• The clever, absurd RokBlok rides your vinyl’s grooves like a hipster race car

    The clever, absurd RokBlok rides your vinyl’s grooves like a hipster race car

    Sometimes you see a gadget and think simultaneously, “that’s insanely clever,” but also just “that’s insane.” The RokBlok was one of those situations for me: Who but a mad genius would have thought of a record player that propels itself along the groove like a little remote control car? Read More

  • Qrates lets you press your hot beats onto vinyl

    Qrates lets you press your hot beats onto vinyl

    Hello, fellow young people! I, like you, love vinyl. It offers richer, more realistic (pet) sounds and it is great for lugging from squat house to squat house and for sharing on a portable record player while you enjoy some fine beverages on the front stoop of your Williamsburg duplex. But how can you press your own music onto vinyl with a minimum of (hot) fuss? A Tokyo-based team has the answer. Read More

  • Need A Portable Turntable? Meet the Crosley Revolution

    Vinyl is not dead, friends, and the respected record player is not without modern updates. We’ve seen USB turntables before, but turntables have, historically, been pretty large edifices of technology. That changes today with the Crosley Revolution. Stripped of the cabinetry that traditionally accompanies a turntable, the Revolution is portable features a built-in handle, and can run on… Read More

  • Video: How vinyl records are made

    Vinyl records are making a comeback. Yeah, in the world of instant music downloads and portable music, a lot of music fans are falling in love with vinyl – again. Make found a fantastic five minute video showing the process Gotta Groove Records employs. It really seems like a relatively simple process, requiring only a few machines. Click through to watch the video and gain a bit of… Read More

  • Denon Japan releases turntable with built-in USB port

    Denon Japan announced it will start selling a turntable [JP] that features a USB port to transfer music from analog records to USB memory sticks as digital music files at the beginning of next month. The DP-200USB will be available in black and silver  (price: $300). Denon says all that users have to do in order to save music as MP3 (in 192kbps quality) is to play their 30cm or 17cm records… Read More

  • Annoy everybody but yourself with portable DJ scratch pad

    No, it doesn’t play records. No, there doesn’t seem to be any moving parts. No, it doesn’t plug in to anything. Yes, it is a credit card sized polypropylene scratch pad. Dubbed Plastinkuzz, this portable annoyance-maker was designed by Anton Schnaider. The little piece of plastic could be good for many non-dj-ing activities. For example, you could drive the cats crazy. Or… Read More

  • Sony takes up where Sharper Image left off: Vinyl to USB turntable

    The PS-LX300USB is one of the most exciting new inventions to come down the pike in a long time. See, it’s a record turntable that connects to a computer. Records are disks encoded with music or spoken word and these records spin. A needle touches these disks and transmits the audio electronically to a digital sound thingie that puts it on the USB cable and then into your computer. If… Read More

  • ION Audio Releases Two Snazzy Turntables

    iTTUSB05 If you’re not of the old guard of turntable enthusiasts and enjoy the atrocities of USB-powered turntables then ION has what you’re looking for. After all, vinyl has superior sound quality (if you’re into old and scratchy) and with these two, new models you can rip your favorites to MP3, so you can tote them around town. The iTTUSB05 and iTTUSB10 each come with EZ… Read More

  • Video Games Hidden In LP Records

    I’ve seen easter eggs before where small, fun games are embedded into other games or in machines of some sort, but this has to take the cake as far as hidden gems go. Back in the 1980s, computer programmers would embed video game code into LP records grooves. You could then play these hidden wonders by recording the LP to a cassette tape and using a tape drive to run the program. The… Read More

  • Don't Call It A Comeback (Actually, Go For It)

    Everyone’s favorite liberal and entertaining talk station, NPR, ran a story this morning on how vinyl is making a comeback. The reason for those Talking Heads 7-inches coming back in style? NPR cites the popularity of the low-cost USB turntable and the total lack of DRM on vinyl. So far sales of new records are up 10% and seem to keep growing. Oh, and indie kids still buy a ton of… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich

    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

  • Wham! Meets The iPod Case

    Admit it. You know you listened to a ton of Wham! back in the ’80s. What if you could get that actual record made into an iPod case? Still listening? Good. Contexture Design has released a slew of iPod cases made from actual recycled vinyl records. Each case is specially made out of a vinyl record, felt, cork, and has a screen protector. It should be noted that the price The cases… Read More