Lacquer Cutting

Details about cutting the master lacquer for your pressing project.

Lacquer cutting is the process of transforming an audio recording into physically cut grooves on the surface of a lacquer disc via a machine called a lathe. This cut lacquer is used as the master in the electroplating process to create stampers which are then used to press your album.

Have your own preferred lacquer cutter? We welcome all outside lacquers.

Notice: All lacquer cutting jobs require a Vinyl Track List to be provided with orders. If you do not have one, download and fill out our PDF version here and include it in your Audio Project Files when submitting your order.

Lacquer Cutting Specs

The amount of time that is allowed per side of a record is determined by RPM, track volumes, and gap separations.

12″ 33RPM

18 minutes

22 minutes per side

12″ 45RPM

12 minutes

25 minutes per side

7″ 33RPM

5 minutes

7 minutes per side

7″ 45RPM

4 minutes

6 minutes per side

Tube Vinyl Cutting Equipment

  • Fully restored Scully ‘501’ Lathe
  • Westrex 3DIIa Cutter
  • Westrex RA-1574E Tube Cutting Amps
  • Scully Variable Pitch Control
  • Scully Variable Depth Control
  • DAW: Custom Quad-Core Windows 8.1 running Nuendo
  • Processing: UAD, Slate Digital, Waves, Nomad Factory, Voxengo
  • D/A: Focusrite REDNet System
  • Monitors: Genelec HT208B, Tannoy Monitor Golds ca. 1971 with TAD 1601 dual subs in custom cabinets.
  • Tannoys have custom Focus crossovers/phase compensation networks
  • PRO2 System Controller