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
ARTYARD 10/001 Space Aura  album cover Sun Ra And His Band From Outer Space* Space Aura(10") Art Yard, Art Yard ARTYARD 10/001 UK 2013 Sell This Version
BC80286 Cross Examination  album cover Perverse (2) Cross Examination(10") Innamind Recordings BC80286 New Zealand 2012 Sell This Version
BC90943 Exodus  album cover Catacombs (4) Exodus(10") Innamind Recordings BC90943 New Zealand 2012 Sell This Version
BC99461 Enso / Siyam  album cover Gantz (2) Enso / Siyam BC99461 New Zealand 2013 Sell This Version
BD 10714 Stayer  album cover Gantz (2) Stayer(10") Innamind Recordings BD 10714 New Zealand 2013 Sell This Version
BD 19426 Uuha  album cover LAS (2) Uuha BD 19426 US 2013 Sell This Version
BD24142 Bring Me Down / False Imprint  album cover Thelem Bring Me Down / False Imprint BD24142 UK 2013 Sell This Version
BE46517 Baby Face  album cover Gantz (2) Baby Face(10") Innamind Recordings BE46517 New Zealand 2014 Sell This Version
BE 48998 Lazy Dub / Anxious Dub  album cover WhoDemSound Lazy Dub / Anxious Dub(10") WhoDemSound BE 48998 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE 68643 10 Years Of Shogun Audio  album cover Alix Perez / Spor Alix Perez / Spor - 10 Years Of Shogun Audio(10") Shogun Audio BE 68643 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE 68646 10 Years Of Shogun Audio  album cover Spectrasoul / Rockwell (10) Spectrasoul / Rockwell (10) - 10 Years Of Shogun Audio(10") Shogun Audio BE 68646 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE71218 Vampires  album cover Quest* Vampires(10") Innamind Recordings BE71218 New Zealand 2014 Sell This Version
BE72283 Something In The Sound / Talk The Talk  album cover Skeptical (2) Something In The Sound / Talk The Talk(10") Exit Records (7) BE72283 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BF 09083 Victory (Mala Remix)  album cover Dubkasm Victory (Mala Remix)(10") Dubkasm Records BF 09083 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BF78360 Militant Dub / In The Beginning   album cover Cessman Militant Dub / In The Beginning (10") WhoDemSound BF78360 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BF81479 Charlie Musselwhite With Richard Bargel  album cover Charlie Musselwhite With Richard Bargel Charlie Musselwhite With Richard Bargel - Charlie Musselwhite With Richard Bargel BF81479 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
BF81609 Rainfall In Dub  album cover Versa (2) Rainfall In Dub(10") System Music (2) BF81609 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BF91572 Paradise EP Remixes  album cover Stray (8) Paradise EP Remixes(10") Exit Records (7) BF91572 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BF97798 Florasongs  album cover The Decemberists Florasongs(10") Rough Trade, Capitol Records BF97798 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BG 33526 Gunfam / This Morning  album cover Las (2) Gunfam / This Morning(10") Innamind Recordings BG 33526 New Zealand 2016 Sell This Version
BG 41635 Plevna  album cover Plevna Plevna(10") Future Nuggets BG 41635 Romania 2016 Sell This Version
BG57168 Michael Nast Liest Mit Irina von Bentheim Und David Nathan Michael Nast Liest Mit Irina von Bentheim Und David Nathan - Generation Beziehungsunfähig(10") Edel BG57168 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
BH81819 Rodent  album cover Burial Rodent(10") Hyperdub BH81819 UK 2017 Sell This Version
BH 85870 Kajra  album cover Coldcut X On-U Sound Feat. Hamiska Iyer* Coldcut X On-U Sound Feat. Hamiska Iyer* - Kajra(10") Ahead Of Our Time BH 85870 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BK10107 Remixes  album cover Fredfades & Jawn Rice Fredfades & Jawn Rice - Remixes(10") Mutual Intentions BK10107 Norway 2020 Sell This Version
ShadowLP012 Serpent Seducer Saviour  album cover Voodus Serpent Seducer Saviour(10") Shadow Records (2) ShadowLP012 Sweden 2017 Sell This Version
BC97048 Live In Berlin  album cover Blurt Live In Berlin (Album) BC97048 Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
BG49317 When The Smoke Clears  album cover Sick Of It All When The Smoke Clears(10" + CD + EP, Ltd) Century Media BG49317 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BB31153 Steppingstones  album cover Twit One Steppingstones(10", Album) Melting Pot Music BB31153 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
BI36533 Feuilleton In Jazz  album cover Werner Müller Orchestra* Feuilleton In Jazz(10", Album) Sonorama BI36533 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
BAF 11 008 Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano  album cover Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano(10", Album, Comp, Ltd, RE, Yel) Bear Family Productions, Bear Family Records BAF 11 008 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
BAF 11004 Bluejean Bop!  album cover Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps* Bluejean Bop!(10", Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Bear Family Productions, Bear Family Records BAF 11004 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
BAF 11006 Wanda Jackson  album cover Wanda Jackson Wanda Jackson(10", Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Bear Family Productions, Bear Family Records BAF 11006 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
BJ63754 Play Telstar - The Lonely Bull  album cover The Ventures Play Telstar - The Lonely Bull(10", Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Bear Family Records BJ63754 Germany 2019 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
BD14587 Rollin 'n' Rockin  album cover Crazy Cavan 'N' The Rhythm Rockers* Rollin 'n' Rockin(10", Album, Mono, Ltd) Goofin' Records (2) BD14587 Finland 2013 Sell This Version
BI19307 The Lonesome Sound Of Hank Williams  album cover Hank Williams The Lonesome Sound Of Hank Williams(10", Album, Mono, RE) Bear Family Records BI19307 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
BH02660 Rough Stuff (A Tribute To Jerry McCain & Other Favorites)  album cover Klaus "Mojo" Kilian* Feat. Kai Strauss & Alex Lex Klaus "Mojo" Kilian* Feat. Kai Strauss & Alex Lex - Rough Stuff (A Tribute To Jerry McCain & Other Favorites)(10", Cle) Blues-o-matic Records, Blues-o-matic Records BH02660 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
BF08489 Jungle Jive - Voodoo Exotica Jungle Swing Vol. 1  album cover Various Jungle Jive - Voodoo Exotica Jungle Swing Vol. 1(10", Comp) Stag-O-Lee BF08489 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
BF80005 Boom-A-Lay (Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Vol. 7)  album cover Various Boom-A-Lay (Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers Vol. 7)(10", Comp) Stag-O-Lee BF80005 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
BG61030 The Singles  album cover La Düsseldorf The Singles(10", Comp) Warner Music Central Europe BG61030 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BH86630 Sicksville  album cover Various Sicksville(10", Comp, Ltd) Stag-O-Lee BH86630 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
BK 26678 I'll Have A ... Bucket Of Brains (The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings For U.A.)  album cover Flamin' Groovies* I'll Have A ... Bucket Of Brains (The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings For U.A.)(10", Comp, Ltd) Parlophone BK 26678 2021 Sell This Version
AK20189 Taylor Made  album cover King Size Taylor* Taylor Made(10", Comp, Ltd + CD, Comp, Bon) Bear Family Records AK20189 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
BJ65153 Innere Musik  album cover Lord's Family Innere Musik(10", Comp, Ltd, cle) Sireena Records BJ65153 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
BK16350 (Bye Bye) Hollywood Hills  album cover Sunrise Ave* (Bye Bye) Hollywood Hills(10", Comp, Ltd, Num, Red) Polydor BK16350 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
BJ7099 The Best Of Little Richard  album cover Little Richard The Best Of Little Richard(10", Comp, Mono, Ltd, RE, Ora) Bear Family Records, Bear Family Records BJ7099 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
BI27164 DRBAGAIN03  album cover Various DRBAGAIN03(10", Comp, W/Lbl, Sta) Dr Banana BI27164 UK 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
BC63709 As The Crow Flies  album cover Amos Lee As The Crow Flies(10", EP) Blue Note BC63709 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
BC86181 Cognitive Dissonance  album cover Angelica's Elegy Cognitive Dissonance(10", EP) Riot Factory, Sad Songs For Happy People BC86181 Norway 2012 Sell This Version
BC87508 This Fire  album cover Birds Of Tokyo This Fire(10", EP) EMI BC87508 Australia 2012 Sell This Version
BD11832 Solemn Skies  album cover Childhood (3) Solemn Skies(10", EP) House Anxiety Records BD11832 UK 2013 Sell This Version
BD21473 Sounds Of Decay  album cover Katatonia Sounds Of Decay (EP) BD21473 UK 2013 Sell This Version
BE46833 Out Of Body  album cover The KVB Out Of Body(10", EP) A Records (4), A Records (4) BE46833 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE48281 Eyes  album cover Imperial State Electric Eyes(10", EP) Psychout Records (2) BE48281 Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
BE49557 FW Is 10 - Most Wanted  album cover Various FW Is 10 - Most Wanted(10", EP) First Word Records BE49557 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
BE54412 Nouvelle Cuisine Canibal  album cover Love Of Lesbian Nouvelle Cuisine Canibal(10", EP) Warner Music Spain, Music Bus BE54412 Spain 2014 Sell This Version
BE57079 Once More With Feeling...  album cover Ought Once More With Feeling...(10", EP) Constellation, Constellation BE57079 Canada 2014 Sell This Version
BF 04990 Tape #1  album cover Her (9) Tape #1(10", EP) ZRP BF 04990 France 2015 Sell This Version
BG64223 Subtemple  album cover Burial Subtemple(10", EP) Hyperdub BG64223 UK 2017 Sell This Version
BH93716 Legendary EP  album cover Welshly Arms Legendary EP(10", EP) Universal Music Group BH93716 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BI18757 Better Than That EP  album cover James Better Than That EP(10", EP) Infectious Music BI18757 UK 2018 Sell This Version
BI52662 Bad Timing  album cover Arlo Day Bad Timing(10", EP) Domino BI52662 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
BJ59579 Pantene  album cover Pantene Pantene(10", EP) Super Utu BJ59579 Australia 2019 Sell This Version
BJ62200 Have A Good One  album cover Johanna Samuels Have A Good One(10", EP) Basin Rock BJ62200 UK 2019 Sell This Version
BJ79948 Ocean In A Drop (Music For Film)  album cover GoGo Penguin Ocean In A Drop (Music For Film)(10", EP) Blue Note, Blue Note Lab BJ79948 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
BJ95672 Bestiario D'amore  album cover Vinicio Capossela Bestiario D'amore(10", EP) La Cùpa BJ95672 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
BK25375 The Width Of A Circle  album cover David Bowie The Width Of A Circle(10", EP) Parlophone BK25375 2021 Sell This Version
BE56222 Refuge  album cover Girls In Hawaii Refuge(10", EP + CD, EP) 62 TV Records BE56222 Belgium 2014 Sell This Version
BG57800 Paradise  album cover Anohni Paradise(10", EP + CD, EP) Rough Trade BG57800 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BE40984 A Shot At Redemption  album cover H.E.A.T A Shot At Redemption(10", EP, Gat) Ear Music BE40984 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
BH86965 The Extended Play Of Cruelty  album cover Cabbage (3) The Extended Play Of Cruelty(10", EP, Gre) BMG BH86965 UK 2017 Sell This Version
BB 58118 Digital Dubplates  album cover Todd Terje / Son Of Sam Todd Terje / Son Of Sam - Digital Dubplates(10", EP, Ltd) Running Back BB 58118 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
BC 79505 A Saunter Through The Shroud  album cover Morbus Chron A Saunter Through The Shroud(10", EP, Ltd) Century Media BC 79505 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
BC91553 Mitchell Heisman  album cover Dalhous Mitchell Heisman(10", EP, Ltd) Blackest Ever Black BC91553 UK 2012 Sell This Version
BF11498 My Way  album cover Rage (6) My Way (EP) BF11498 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BG64226 Proscenium  album cover Katatonia Proscenium (EP) BG64226 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BH 05811 Moths  album cover Jethro Tull Moths(10", EP, Ltd) Chrysalis BH 05811 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
BH67673 Live At Maida Vale Studios (A BBC Recording)  album cover Kylesa Live At Maida Vale Studios (A BBC Recording)(10", EP, Ltd) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist BH67673 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BH99048 This Cities Undone   album cover The Moonlandingz This Cities Undone (10", EP, Ltd) Transgressive Records BH99048 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BI19755 Fever Deluxe  album cover Beatsteaks Fever Deluxe(10", EP, Ltd) Warner Music Central Europe BI19755 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
BI 39737 Tomorrow Comes The Harvest  album cover Tony Allen, Jeff Mills Tony Allen, Jeff Mills - Tomorrow Comes The Harvest(10", EP, Ltd) Blue Note Lab BI 39737 France 2018 Sell This Version
BI43160 7th October (Epilogue)  album cover Alfa Mist 7th October (Epilogue)(10", EP, Ltd) Sekito BI43160 UK 2018 Sell This Version
BK11573 Im Traum  album cover Paysage D'Hiver Im Traum(10", EP, Ltd) Kunsthall Produktionen BK11573 Switzerland 2020 Sell This Version
SOM 142EP Silfur Refur   album cover Sólstafir Silfur Refur (10", EP, Ltd) Season Of Mist SOM 142EP France 2017 Sell This Version
TRANS260X Blak Hanz   album cover The Moonlandingz Blak Hanz (10", EP, Ltd) Transgressive Records TRANS260X UK 2016 Sell This Version
BD26759 Tragic Illusion 25  album cover Paradise Lost Tragic Illusion 25(10", EP, Ltd + CD, Comp) Century Media BD26759 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
SOM 412EP Silfur Refur   album cover Sólstafir Silfur Refur (10", EP, Ltd, Blu) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 412EP France 2017 Sell This Version
BE67559 Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel EP  album cover Carcass Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel EP(10", EP, Ltd, Cle) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast BE67559 US 2014 Sell This Version
BF92267 Allyallrecords  album cover DVA (2) Allyallrecords(10", EP, Ltd, Cle) Hyperdub BF92267 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BG53963 Never Machine  album cover The Doomsday Kingdom Never Machine (EP) BG53963 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BH11314 Down, Wicked & No Good  album cover In Flames Down, Wicked & No Good (EP) BH11314 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
BK15615 The Hjärta & Smärta EP  album cover Kent (2) The Hjärta & Smärta EP(10", EP, Ltd, Cle) RCA, Sony Music, Legacy BK15615 Sweden 2020 Sell This Version
none In A New Bed  album cover Matt Maltese In A New Bed(10", EP, Ltd, Dar) Café Bleu Recordings none UK 2020 Sell This Version
BI42634 Supper On River Rhine  album cover Big Brother & The Holding Company Supper On River Rhine(10", EP, Ltd, Gre) Sireena Records BI42634 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
BK22820 Here We Come A-Caroling  album cover Blackmore's Night Here We Come A-Caroling(10", EP, Ltd, Gre) Ear Music BK22820 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
BE40119 Everything Changes  album cover Rachel Sermanni Everything Changes(10", EP, Ltd, Num) Middle Of Nowhere Recordings BE40119 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BH71914 Forma E Sostanza  album cover C.S.I. Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti* Forma E Sostanza(10", EP, Ltd, Num) Universal Music Group, Universal Music Group BH71914 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
BJ60469 Twit Daddy EP  album cover Twit 1* & Suff Daddy Twit 1* & Suff Daddy - Twit Daddy EP(10", EP, Ltd, Num) Augenringe unter dem dritten Auge Records BJ60469 Germany 2019 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.