The record pressing process involves having a master lacquer cut (also called an acetate, dubplate, etc). The master is then used for the plating process, which involves making molds of the original grooves in a silver plated material. The molds are then attached to a massive “waffle-iron” style stamper, which closes down on a heated plastic puck. Voila! You’ll have a thousand records in no time.
We make records in a different way.
What exactly is a '“lathe cut?”
Lathe cut records are made by cutting sound grooves directly onto a blank record. Unlike pressed records, each record is cut real-time and is one-of a kind. Using equipment that was originally designed to record telephone and radio broadcast in the WWII era, we make each record one-by-one, cut by hand by a real person.
So, what’s the real difference?
Lathe cuts generally have a higher surface noise than that of pressed records, simply because of the materials used and the way that they’re made. Because of the vintage nature of our equipment, our records are cut in Mono and occasionally have a bit of Wow & Flutter (or, “pitch warble”) as if the record is being played off of an antique record player.