sx74 cutting head on Neumann VMS 80
Master lacquer cutting is where your music is carved into wax (well, nitrocellulose nowadays) by a lathe machine. The operator of this machine and the one responsible for the quality of this process is the cutting engineer or cutter.
It is paramount for the lacquer to be of the highest quality/fidelity, and that’s why at Press On Vinyl have one of the best lathes ever made (a Neumann VMS80 fully reconditioned by the expert hands of Crispin Murray and John Goldstraw) with a custom built transfer console built for us to specs by Alessandro Benedettelli (Side-B studio).
Once the music is mastered digitally (or on tape), it gets transferred/cut onto a nitrocellulose-coated aluminium disc called master lacquer.
Later, this disc is coated in silver (and then in nickel nitrate), creating the stamper. The stamper is placed in big industrial presses to manufacture the final vinyl record.
All jobs mastered for vinyl at Swift Mastering and then booked in at Press On Vinyl will be cut by yours truly, to make sure you won’t have any surprises and that your sonic vision is kept intact.
No triangulation, delays, communication breakdowns and multiple couriers involved. It will all be done under one roof, from mastering to vinyl records delivery!
For lacquer cutting or pressing/capacity inquiries, please get in touch with Press On Vinyl here (or here for their online quotation page)
Please remember that I will only cut projects that will be pressed at Press On Vinyl.