HOW IS VINYL PRESSED?
Our experienced staff inspects your audio (1) to ensure it is suitable for vinyl before cutting it to lacquer or copper discs using Neumann lathes (2).
Cut master discs then go to our in-house galvanic lab for mother and stamper creation (3-5). Once the stampers have been meticulously produced and inspected, they are installed in the press and custom test pressings generated for your final approval.
We press generous, 140 gram weight black vinyl (with available 180g upgrade) using our specially formulated, high performance compound. (6) Our custom PVC formulation produces the industry’s lowest surface noise (7).
As an added bonus, our vinyl is lead, cadmium and toluene-free: three toxic ingredients found in virtually all other vinyl formulations. We can honestly say we offer the "greenest" vinyl records you’ll find on the planet!
All of our record labels and jackets are printed on the highest-quality paper stock using Heidelberg printers. We produce full color, pre-baked labels that exit the hot, high pressure pressing environment blister-free and pristine looking. Our standard 12” jackets are printed on hefty, 20pt paperboard.
After final assembly and shrink-wrapping, your records are double-boxed for complete protection during transit.
From first step to last, Furnace Manufacturing leaves nothing to chance, assuring that both you and your fans will get the world’s highest quality vinyl records.
VINYL PLAYBACK, DEMYSTIFIED
(1) A vinyl record placed on the turntable's platter spins at 33 1/3 or 45 revolutions per minute (RPM). A magnetic generator (cartridge) secured to the end of the turntable's tonearm terminates in a tiny shaft (cantilever) to which a microscopic stylus (needle) is attached.
(2) The stylus is lowered onto the record's lead-in surface to begin its journey through the spiral groove pressed into the vinyl.
(3) The stylus coursing through the record groove "surfs" (traces) the tiny waves etched into the vinyl.
(4) A magnet attached to the other end of the cantilever within the cartridge reproduces the stylus's movement. This is converted via a pair of coils into an electrical wave (voltage) which is analogous to the original sound waves (which is why the record playback process is called analog).
(5) The electrical wave moves through the tonearm's internal wire into the voltage-enlarging phono preamplifier which also adds the inverse of the RIAA curve introduced during the lacquer cutting process to the signal (Google it).
(6) The receiver further amplifies the phono preamplifier's output, creating sufficient voltage to move the magnet/coil system attached to the loudspeaker cones, which produces sound waves analogous to the ones produced by the musicians in the recording studio. The result? Sweet, life-like music no computerized system can match!
A BREIF HISTORY OF THE VINYL RECORD
In honor of National Vinyl Record Day (August 12) we made a fun informative infographic. Feel free to download the high resolution PDF and share with your friends!