King Worldwide is a New Zealand record manufacturing plant run by Peter King. It specialises in cutting polycarbonate records using a lathe technique that is different to the traditonal pressed vinyl records.. The operation began in the late 1980s in the town of Geraldine and as a result King's records are sometimes referred to as "Geraldine pressings". Due to the unique production process King worldwide specialises in small-run pressings in editions as low as 20.
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DISCOGRAPHY for Peter King Lathe Cut Records here .



Peter started his musical career as a drummer and worked for some time as a session drummer recording jingles for Television New Zealand. While working there he noticed what he thought at first to be a pair of old sewing machines in a back room. It turned out that these were retired lathe machines, originally built by the BBC, that had once been used for studio recording. His interest piqued he obtained these machines when the studio was in the process of being closed down in the 1980s. It was also at this time that Peter moved from the city to an isolated rural location in the remote hinterland of the South Island.
Thus began an extensive period of tinkering and experimentation as Peter sought to get his machines funtioning as well as they could. He replaced the motors and housing of the machines, tailoring the lathes to his own purposes. The main concern however was in trialing a range of materials in order to find that best suited to making a good record. Starting with nitrocellulose lacquer sprayed on aluminum discs he moved through a variety of different plastics, including Perspex, Plexiglas, and polypropylene. Initial concerns about fast wear and its resulting loss of clarity were solved by both the discovery of a more durable material - a particular polycarbonate plastic- and by changing the angle of the lathe’s cutting head. Research was also undertaken to ascertain the optimum equalisation profile from the 2 track master outputs to the lathe heads themselves.
As of 2011 Peter remains the only person offering domestic record manufacturing in New Zealand. ( EMI famously dumped their vinyl press into the ocean in the 1980s so as to force the uptake of the CD format.) The great advantage of lathe cuts, for international customers, lies in their cost effectiveness for small runs (anything from 20 to 150 copies) when compared to pressed vinyl. In the 1980s Peter was the only person in the world offering such a service and after cutting records for NZ underground icons such as the Dead C and Alastair Galbraith his reputation went international. It wasn't long before the sheer volume of work he had piling up in his shed neccesitated the building of another 2 machines. Peter built these new machines from scratch, recycling electric motors and machine parts from the likes of old washing machines.
A particularly large job around this time was an order for 1500 7"s for the Beastie Boys. Surprise partial payment for this came in the form of a mustard yellow Ford Mustang that arrived at the Port of Timaru addressed to P King.



Other well known artists who have used Peters services include Pavement, Lee Ranaldo, My Cat is an Alien, Acid Mothers Temple, Birchville Cat Motel, The Reynols and The No Neck Blues Band.
Ever innovative Peter has also developed techniques for making picture disks and can also cut onto different shaped records such as triangles, squares and hearts. He has cut very sweet playing records onto copper disks and has even recently completed a job cutting onto CDs to make a disk that can play in a CD player or a record player.





Heres a cheesy video clip made about Peter for New Zealand television:


In 2014 Peter made 400 records for a campaign to save the Sumatran Tiger:


And an epic 3 parter made by Australian miscreants Sun of the 7th Sister: