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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Modern Look At Record Pressing

Vinyl pellets that become a record image
Vinyl is booking these days, but the problem is that the basic technology is still stuck in the 70s. Most lathes and pressing equipment is at least 30 years old, and new ones aren't being made (although there are some rumors floating around).

That means that the gear keeps on getting keeps on getting recycled from plant to plant, and new parts custom manufactured to keep those presses running.

The New York Times ran a great article on the vinyl revolution, and included this video from Independent Record Pressing in Bordentown, N.J.

Although there are lots of videos online showing how record pressing works, most are in black and white from the 50s and 60s. Here's one in full color HD that shows a plant in operation.


Anonymous said...

I wonder how long it will be for 3D Printing technology has the resolution to print an LP. Maybe that is the future.

Rand said...

A brilliant and prescient concept 'Anonymous'. Hope you're right.


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