This Machine Lets You Make Vinyl Records At Home

And Your Legacy As a Musical God Begins...

By Hadley Tomicki ·

It's safe to dream freely now.

About the private planes, platinum records, and bottomless Dom Perignon.

The screams of adoring fans banging on the windows of your Phantom.

Autographs requested in hard-to-reach places.

You always believed you had the potential to be a rock god. And now that you make your own records at home, the world will shortly see it, too.

All thanks to the PO-80 Record Factory, a rather remarkable little device that allows you to engrave and cut vinyl records in the comfort of your own home. It’s now available from the beat doctors at Sweden’s Teenage Engineering, in collaboration with sound designer Yuri Suzuki, at a shockingly affordable price for fame and stardom.

Let’s just skip over the part where you, or a talented person you know, sits down and writes a future hit reflective of one’s life experience and pain that also happens to resonates with the entire world. Should be easy enough.

That’s the cue to call for this compact doohickey. You’ll need to put it together. But it looks essentially like any other record player. So it should easy, whether you owned Raising Hell on vinyl as a kid or bought it at an exorbitant price in the new millennium.

Upon completion, you just plug in whatever 3.5mm audio device you have and get your track committed to wax. Then maybe use the website's portal that lets you master the track for better quality. Especially since “I’m in the studio mastering a track,” sounds way cooler than “I’m too tired to go out today.”

 And that’s it. You’ve got your first record right there. You can now play that, or any other 7” vinyl, right back through the machine’s speaker, which is designed to offer warm, ultra-analog lo-fi sound. It also has the ability to hook up with the company’s beat-making Pocket Operators, as well as to a bigger speaker. So you can crank it up for the neighbors to appreciate.

The only thing left to do now is work out the demands for your rider.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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