Please note that the longer your vinyl program is (i.e. the more minutes per side) the lower the volume of your records will be. This is due to the fact that in order to fit more music on the record, the grooves need to be closer together and shallower.
Recommended maximum program lengths:
- 12” 33 1/3 RPM — 18 minutes per side is ideal. 22 minutes per side is the absolute max.
- 12” 45 RPM — 12 minutes per side is ideal. 15 minutes per side is the absolute max.
- 7” 33 1/3 RPM — 6 minutes per side.
- 7” 45 RPM — 4.5 minutes per side.
We recommend 45 RPM for 7” records. While 33 1/3 RPM are possible they are sometimes prone to distortion. As a rule it’s always better to come in a minute or two under the available time to ensure the best playback of the program.
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