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New tool for calculating maximum vinyl cutting times

We get asked daily how much music can fit on vinyl, and the answer is always ‘it depends’. You see, vinyl isn’t a digital medium like a CD where it’s a simple case of how many bits can be stored. Vinyl is a living, breathing analog medium with many nuances and shades of gray between a good and bad cut.

That’s why we just released this new online tool that will not only advise what is physically possible for your project, but also give a general idea about how cutting time directly affects quality. It will also tell you which cutting speed (rpm) will offer the best quality.

We hope you can make use of this tool to optimize the running time of your productions – you might be surprised that a minute cropped here or there can make a huge difference to quality, or that you may have been given the wrong information about which cutting speed (rpm) to choose for best results.

Check it out here!

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Huge Discounts on Eco Friendly CD Packages!

We have been working hard here at Mobineko to drastically reduce the cost of all-cardboard packaging and in turn reduce the amount of polypropylene plastic used in CD trays. Using some new consolidation techniques we have reduced pricing on inside pocket gatefolds and other cardboard packaging by up to £225!

Of course as usual we don’t compromise on quality and you get one of the finest 4pp gatefolds in Europe combined with the great new price! 350gsm board and silky matt lamination is standard here.

Check out pricing on our CD quote machine or online pricelist.

In some other news we also finally have the updated Google Apps version of our CD orderform available worldwide for CD customers. Take a look here.

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Mobineko’s Online Uploader How-To Guide

Before starting we strongly recommend that all audio files (wav or aiff) are packed in a zip or rar archive before uploading!

Please note very old versions of Internet Explorer (version 8 or lower) are not supported. If for some reason it’s impossible to update your browser (due to company rules, etc.) please use the traditional FTP transfer.

Step 1: login at http://www.mobineko.com/support and click the button to Select Files

 

Step 2: select your file(s) to upload (hold Ctrl, command key or shift to select multiple files)

 

Step 3: when ready click Start Upload to start the upload. You can pause and resume uploads whenever you like. If you accidentally leave the page or your computer crashes, just follow steps 1-2 again and any partial uploads will be automatically resumed from where they were stopped.

 

Step 4: the upload bars will turn green when each file is completed. You can refresh the page to confirm your files were successfully uploaded in the View & Download Production Files panel

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Mobineko.com New Site Features

Howdy, folks!

Usually we don’t talk about upcoming new features on our site but we are really excited about an ongoing project that’s very close and will make a huge change to the whole order process.

We know that the number one difficulty people complain about is understanding and using FTP. It’s not that we haven’t listened, rather that there was really no good substitute for transferring the very large files used in quality vinyl pressing.

During the past few years we have monitored the progress made in browser technology and now we feel it’s advanced enough that we can offer the smooth online ordering with point & click uploading that we always hoped for.

Here is the road map for these important three new features which will work together as our new intuitive online order system:

  • 1. intelligent multi-currency multi-country quote engine – you can already find this running in the vinyl & CD sections of mobineko.com! When we are confident that all the bugs are ironed out we will be able to link this smoothly to the online ordering features below.
  • 2. resumable large file uploader with pause/resume functions – this is the biggie that we are sure will make life easier for a lot of frustrated customers. Our new app lets you click a single button to upload one or more huge (up to 4GB) files and there’s even a pause/resume feature in case you lose internet connection or your browser crashes during upload. We are currently running a closed beta with some of our customers and the feedback is great so far.
  • 3. custom online ordering app – this is also in a closed beta and we plan to start rolling out in a few weeks. It uses the same engine and interface as our quote machine so you don’t have to relearn how anything works. Finally no more Google Sheets forms, just point and click to save order templates with your favorite options already selected!

We always appreciate any feedback – let us know through Facebook, Twitter or email when you try the new features or new site and let us know what you love or hate. It’s your chance to change how we work.

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Mobineko New Site

Don’t worry, folks. We haven’t gone anywhere! We’re just installing our new website.

We’re sure you all miss the 13 year old design and dodgy quote machine but we hope the brand new visual quote machine and fresh design from La Casa de los Pixeles can make up for your loss.

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Showcase: James Leclaire and the Cable 22s, Of What is Left

We recently pressed a limited run 12″ for Canadian folk/rock/blues artist James Leclaire.  The album has a great fresh summer sound to it and we sure hope to hear (and press) more of his music in near future.

 

All songs from the latest release can be heard here: http://jamesleclaire.bandcamp.com/

A recent review of Of What is Left: http://therevue.ca/2014/06/cd-review-james-leclaire-delivers-on-of-what-is-left/

“He’s the Dave Grohl of Ottawa country music…the songs just soar.”
-The Revue

“…he sings with a mix of Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. It’s a phenomenal mix of country/folk/blues.”
-Martyr Magazine

“Enter stage left, the spirit of Steve Earle. The gravely voice,  porch-friendly beat-it makes you want to wheel the pickup out on a hillbilly highway.”        -Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen

 

 

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Mobineko Factory Tour

Recently Craig Ferguson came to take some photos at our Taichung offices + factory complex. Enjoy some bad-ass old school machinery and wrench work!

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Important Policy Change – Bulk CDs

As of today (June 26th 2014) Mobineko is no longer offering bulk print parts for jewel cases. We have made this decision due to disruption that bulk prints cause in the shipping and packing workflow, along with a higher than average number of claims due to difficulty in packing etc.

Customers are still welcome to order bulk CD pressing, or add booklets/inlays etc. to other packaged products.

Thanks to all for your understanding.

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12″ Splatter Vinyl is Back

Good news! 12″ splatter vinyl is back and permanently available for pressing.  A variety of options/splatter variations are possible for unique effects. For further information and pricing, contact martin@mobineko.com.

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Our new Taichung based mastering studio now operating

Mastering equipment: Maselec MLA-3 Multiband Compressor, MEA-2 Mastering Equalizer, Apogee Symphony w/ 2 8×8 modules, Apogee Thunderbridge, SSL SuperAnalogue Stereo EQ + Compression + Summing, Custom i7 iMac, Phase Correlation Meter + 5.1 monitoring

Creative stuff: full size M-Audio keyboard, Korg MS2K, Korg N1R, Access Virus A, C and TI, Nova Novation, Korg Electribe

Input/output formats accepted: CD, DVD, DDP, Digital Audio, 1/4″ tape, Magnetic Cassette, DAT, Vinyl (of course!)

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