This is my interpretation of the RIAA’s specifications for a 45 RPM record.
(In case you’re unaware, this is what we used prior to streaming music.)
Here’s an example of how I used it:
Tips & Tricks
The shaded area is meant to be engraved.
The black circles are meant to be scored.
I think doing the engrave first is the right move. Not sure how it’ll work out if you score first. If you try it score-first, I’d love to see the result!
I made the 2 inner-most circles different colors so you can do the following:
If you’re cutting the whole thing, set the inner-most to cut and the next circle to score. If you’re only doing the B side, turn the inner-most off and also the outer-most.
If you’re going to use the 'forge to cut your label, use the 2 inner-most circles only to cut and turn off everything else.
You can use the inner-most circle by itself to cut a thick guide for placing your label, so it lines up perfectly with your hole. I simply used Thick Draftboard for that purpose, but any thick scrap will do the job.
I did the engrave first which I ultimately used 1000/30. But I think if I make another I’ll try 25 or 20… just enough to give it some texture rather than depth. The scoring was Black default Draft, which I think I like. And the cuts were default. Total time was ~50 minutes per side. (Don’t forget to disable the cuts for the B side.)
Hehe! I make it a point to always have black on-hand. Medium and thick. It’s so elegant-looking. Ya never know when you’ll need it!
Which reminds me… After my couple of failed attempts at this record, I’m running low on black myself!