When people say, "let's cut a record," this is where that expression originated. Once the music has been mastered, the lacquer cutting can begin. This is the first and most delicate step in the record-making process. This stage involves audio engineers using a lathe machine and a very sharp gemstone to carve your music onto a flat, lacquer-coated metal disc. These discs are the original copies of your music. Each record side has its own lacquer.

United will master your lacquers to RIAA standards, but the actual Mixing, EQ-ing, etc., should be done prior to sending your source music to us to press your records. The source you send to United should sound like you want the music to sound on vinyl, sequenced in order with the correct spacing between each song and a longer space between sides.