“This device is my teenage dream machine”—Yuri Suzuki.
Yuri Suzuki, the sound artist, designer and electronic musician, has teamed up with Japanese publisher Gakken to create his brilliant instant record cutting machine.
Designed with universal usability in mind, the compact unit has a simple interface and is able to cut blank vinyl discs and play them back instantly. This is the first time a record cutting machine has been readily available to purchase at a consumer level and is aimed at both the seasoned record collector, as well as those first venturing into the world of vinyl.
After ordering the machine, the package comes with ten blank five-inch discs. The device also allows the user to plug in the audio source from any device including a computer or phone. From there, you simply “engrave sound directly from the recording stylus,” Suzuki told Design Week. You can then instantly playback sound using the tone arm and in-built speaker.”
Detailing further, he explained: “You simply plug in your iPhone, computer, audio player – any sound source – through the mini audio jack to supply sound to record your own record,” in a separate interview with Dezeen. “Put the stylus down on the surface, select 33rpm or 45rpm and start making the record.”
He added: “I wanted to create a machine that makes it easy and cheap to create your own bespoke record without pressing a whole batch.
“Vinyl has more value than other media, in my opinion. Recording your voice message or your music onto bespoke vinyl and sending it to someone feels very special and is more valuable (and long-lasting) than just sending a voice message on WhatsApp.”
The machine, which Suzuki hopes to reinvent the market, will be made at an affordable price and shipped worldwide. Some reports suggest that the product could made available for as cheap as £65 ($81).
“I want to re-introduce how nice the record is, the value of having a physical music media and the sound, the listening experience,” the designer adds. “This could be an alternative way to communicate with friends and families.”