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Tech Talk - How Delays Between Vinyl Mastering & Electroplating Can Result in A Rejected Test Pressing
The single biggest factor that affects the quality of a pressing is the time between when a lacquer is cut and when it is processed in electroplating. Lacquer age affects, called Springback, was common knowledge in the 1960s and 70s. During this time the industry was aware of this phenomenon and safeguards were built into the process to avoid the drastic quality degradation when it occurs. Welcome To 1979 took a scientific approach to Springback and can showcase how drastic it can be in an attempt to bring this knowledge back into the mainstream. Lacquer Age will be explained, our experiment detailed, and sound clips played.

Jun 9, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Chris Mara
Owner @Welcome to 1979 Studios / Mara Machines
Chris Mara is a recording engineer, owner of Nashville’s Welcome To 1979 recording studio, and owner of Mara Machines; the largest analog tape machine restoration company in the world. Mara’s passion for recording led to founding the analog-centric Welcome To 1979; which has clients such as Pete Townshend, Eric Burdon and Third Man Records. Welcome To 1979 is also heavily involved in the vinyl industry via its vinyl mastering department, which cuts vinyl masters for Sony Records, Warner Records, Compass Records and Concord Records, along with many, many independent artists. In early 2016, Mara launched a vinyl electroplating facility featuring all new equipment with modern technological advances. Having vinyl mastering and electroplating under the same roof allows for the highest quality vinyl to be produced.