QRATES launches service for small-batch vinyl pressing.

A new platform for funding, pressing and selling vinyl records has just launched. Headquartered in Japan, QRATES' service has shades of Kickstarter, Bandcamp and record distributor. You start by logging onto the QRATES website and putting together a mockup of the release, with options for customizable label and sleeve design and even the choice of vinyl color. The costs are calculated as you put together the mockup, based on the options you choose and the number of records you want pressed; the smallest order is 100 records, considerably less than the 300 or so most pressing plants will want as a minimum. (QRATES says they have an "exclusive partnership with world-renowned pressing plants

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