In the vinyl manufacturing process, electroplating is the part in charge of creating the stampers, the metal molds that will create both sides of the vinyl.
The process begins with a thorough washing of the lacquer when it arrives at the workshop to remove all the impurities that may be deposited in the grooves of the lacquer and that would cause hearing failures. Then it is sprayed with tin chloride to facilitate the adhesion of liquid silver to which a more matte metal is added that hardens the compound and leaves it ready to begin the electroplating process, consisting of the immersion of the metal disk formed on the lacquer in a liquid tank of dissolved nickel.
When immersed in the nickel and thanks to the application of electrical charges, it melts with the metal disc.
Once the nickel has already been introduced in all the grooves of the lacquer, it is removed from the plating tank and the metal plate that has formed on it is removed with great care, obtaining a negative copy of the disk called “father” or “matrix”, from which we will obtain the “mother” or “positive” disc, where the process will be repeated to obtain the stampers that we will then use for pressing the vinyl, but first, an optical centering punch will be in charge of making the central hole.
Excess metal is trimmed and the job is done in 24 hours. The best times!!
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When the client works with the highest mastering ranges, we need the final touch that puts the icing on the cake; the triple silver bath in electroplating work. It is a process that requires the highest mastering standards and the highest quality in the production process to form a team. For musical delicacies.
Once your music is ready, we take care of everything: when we sign the contract to find out how you want the vinyl (inches, weight, color, quantity …), you deliver the necessary files in the appropriate formats and we begin the process.
Your music is processed to suit the medium in which it will be printed: vinyl. A re-mastering process is carried out which, in the case of vinyl, is a critical process and which has great relevance in the final quality of the record. It is a complex process in which the frequencies, volumes, intensities, depth and width of the groove must be worked out….
We will then proceed with the lacquer cut, which is the transfer of the music from the support to the lacquer; a nitrocellulose coated polished aluminum disc with a thickness greater than a normal disc. To cut the lacquer, a cutting lathe with its cutting head is used to cut and modulate the groove, transferring the music directly to the master.
When the lacquer is cut, it is sent directly to the elaboration of the electroplating works, where through different mechanical, chemical and electrical processes, the stampers are elaborated. Stampers are the metal molds that, once in the pressing plant, will shape your vinyl. Different jobs require different elaborations, therefore, we have a small number of pressing plants in Europe that meet our quality standards and where each job is sent in particular according to your requirements.
We will advise you on the best choice to capture your music on vinyl, opening a wide range of options for the final realization of the project: We work on all sizes of vinyl (7 “, 10” and 12 “) and even special sizes, with different weights of vinyl, colors, effects with color, photo-discs, all quantities, even from 1 vinyl (in any of the sizes), different types of interior / exterior covers and with different printing possibilities, insertion of coupons, shrink wraps, barcodes … and with a team of designers who will bring out the best of your music reflected in a amazing artwork, to give color to your rhythms.
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