Sony Music has installed a record cutting lathe in its Tokyo studio



In-house analogue mastering.

Sony Music has installed a cutting lathe in its state-of-the-art Tokyo studio, Musicman-Net reports.

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The industry standard Neumann VMS70 lathe joins the studio’s 12-strong mastering suite and will allow Sony to cut its own lacquers and master discs on site.

It has been installed on the same floor as its recording studio, to open the possibility of cutting lacquers from live recordings in real time – a process popularised recently by Jack White’s Third Man Records among others.

The move feeds into the country’s already resurgent vinyl industry and marks a major return to the format for one of its most powerful players. According to Musicman-Net, Sony hopes to use its expertise in CD manufacturing to cut a more advanced analogue sound.

Thanks to label and music service 180Gram for the tip-off.