If you want a high volume and/or
strong deep grooves to scratch, do not put more than 12 minutes each
side at 33rpm on a 12"disc.
Compressions or treble limitations will be inevitably made if you use
psichoacoustic treble enhancers, treble normalizer plug-ins, extreme
treble levels... this all, aven if we cut as is, will not be played back
by your playback head if not DISTORTED and DIRTY! Make a good check of
the overall MIXDOWN and its equalization.
Extreme volume=short time
Extreme bass=short time and maybe jumps problems
Extreme trebles=low volume and distorted sound
Extreme stereo bass=low volume and jumps
Bass in mono, Stereo where necessary, no high frequency constant sweeps,
Cut under 40Hz and over 14/15000 Hz if you want a very loud cut. The
best recordings at normal level (+3Db@5cm/sec) will be better than 20 to
18000 Hz flat on the disc with harmonics extended to 25000Hz.
Stronger and loudest tracks must be put at the beginning; at the end the
sound will be more close in trebles than the beginning, especially at 33
RPM. Best quality, but less surface time, at 45RPM.
Any FIXED high frequency loud tones on your tracks can not be cut
because they are very dangerous for the cutting equipment and it is not
possible to play them correctly by your stylus; so don’t give us tracks
with fixed ultrasonic frequencies or sweeping extreme tones!!!
Inevitably, they will not play back correctly: this is a physical limit
of the system.
Pay attention to the out-of–phase bass. Bass MUST be IN-PHASE and if
possible in MONO: If much stereo bass, or out of phase, your needle will
jump out of the groove because the undesired vertical motion so, the cut
will be not possible, or possible only at low volume.
Some vocal and treble types may be changed in tone and distortion type:
this occurs because the radial tip of the play needle is physically
different from the cutting needle, so playback tracking is not the same:
speed, levels, equalizations and the type of cartridges you’ll use to
play will inevitably change something in thefinal sound, but if all is
aligned the sound will be very warm and with a big sense of presence,
superior to the ears compared to the same original digital master!!!
We'll try not to compress anything, but sometimes this will be
necessary.. pay extreme attention to your final mix: no excessive
trebles, no superdeep bass stereo or out of phase, no fix treble
tones... listen with your ears, don’t just look at the spectrum! If you
are working with a 24bit soundcard, the best way to get back the best on
vinyl is to give us a 1/2" REEL analog tape recorded at maximum speed of
38cm/sec... the tape and the analog way will be the best media for the
vinyl mastering with an exceptional sound quality.
If you send us a tape reel, please record three reference tones of
100/1000/10000 Hz at 0 Db at the head of the tape; this is necessary to
align the azimuth of our playback tape head to your recorder and
calibrate the NAB tape equalizer to obtain the best performance possible
before the "tape-to-disk" transfer(historical process).
If your master comes out perfect with this some simple piece of advice
(not necessary in digital recordings) you will like your vinyl much more
than your own master..
We try to cut at the maximum level possible depending on the material
you send us and how longer it is: best time per side for the maximum
level possible is about 13min at 33rpm and 10min at 45rpm on a 12"; on a
10" the time for the maximum level is about 8min at 33rpm and 6min at
45rpm ( +6 to +8Db US Standard or +12Db peak referred to the standard
recording level of 5cm/sec).
All cuttings will be made with the industry standard Neumann cutterheads
ourself customized and primarily with tube amplifiers because we like
vacuum tube sound!!.
After you have prepared the media (AUDIO CD-R/DAT/MD/TAPE
REEL/CASSETTE/MP3)for the vinyl transfer, specify clearly on paper all
the instructions for us, such as: 16/33/45 or 78 rpm speed, particular
blank spaces on the disc, which tracks are to cut, better yet if all
tracks are in order with 3 to 5 seconds of blank space between one
Put your stronger tracks with more trebles and more volume at the
beginning of the disc... the last grooves will sound closer and lower in
volume than the first. At the end of a 33rpm disc, some distortion may
occur, especially on strings and vocal sibilants... some kinds of vocals
may change in certain tonalities.
Send all in a secure envelope with postal tracking number to be sure it
doesn’t get lost. Keep a copy of your master work for safety.
Write your address, phone number and/or e-mail precisely and clearly, in
order to send back your "freshly cut" discs.