Vinyl Production Masters are typically a single high resolution digital audio file for each side of the record. It's sent to your vinyl cutting house along with a track list containing detailed timing information.
Due to physical differences between the outer and inner parts of the disc, the order of your tracks is an important consideration with vinyl.
A great rule of thumb is to put your loudest, heaviest tracks with more frequency information at the beginning of each side, and put your less dynamic tracks with less frequency information at the end of each side.
Also in play is how much audio can fit on a side. That can vary depending on the record size (12", 10", 7"), record speed (33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm) and desired loudness.
It's not uncommon for the vinyl release of an album to have a slightly different track order vs the digital release.
In some cases, tracks may be edited or even left off the vinyl release to achieve a shorter playing time, or to get each side equal in length.
With a little forward planning and some consultation with the cutting house, we can maximize the potential of your vinyl and produce the best release possible.