Sean Magee, mastering engineer at Abbey Road Studios, shows off the legendary studio’s vinyl lathe and album cutting process. The engineer explains some of the history behind vinyl production and technical considerations such as lateral (volume) and vertical (phase) movement that are key to sound reproduction.
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Techinichally he isn’t pressing vinyl. He’s doing a carver, wich means he’s scratching in the grooves on a record, not pressing them into melted vinyl.
Up until the 60s they used to do it on metal circles covered with lacquer or vinyl, straight off the multitrack tape, with a heavy needle…
Nice to see this process in action. I heard they were gonna close Abbey Road? Is that true?
Cool video. This is a picture I cam across of a vinyl groove magnified by 1000x, it looks like the grand canyon or something http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2010/03/record_groove.jpg .
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