Ever wanted to cut your own records? It looks like you’ll be able to do so, soon: Phonocut is a device that lets you press your own 10″ vinyl record at the push of a button. Think of it as a CD burner (remember those?) but for vinyl. You connect a line source such as a smartphone or a laptop to the 1/8″ input jack, load a 10″ blank vinyl disc that you also purchase from Phonocut, and then press a button to cut a piece of stereo vinyl in real time. You can record between 10-15 minutes of music per side.
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It’s an unashamedly niche product, and one that will appeal to those who want to spin the oldschool DJ way. Whether you grew up listening and spinning vinyl, or you’re a millennial / Gen-Zer who recently got into the hobby, Phonocut looks to be an interesting product. That means you can press tunes from your collection onto a record, or you can even press mixtapes to vinyl for handing out at gigs (talk about making an impact!).
The idea of a home-based vinyl cutting device has been done before in varying degrees of success, most recently the VRX-2000 cutter from the now-defunct Vestax. But what sets Phonocut apart is the ease of operation and the price: it’s set to launch on Kickstarter for just €999, with the blank vinyl costing €10 each. The aforementioned VRX-2000 in comparison is exponentially more expensive (it can be bought used on Reverb for about US$10,000).
Will this *ahem* kickstart vinyl’s second coming not just as a collectible but as tools in DJ booths? We’ll wait and see…
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Does a vinyl product like this interest you? Do you want to spin with vinyl again, or are you happy DJing completely digital? Let us know below.