Phonocut to become first machine to enable easy, at-home vinyl cutting
The days of CD mixtapes are long gone, but amidst the rising popularity of vinyls, a new mechanism will soon be available for music consumers to cut their own vinyl in a matter of minutes.
A team of European inventors are currently designing the Phonocut, a desktop analog vinyl lathe that allows users to create custom 10-inch records. The new machine is on track to become the first of its kind, with accessibility at the heart of its design, the machine is suited for any run-of-the-mill music connoisseur (with about $1100 dollars at their disposal). At the moment, the Phonocut team is embarking on its first series of recording sessions, test-driving the first fully functional prototype in Los Angeles.
Spurred by a vision to introduce a new chapter of record production, the home vinyl recorder condenses record creation to three easy steps—place the blank record on the tray, connect to an audio input, and press the start button. The vinyls will store approximately 10-15 minutes of music per side.
“People love records, but they don’t know anything about how they are produced. We have to inspire them to think about it and raise their awareness for the possibilities of what they can do with it,” said co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps.
Phonocut will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter Tuesday, October 15, with plans to send out the first shipment of units December of 2020. Find more information here.