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Leesta Vall Live Sessions are live musical performances that take place in our Brooklyn, NY studio. Each performance is cut live in realtime directly to a 7” lathe cut vinyl record, resulting in a truly unique one-of-a-kind musical artifact. Each individual vinyl record contains its own rendition (or "take") of a song that only its purchaser will have/hear...a very special thing.

There is NO COST to be part of this project. In fact, you'll actually MAKE MONEY from the sale of your records. If you're in/around the New York City area, or will be on tour, please send us your music!  

Here's where we'll be cutting the records.

We have over 1000 sessions in our archive.  See who's come before you!


AUDIO TECHNICA  A-T recently sat down with Leesta Vall Sound Recordings founder and principal session producer Aaron Zimmer to talk about the studio’s unique live vinyl recording process. Leesta Vall is a niche record label based in Brooklyn, New York that’s known for its Direct-To-Vinyl Live Sessions. During these sessions, artists perform live in-studio to produce limited-edition, lathe cut record releases in real-time.

With more than 500 Direct-To-Vinyl Live Sessions recorded to date, Leesta Vall has redefined the process of recording vinyl. Singer/songwriter Marina Strah recently recorded a Direct-To-Vinyl session at Leesta Vall using a variety of A-T products in the studio setup, including the ATM250 for kick drum, the AT4060a for drum overhead, the AT4081 for acoustic guitar, the BP40 for vocals, and the AE2300 for both snare drum and electric guitar cab.  READ MORE

PRO SOUND NETWORK  Brooklyn, NY—Aaron Zimmer was running a successful one-man agency, Leesta Vall, booking up to 1,500 shows a year for a roster of two dozen artists, when he purchased a Presto K8 portable vinyl record lathe on eBay and—hey presto!—he switched careers. Well, not so fast.

Having acquired the Presto, manufactured in the 1940s, “I set it up at my kitchen table and just banged my head against the lathe for a couple of years trying to get it all to work,” says Zimmer. “I bet I cut 5,000 bad records before I got one good one."  READ MORE