This Portable Vinyl Lathe Lets You Cut Your Own Records At Home
Music fans will now be able to create their very own vinyl records from home.
Phonocut is the first consumer device that's able to reproduce vinyl records on the spot.
Similar in size to a standard turntable, the easy to use gadget has a state-of-the-art lathe that uses a diamond stylus to cut 10-inch vinyl records in real-time. All you do is plug in an audio cable connected to your computer, hit play on your preferred music streaming service and as you listen to the music you want to be copied, Phonocut cuts the vinyl right in front of you.
Roughly 10-15 minutes of audio can be cut into each side of the vinyl and is able to be played back on a record player immediately after being cut.
Austrian analog enthusiast and Phonocut co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps told Wired in an interview: “It has to be idiot-proof. Even I myself should be in a position to cut the records.”
The machine works in real time. As the music plays, a diamond stylus etches the sound wave straight into the surface of the vinyl. After a half hour of playback, you have a physical saucer of sound ready to pick up, hold, and toss on a turntable.
He went on to explain how the idea for the machine emerged, citing what he claims is a need among consumers to feel physically connected to music in an ever-expanding digital landscape.
“Digital has a big problem, you know - it’s not real,” Kaps said. “You can very easily access it, but you only can see it, or you can hear it. You never can lick it, you cannot smell it, and you can’t touch it. We human beings do have these five senses. And at the end of the day, we need all these five senses to fall in love, to feel happy, to build trust.”
The Phonocut is available for pre-order at a price of £882 ($1,100). The company plans to ship the first run of units in December 2020.