In Wonderland(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Ear Music, Edel Family Member 0212794EMU Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0212827MSW Call  album cover Michael Naura Quartett* Call(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) MPS Records 0212827MSW Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212831MSW Motions & Emotions  album cover Oscar Peterson Motions & Emotions(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) MPS Records 0212831MSW Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0212937EMX Live (Architecture & Morality & More)  album cover OMD* Live (Architecture & Morality & More)(2xLP, Album, 180 + CD, Album + Dlx, Ltd, Num) Ear Music, Ear Music Classics 0212937EMX Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0212938EMX Returns  album cover Return To Forever Returns(4xLP, Album, 180 + 2xCD, Album + Ltd, Num, RE) Ear Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ear Music Classics 0212938EMX Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0212943EMX Symphonic Live  album cover Yes Symphonic Live(2xLP, Ltd, Num, RE, 180 + CD) Ear Music 0212943EMX Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0213008EMU Live In Hamburg  album cover Saga (3) Live In Hamburg(2xCD, Album, RE) Ear Music 0213008EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0213009EMU Live In Hamburg  album cover Saga (3) Live In Hamburg(2xLP, Album, RE) Ear Music 0213009EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0213045EMX Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970  album cover Jethro Tull Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 0213045EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0213203EMX Live At Montreux 1987  album cover Paco* And John* Paco* And John* - Live At Montreux 1987(2xCD, Album, RE) Ear Music, Montreux Sounds, Ear Music Classics 0213203EMX Europe 2018 Sell This Version
0213211EMX Live At Montreux 1994  album cover Willy DeVille Live At Montreux 1994(2xLP, Album) Ear Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ear Music Classics 0213211EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0213369EMX Live In Poland (35th Anniversary)  album cover Toto Live In Poland (35th Anniversary)(3xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Ear Music Classics 0213369EMX Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0213371EMX Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993  album cover Dio (2) Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993(2xLP, Album, RE) Ear Music, Ear Music Classics, Eagle Rock Entertainment 0213371EMX Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0213397EMU Enigma: Intermission II  album cover Stratovarius Enigma: Intermission II(CD, Comp, Dig) Ear Music 0213397EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0213401EMX Live At Montreux  album cover Rory Gallagher Live At Montreux(2xLP, Album, RE) Ear Music Classics 0213401EMX Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0213503EMU So Good So Far (Live At Rock Of Ages)  album cover Saga (3) So Good So Far (Live At Rock Of Ages)(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0213503EMU Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0213546EMX Greatest Hits  album cover C.C. Catch Greatest Hits(CD, Comp) Ear Music, Ear Music Classics 0213546EMX Germany 2018 Sell This Version
0213592EMU Fool  album cover Joe Jackson Fool(CD, Album, Dig) Ear Music 0213592EMU US 2019 Sell This Version
0213593EMU Fool  album cover Joe Jackson Fool(LP, Album, 180 + 7", Single) Ear Music, Ear Music 0213593EMU Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0213667KID Wickie Und Die Starken Männer - Seemannslieder  album cover Various Wickie Und Die Starken Männer - Seemannslieder(CD) Edel Kids 0213667KID Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0213669EMX Returns  album cover Return To Forever Returns(4xLP, Album, RE) Ear Music Classics 0213669EMX Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0213685MS1 Kaskaden  album cover Julia Kadel Trio Kaskaden (Album) 0213685MS1 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0213826EMX Live  album cover Blondie Live(2xLP, Ltd, RE, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0213826EMX Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0213865EMX Live In The Lowlands  album cover Willy DeVille Live In The Lowlands(3xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Ear Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ear Music Classics 0213865EMX Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0213873EMX Live In Birmingham 2016  album cover Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Live In Birmingham 2016(LP, Whi + LP, Whi + LP, S/Sided, Etch, Whi + Ltd, ) Ear Music Classics, Eagle Rock Entertainment 0213873EMX Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0213882EMX The Mothership Returns  album cover Return To Forever The Mothership Returns(3xLP, Album + 2xCD, Album, RE + Ltd, Num) Ear Music, Ear Music Classics 0213882EMX Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0213932EMU Shehili  album cover Myrath Shehili(LP, Album) Ear Music 0213932EMU Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0214025EMU Live In Wollongong 2001  album cover Deep Purple Live In Wollongong 2001(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num, RM) Ear Music, Ear Music, Ear Music Classics, Ear Music Classics 0214025EMU Germany 2021 Sell This Version
0214128EMU In The Raw  album cover Tarja* In The Raw(Box, Ltd + 2xLP, Album, Pic + CD, Album + CD) Ear Music 0214128EMU Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0214206EMU From Here  album cover New Model Army From Here (Album) 0214206EMU Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0214248MSW Cucu Ear  album cover Rolf Kühn Cucu Ear(LP, Album, RE, RM) MPS Records 0214248MSW Germany 2021 Sell This Version
0214251MSW Total Space  album cover The Rolf Kühn Group* Total Space(LP, Album) MPS Records 0214251MSW Germany 2021 Sell This Version
0214271EMX Live In Munich 1977  album cover Rainbow Live In Munich 1977(3xLP, Etch, Ltd, RE, 180) Ear Music 0214271EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214314EMX Close As You Get  album cover Gary Moore Close As You Get(2xLP, Ltd, RE, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0214314EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214315EMX The Ladder  album cover Yes The Ladder(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0214315EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214319EMX Dirty Diamonds  album cover Alice Cooper (2) Dirty Diamonds(LP, Ltd, RE, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0214319EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214346EMU Metal Galaxy  album cover Babymetal Metal Galaxy(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cry) Ear Music, Babymetal Records 0214346EMU US 2019 Sell This Version
0214377EMU Extreme Power Metal  album cover Dragonforce Extreme Power Metal(CD, Album, Dig) Ear Music 0214377EMU Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0214411EMU 2009-2019 // Ten Years Of Rock & Roll  album cover Various 2009-2019 // Ten Years Of Rock & Roll(LP, Comp, Cle) Ear Music 0214411EMU Germany 2019 Sell This Version
0214462EMX Treasures - A Vinyl Collection  album cover Alice Cooper (2) Treasures - A Vinyl Collection(Box, Comp, Ltd, Num + LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180 + LP) Ear Music Classics 0214462EMX Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0214547EMU Live In Rome 2013  album cover Deep Purple Live In Rome 2013(3xLP, Ltd, Col) Ear Music 0214547EMU Europe 2019 Sell This Version
0214661EMU H.E.A.T II  album cover H.E.A.T H.E.A.T II(LP, Album) Ear Music 0214661EMU Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214675EMU Die Grössten Erfolge  album cover Status Quo Die Grössten Erfolge(CD, Comp) Ear Music 0214675EMU Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0214744EMU Whoosh!  album cover Deep Purple Whoosh!(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Ear Music 0214744EMU Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214798EMX Black Masquerade  album cover Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Black Masquerade(2xCD, Album) Ear Music 0214798EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0214893EMX Live At Montreux 1987  album cover Paco* And John* Paco* And John* - Live At Montreux 1987(2xLP, Album) Ear Music 0214893EMX Germany 2016 Sell This Version
0214897EMX Live At The Royal Albert Hall  album cover Heart With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Heart With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Live At The Royal Albert Hall(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pin) Ear Music Classics 0214897EMX Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0214900EMX Songs From Tsongas (Yes 35th Anniversary Concert)  album cover Yes Songs From Tsongas (Yes 35th Anniversary Concert)(LP, Yel + LP, Ora + LP, Red + LP, S/Sided, Etch, L) Ear Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Ear Music Classics 0214900EMX Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0215164EMU Polaris  album cover Stratovarius Polaris(LP, Ltd, Num, RE, Cry) Ear Music 0215164EMU Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0215249MSW Noisy Silence — Gentle Noise  album cover The Dave Pike Set Noisy Silence — Gentle Noise(CD, Album, RE, Gat) Edel, MPS Records 0215249MSW Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0215250MSW Noisy Silence — Gentle Noise  album cover The Dave Pike Set Noisy Silence — Gentle Noise(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) MPS Records, MPS Records 0215250MSW Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0215400EMU Detroit Stories  album cover Alice Cooper (2) Detroit Stories (Album) 0215400EMU Europe 2021 Sell This Version
0215404EME Definitive Collection (Smokie And Solo Years)  album cover Chris Norman Definitive Collection (Smokie And Solo Years)(2x12", Ltd, Col) Edel Records 0215404EME Germany 2020 Sell This Version
0215447EMU Mark Kelly's Marathon  album cover Mark Kelly's Marathon Mark Kelly's Marathon(CD, Album + DVD + Ltd, Num) Ear Music 0215447EMU UK & Europe 2020 Sell This Version
0215478MSW A Day In Copenhagen  album cover Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton - A Day In Copenhagen(LP, Album, RE) MPS Records 0215478MSW Germany 2021 Sell This Version
0215480MSW Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980  album cover Lee Konitz & Martial Solal Lee Konitz & Martial Solal - Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980(CD, RE, RM) MPS Records 0215480MSW Germany 2021 Sell This Version
0215521EMU Saga  album cover Saga (3) Saga(LP, Album, RE, RM) Ear Music Classics 0215521EMU USA & Canada 2021 Sell This Version
0215527EMU Worlds Apart  album cover Saga (3) Worlds Apart(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0215527EMU USA & Canada 2021 Sell This Version
0215530EMU In Transit  album cover Saga (3) In Transit(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0215530EMU USA & Canada 2021 Sell This Version
0215532EMU Heads Or Tales  album cover Saga (3) Heads Or Tales(LP, Album, RE, RM) Ear Music Classics 0215532EMU USA & Canada 2021 Sell This Version
0215571MSW Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980  album cover Lee Konitz & Martial Solal Lee Konitz & Martial Solal - Live At The Berlin Jazz Days 1980(LP, Album, RE) MPS Records 0215571MSW Europe 2021 Sell This Version
0215670EMU Sirens  album cover Savatage Sirens(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Ear Music Classics 0215670EMU Europe 2021 Sell This Version
0215671EMU The Dungeons Are Calling  album cover Savatage The Dungeons Are Calling(12", RE, RM) Ear Music 0215671EMU Germany 2021 Sell This Version
0215673EMU Sirens  album cover Savatage Sirens(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Tur) Ear Music Classics 0215673EMU Europe 2021 Sell This Version
0215675EMU The Dungeons Are Calling  album cover Savatage The Dungeons Are Calling(LP, Album, Red + 7", Single + Ltd, RE, RM) Ear Music Classics 0215675EMU Germany 2021 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.