Start to Finish: Dave Kutch - Episode 21 - Cutting To Vinyl Part 2

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After performing a dry run of the cut, Mark Santangelo revisits the source material to ensure he has the perfect settings before cutting the final vinyl master.

See how Dave Kutch and Mark Santangelo:

  • Fine-tune the settings from the dry run to get the perfect cut
  • Show the lead in and lead out on a vinyl record
  • Explain how they address sibilance using a Maselec MPL-2 high frequency limiter
  • Show where a test cut lives on a vinyl master, compared to the final cut
  • Discuss how they protect the cutter head from temperature and debris
  • A/B the test cut to the digital master
  • Explain why you cannot listen to the final cut before sending it off to duplication
  • Prepare the perfect blank vinyl record and cut the final cut

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

Equipment & Software


  • Custom Georg Neumann VMS 70 Vinyl Lathe
  • Maselec MPL-2
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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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2022 Sep 18
Learned so much from this whole Start-to-Finish series. Thank you.
2022 Jul 05
Really interesting! I'd like to correct a technical point about the cooling system. In the video, it's stated that “Helium is an inert gas that does not take on heat. Wherever it's feeding will stay in a relatively neutral temperature.” That's not exactly true. Helium is used for cooling instead of air because it has a higher thermal conductivity than air, meaning it will absorb heat from the cutting head faster than air would. Some more discussion here:
2022 May 30
Wow, I went back a few years! I was always going to the cutting lacquer mastering. It was the "final" moment of the production and the beginning of the manufacturing. Glad to know that this critical knowledge is not lost.
2022 Jan 30
Amazing content ✅ would love to see more of this process or mastering specialization.
2022 Jan 15
I wonder what D to A they are using to feed the cutting chain.
2021 Oct 13
cuando estaran disponibles los subtitulos en español?
2021 Oct 09
Cutting engineer is priceless... What a craft.
2021 Oct 05
Pure emotion!!!!!
2021 Oct 03
Absolutely amazing!