Chopping a vinyl document requires costly gear and years of expertise. However what should you might create a purposeful document at dwelling? Teenage Engineering’s PO-80 File Manufacturing unit guarantees to satisfy this want for simply $150.
The PO-80 File Manufacturing unit is a document participant with an built-in vinyl chopping head. It comes with a set of clean 5-inch data, that are in regards to the dimension of a CD (and fairly a bit smaller than a 7-inch single). Every 5-inch document can maintain about 4 minutes of audio on both sides at 33RPM. For higher-quality 45RPM recordings, playback is diminished to about three minutes per facet.
To chop data on this machine, merely lay down a clean 5-inch document, plug in an audio supply over 3.5mm cable, and activate the chopping head. You should purchase extra clean data if you blow by means of the 5 which might be included with this machine, or order a alternative chopping head when yours wears out.
Now, the vinyl chopping head on this machine is monophonic, so you may neglect about stereo recordings. And since vinyl data require particular mastering methods (decreasing quantity, bass, and sibilance prevents skipping), Teenage Engineering suggests working tracks by means of its Mastering Machine earlier than chopping them on the File Manufacturing unit.
And in case you’re questioning, the data produced by this machine don’t sound superb—you may hear samples on the File Manufacturing unit gross sales web page. Teenage Engineering describes the audio high quality as “lo-fi.” Until you could find a really artistic manner to make use of the File Manufacturing unit, it’s actually only a novelty (or a cool method to give somebody a customized single).
Notice that the File Manufacturing unit was developed with assist from Yuri Suzuki, a Japanese designer who debuted a comparable product again in 2020. However Teenage Engineering’s OP-80 will most likely obtain extra consideration than Suzuki’s unique record-cutting machine, particularly amongst westerners.