This is a quick demo of a test cut of the first episode of Expedition Sasquatch using equipment from the soon to open Ellijay Maker Space. We still have some kinks to work out in terms of quality and fidelity, and there are a few quality of life adjustments (lead in and lead out grooves, for example) that we're going to have to practice (since this is all manual equipment) but, you know, we made a record.

Also present, our speakers which I still haven't edge taped.


We're pumping the sound through a 1959 Stromberg Carlson ASR-433 tube amp in to an Audax R-56 Cutting Head mounted on an early 50s Rek-O-Kut TR-12.

This is the kind of setup you might expect to see in a regional radio station circa 55-65 for recording live broadcasts.

We're going to cut a longer, louder, more musical thing tomorrow.

I'm planning to needle drop it, if it comes out okay, so you can get a good idea of quality off the disc.

Then, if that goes well, we'll try and duplicate it.

Then, if *that* goes well, we'll figure out packaging, pricing, and distribution.

Alright, I made some adjustments and now our cuts have basically no discernable surface noise?

Grabbing a needle drop.

It's much better! There are still some things we can improve in terms of mixing and mastering for LP (the RIAA curve is wrong, but not by much, we're not up against the edge of how hot we can make it yet, etc.)


Basically, it sounds pretty damn good! Much better than the last one.

@ajroach42 Honestly, so neat to see anyone still cutting wax at all.

@inscript This was our first cut, and it's in to a polycarb disc.

We'll be cutting something softer soon, and then making our own stampers.

Going to try to small batch DIY the whole process from start to finish.

@ajroach42 It still sounds a little muffled, is that because of the type of plastic you're recording on or the age of the lathe or?

@DHeadshot It might be partially an EQ problem, but we'll never hit full fidelity with something that is also hard enough to play back.

Commercial records are recorded in to a much softer surface, and then plated in metal to make a mold.

As long as we're using something that has to be stiff enough to support playback, it will be less good than it could be.

(Which is why, eventually, we'll be cutting in to something softer, with a harder shank, and duplicating.)

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