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
BF91436  Hide Before Dinner   album cover F Ingers Hide Before Dinner (LP, Album) Blackest Ever Black BF91436 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BF90588  Mozaic  album cover Sunset in the 12th House Mozaic(2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180) Prophecy Productions BF90588 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
BK14358  Razzmatazz  album cover I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME Razzmatazz(LP, Album, Cre) Fearless Records, Spinefarm Records BK14358 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
824 848-2  Sacred Heart  album cover Dio (2) Sacred Heart(CD, Album, RE, Opt) Vertigo 824 848-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AL45274  The Possibility Of A New Work For Aquaserge  album cover Aquaserge The Possibility Of A New Work For Aquaserge (Album) AL45274 Belgium 2021 Sell This Version
BL35458  Yellow   album cover Emma-Jean Thackray Yellow (2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Movementt BL35458 UK 2021 Sell This Version
MVMTT04CD  Yellow   album cover Emma-Jean Thackray Yellow (CD, Album) Movementt MVMTT04CD UK 2021 Sell This Version
AJ69148 - GastiR - Ghosts Invited  album cover Gaahls WYRD - GastiR - Ghosts Invited (Album) AJ69148 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
BJ60735 - GastiR - Ghosts Invited  album cover Gaahls Wyrd - GastiR - Ghosts Invited (Album) BJ60735 France 2019 Sell This Version
SOM 512LP - GastiR - Ghosts Invited  album cover Gaahls Wyrd - GastiR - Ghosts Invited(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 512LP USA & Europe 2019 Sell This Version
5054197078057 ・Лучшее・Вой На Луну・  album cover Юрий Хой* И Группа Сектор Газа Юрий Хой* И Группа Сектор Газа - ・Лучшее・Вой На Луну・(LP, Comp, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Red) Warner Music Russia 5054197078057 Russia 2020 Sell This Version
BG27260 ・Лучшее・Вой На Луну・  album cover Юрий Хой* И Группа Сектор Газа Юрий Хой* И Группа Сектор Газа - ・Лучшее・Вой На Луну・(LP, Comp, RE) Warner Music Russia BG27260 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
BK15866 :Emptiness:Emptiness:Emptiness:  album cover :Of The Wand & The Moon: :Emptiness:Emptiness:Emptiness:(LP, Album, RE, RM) Moondrop Records BK15866 Denmark 2020 Sell This Version
AD25130 :Imprint Daath:  album cover The Ðevil & The Uñiverse* :Imprint Daath: (Album) AD25130 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
AD29585 ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts - 1990: An Embrace Of Hope...  album cover Various ¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts - 1990: An Embrace Of Hope...(CD, Comp) Eagle Records AD29585 UK, Europe & US 2013 Sell This Version
BJ61532 ¡The Best Of!  album cover Morrissey ¡The Best Of!(2xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) Parlophone, Sire BJ61532 USA, Canada & Europe 2019 Sell This Version
INDIGO CD 16529-2 ?!  album cover Michy Reincke ?!(CD, Album) Rintintin Musik INDIGO CD 16529-2 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
BE63180 ?ugeez Or Not / 138 Trek  album cover Zinc* ?ugeez Or Not / 138 Trek(12", Ltd, Num) Rinse BE63180 UK 2014 Sell This Version
ODINCD9577 ... But Swinging Doesn't Bend Them Down  album cover The Source (6) ... But Swinging Doesn't Bend Them Down(CD, Album) Odin ODINCD9577 Norway 2021 Sell This Version
BD 00082 ... Of Frost And War  album cover Hail Of Bullets ... Of Frost And War(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Pic, RE) Metal Blade Records BD 00082 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
AI31206 ....Balla!  album cover Pino D'Angió* ....Balla!(CD, Album, RE) Edel AI31206 Italy 2018 Sell This Version
AI44138 ....In "Jane From Occupied Europe"  album cover Swell Maps ....In "Jane From Occupied Europe"(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mute, Mute, Mute AI44138 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BE67229 ...All That Might Have Been...  album cover Peter Hammill ...All That Might Have Been...(LP, Album) Fie! Records BE67229 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
BG48127 ...And Don't The Kids Just Love It  album cover Television Personalities ...And Don't The Kids Just Love It (Album) BG48127 UK 2016 Sell This Version
AI21509 ...And Justice For All  album cover Metallica ...And Justice For All(CD, Album, RE, RP) Vertigo, Phonogram AI21509 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AD05384 ...And The Beat Goes On!  album cover Scooter ...And The Beat Goes On!(CD, Album + 2xCD, Comp + Ltd, RM, Dig) Sheffield Tunes, Kontor Records AD05384 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
BJ92295 ...And The Beat Goes On!  album cover Scooter ...And The Beat Goes On! (Album) BJ92295 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
CHARLY 665 D ...Boys Can Be Mean Fabulous Femme Pop Gems  album cover Various ...Boys Can Be Mean Fabulous Femme Pop Gems(2xCD, Comp, RM) Charly Records CHARLY 665 D Germany 2012 Sell This Version
BF19180 ...But Seriously  album cover Phil Collins ...But Seriously(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Atlantic, Atlantic BF19180 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
AB57065 ...Di Terra  album cover Banco* ...Di Terra(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin AB57065 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BG28411 ...For Thine Is The Darkness  album cover Graveyard (4) ...For Thine Is The Darkness(LP, Album) War Anthem Records BG28411 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
BE49756 ...For Victory  album cover Bolt Thrower ...For Victory (Album) BE49756 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BC91732 ...I Care Because You Do  album cover Aphex Twin ...I Care Because You Do(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Warp Records BC91732 UK 2012 Sell This Version
BB49923 ...Ja Mikään Ei Muuttunut  album cover Lama (2) ...Ja Mikään Ei Muuttunut(LP, Comp, RE) Svart Records BB49923 Finland 2011 Sell This Version
AL35437 ...Keyboard Fantasies...  album cover Beverly Glenn-Copeland ...Keyboard Fantasies...(CD, Album, RE) Transgressive Records AL35437 UK 2021 Sell This Version
BC71923 ...Little Broken Hearts  album cover Norah Jones ...Little Broken Hearts(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Blue Note BC71923 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
BC77137 ...Lost Contact!  album cover The KDV Deviators ...Lost Contact!(LP, Album, Ltd) Drunkabilly Records BC77137 Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
AC90689 ...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...  album cover Falkenbach ...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...(CD, Album, RP) Napalm Records AC90689 Austria Unknown Sell This Version
BG35280 ...Nothing Like The Sun  album cover Sting ...Nothing Like The Sun(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) A&M Records, A&M Records BG35280 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
AI13318 ...of Harm And Salvation...  album cover Maladie (3) ...of Harm And Salvation...(CD, Album) Apostasy Records, Apostasy Records, Apostasy Records AI13318 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
AI27408 ...Off The Bone  album cover The Cramps ...Off The Bone(CD, Comp, RE, RP) Zonophone, Zonophone, EMI, EMI AI27408 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AC62925 ...Olipa Kerran - Koko Tuotanto  album cover Belaboris ...Olipa Kerran - Koko Tuotanto(CD, Comp, RM) Poko Rekords, Poko Rekords AC62925 Finland 2012 Sell This Version
AB61712 …On Sea-Faring Isolation  album cover Dolphins Into The Future …On Sea-Faring Isolation(CD, Album, RE) Fonal Records AB61712 Finland 2012 Sell This Version
SIR4003C ...Sounds Like This  album cover Nektar ...Sounds Like This(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Sireena Records SIR4003C Germany 2014 Sell This Version
AF83966 ...still...  album cover Maladie (3) ...still...(CD, Album, Dig) Apostasy Records, Apostasy Records AF83966 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
AL50414 ...symproms III...  album cover Maladie (3) ...symproms III...(CD, EP, Ltd) Apostasy Records AL50414 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
AJ85605 ...symptoms II...  album cover Maladie (3) ...symptoms II...(CD, EP) Apostasy Records AJ85605 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
AG63168 ...symptoms...  album cover Maladie (3) ...symptoms...(CD, EP) Apostasy Records, Apostasy Records AG63168 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
AK21932 ...the Grand Aversion...  album cover Maladie (3) ...the Grand Aversion...(CD, Album) Apostasy Records AK21932 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
AF00777 ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)  album cover Deep Purple ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)(2xCD + DVD-V) Ear Music AF00777 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
AF00777-01 ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)  album cover Deep Purple ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)(2xCD, Album) Ear Music AF00777-01 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
EF00691 ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)  album cover Deep Purple ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo)(Blu-ray) Ear Music EF00691 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BJ86936 ...Und Das Geht So  album cover Kettcar ...Und Das Geht So (Album) BJ86936 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
BF95468 ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble  album cover Uriah Heep ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble(LP, Album, RE) Sanctuary Records, BMG, Bronze BF95468 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BC64411 ...Y Sembrarán Los Campos De Odio  album cover Hongo (4) ...Y Sembrarán Los Campos De Odio(LP) La Humanidad Es La Plaga, Contraszt! Records BC64411 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
SLR LP 0047 ...О любви  album cover Чиж & Co ...О любви(LP, Album) SoLyd Records SLR LP 0047 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
AD13661 .com/kill  album cover .com/kill .com/kill(CD, Album, Enh) Accession Records AD13661 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
B758391 .Limbo Messiah  album cover Beatsteaks .Limbo Messiah(LP, Album, RE) Warner Music Group Germany B758391 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BA04139 .neon  album cover Lantlôs .neon(LP, Album, RP, Red) Prophecy Productions BA04139 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
BK05872 '74 Jailbreak  album cover AC/DC '74 Jailbreak(LP, Album, Comp, RE, RM, 180) Columbia, Albert Productions, Sony Music BK05872 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
BC79427 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend  album cover Godspeed You! Black Emperor* 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend(LP + 7" + Album) Constellation BC79427 USA & Canada 2012 Sell This Version
BI31875 'Cello Sonata / "Arpeggione"  album cover Shostakovich*, Schubert*, Daniel Shafran*, Lydia Pecherskaya* Shostakovich*, Schubert*, Daniel Shafran*, Lydia Pecherskaya* - 'Cello Sonata / "Arpeggione"(LP, RE, RM, 180) RCA Victor Red Seal, Analogphonic BI31875 Germany 2018 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
AF01638 'Pour Amélie' Piano Music  album cover Jeroen van Veen (2) 'Pour Amélie' Piano Music(2xCD, Album) Brilliant Classics AF01638 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
FAME 384LP 'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It (Live)  album cover Howe Gelb 'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It (Live)(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl + LP, Album, W/Lbl) Fire Records FAME 384LP 2016 Sell This Version
AH07910 "...Famous Last Words..."  album cover Supertramp "...Famous Last Words..."(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) A&M Records AH07910 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
AD28057 "Alles Schick In Kreuzberg" Und "Möbel Zu Hause, Aber Kein Geld Für Alkohol" Live  album cover Harry Rowohlt & Klaus Bittermann Harry Rowohlt & Klaus Bittermann - "Alles Schick In Kreuzberg" Und "Möbel Zu Hause, Aber Kein Geld Für Alkohol" Live(2xCD, Album) Edition Tiamat AD28057 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
QALP004 "Before F After C" - Level Body Revelation Pt. Two  album cover Complicated Universal Cum "Before F After C" - Level Body Revelation Pt. Two(LP, Album) Questions And Answers QALP004 Denmark 2012 Sell This Version
BH69611 "Best Troubador"  album cover Bonnie Prince Billy* "Best Troubador"(2xLP, Album) Domino BH69611 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
AC76042 "Der Paganini Der Abschweifung" Live  album cover Harry Rowohlt "Der Paganini Der Abschweifung" Live(2xCD, Album) Mundraub AC76042 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
AF07326 "Entartete Musik" : Willkommen in Deutschland - Ein Gedenkkonzert  album cover Das Sinfonieorchester Der Robert Schumann Hochschule* & Die Toten Hosen Das Sinfonieorchester Der Robert Schumann Hochschule* & Die Toten Hosen - "Entartete Musik" : Willkommen in Deutschland - Ein Gedenkkonzert(2xCD, Album + DVD-V) Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma (JKP), Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma (JKP) AF07326 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BF07509 "Entartete Musik" : Willkommen in Deutschland - Ein Gedenkkonzert  album cover Das Sinfonieorchester Der Robert Schumann Hochschule* & Die Toten Hosen Das Sinfonieorchester Der Robert Schumann Hochschule* & Die Toten Hosen - "Entartete Musik" : Willkommen in Deutschland - Ein Gedenkkonzert(3xLP, Album + DVD-V) Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma (JKP), Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma (JKP) BF07509 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BI53741 "First Place Again" Playboy  album cover Paul Desmond "First Place Again" Playboy(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records BI53741 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
BJ77080 "Hear My Voice"  album cover Piers Faccini "Hear My Voice"(12", EP, Ltd) Beating Drum, Beating Drum BJ77080 France 2019 Sell This Version
AC86677 "Hello Exit Harmony" - Level Body Revelation Pt. One  album cover Complicated Universal Cum "Hello Exit Harmony" - Level Body Revelation Pt. One(CD, Album, Promo) Questions And Answers, Questions And Answers AC86677 Denmark 2012 Sell This Version
AC86677 "Hello Exit Harmony" - Level Body Revelation Pt. One / "Before F After C" - Level Body Revelation Pt. Two  album cover Complicated Universal Cum "Hello Exit Harmony" - Level Body Revelation Pt. One / "Before F After C" - Level Body Revelation Pt. Two(CD, Album, Promo + CD, Album, Promo + Comp) Wordandsound, Questions And Answers AC86677 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
A849668 "Heroes"  album cover David Bowie "Heroes" (Album) A849668 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
AH03254 "Heroes"  album cover David Bowie "Heroes" (Album) AH03254 UK, Europe & US 2017 Sell This Version
BH02087 "Heroes"  album cover David Bowie "Heroes" (Album) BH02087 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BH85883 "Heroes"  album cover David Bowie "Heroes"(7", Single, Mono, Ltd, Pic, RM) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone BH85883 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
AC81075 "Jhonn," Uttered Babylon  album cover Myrninerest "Jhonn," Uttered Babylon(CD, Album, Ltd) The Spheres AC81075 UK 2012 Sell This Version
BH73822 "Lycka"  album cover Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson "Lycka"(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Polar, Polar BH73822 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
AH09967 "Strange Boutique"  album cover The Monochrome Set "Strange Boutique"(CD, Album, RE, RM) Tapete Records AH09967 2020 Sell This Version
AH01325 "The Spaghetti Incident?"  album cover Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"(CD, Album, RE, RP) Geffen Records, Uzi Suicide Records AH01325 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BPR009SP "Не болит голова у дятла" / Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches  album cover Vladimir Vasilkov*, And His Jazzrock Group Vladimir Vasilkov*, And His Jazzrock Group - "Не болит голова у дятла" / Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches(7", Single, S/Edition) Black Pearl Records (5) BPR009SP Germany 2019 Sell This Version
BC97639 ( )  album cover Sigur Rós ( )(2xLP, Album, RE) FatCat Records, [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings BC97639 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BE42664 ( )  album cover Sigur Rós ( ) (Album) BE42664 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BD30332 ( Moon )  album cover Snowbird ( Moon )(2xLP, Album + 2xCD, Album) Bella Union, Bella Union BD30332 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
BK99601 (1997-2013)  album cover Blackmail (2) (1997-2013)(2xLP, Comp, Ltd + CD, Comp) Unter Schafen Records BK99601 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
AB36671 (Baustelle) Rekonstruktion Remixe  album cover Greie Gut Fraktion (Baustelle) Rekonstruktion Remixe(CD, Album) Monika Enterprise AB36671 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
A784216 (Blue Guitars) - A Collection Of Songs -  album cover Chris Rea (Blue Guitars) - A Collection Of Songs -(2xCD, Comp, RE, RP) Edel Records, Jazzee Blue A784216 Europe Unknown 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
0190295266325 (Collection)  album cover Alain Souchon (Collection)(2xLP, Comp, RE) Parlophone 0190295266325 France 2019 Sell This Version
BJ69758 (Collection)  album cover Alain Souchon (Collection)(LP, Whi + LP, Red + Comp, Ltd, RE) Parlophone BJ69758 France 2019 Sell This Version
BJ 92507 (Don't) Welcome The Plague As A Blessing / The Babelsberg Basement Files  album cover Gruff Rhys (Don't) Welcome The Plague As A Blessing / The Babelsberg Basement Files(LP, Album, Ltd, Spl) Rough Trade BJ 92507 UK 2020 Sell This Version
BE75588 (IV)  album cover Toundra (IV) (Album) BE75588 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
AI25315 (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)  album cover Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)(CD, Album, RE, RP) MCA Records, MCA Records AI25315 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
BE59962 (r)Evolution  album cover HammerFall (r)Evolution (Album) BE59962 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
AJ91253 (Recorded Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre) The Soft Bulletin  album cover The Flaming Lips Featuring The Colorado Symphony* The Flaming Lips Featuring The Colorado Symphony* - (Recorded Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre) The Soft Bulletin(CD, Album) Bella Union AJ91253 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
AG62739 (Sic!)  album cover Broilers (Sic!)(CD, Album) Skull & Palms Recordings AG62739 Germany 2017 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.