lathe cut vinyl
We offer lathe cut vinyl in stereo at 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm. Each record is hand cut and one of a kind. Two identical pieces can’t be cut. This is a different process than store bought vinyl from a pressing plant. It's a completely different process. There are some limitations to the format but is closely comparible in quality and durability to pressed vinyl. We currently offer 7”, 10" and 12" in Black, Transparent, White, Red, Green, Blue and 140 (1,5mm) or 180 (2mm) grams. We also make 7” & 12” Picture Discs.
The packaging is a full color heavy paper stock that's cut and glued, including a white dust cover as well as clear poly sleeve. Each record can be ordered with front and back center labels either black and white or full color. For DJ's we also offer plain black cover with black or white center label. Lathe cut vinyl has been around since the 1950's and has been collected by vinyl enthusiasts for decades.
Every recording is different and has a different set of challenges to cut on to vinyl. In order to make the best cut possible the audio needs to be be prepped. There are limitations to the format so in order to adjust for these limitations certain rules apply.
Always have all low end frequency's in the center of the stereo image. Loud bass frequencies on the outside edge of the stereo image will not work. In a case where it can't be adjusted or mixed to the center the audio will need to be made mono in order to make a proper cut.
As far as high frequencies go the format doesn't like much over 5 Khz. You might notice on some of your newer vinyl that the sibilance is distorted. In this case a de-esser is needed. The same goes for other high frequencies in the mix such as high hat. Any frequencies over 5 Khz will need to be adjusted as well.
Compression is also another factor. What is mastered for digital like a C.D. is not necessarily a good fit for vinyl. It is much better to have the raw mixes before mastering for digital to be used of the vinyl masters. Leave the dynamics instead of using a brick wall limiter on the mixes.
Remember the vinyl can only be as good as the source files. There are already limitations to vinyl. Please send a lossless audio file if you are sending a digital format (CD quality or higher .wav, .aiff). The ideal format would be 24bit 96Khz for the sample rate. But if not please don't send any lower than 16bit 44.1 Khz. If a lossy format such as .mp3 is all you have we can still cut using that file type it just isn't ideal.
1. Download artwork templates and create artwork.
2. Prepare audio files.
3. Place Artwork files in folder called Artwork and project name.
4. Place music files in folder called Music and project name.
5. Place both folders in a new folder and call the folder Your Name.
6. Finish order form details.
7. Use this Dropbox link or upload your folder on “My Orders” page and you’re all set!
8. Patiently wait for an awesome custom high quality vinyl record you can enjoy for years. Usually takes 5-8 days to ship.
*You can skip the 1st step if you don’t want a printed cover (sold separately) or a printed label (included for free).
**You can also choose a blank jacket (sold separately).
33⅓ RPM 12” - Try and keep side lengths to 18 min for best volume and quality.
45 RPM 12” - Try and keep side lengths to 12 min for the best volume and quality.
33⅓ RPM 10” - Try and keep side lengths to 16 min for best volume and quality.
45 RPM 10” - Try and keep side lengths to 14 min for the best volume and quality.
33⅓ RPM 7” - Try and keep side lengths to 6 min for best volume and quality.
45 RPM 7” - Try and keep side lengths to 4 min for the best volume and quality.