What is a lathe cut?

A lathe cut is a record that is made by cutting directly onto a vinyl blank. A special cutter head is used to carve out the waveform of the source sound fed into it as the blank rotates on the platter. This blank becomes your record, ready for many years of reliable playback.

What's the quality like?

The quality is excellent! Lovely, smooth, analogue vinyl goodness. This is a mechanical process however, which may introduce some minor extraneous noise which is not present in digital audio source files. Final quality will always depend on the source material. Some factors can cause issues: tracks mastered for CD that are too loud, tracks with a very high treble content, or tracks that feature stereo bass sounds. But we'll always match the source material the best we can. We can help prepare your tracks for vinyl cutting, and re-master them if necessary. Please ask us if you're concerned.

WHAT FILES DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept any standard music format. The higher quality, the better. For audio nerds, the best possible sound format for us to cut to is 24bit 96kHz wavs. If you have any questions, just shoot us an email.

How much does it all cost?

Refer to the relevant service page (Workshops, Live Recordings) for pricing.

WHAT’S THE MAXIMUM TIME I CAN RECORD?

It varies due to a few factors around speed, loudness and record size. But as a rough guide:
7” 45 rpm: Up to 4 minutes approx
10” 45 rpm: Up to 8 minutes approx
10” 33 1/3 rpm: Up to 12 minutes approx
12” 45 rpm: Up to 12 minutes approx
12” 33 1/3 rpm: Up to 18 minutes approx

HOW DO I FIND YOU?

We're based in Thornbury, but our HQ is by appointment only.