Create Your Own Records - Fast Turnaround 2 Days
LATHE CUT RECORDS - VINYL LATHE CUTS
Sound Good As Pressed Vinyl Records
Sound Good As Pressed Vinyl Records
Never A Setup Fee:
Each vinyl lathe cut record starts out as a 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.
I manufacture my own blanks and sapphire embossing styli, passing the saving on to you at only $10 each and 33 rpm at $12 each.
Vinyl lathe cut records an alternative for record pressing:
Fast turnaround usually 2 days, Lathe cuts that sound good as a vinyl record pressing.
How do they sound?
The sound reproduction is good as pressed vinyl records using my exclusive sapphire embossing stylus.
Our records are embossed with a sapphire cone stylus on our Scully cutting lathe. Producing silent grooves having a full frequency range from 20Hz to 14Khz. High frequencies at 15Khz to 20Khz are filtered out.
Embossed Discs are not recommended for DJ work or DJ scratching and Seeburg Jukboxes Only pressed vinyl and lacquer acetates will work for that purpose.
Embossed Records Vs. Vinyl Pressings:
Many call them vinyl 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 records 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.
Black & Clear polycarbonate discs - Lacquer Cutting In Stereo, Lacquer discs are made only in Japan and are very expensive and I don't stock them.
Embossed Records Pros:
Less expensive than lacquer and diamond cut.
Excellent audio quality 20Hz -14Khz Very low surface noise at - 40db Good silent grooves. Good enough for Jazz and Classical music. Great for for one-off short runs.
Embossed Records Cons:
Embossed lathe cuts have to be recorded in mono and not as loud as a pressed 45, and a maximum of 4:30 minutes, otherwise it will skip.
Not recommended for DJ work or DJ scratching - May not play on inexpensive turntables.
I don't recommend playing lathe cut records in Seeburg jukeboxes, and Wurlitzers with the Cobra Tone Arm. Rowe AMI JBM and later from 1963 and up will play embossed records.
Can't be cued and dose not play backwards with any magnetic cartridge. Ceramic cartridge like Astatic XT91 or 89T will play backwards. A warned out stylus will skip - An elliptical playback stylus may or may not work. Lower audio volume -10db - Skips easily if recorded louder, with no stereo separation.
Lacquer & Diamond Cuts - Pros:
Stable groove tracking - Excellent audio quality - Louder cuts - Good stereo separation lower surface noise at -65 db - Can be Cued and plays backwards.
Cost for 7" lathe cut $10 per disc. Single sided or both sides.
Cost for 7" inch lathe cut 33 rpm $12 per disc. Single sided or both sides.
Lacquer Acetate Disc:
The aluminum lacquer coated discs, also made one at a time, using a stereo or mono cutting.
This method has long been used for producing lacquer masters, which are then used to make metal stampers for pressing vinyl. Most of the machines used for this purpose were manufactured pre -1960. These machines 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.
Taking Your Order for Lathe Cut Records:
Turnaround times may vary according to the length of your music :
1 to 5 lathe cuts - Ships the next day
10 to12 Lathe cuts 2 days
20 to 25 lathe cuts 3 days,
12" inch LP Lathe Cut Records - Special Order:
I can make a 12" inch lathe cut record, 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, 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. 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 Lacquers can be in stereo or mono, a lacquer done with a stereo cutter head will result in a great stereo playback. Embossing polycarbonate lathe cut records 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. Lock Grooves, I'm not willing to do so, because It involves many different tracks on one side.
This means setting up levels for each track, it would be so time consuming and a chance for error in losing the entire side of a lathe cut record.
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 cutting Lathe cut records. 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. Playing embossed lathe cut records with a magnetic cartridge, no problem.
Stanton, Audio-Technica, Shure, ADC, Etc. try different turntables if you have a skipping problem. Set the Anti skating for best results.
Embossed discs will not play backwards with a magnetic cartridge. A warned out needle will tend to skip. Turntables that don't have a counter weighted tone arm may not work. A heavy tone arm will tend to skip more.
Crosley or inexpensive turntables may or my not work withe lathe cut records. A magnetic cartridge is more preferable. Embossed lathe cut records that are recorded louder tend to skip more. Playback stylus pressure no more than 3.5 grams. Use only conical or spherical. An elliptical stylus may not work,
There is a trade-off - Your Choice:
LOUDER CUT = The possibility for SKIPPING SOFTER CUT = Lower volume = zero chance for SKIPPING. If your record skips try different turntables. NO DO OVERS and No refunds.
45 rpm records recorded longer than 4:30 minutes may skip during playback.
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For the past 6 years I have been dedicated to polycarbonate record embossing with excellent results in sound quality. Lacquer cutting way too expensive.
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