1 march

24Mastering Studio – Lacquer Mastering and Direct Metal Mastering

By Vladimir Uspenskii

Lacquer and DMM masters from 24Mastering

24Mastering offers Laser etching, Inside-out cut, loops/locked grooves, AAA from 1/4" and 1/2" tape.

Equipment: 2x Neumann VMS70, SX74, SALB/SALC amps, Sontec, Fairman, Knif, Weiss, Maselec, etc...

Options: DSD to DMM, 1/2"and 1/4" Tape to DMM, Inside-out playback, locked grooves/loops and laser etching.

Lacquer vs Direct Metal Mastering difference explanation:

Lacquer Mastering:

Grooves are cut into an aluminum disk coated with nitrocellulose (nail polish like). After several rinsing baths the lacquer is sprayed with a silver solution then pre- and electroformed into a nickel plate. It’s then centered and preformed into a stamper, which is used to press the vinyl record.
Lacquer masters are typically used for louder, deeper, shorter cuts. (ie Dance, Rock)

Direct Metal Mastering:

Grooves are cut into a stainless steel disk with a copper layer. Stampers can be made direct from this. This is not only quicker and cheaper it also less prone to noise/clicks introduced while processing resulting in a much better signal to noise ratio compared to lacquer.

Only a handful of independent studios offer DMM and 24Mastering are proud to be one of them. Accurate reproduction, crystal clear high frequency response, less inner groove distortion, no (pre) echo.

Direct Metal Masters are typically used for longer, dynamic, accurate cuts.

Since 24Mastering cuts both they are happy to help you determine what content is best on which medium. Tricks like: Inside-out playback, locked grooves/loops and laser engraving are also available.



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