The first B2B conference dedicated to the rebirth of the global vinyl manufacturing business is coming back to Detroit Oct. 1-2, 2018 at the Westin Book Cadillac. The entire vinyl value chain – including representatives world’s leading pressing manufacturers, equipment suppliers, record labels, packagers and stereo makers – will compare notes on this astounding industry comeback.

Presented by: Colonial Purchasing Co-op LLC; Record Store Day; and hometown sponsor Third Man Pressing.

Use the code 18MVDETROIT to get an awesome discount!

Conference Objectives

  • Celebrate Vinyl as physical media’s shining star in the digital age
  • Deliver to attendees need-to-know info about Vinyl manufacturing challenges and opportunities
  • Reinforce that Vinyl’s rebirth is not a fad, as proven by 10 years of double-digit growth by Record Store Day over the past decade
  • Provide useful state-of-the-art info for mutual interests along the Vinyl supply chain, including retailers, labels, pressing plants, consumable suppliers, packagers, & music brokers
  • Provide networking opportunities for these diverse groups to meet each other and forge new relationships

Who Should Attend

  • Vinyl Manufacturers
  • Vinyl Mastering Service Providers
  • Lacquer Cutting Service Providers
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • CD/DVD Replicators & Duplicators
  • Vinyl Consumables Suppliers
  • Packaging Suppliers – Labeling, Innersleeves, etc.
  • Record Labels
  • Copyrights Holders
  • Music Brokers
  • Turntable Manufacturers and Other Audio Components
  • Music Retailers
  • Printers
  • Vinyl Enthusiasts

What you will get at Making Vinyl?

  • Learn the circumstances leading up to this astounding comeback for a media format that most wrote off as dead and buried as recently as 15 years ago
  • Find out the latest figures on the size of the worldwide market, and why 10 years of continued growth in the digital age demanded that a new manufacturing mindset was needed
  • Meet the new vendors of pressing equipment that provides faster and greener technology than yesteryear’s methods, still in use by facilities that never gave up on the format
  • Hear experts along the Vinyl value chain, starting with PVC pellet suppliers to mastering engineers to factory engineers to packaging designers to record labels and retailers
  • Discover why consumers – from baby boomers who now replace their classic record collections to millennials who think they’re cool – don’t think twice about paying $25 for today’s LPs
  • ‘Making Vinyl’ will also host the ‘Packaging Awards’, the media packaging competition

Like pieces in an electro-mechanical pinball machine, most likely the 1976 table by Bally called, ‘Freedom’, it takes many to play the game. Some parts are the foundation, the legs, others there to make noise when something good happens, some just there to take your money and never give it back. All of these parts and pieces work together so that people can enjoy the game, the challenge. Not too different from a community in my head. Hundreds if not thousands of moving pieces working together to hold one another up to keep working together so people come back to play.

And just like any game, people get mad, swear, hit, tilt, bump, kick, stomp, and cry over the outcome of in this case, a ball in play. Just because the one player is mad doesn’t mean that the machine is unfit for play, it just means it’s difficult, but pretty and flashy, and can really make us feel good when we get a free game or not to brag or anything a Grand Champion score on The Sopranos table at The Foundry Bar and Grill on Laketon Avenue or something. Take what you will out of this monologue, I was just talking about pinball.

It’s Father’s Day so kiss your wife and hug your son like there is no tomorrow because we do live in the ever present now.

The past is frozen in time and can’t be changed so there is no reason to love there.

The future is just a concept so no need in living in a future that may never take place.

It is the here and now where life exists. Enjoy the moment.

Words by Deacon Greg Anderson

The pace at which we have all been forcibly taught to work, react, respond is simply ridiculous. Patience has been replaced with punctuality, and relaxation replaced with repetition. The memory of a time not plagued with now, now, now, faster, faster, faster, perfection, perfection, perfection, bottom line, bottom line, bottom line, are over.

I was alive before the internet. One land line. Friends had to call us because they were long distance. Music too has seemed to me to be in a rush. How fast can I enjoy this? Just saying that bums me out. Tonight I only brought 7 records with me. It’s my hope that these songs, none shorter than 9 minutes force you to be in the moment.

I dare you to listen to this whole program. I dare you to listen for two hours. There will be no test when we’re done.

Thank you all so much for all of the positive love, prayers, and vibes for my mother-in-law. She is recovering well. This is the all-vinyl Black Circle Radio.

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