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Mastercraft: Plating records for 30 years! by Steve E. on Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:13 pm
In February 2013, Leandro Gonzalez of Stereodisk drove me to Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA to meet Desmond of Mastercraft Metal Finishing.

As many who hang out at Lathe Trolls know, Mastercraft has an eosteric specialty: They make the metal stampers which are used to press vinyl audiodiscs.

After an acetate-based master record is cut on a record lathe lathe, it is sent here, and then the magic begins. (After Mastercraft creates these stampers, they are sent to any number of pressing plants around the world, and vinyl records are produced. But that's the next step...Mastercraft doesn't press records.)

As of 2014, they've been in business for 30 years, and I do believe Desmond's run at Capitol Records preceded that for a significant duration. I'd love to follow this video up with a proper interview of Desmond's career and get that story straight.

Desmond, Walter and Izzy took time out from their day to show us how the process...

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RSD 2014 Live Cutting "Reflection" by tragwag on Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:38 pm
I wanted to write something up about my experience making live lathe cut records in Brooklyn, NY at Human Head Records on Record Store Day 2014.
There are a few photos of the event, and at some point there may be video.

It was quite the endeavor, moving my Presto 6N and associated gear out of it's cozy studio space.
Pictured is me next to the table that both 6N's call home:

I got everything packed up and working without the help of my usual monitoring chain and meters, though it took about 4 hours. (I usually use an audio interface and Mackie Big Knob to route my signal to the cutting gear). Once at Human Head I got setup as quick as possible, and had people watching as I did so.
The setup was in a good spot, but quite loud as there was a stereo playing, facing right at me.
Folks came in and out throughout the day, either handing me flash drives or emailing files from their smartphones.
I charged $10 for a...

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Mike Dixon "Keeps Craft of Cutting Records Alive" by Steve E. on Sat May 10, 2014 4:09 pm
We Lathe Trolls are always proud when one of our own gets some much-deserved media attention. Here's an awesome article and video about Mike Dixon, often known around here as piaptk ("People In A Position to Know"). The video spotlights his contagious exuberance, his passionate supercool-geekitude about record-making, and his beautiful and unusual individually cut records. It shows off his ridiculously extensive collection of Presto 6Ns, each with an attractive new carrying cabinet. And, it contains an unusually succinct and understandable explanation of just how record cutting works.

(We will therefore forgive the fact that the article link uses the horrendous and incorrect term "vinyls.")

This month Mike is cutting records in Paris with Kris Dorr, for Converse. I am hoping they will post some blog items of their own, but in the meantime, do read this.


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Deep Grooves Mastering - Plastic Cutting Video Guide by opcode66 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:37 pm

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A video guide to cutting polycarbonate plastic blanks using the Deep Grooves Mastering Diamond Cutting Stylus. This is a step by step guide that includes explanations and practical advice. For more information on purchasing a diamond cutting stylus from Deep Grooves Mastering please visit our web site http://www.deepgroovesmastering.com

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World's Fastest Record (Record Store Day, 2014) by Steve E. on Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:29 pm
"Jack White's World's Fastest Record RSD (Record Store Day) Recap"

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