What is a lathe cut vinyl record?
We take your music from digital audio file and cut it into a blank record. This process is similar to the process used to create lacquer vinyl masters.
Our lathe uses a heated diamond stylus to minimize any background noise and produces a deep, lasting groove that will stand up to the usual wear and tear but also extreme use like scratch DJing.
The procedure results in a direct cut, high quality, unique piece of vinyl. Every lathe-cut disc is a like master in that the music is recorded direct-to-vinyl in real time.
The drive unit for our German lathe is the Technics SP-10MK2 Turntable, which operates within +/-0.03% (wow and flutter) of rated speed even under the load produced by the cutter head.
How does the quality of lathe cut vinyl records compare to a pressed vinyl record?
If your audio has been professionally mastered, it’s unlikely you will be able to hear the difference from a pressed vinyl record.
We are fully equipped to process audio files to facilitate their vinyl transcription if you do not have vinyl masters.
Another misnomer with lathe cut records is that they don’t last as long as pressed vinyl. This is only true of cut acetate. The blanks we use will last just like the rest of your record collection.
How do you transfer a playlist to a vinyl record?
We don't simply download your playlist, we just use it as a reference. For every new order we purchase each track individually for you. Since April 2022 until now (August 2023) we've spent approximately $7000 on music downloads, which go directly towards supporting your favorite bands and artists. Awesome right?
Under Australian law, a duplicate can be made for personal, non-commercial use (a quick Google on 'Format Shifting' can explain more). Just think of it as ripping your own CD except we're transcribing your music onto a vinyl record.
How to create your own covers and labels for a custom vinyl record
If you want to design your own artwork for your custom vinyl record we recommend using Canva. It's a free browser based design tool with lots of different designs to choose from. If making your own designs, please make sure to keep text/logos/artwork away from the edges as it make get trimmed when we cut your covers. Remember to do the same with your centre labels and don't forget we punch a small hole through the centre so avoid putting faces or text here.
If you need some pointers we've created a blog post called Creating Custom Vinyl Record Covers and Cenre Labels on Canva where you'll find step by step instructions (as well as Canva templates) on how to create your covers on a smart phone or computer.
If you'd like to use your own software please use the following specifications:
Front and Back Cover Artwork
(Square, 3mm bleed, 300DPI, exported as separate PDFs)
12″ – 300mm
10″ – 270mm
7″ – 180mm
Centre Label Artwork
(Circular, 3mm bleed, 300DPI, exported as separate PDFs)
12″ & 10″ – 100mm diameter
7″ – 94mm diameter
Will I receive a proof of my artwork?
If you require a proof of your covers and labels, please mention this in the comments box in the checkout stage. We can make one revision free of charge.
My files are too large, how can I get them to you?
If your artwork files are more than 20MB in total you will receive an error when trying to checkout.
There is a space on the product page where you can paste a download link to your files. We accept any file sharing platforms such as Google Drive, WeTransfer, OneDrive etc.
If it's easier, feel free to e-mail us the files after you've made your order. Just remember to include your order number so we can match up your assets.
Can I press my own music onto a custom vinyl record?
Yes we can. If we can play it, we can cut it!
Loseless file formats such as WAV and FLAC are ideal but we can cut any of the following (and more): AIFF, MP3, OGG, FLAC, M4P, AAC, ALAC and WMA. If your file format isn’t listed here, we are able to convert it.
We can also cut records from the following: other records, tapes, VHS, quarter inch tape, half inch tape, cassette, DAT, MD and CD.
How do I share a Spotify playlist?
Sharing a Spotify playlist is super easy. Watch the video below to find out more.
Do you do Short Run vinyl records?
Do you ship internationally?
Unfortunately, we do not currently ship internationally.
My record was damaged in transit, what should I do?
Our records are sent via Australia Post and all packages are eligible for compensation if damaged in transit. If your record was damaged in transit please let us know as soon as possible and follow the steps below:
- Present the damaged item and the packaging at a Post Office for a damage report to be completed (only the person to whom the item is addressed can present the item). Please note that not all Post Offices are able to complete damage reports. Please ask at your local outlet or look for Post Offices listed as Post Shops or Business Hubs in the Australia Post locations and hours tool.
- Australia Post retail staff will submit a Customer Service Complaint on your behalf (you’ll need to leave the item and all packaging with our staff for processing).
- Provide supporting documentation as requested. This may include proof of identity, a statutory declaration, receipts for postage or the item itself, and other item details.
In cases where compensation (including Extra Cover) may be payable, Australia Post generally pay compensation to:
- the sender:
- for domestic items that are not received (lost)
- for all items sent overseas; or
- the recipient, for items sent domestically and received with damaged or missing contents.
Notwithstanding the above, if a particular party provides Australia Post with a waiver, they will pay compensation to the other party instead.
For more information head to the Australia Post website.
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