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Gotta Groove Records – The Artist’s Preferred Record Pressing Plant

Gotta Groove Records is a manufacturer of high quality vinyl records, located in Cleveland, Ohio USA.
www.gottagrooverecords.com (800) 295-0171

At the time of this filming, Gotta Groove Records is:
Arthur Born
Chayla Hope Burger
Chris Smith
Denny Lewalk
Don Brown
Emily Vogel
Greg Bailey
Gray Grether
Hama Bbela
Heather Gmucs
Joyce Tate
Kathrine Tate
Kristina Raquet
Matt Earley
Matt Lindsay
Matt Mulichak
Matt Alexander
Mitch Ribis
Paul Henry
Renee Henry
Paul Maccarrone
Randy Slusarz
Rayshad Beeman
Samantha Wandtke
Sarah Barker
Tom Dechristofaro
Tim Thornton
Vince Slusarz
Vince M. Slusarz

GGR’s Extended Family/Colleagues are:

Lacquer mastering:
Clint Holley
Dave Polster
Adam Boose

Record Electroforming:
NiPro Optics, Inc.
Record Technology
Queen City Audio

Cindy Johnston – QCA, Inc.

This film was directed and edited by Nick Cavalier.
Cinematography By: John Pope
First AC: Mike Bacanu
Aerial Cinematography By: Joey Artino
Color By: Allan Stallard
Music Supervision/Sound Design/Post Mix By: Michael Seifert

Original Music By:
Err – written and performed by Lemon Sky
Spare Changes – written and performed by Up Ensemble
Dos – Written and performed by Lemon Sky
Press Play – Written and performed by Michael Seifert
Block House Lights – Written by Jesse Friedberg and Christopher Perry -performed by Hazard Adams
All Too Much – Written by Michael Seifert – Performed by You and the Few
Reindeer Boots – Written by Richard Spitalsky – Performed by Extra Medium Pony
Cat and Split – Written by Richard Spitalsky – Performed by Extra Medium Pony

Special Thanks:

Animal VFX, Wax Mage Records, Cleveland Camera Rental and the city of Cleveland.



48 thoughts on “Gotta Groove Records – The Artist’s Preferred Record Pressing Plant

  1. Fantastic video y'all. So glad my 6 year old (who has literally been a music lover and extreme critic since 3 months old – I'm not even joking) asked me how records are made – to which I replied "let's find a short video" and we did. And this was the video we picked. He will NOT listen to cds or mp3/ wav/ whatever…….only tapes and vinyl. VERY PICKY. VERY SENSITIVE. VERY OPINIONATED. And this was a perfect video for us both. Thanks for the great production – both in terms of your product as well as this video. Kudos from Santa Fe, NM.

  2. I've been listening to vinyl since the late seventies and I'm used to the foibles of records, but I'm struggling a bit to understand why so many new pressings are so faulty. Has something changed in the materials used? Are some plants employing people who don't understand how to handle vinyl? I've read growing issues of sibilance and I've had issues with bad scratches on sealed items. Not saying these guys are having these issues, but it's a shame.

  3. Although I no longer buy vinyl, preferring the digital surround sound experience, I'm always impressed with companies that truly care about their products.

    I have a small handful of vinyl that can blow away the CD release but of course the end result in the re-releases hinge on the care taken from the master recording to the CD manufacturing.

    Apart from the added cost of buying vinyl and the burden of storage, the entire ritual aspect of records does have its own appeal. Keeping the quality level up should ensure job security for years to come. I'm always glad to see people putting this much effort into the things that are important in life.

  4. The video was interesting UNTIL…."Once we get the audio file", Records are analog and thus the chain should be kept analog, If an an artist doesn't want to give access to the original analog master or if it was mastered in the digital domain, than maybe they should go with CD or digital files, going from digital to analog (vinyl) is pointless, seeing that the sound quality is vastly superior when going to CD if DONE right. (NO compression) If you take the same DIGITAL master with NO tweaking and make a Record and a CD, the CD will always sound better. This also applies to an ANALOG master. And that is why most people love the sound of records, but the downside for most is that this leads to the mindset that no matter what you put on a record it will be superior.

  5. What a fantastic video! I'm living in a West Side burb, and have been a vinyl fan since the 60's, when as a child, I would sit in wonderment with my dad and listen to records on his now vintage FISHER 500C tube stereo receiver playing through a Garrard turntable (in one of those massive wooden furniture type consoles). Over the years, my house has turned into a veritable museum of thousands of old LP's either purchased or rescued sitting on tree lawns waiting to be tossed away on garbage pickup day! I have probably rescued at least 15 large record collections, while out walking my dog! Oftentimes, husbands pass away, and their wives toss away whole collections, not knowing their value, or not caring about music at all. My only regret is that most of these LP's, 45's, and 78's are in my garage, in a non-temp controlled environment, but that's because my house is on the smaller side. I also collect mostly vintage stereo equipment and speakers, and have 9 stereo systems set up throughout the house! I've never heard of 'Gotta Groove Records', but am definitely going to check out your website!

  6. Wow! I was surprised to see how those splattered records are made…I thought the colored pellets are just mixed with the black ones and the splattered effect just depends on how the puck blends the colors. But to see that it is actually "hand-fed" into a black puck before it gets pitted, that is freakin' cool 😎! That makes each record so unique with its design…

  7. I have a few records that were pressed at your plant, and they are all very high quality. I can see why my musician friends press at your plant for sure!

  8. Great video! I love to see videos of pressing plants as it's a great way to see how records are made. I also transitioned from 8-tracks to LPs in the late 70s and then LPs to CDs back in the mid 80s and back to LPs about 8 yrs ago. Haven't actually bought a CD in some years as I enjoy LPs so much better. Too bad there isn't a pressing plant here in western Washington as I'd love to work in one. Keep pressing!

  9. Awesome video! It would be great if every vinyl pressing plant would clean ALL new vinyl record grooves as part of the final process before packaging, so we customers don't have to mess with it.

  10. Towards the end one of the workers smooths out the vinyl pellets with her hand. Skin oil on vinyl isn't a good idea, but maybe the oil would burn off in the manufacturing process? Just a heads up, maybe she should be wearing gloves? I know they're a pain to wear. Otherwise, good luck, looks like a great operation, run by real adults.

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