The Best Alternative For Creating Your Own Lathe Cut Vinyl Record
Good Enough For Jazz And Classical Music
Lathe cut vinyl records the best alternative for pressing vinyl records today, after the Apollo Masters Corporation fire in Banning, CA that occurred on February 6, 2020.
Embossed records are not recommended for DJ work or DJ scratching
Only pressed vinyl records and lacquer acetates will work for that purpose.
What Are Custom Vinyl Lathe Cuts ?
Record cutting is a process for making instant vinyl records. This is the fastest way to make a one off record, that can be made in minutes. Our lathe cut records are embossed with a sapphire cone stylus on our vintage Scully record cutting lathe that is producing records with a silent groove having a full frequency range from 20Hz to 14Khz. High frequencies at 15Khz to 20Khz are filtered out.
Our Record Cutting Process Never A Setup Fee !
Each embossed vinyl lathe cut record starts out as a 7 1/2" inch square, then it is trimmed into a 7" inch round disc, after it's recorded this is the way I do them. Others use round blanks for the ease and convenience, but at a higher cost per disc.
Most People Calling Them "LATHE CUT VINYL RECORDS OR PRESSINGS"
But in reality they are Polycarbonate records. Today people call them vinyl record pressings, but they are not, they are embossed records and vinyl pressings are made with steam hot metal stampers installed in a hydraulic pressing machine. We specialize in embossing 7" inch discs that are made from clear or black polycarbonate plastic made one at a time.
Vinyl And Polycarbonate
They are two different things, one is "vinyl" and the other is "polycarbonate", Pressed vinyl discs with no grooves can't be embossed, it may be possible to be cut it with a diamond stylus, but a very costly process, especially the amount of time a diamond stylus last, only 10 hours, at $200 a pop. Polycarbonate records can be cut or embossed.
Lathe Cut Services
Lacquer & Diamond Cut
An alternative for pressing vinyl records
Lathe cut vinyl records are recorded on a disc recording lathe that uses a moving voice coil to drive a stylus that engraves the sound waves onto the disc. This method has long been used for producing lacquer masters, which are then used to make metal stampers for pressing vinyl records. Most of the machines used for this purpose were manufactured pre-1960.
Lacquer acetate records
They are aluminum lacquer coated discs, also recorded one at a time, using a stereo or mono record cutting lathe. These lathes were used in the production and manufacturing process for vinyl records. Cutting a lacquer master discs, was then electroplated to make the metal stampers used by the pressing plants.
7.5" Inch Squares by request only
Square records have the same playing time as a round 7" inch disc 45 or 33.
7" inch Round NO MINIMUM
Number of lathe cut records per order is 25, for clear polycarbonate and black polycarbonate. Do not ask me to do DIFFERENT SONGS for each record, because this involves changing settings on the lathe and audio levels, EQ, settings for the high frequency limiters and compression levels for each cut, even for a few records.
12" inch Record - LP
I can make a 12" inch, disc no problem, but I'm very RELUCTANT to do so, the reason is, some audio files may have different track EQ, or vocal sibilant problems and levels on each track. I normally don't stock large sheets of Polycarbonate any more, only on special orders. The same goes for 12" inch paper sleeves and jackets, I don't stock them. If I do this job for you, it will be put in a freezer ZIP-LOCK bag. Go for the 7' inch EP instead.
Since the 1980's many people have begun experimenting with these lathes to produce one-offs records, using clear polycarbonate plastic, using materials such as picnic plates, squares sheets, and X-Ray film. X-ray film when embossed is extremely noisy, this is the reason why I will not do them.
Embossing Plastic Vs. Lacquer Cutting
Polycarbonate plastic is not to be confused with Plexi Glass. Plexi can not be cut or embossed with a sapphire or diamond stylus. On the other hand a lacquer disc can only be cut with a sapphire stylus, it is not possible to embossed lacquer.
Stereo HI-FI phonograph records
Lacquers can be recorded in stereo or mono, a lacquer recorded with a stereo cutter head will result in a great stereo playback, embossing a polycarbonate disc with a stereo cutter head will result in a MONO play back with a very small amount of stereo separation and it will skip badly when playing it back.
Manny have asked if I can cut LOCKED GROOVES, yes. I'm not willing to do so, because It involves many different tracks on one side of a disc. This means setting up levels for each track, it would be so time consuming and a chance for error in losing the entire side.
Sibilant Vocal Tracks
De-essing Is any technique intended to reduce or eliminate excessive highs in the recording or the prominence of sibilant consonants, such as the sounds normally found in the vocal track by "s" and "sh", in recordings of the human voice.
Sibilant lies in frequencies anywhere between 2–10 kHz, depending on the individual's dental work. This causes havoc in record cutting.
I WILL NOT FIX THIS THIS, THIS IS THE STUDIO'S RESPONSIBILITY.
All AUDIO IS TRANSFERRED "AS-IS"
I'll throw in the Behringer 9024 Ultra-Dyne to clean up some sibilance.
Recommended Cartridge For Playing Lathe Cut Records, are Stanton 681's or most magnetic cartridges.
There is a trade-off - Your Choice
45 7" inch large hole lathe cut vinyl records made of black polycabonate. Large hole is optional
Create Your Own Custom lathe cut Vinyl Records
If you're considering putting your music on lathe cut vinyl, then lathe cut records may be the answer you been looking for. You're probably aware that it is a costly endeavor. Most artists decide not to release vinyl because of minimum order and cost. If you're going to make your own vinyl, here are the five reasons lathe cuts are more economical than pressed vinyl records.
Lathe cut records $8.00 Are More Economical Then Pressed Records
They are more expensive per disc as compared to pressing vinyl. There is no outsourcing because everything is done in house. You can put your music on plastic in lower quantities.
Pressing a vinyl record was the only way for high volume releases:
The cost associated with record pressing makes it impossible for a record plant to offer vinyl record pressing with small quantities.
1. Lower manufacturing costs
Lathe cut vinyl records have risen in popularity in resent years as the best solution for a limited vinyl release. The manufacturing process for lathe cuts vs pressed vinyl is faster and less expensive than vinyl record pressing manufacturing package deal.
Record pressing is the method that music is put on vinyl. This is done in three steps; disc mastering, metal plating, and vinyl pressing. These steps are seldom done under one roof which adds to the high cost for small vinyl pressing quantities.
2.Dub Plate - An old term used years ago when lacquer was used
Lathe cutting uses the same process for disc mastering. A flat plastic disc is placed on the Record Lathe. The cutter head embosses a analog sound into the blank polycarbonate disc. This is done one at a time to reach the number of records. A lacquer cut for vinyl pressing is achievable with having to electroplate the lacquer acetate.
Short run records can be recorded all under one roof. This makes the most cost effective process for making affordable vinyl records.
3. Lathe Cut Record Sound Quality
The sound quality of my embossed records will sound good as pressed vinyl, as extremely close to your original master audio, with no surface noise or clicks or pops. However, some may skip if played on inexpensive turntables or juke boxes.
My experience, since 1972, this is the key to manufacturing high quality vinyl recordings. There are some exceptional cuts being done on vintage mono machines. Be wary of record cutters that issue the disclaimer that lathe cuts are LO-FI novelties not intended for commercial release, not true.
4. Fast Turn Around Time For 25 Records, 2 days In Most Cases
Record cutting is a process for making instant vinyl lathe cut. This is the fastest way to make a one off record, that can be made in minutes, where a vinyl record pressing job can take months. Days of preparation are needed because the plating and pressing processes.
The length of the audio program will determine the amount of time it takes to record each copy, If a song is 4 minutes long, it will take 4 minutes, plus set up audio levels takes time to complete, the longer the song the lower in volume the record will play.
Vinyl album sales are consistently growing each year. The pressing plants are backed up with projects. Even with the higher price tag with turnaround times usually six months . A minimum order from a pressing plant is is more than the average producer can sell and may have unsold vinyl left over. This makes it very difficult for independent artists to do a vinyl release. Embossed polycarbonate records make it possible for any recording artist to make a high quality custom records.
7" inch black polycarbonate lathe cut vinyl records available with large and small hole, square and
Single sided black polycarbonate squares or round records available with the "B" side may or may not have a matte finish.
45 rpm $14
33 rpm $16
Clear Polycarbonate, clients are still requesting it.
Makrolon is no longer available, it was a great product, I had no issues with it, I replaced it with TUF-FAK.
The plastic made by "PLAZIT PLOLYGAL" which I'm no longer using had warpage and unevenness made it difficult to emboss consistent lathe cuts.
Lacquer record cutting service for the production of phonograph records.
Two 14 inch one side lacquers are used to make a set of metal stampers for the record pressing plant to produce 12" LP vinyl albums.
Actual play back of a lathe cut record
Polycarbonate disc, recorded DRY at room temperature with no heat lamp, no oils, no Pledge wax or furniture polish. Using my sapphire embossing stylus.
This explains a very important detail instruction in setting up your ANTI-SKATING adjustment for best results in playing embossed lathe cuts.
You can hear the problem with SIBILANT in the vocal track. That is the reason you must have the track mastered for vinyl. I will not fix this.