Start to Finish: Dave Kutch - Episode 20 - Cutting To Vinyl Part 1

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The master is complete, and this is a track destined for a 7" vinyl record.

The Mastering Palace happens to have a scarce, perfectly functioning Neumann lathe in-house, with one of the top cutting engineers, Mark Santangelo, on staff.

With Dave's ready to go, Mark prepares the lathe to cut the perfect vinyl master of Jared Evan's "Light Shine Through."

See how Dave Kutch and Mark Santangelo:

  • Show their vintage Neumann Lathe and give an in-depth explanation of how it works
  • Breakdown the use of the pitch computer and how it saves space on the record
  • Discuss loudness and side length when cutting to vinyl
  • Explain how the grooves of a vinyl record work and why adjustments to the master are sometimes necessary
  • Explain the frequency limitations, which people describe as pleasing, that are inherent to vinyl records
  • Discuss how ess-ing translates on vinyl
  • Practice cutting the vinyl with a "dry run"

This is your chance to watch as a vinyl record is cut and learn about the considerations that go into creating the perfect master record for duplication.

Watch Dave Kutch and Mark Santangelo cut the vinyl for "Light Shine Through," only on

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  • Custom Georg Neumann VMS 70 Vinyl Lathe
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Dave Kutch
Owner of The Mastering Palace in New York, Dave Kutch began his music career at Tiki Recording Studios, Hit Factory, Masterdisk, and Sony Studios. Dave worked closely with Alicia Keys' engineer, Ann Mincieli, and producers, the Kerry Brothers, who got Kutch on board to master Keys' 2007 album 'As I Am' in an innovative fashion. Dave's career never ceased to increase working onsite at Keys' Oven Studios on Long Island and expanding an extensive list of luxurious clients. Dave has worked with artists like Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Justin Timberlake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Janelle Monáe, P!nk, Juanes, Blink-182, Lana Del Rey, Camila Cabello, XXXTentacion, Zac Brown Band, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Cypress Hill, Future, Lupe Fiasco, Calvin Harris, Big Boi, H.E.R., Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, The Killers... the list goes on.

The Weeknd

Dua Lipa

Ozzy Osbourne

Cypress Hill

Christina Aguilera

Justin Timberlake

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2021 Oct 27
really enjoyed the whole video, thanks for sharing. also wondering, what brand and model monitor speakers is Mark Santagelo is using for his reference in the vinyl pressing room? those 2 black silver monitors showing in the background on both vinyl pressing videos.
2021 Oct 09
Now that was really interesting......very cool