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The Making of Super Hi Fi + Polythythmics split 7" dubplate

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Published on Mar 21, 2012

So how do you cut a record? To start, it turns out you cut it,
literally. Cutting the laquers is the first step, and for that you
need a lathe. We took our mastered files for the upcoming Electric
Cowbell split 7" featuring Brooklyn's Super Hi-Fi on one side and
Seattle's Polyrhythmics on the other to Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in
Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Paul loaded our tracks onto his system, slapped
a blank laquer disc on the lathe, and with a little level adjustment
and trial and error began cutting our laquer. Laquer discs have
aluminum in the middle and are heavier than your normal record. You
can play them with a needle too, and this can get you an acetate disc-
what the Jamaicans call a dubplate- but acetates degrade quickly when
played, so it better be really important if you give it a spin.
Once our laquers are done, Paul will ship them to Desmond at
Mastercraft in New Jersey, who will electroplate the laquer, coating
it with metal to create a reverse image of the sound grooves on the
laquer called a stamper. When Desmond ships the stampers to Joyce (one
for each side of the record), at Hit Bound records in Williamsburg,
Brooklyn, she'll put them on the pressing machines and press the
grooves into vinyl. Voila, a record.

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