WHY MIGHT SOMEONE NEED THIS KIND OF VINYL RECORDING?
Currently, pressing plants can take from 4-8 months to complete a vinyl order. Often, projects are not completed in a timely fashion, and they lack of progress updates, on top of spending a large amount of money. This doesn’t really cater to independent artists and small labels who aren’t solely looking at their work as a commodity.
Direct-cut vinyl is a great alternative for certain situations. Here are some examples:
+ Vinyl-only DJs can use this service to make one-off records of their DJ tools or acapellas. If a DJ is also a producer, they can get a vinyl of their own tracks to spin.
+ For many producers, it doesn’t make sense to drop a thousand dollars on 300 records. Producers at certain levels might not be able to sell 300 records (not yet at least). Therefore, having access to vinyl recording on a smaller scale can help artists archive their sounds. If an artist is looking to promoting their music, a vinyl series could be really beneficial (and fun). Artists can drum up some noise for an upcoming release with a small run of 10 copies or take a limited edition of 15 records on their next tour.
+ For a label who wants to get established, they can invest in a short run of 30 records. This is a great way to gain support and credibility as a start-up label. If you are a label with a solid following and you have a label night, you could make a compilation in the form of a limited vinyl series. The limited edition comp could be really appealing to supporters because of its rarity.
BOTTOM LINE: direct-cut vinyl also allows for new possibilities. Creatively, there are so many options that have yet to be explored. This service gives the music community a new way to work with and think about vinyl.
Lathe cuts are handmade, in real time. If the record is 12 minutes long, it takes 12 minutes to cut, plus the extensive setup time to make a high quality record. This labor, along with maintenance and the knowledge required to produce these, make lathe cuts slightly more expensive (per piece) than a larger run of pressed of vinyl.
The benefits of direct-cut vinyl are no minimum requirements, so no large expense of ordering 300 records at once and the turnaround time is quicker, usually 3 weeks versus 4-8 months from a pressing plant.
These products are not intended for people who see music and record production as a commodity, but rather for artists to be able to archive their sounds for themselves and their supporters, or for practical purposes, such as DJing or getting a small label established in the music community.
Our direct-cut records are made in real time, one-by-one. If a record is 16 minutes long, it takes 16 minutes to cut, plus setup time. If you are looking for 300 records, we highly recommend going to a pressing plant. If you want to try something more custom, with a quick turnaround time, then we are a great choice for your project.
Because each record is cut in real time, we have a maximum of 30 records. For 12” vinyl with 18 minutes per side, the maximum order is a run of 20 copies. We can make exceptions depending on our workload and backstock. if you have a specific idea and timeline, let us know and we can see if we can work something out.
Obviously, we use a machine to do the actual cutting, but the diamond stylus on the lathe is guided by hand. Each record is cut individually and in real time.
More often than not, the sound quality is comparable to pressed vinyl, but this really depends on the quality of the master. Lathe cuts shouldn’t be thought of as the SAME as vinyl from a pressing plant, but rather a handmade alternative. Direct-cut vinyl tends to have a bit more surface noise than pressed vinyl and each record may have slight variations or inconsistencies. To reiterate, the quality of the record really depends on the files being mastered for vinyl.
The sound of a vinyl record has characteristics that you might not run into when you master digitally. We recommend ordering a test cut before you order a short run, especially if you’ve never mastered for vinyl before.
WHY ARE THE RECORDS PRICED IN THIS WAY?
I WANT 300 RECORDS PRESSED - CAN YOU DO IT?
DO YOU HAVE A MAXIMUM?
SHOULD I ORDER A TEST CUT?
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