Session Notes - The Vinyl Frontier (Part 4 Lacquers & Pressings)

This month I’m looking at the cutting and pressing process. After all the hardwork of recording, mixing and mastering we get to the “real deal” stage of actually cutting a groove into something. That something is called a lacquer. It’s also known as an acetate but this is a misnomer given that no acetate is involved anymore. The lacquer is an aluminium disc coated in black nitrocellulose lacquer. The coating is very soft and can be damaged easily. Theycome in three different sizes: 10” for 7” singles, 12” for 10” records and 14” for a 12” album. The reason for the lacquer’s larger size is that there is about an inch of handling area around the edge. The process usually begins with a check on

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