Category Archives: vinyl

A Family Treasure Saved

Some days I am working on a brand new recording to hi resolution digital.  Other days, a recent live to 2 track analog blues record. But today was an interesting experience. I received a request to transfer records to digital.  Snore.. right that’s not so amazing.  But what I was sent was really cool. I […]

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Deciding How Long To Make Each Side Of Your Vinyl Record

A vinyl LP can hold over  40 minutes of music a side.  But, the sound quality isn’t good at all. So, to make a great sounding record I have to be concerned about the playing time, and how the music itself sets the parameters for sound quality.  It’s complex, but I will break it down: […]

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Vinyl: How To Listen To Test Pressings

The record pressing plant will press 5 -10 copies (test pressings) and send them to you.  I strongly recommend that you send a couple of these test pressings to your cutting studio to review. Your cutting engineer is the only person who knows how your record should sound.  I mean, you know how your music […]

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The Process and Jargon of Vinyl

Making a vinyl record is a rather complex manual and chemical process. Let’s look at some of the steps and terminology to make things easier. Lacquer (as in the stuff that you varnish a bowling alley with) dries, but does not cure as hard as urethane. We use a special formula for cutting that dries […]

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All About Phono Cartridges

What do you really know about your phono cartridge? Just enough? If you’d like to know more, read on. I make records. Really, I cut music into lacquer disks that get made in to vinyl pressings. It’s a very cool job. One thing that I noticed over and over during my career is the more […]

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