Print Your Own Records

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The in last couple of years, the music industry has seen the phoenix-like return of the vinyl LP. Once thought to be as extinct as the dinosaur or Leif Garrett's musical career, record labels have return to their jilted ex with gold-digging abandon.  While vinyl might be a throwback to a more analog time, it doesn't mean technology is standing still.  Enter Amanda Ghassei and the 3D printed record!

Using a 3D printer and a lotta know-how, Ghassaei has found a way to convert digital audio files into 3D printable 33rpm records that play on standard turntables with regular needles and at regular speeds.

How does it sound?  Check out the clip of Aphex Twin above and behold the future!

Link via Consequence of Sound


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Having an audiophile mother, I have listened to everything that ever recorded sound for commercial sale on original equipment. (Yes, this does include wax cylinders.) In my humble opinion, the only reason that vinyl sounds like live music is because garage bands use horrible electronic equipment. The only way to get close to the sound of an acoustic set played in a small room is pure digital at a very high bit rate.
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This is definitely in the novelty camp. Not only is the source audio digital rather than an original analog recording (a benefit of vinyl if you are using analog recording methods is that there is no A-D conversion), but current printing methods aren't accurate/high resolution enough for a clean copy.

Vinyl is not inherently "warmer" than the original audio BTW, that depends on your equipment.
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Doesn't this kind of defeat the purpose of listening to vinyl records? The 3D printing technology is digital in nature, and the attraction to listening to recordings on vinyl is that the analog sound is warmer and closer to sounding like the original audio.
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