Phonocut lets you cut your own vinyl record
Vinyl records are back in our living rooms, with sales steadily growing in recent years to a level that could see the format outsell CDs for the first time since the mid-1980s. That's great news for consumers, but for gigging bands and solo performers not signed to a major label, getting in on the vinyl action could be out of their budgets. That's where Phonocut's Home Vinyl Recorder might help.
Essentially the device allows users to plug in an audio source (wireless connectivity is in development), place a blank vinyl record on the platter and push a button to start cutting a 10-inch vinyl record at home, at the studio or in the rehearsal space. Of course, you don't necessarily have to be a musician to make the most of this system, you could just create the vinyl equivalent of mix-tapes to give to a loved one.
Phonocut recommends that it's "special recipe" blanks are used to ensure the "highest fidelity, longest durability and cleanest cut." In fact, using blanks from any other source will void the 12 month warranty and may damage the recorder. Each side has enough room for about three songs or 10-15 minutes of music in total. The blanks will be available direct from the company or distribution partners, and it's estimated that each blank will cost around US$10.
The project's team members shape up as Florian Kaps, Flo Kaufman, David Bohnett and KamranV, while the overall look of the unit comes courtesy of Creaholic – founded by Elmar Mock, co-inventor of the Swatch. The Home Vinyl Recorder features a high-torque, low-power direct drive motor and digital controls, and carving out the grooves is undertaken using a diamond stylus that should be good for about 100 records before needing to be replaced.
Phonocut has launched the project on Kickstarter to fund production, where pledges start at €999 (about US$1,100). If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in December 2020. The video below has more.
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For those who don't get vinyl -- vinyl gets away from digital "hash", "ringing" and other real-world imperfections that make digital sound harsh, unnatural and basically -- unsatisfying. The trade off is vinyl has lesser high frequencies, a smaller dynamic range and weaker signal-to-noise ratio. To put it crudely: a lesser sound technically but much more satisfying musically. Remember how great music was in the 80s? Too young to know? OK, ask your GF / wife how vinyl sounds. She knows.
A small concern:
Adding wireless to the source means you are killing the very reason for which you were made: to get away from digital sound and it's lack of integrity.