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
ZZ 2040 Geniale Dilletanten = Brilliant Dilletantes  album cover Various Geniale Dilletanten = Brilliant Dilletantes(2xCD, Comp) Zickzack, Goethe-Institut ZZ 2040 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
ZR20035-1 Zappa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deluxe)  album cover Zappa* Zappa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deluxe)(Box, Dlx + 5xLP, Album) Zappa Records, Zappa Records, UMe, UMe ZR20035-1 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
ZORN19 Biomechanoïd  album cover Joël Van Droogenbroeck* Biomechanoïd ZORN19 Belgium 2014 Sell This Version
ZIQ345 Poemss  album cover Poemss Poemss(2x12", Album) Planet Mu ZIQ345 UK 2014 Sell This Version
ZENCD259P Floating Points Crush(CD, Album, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD259P Europe 2019 Sell This Version
ZEN261V Isles  album cover Bicep Isles(2xLP, Album, Club, Ltd, Num, Pur) Ninja Tune ZEN261V US 2021 Sell This Version
ZEN257DNK Weather  album cover Tycho (3) Weather(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pin) Mom + Pop, Mom + Pop, Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZEN257DNK Europe 2019 Sell This Version
YTHSTL3751 Kommer Inte Över Dig  album cover Emelie Gustafsson Kommer Inte Över Dig(7", Single, W/Lbl) Not On Label YTHSTL3751 2013 Sell This Version
YSD82 Dedication EP  album cover Osunlade Dedication EP(12", EP) Yoruba Records YSD82 UK 2017 Sell This Version
YG59 The Great Annihilator  album cover Swans The Great Annihilator(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Young God Records, Mute YG59 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
YAP068 Face The Brutality  album cover Datarock Face The Brutality(LP, Album) Young Aspiring Professionals YAP068 Norway 2018 Sell This Version
YAP 005 Fa-Fa-Fa  album cover Datarock Fa-Fa-Fa(12", Single) Young Aspiring Professionals, Young Aspiring Professionals YAP 005 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
YA3867 Trickster Und Propheten  album cover Alex Behning Trickster Und Propheten(CD, Album) Ufer Records YA3867 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
XXQLP2 078 Choctaw Ridge (New Fables Of The American South 1968-1973)  album cover Various Choctaw Ridge (New Fables Of The American South 1968-1973) (Album, Comp) XXQLP2 078 UK 2021 Sell This Version
XSTUMM299 Grinderman 2 RMX  album cover Grinderman Grinderman 2 RMX(2xLP, Album + CD, Album) Mute, Mute XSTUMM299 UK 2012 Sell This Version
XMR122CD Non Canon  album cover Non Canon Non Canon(CD, Album) Xtra Mile Recordings Ltd. XMR122CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
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XLLP 110 Experience  album cover The Prodigy Experience(2xLP, Album, RP, Gat) XL Recordings XLLP 110 UK 2020 Sell This Version
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XL1138LP 21  album cover Adele (3) 21(LP, Album, RE) XL Recordings XL1138LP UK, Europe & US 2020 Sell This Version
XL936CD Suspiria  album cover Thom Yorke Suspiria(2xCD, Album) XL Recordings XL936CD US 2018 Sell This Version
XL927CD For Ever  album cover Jungle (12) For Ever(CD, Album) XL Recordings XL927CD Europe 2018 Sell This Version
XL894CD The Lost Tape  album cover Kurupt FM The Lost Tape(CD, Mixed) XL Recordings XL894CD UK 2017 Sell This Version
XAV001 Black Duke  album cover The Xav Black Duke (Album) XAV001 US 2021 Sell This Version
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WRWTFWW055 Mandala Trilogy + 1  album cover Somei Satoh Mandala Trilogy + 1 (Comp) WRWTFWW055 Switzerland 2020 Sell This Version
WRWTFWW044 Emerald Tablet / Echoes  album cover Somei Satoh Emerald Tablet / Echoes (Comp) WRWTFWW044 Switzerland 2020 Sell This Version
WRWTFWW043 Raum  album cover Grauzone Raum WRWTFWW043 Switzerland 2019 Sell This Version
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WRWTFWW026 Ki-Motion  album cover Mkwaju Ensemble Ki-Motion(LP, Album, RE) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records WRWTFWW026 Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
WRWTFWW025 Mkwaju  album cover Mkwaju Ensemble Mkwaju (Album) WRWTFWW025 Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
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WRJ005 LTD Live 1971  album cover Placebo (2) Live 1971 (Album) WRJ005 LTD Switzerland 2019 Sell This Version
WRJ003LTD Le Cercle Rouge (bande originale du film)  album cover Eric Demarsan Le Cercle Rouge (bande originale du film)(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) We Release Jazz WRJ003LTD Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
WRJ001LTD Scenery  album cover Ryo Fukui Scenery(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl, Hal) We Release Jazz WRJ001LTD Switzerland 2019 Sell This Version
WRJ001 Scenery  album cover Ryo Fukui Scenery(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) We Release Jazz WRJ001 US 2021 Sell This Version
WPJR-10056 Sings For Johnny Smith  album cover Beverly Kenney, Johnny Smith Beverly Kenney, Johnny Smith - Sings For Johnny Smith(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, 180) Roost WPJR-10056 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
WPJR-10052 The Warm Sound  album cover Frances Wayne The Warm Sound(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Atlantic WPJR-10052 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
WPJR-10037 Afternoon In Paris  album cover John Lewis (2) & Sacha Distel John Lewis (2) & Sacha Distel - Afternoon In Paris(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE) Atlantic WPJR-10037 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
WPJR-10034 I Get A Boot Out Of You  album cover Marty Paich I Get A Boot Out Of You(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Warner Bros. Records WPJR-10034 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
WPJR-10028 The Broadway Bit  album cover Marty Paich The Broadway Bit(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Warner Bros. Records WPJR-10028 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
WOO 62CD Example 22  album cover The Bevis Frond Example 22(CD, Album) Woronzow WOO 62CD UK 2015 Sell This Version
WOLF 065LP ZI  album cover Negură Bunget ZI(LP, Album) Lupus Lounge WOLF 065LP Germany 2016 Sell This Version
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WOLF 047 LPR Agape  album cover Lantlôs Agape(LP, Album, RP, Red) Lupus Lounge WOLF 047 LPR Germany 2015 Sell This Version
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WOHN067LP Graben  album cover Hidden By The Grapes Graben (Album) WOHN067LP Austria 2017 Sell This Version
WLV01 Can't Carry On  album cover The Wild Lies Can't Carry On(7", Single, Ltd, Whi) Wild Recordings WLV01 UK 2016 Sell This Version
WIGLP435X Wanderer  album cover Cat Power Wanderer(LP, TP, W/Lbl) Domino WIGLP435X Europe 2018 Sell This Version
WIGLP339X Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino  album cover Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino(LP, Album, Cle) Domino, Domino WIGLP339X Europe 2018 Sell This Version
WIGLP339 Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino  album cover Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Domino WIGLP339 UK 2018 Sell This Version
WIGLP220 Humbug  album cover Arctic Monkeys Humbug(LP, Album, RE, 180) Domino WIGLP220 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
WIGLP162 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not  album cover Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Album) WIGLP162 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
WHCD036 Orange Days And Purple Nights  album cover Mother Nature (2) Orange Days And Purple Nights(CD, Comp) Wooden Hill WHCD036 UK 2015 Sell This Version
WEIRDLP001 Mind Killer  album cover Blanck Mass Mind Killer(LP, Album, Ltd) Weirding Way Records WEIRDLP001 UK & US 2021 Sell This Version
WEBB510LPP Weather Diaries  album cover Ride Weather Diaries(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Red) Wichita, Wichita WEBB510LPP UK 2017 Sell This Version
WEBB510LP Weather Diaries  album cover Ride Weather Diaries (Album) WEBB510LP UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
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WEBB201LP Drunken Trees  album cover First Aid Kit Drunken Trees(12", EP, RE, Whi + CD, EP, RE) Wichita, Jagadamba, [PIAS] Entertainment Group WEBB201LP 2013 Sell This Version
WBRLP8 Innside Outside  album cover Electric Moon Innside Outside (Album) WBRLP8 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
WBR_LP_002 Mind Explosion  album cover Electric Moon Mind Explosion(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, TP, W/Lbl) Worst Bassist Records WBR_LP_002 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
WARPLP276 Atrocity Exhibition  album cover Danny Brown (2) Atrocity Exhibition(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Fool's Gold Records WARPLP276 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
WARPLP260 As If  album cover !!! As If(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP260 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
WARPLP257 Tomorrow's Harvest  album cover Boards Of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest(2xLP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Warp Records, Music70 WARPLP257 UK 2013 Sell This Version
WARPLP237 Cold Spring Fault Less Youth  album cover Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth(2x12", Album) Warp Records WARPLP237 UK 2013 Sell This Version
WARPLP230 Until The Quiet Comes  album cover Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP230 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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WAR067LP Mass Funeral Evocation  album cover Lik (5) Mass Funeral Evocation(LP, Album) War Anthem Records WAR067LP Germany 2015 Sell This Version
WALLLP027 Melody A.M.  album cover Röyksopp Melody A.M. (Album) WALLLP027 UK 2021 Sell This Version
WAHCD027 You No Fit Touch Am  album cover Dele Sosimi You No Fit Touch Am(CD, Album) Wah Wah 45s WAHCD027 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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WAHCD 018 Barefoot In Your Kitchen  album cover Bev Lee Harling Barefoot In Your Kitchen(CD, Album) Wah Wah 45s WAHCD 018 UK 2012 Sell This Version
WADADA032 We Talk Tomorrow  album cover Wyl (2) & Wun Two Wyl (2) & Wun Two - We Talk Tomorrow(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Wadada Records WADADA032 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
WADADA 014 Introducing  album cover Wyl (2) Introducing (Album) WADADA 014 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
VT-JS0010 Burn To Grow  album cover Josh Smith (5) Burn To Grow(CD, Album, Dig) Vizztone Label Group VT-JS0010 US 2018 Sell This Version
VSCDJ2095 Bad Blood  album cover Bastille (4) Bad Blood(CD, Single, Promo) Virgin VSCDJ2095 UK 2014 Sell This Version
VRRSD2019PT1 My Body (Louie Vega Remix)  album cover Luther Vandross My Body (Louie Vega Remix)(2x12") Vega Records VRRSD2019PT1 US 2019 Sell This Version
VRADE19-7 Vega Records Amsterdam Dance Event 2019 Sampler  album cover Elements Of Life (3) Vega Records Amsterdam Dance Event 2019 Sampler(2x7", Ltd, Smplr) Vega Records VRADE19-7 US 2019 Sell This Version
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VRADE18 Vega Records Amsterdam Dance Event 2018 Sampler  album cover Various Vega Records Amsterdam Dance Event 2018 Sampler(5x12", Ltd, Smplr) Vega Records, Nulu Electronic VRADE18 US 2018 Sell This Version
VR173 Union Dance (Louie Vega Remixes)   album cover DJ Clock Featuring Madame X (9) DJ Clock Featuring Madame X (9) - Union Dance (Louie Vega Remixes) (12") Vega Records VR173 US 2017 Sell This Version
[ VR-01 ] Morurco EP  album cover Chicaiza Morurco EP(12", EP) Variable Records [ VR-01 ] France 2018 Sell This Version
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Vol. 146 Juice CD №146  album cover Various Juice CD №146(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol. 146 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
Vol. 123 Juice CD No. 123  album cover Various Juice CD No. 123(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol. 123 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
Vol. 116 Juice CD 116  album cover Various Juice CD 116(CD, Comp) Juice Magazin Vol. 116 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Vol. 111 Juice CD #111 (Instrumental Edition)  album cover Various Juice CD #111 (Instrumental Edition)(CD, Comp, Mixed) Juice Magazin Vol. 111 Germany 2012 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.