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WCA #454 with Jeff Powell – Cutting Lacquer, not Vinyl, Daily Fed Ex Visits, Fathers, Mothers, Stampers, Charlie Brown Christmas, and 1950’s Technology

My guest is Vinyl Mastering Engineer Jeff Powell, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Jeff has worked with Jackson Browne, Allison Kraus, and Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Dusty Springfield, Afghan Whigs, T-Bone Burnett, Al Green, Elvis Presley, and The Black Keys.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Focus on Laquer Cutting
  • Cutting Lacquer, not Vinyl
  • Daily Fed Ex Visits
  • Sam Phillips 
  • Chip and Swarf
  • Apollo/Transco Fire
  • MDC Lacquers
  • Keeping the Line Moving
  • Curing, Ditches, Halos, 
  • Blowing a Cutter Head 
  • 3 Step Plating
  • Fathers, Mothers, and Stampers
  • Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Humidity 
  • T-Bone Burnett
  • Chris Muth
  • Larry Nix
  • HD Vinyl
  • Culture of Vinyl
  • Backlog of Work
  • 1950’s Technology
  • Business Planning
  • Last Minute Loans
  • Credits
  • Preview Deck
  • Elliptical EQ

Matt’s Rant: Revisiting Backing Up

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Jeff Powell
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith