The Phonocut is an at-home vinyl lathe, allowing anyone to cut 10-inch vinyl records at home in a matter of 30 minutes. It's the first consumer device in the vinyl industry capable of this immediacy and simplicity.
In order to make a record, one only needs a digital audio file and the companion application which formats and arranges the song to fit the audio to the record. Afterwards, you plug an audio cable into the Phonocut, such as a headphone jack, and press play. A diamond stylus will then etch the sound waves into the vinyl. Each side of the record can fit about 10-15 minutes of audio.
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Phonocut founder, Florian "Doc" Kaps, told Wired, "Digital has a big problem, you know—it's not real. 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." The machine is a way of making use of our senses, instead of relying on the one-note sensation of digital recordings.
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This new device comes right as vinyl has boomed once again in the dance community. If you want to start making your own custom records, the Phonocut becomes available through Kickstarter on Tuesday, October 15th for €999 or $1,100.
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