Mastering is the process by which the master recording is transferred to the lacquer master disc.

The process can be a flat transfer where the master is transferred without changes to the lacquer master. Sometimes changes are necessary because there are limitations on what can be transferred to a lacquer disc. Excessive high frequencies will be attenuated and excessive low frequencies will prevent a loud record. Out of phase low frequency signals will cause skips. Changes can also be made to improve the sound.

The master is played into a disc recording lathe which cuts the groove on the lacquer master. A cutterhead mounted on it moves laterally across the lacquer master as it rotates on the turntable. The cutter head holds a stylus which vibrates and cuts the groove.

We are no longer offering lacquer cutting services. The following is a list of cutting engineers organized by location:

US  bonatimastering.com (Brooklyn)
chicagomastering.com
(Chicago)
saltmastering.com
(Brooklyn)
sterling-sound.com
(Manhattan)
telegraphaudio.com (Portland)

Germany calyx-mastering.com (Berlin)
dubplates-mastering.com (Berlin)
foon.be
(Berlin)
manmademastering.com (Berlin)
schnittstelle.ws (Frankfurt)

France dkmastering.com (Paris) mathieuberthet.com (Paris)

UK exchangemastering.co.uk (London)

Belgium angstrom-mastering.com (Brussels)

 

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