How Vinyl Records Are Made (feat. Third Man Records) | WIRED

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today we're going to take you step by

step through the vinyl record making

process from cutting the record to

pressing the record to making sure the

sound and quality are good


first the lacquer coat

most records you've heard have been done

on lacquer

there is one company in the world that

makes the lacquers that we use it's

called MDC they're in Japan it's

basically the same as nail polish but it

hasn't fully hardened yet the lathe is

the machine that cuts the lacquer this

one is a 1974 VMS 70. they stopped

making them in 1980. the stylus cuts the

lacquer it takes about two and a half

hours to cut a record

the excess called The Hot Chip collects

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