This portable vinyl lathe lets you cut your own records at home

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“It has to be idiot-proof.”

Phonocut is a new home vinyl lathe that hopes to allow you to cut your own records in real time.

Read more: The art of vinyl mastering

According to Wired, Phonocut only needs an audio source and a blank acetate (although no details are given on the nature of the disc) to get started.

Working in real time, the Phonocut uses a diamond stylus to cut the 10” vinyl records, with each side able to hold between 10 and 15 minutes of audio.

As Phonocut co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps told Wired: “It has to be idiot-proof. Even I myself should be in a position to cut the records.”

While there is a certain novelty to the idea of cutting any digital file to vinyl, Phonocut’s production credentials include that of Swiss mastering engineer Flo Kaufmann, one of the last remaining lathe repair experts in the world.

Head here for more info and check out the Phonocut below. The Phonocut will be available to pre-order via Kickstarter from 15th October, for €999.

Photos courtesy of Phonocut.

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