how can i prepare my order?
please name the files e.g. like A1, A2, A3, B1, B2 - corresponding to music on each sides — A & B. submit music/graphic art together preferably zipped (send us a link. do not send any attachments in e-mail messages!) — use free file transfer services like sendspace.com, dropbox (direct link only), google drive (direct link only), wetransfer, etc. - no password protected downloads, no wait-time downloads (like rapidshare, mediaupload, etc), no dropbox/google drive folder-sharing-type links that needs login etc. we will need also a copyright statement (one of two, depends on your situation) - they can be found here and it needs to be printed, filled and scanned (or photographed) & sent along with the order files. if you still don't know how to do it - e-mail us. payment can be made via paypal only (we accept invoices in EUR, USD and GBP). and when we're ready with everything we'll send you paypal invoice/request
what is lathe cutting?
lathe cutting is an art just like painting, sculpture and photography. from tech side — record lathe works similar to turntable but instead of playing, diamond stylus cuts the grooves in blank disc. this technique's been popular since 1950's - many major and alternative musicians have been releasing short-run vinyl records for their fans, collectors or for special events (like record store day). we accept any audio source — wav, aiff, mp3, m4a, mp4, wma, aac, flac, ogg.. audio cd's, cassette tapes, professional 1/4" tapes, and even other vinyl records. we will also do your cellphone-recorded demo. no problem at all. we do not press the records and we are not a pressing plant. since the process is 100% handmade there is no minimum order quantity. you can order just one record. we cut into a hard pvc (vinyl) — we have our own chemical formula for most of the plastic stuff and still work on them to develop better quality stuff
quality and durability
lathe cuts are not audiophile records but they sound very good with full audio spectrum. discs are cut in stereo and their quality, in most cases, is comparable to pressed records (and durability is also equal). like christmas cookies, every record can be a bit different (sounding), they can have some background noise and occasionally cliks and pops. it's nothing major, nothing to worry about and nothing lo-fi. hey! it's just a handmade record, remember? don't expect it to be audiophile. the best results can be achieved with unmastered, raw mixes that we can prepare here on our analogue mastering equipment. please note that not every recording translates well onto vinyl (you probably know it, having in your collection some great sounding records, and some mediocre sounding ones). it all depends on the recording process, mixing and mastering together. our handmade records are also very easy on stylus, like any other pressed record, so they will not harm your high-end cartridge/needle. and again - these are not "acetates" or "dubplates", which worn very fast.
cleaning the records (important!)
lathe cuts can be cleaned using super-soft cloth only, e.g. like microfibre. liquid record cleaners can damage them (they can start to crackle)
can i order only 1 record? what about greater amounts?
we do every record in realtime (don't need stampers and acetate mother discs) so it's possible to order one piece. but if you want thousands of them we will contact you with our friends at the local eu pressing plant
can i order only printed cover jackets or center label stickers? (without a record)
yes, but multiply the price of the product by 2
how long it will take to process my order?
it depends how big is the order. we are usually booked somewhere between 1-20 working days ahead. order is booked when all files (audio/graphics) are received and payment is made. we are working from monday to thursday
is there any special price for "rush order"?
yes. sometimes we can work overhours/nighthours but the price will go up. we can't do printed cover jackets, printed postcard/picture discs or anything custom/special on rush orders. just the standard products
can you design my cover/label art?
the answer is no. we are providing templates for cover jackets, label stickers, etc. you can find them here. of course we'll help you with everything so just ask if you have any questions :)
can you do a gatefold cover jacket?
no, sorry. at the moment we can sell you only white or black gatefold unprinted heavyweight jackets
what equipment is used for mastering/cutting?
we have all-analogue mastering setup including vintage neumann preamps, spl/apogee hi-end converters, outboard gear from gem audio labs, tk audio and spl + telefunken m15 reference tape machine (for 1/4" transfers-to-vinyl), van damme cables, b&w monitoring with cybernet monoblock amps. cutting lathe is custom made and only 100% diamond cutting stylus is used for best transcription. please note that we prepare your recordings especially for lathe-cut technique and it's different than standard vinyl mastering. this also means that you cannot get the mastered files, because it's done in most cases 'on the fly' (plus it will sound odd pwhen laying them on your computer). we do not change spaces between the tracks (unless you told us to do). if you want real, careful and analog mastering for vinyl pressing or digital cd/dvd or tape or whatever, please use our exclusive mastering services at www.maccamastering.com
how can i prepare audio files to get the best sound?
we can cut from any audio file. but if you really want to get best of it please keep audio dynamic, do not overcompress, limit only highest peaks, use a lot of precise de-essing on vocals (but do not make it sound dull), soften out mix harshness but do not cut deep lows and highest trebles — it should sound full and balanced.
can you cut me a compilation with copyrighted music?
our place was created mostly for artists that want to have their music on vinyl. but copyright law allows anyone to make a few copies for private use with copyrighted music you have bought before. please remember, we do not tolerate piracy, we'll also don't cut audio that consist homophobic/racist and any other bad stuff. sorry. if you don't own the rights to the songs you're sending here, please download this copyright statement - it needs to be printed, filled and scanned (or photographed) & sent along with the order files.
what are the shipping costs to my location?
take a look at shipping costs table here