Getting Lathed: Welcome to 1979 Will Start Cutting Vinyl



Welcome to 1979
As many Scene and Cream readers are already aware, Nashville studio Welcome to 1979 is a haven for vintage recording gear and its attendant methodology. (They'll run Pro Tools for you, too, though.) Word from Sonic Scoop is that owner Chris Mara has added a Neumann VMS-70 vinyl cutting lathe to the inventory:

“There was a great studio in Nashville throughout the 70s called Woodland [now privately owned by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings], and they had tracking rooms, and mastering rooms and a couple of lacquer cutting rooms, and each room had an expert in it, doing their thing. I love the idea of having all these experts working on their respective crafts under one roof. Also, I want to make the process — which can be lengthy, to get an album recorded and pressed — easier for bands and small labels. So they can call one entity, and we can walk them through all the parts.

“Plus, I want to be able to mix a record, and then go downstairs and cut the lacquer. That’s just a bucket-list thing for me.”

Cutting lacquers is not only a logical extension of his business, it’s also a practical one. With a major vinyl pressing plant in town (United) and only one other lacquer cutting facility on Mara’s radar, the demand is there and showing no signs of letting up.

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