ONE OFF VINYL CUTTING FAQ

 

 

                                                                    Is It Legal To Copy My Itunes Songs To Vinyl?

 

Yes since the 1st of June 2014 the UK copyright law changed, allowing you to back up or copy media. As long as you own the original CD, mp3, wav or record you are now allowed, by law, to copy from one playing device to another, e.g transferring a downloaded digital file to your phone, ripping a CD to your mp3 player or transfer your digital files to a custom vinyl record .

 

 

                                                      What Is The Difference Between Acetate & Vinyl Dubplates?

 

The difference between acetate dubplates/lacquers) and vinyl dubplates is the material they are made of and the styli used to cut them  Your music is cut into the lacquer on the scully lathe using a sapphire or Ruby cutting styli. As the lacquer is a soft material acetate dubplates tend to have a short lifespan.

Again, although called vinyl dubplates they are not in fact the same as a pressed vinyl record. They are made of a very durable polycarbonate compound, they last as long as a factory pressed record. The music is cut into the blank on the lathe using a diamond cutting styli.

 

                                                  Why Does The Record Sound Different To The digital file?

 

 

In these day’s of digital formats we have no real reason to concern ourselves with frequencies, loudness, having all instruments and effects in stereo, out of phase signals or track length. There are some physical limitations when cutting records. .

 

 

  • Too loud a recording and too much bass = Shorter playback time and playback stylus skipping.

  • Too loud high frequencies = Distortion.

  • Too much stereo or out of phase signals = This causes big problems, especially with low frequencies making it impossible to cut!!

 

                                                                 Will the Dubplate be quiet then?

 

No, we can cut Dubplates at up to +6dB, as long as the original tracks are not overly processed or too sibilant.

 

How Much Recording Time On A 7/10/12″ Record?

    

  • 7″ - up to 4 mins @ 45rpm & Max - 7 mins @ 33rpm but not recomended as much lower quality

  • 10″ - Ideal - up to 7 mins @ 45rpm or up to 8 mins @ 33rpm & Max - 15 mins @ 33rpm

  • 12″ - Ideal - up to 8 mins @ 45rpm or up to 12mins @ 33rpm & Max - 22 mins @ 33rpm 

 

                                                               What Speed is Better 45 or 33 RPM?

 

For playback quality the faster the record spins the better as there is less chance of hearing any surface noise. For longer running times the slower the record spins the better as you can fit move music on each revolution of the record.

 

                                                                        How long will it take?

 

Cutting records is very time-consuming as everything has to be done in real time and there are no shortcuts.

Orders normally take 5-7 business days* to process, once everything needed for your order is received but can sometimes take up to 3 or 4 weeks at busier times.

                                                                  How Can I Pay For My Record?

                                                            You can pay by PayPal, Cheque or Bank Transfer. 

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