Reference acetates are an important quality control step in the vinyl production process. Essentially they are cuts hot off the lathe. They allow an artist to hear how a release will sound on vinyl before sending parts to the plant. This can save time and money if anything needs to be changed.
I advocate for acetates on every vinyl project that comes through Telegraph because I believe they are important and can potentially save everyone involved lots of trouble and stress.
Check out some acetates seen in the wild. The first is from Allen Farmelo’s studio for the Graph Rabbit album Snowblind. The second set are from Man In Decline Records for a pair of upcoming releases from Concrete Cross and Sarabante. Acetates for all!