Hand Drawn Pressing

Hand Drawn Pressing is a vinyl record pressing company located in Addison, Texas.[1] It opened in 2011 as the world's first fully automated record pressing plant.[2][3]


Starting as Dallas-based record label Hand Drawn Records, Hand Drawn Pressing expanded into record brokering in 2011, simplifying the process for artists and pressing records through another record pressing plant. It eventually became independent from the record label by the name of Hand Drawn Pressing under chief creative officer Dustin Blocker and chief operating officer Alex Cushing in 2014.[4] Acquiring two vinyl record presses in 2016, Hand Drawn Pressing began operations in a packaging warehouse.[5][6]


Hand Drawn Pressing uses the WarmTone press engineered by Canada's Viryl Technologies.[7] Before the introduction of the WarmTone press, all current record pressing facilities used machines exclusively resurfaced from the twentieth century.[8] The resurfaced machines press an average of two records per minute. The WarmTone press averages three records per minute with a smaller percentage for error.[9][10]

See alsoEdit

Record press

Production of phonograph records


  1. ^ Ediriwira, Amar. "New pressing plant to open with the world's first "fully automated" record press". The Vinyl Factory. The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ Setaro, Shawn. "Hand Drawn Pressing Brings New Technology To Vinyl Records". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  3. ^ Setaro, Shawn. "Hand Drawn Pressing Brings New Technology to Vinyl Records". Forbes. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Start the presses! World's latest innovation in vinyl records now spinning in Addison". GuideLive. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  5. ^ "This indie music label is investing in vinyl". Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Audrey. "Hand Drawn Records to Be the World's Only Fully Automated Record Plant". Dallas Observer. Dallas Observer. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ Chun, Rene. "Meet the Record Pressing Robot Fueling Vinyl's Return". Wired. Wired. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  8. ^ Ediriwira, Amar. "New machines developed to speed up vinyl pressing". The Vinyl Factory. The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Meet the Warm Tone, the Software-Controlled Vinyl-Pressing Beast Fueling the LP's Comeback". WIRED. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  10. ^ Mawajdeh, Hady. "This indie music label is investing in vinyl". Marketplace. Marketplace. Retrieved 7 August 2017.

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