MP3 to Vinyl!

It’s time to convert back all those MP3s you converted from vinyl! This machine cuts records from MP3s in real time.

I love the idea of popping in to my local Yamada Denki, picking up a box of blank vinyl and making my own records from a free track I’ve downloaded from the internet – the future is the past!

11 thoughts on “MP3 to Vinyl!

  1. Panther: I couldn’t believe the rigamarole involved in cleaning a record in that video. He approaches cleaning as though the disc was used for serving food on! The only condition that should need occasional cleaning is dust removal and normal proper handling will minimize that.
    I have a large vinyl collection and they are basically all in pristine condition because I have been fairly obsessive about how I play them. A couple of tips;
    Pledge [Johnson’s wax furniture polish] has a product for household dusting, it’s a folding plastic handle with a removable soft floppy cotton pad on it, the pad is about 6-7″ long and washable, you lightly spray it with an electrostatic product that attracts dust and then you run it lightly over your furniture: tables, bookshelves etc, it works amazingly well. I had one that I used to keep my computer area and monitors dust free and it occurred to me that it would be effective for removing dust from vinyl, so I bought another just for that purpose, they’re cheap, less than $5 which includes the spray.
    Vinyl attracts dust electrostatically so I always play them with the turntable lid down, but if I notice any dust a quick swish with the Pledge tool removes it totally.
    On rare occasions I’ve had to wash a disc, I do that by putting about 2-3″ of warm soapy water in the sink and rotating the disc in it vertically, I use a regular sponge to wipe the water into the grooves. If you’re careful the label doesn’t get wet. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft paper towel.
    OK, that’s enough housekeeping, I’d like far more details on this ‘DIY vinyl cutting’, one problem I see is that MP3 is just about the lowest fidelity available, if you’re going to that much trouble you should seek to produce at least CD quality.

    • As I read that I had visions of you using Pledge to clean your vinyl and presumed I’d stumbled upon goneforeign’s household cleaning tips 🙂

      Never actually heard of anyone washing their records before. Like you mine are in mint condition, always handled carefully and played with the lid down.

      Haven’t digitised my records so doubt I’d bother reversing the process.

      Still get an inordinate amount of pleasure choosing a record that I really want to listen to, handling it, reading the cover notes and lyrics whilst it’s playing, bliss.

      • Leave-it: Agreed re. the pleasure of playing vinyl and reading the album cover liner notes simultaneously, it used to be a regular event on a Sunday after I’d spent an afternoon browsing and buying, I’d come home with a dozen new albums, put my feet up, pop a beer and start at the top of the pile.
        The key word in ‘washing’ is ‘vertical’, if the disc is vertical only the grooves are submerged, with a little care you can keep the label dry.

    • GF – thanks for your detailed response. Dust etc. on records is a perennial problem, and i usually just wipe it with my sleeve, which can’t be doing it any good at all. We have similar Pledge -type products over here, so I’ll definitely look out for something like that. Don’t think I’ll have the courage to wash them in the sink though!
      Mind you, just as I like a book to be well-thumbed, I don’t mind my records to have a bit of wear and tear, it shows they have been well used and loved! At the moment. one of my son’s (he’s only 19 months old) favourite games is to toddle up to the record shelves, pick out a record (usually a shiny looking one!), toddle back, take ages getting it out of the sleeve and put it on the turntable himself. I stop short of letting him drop the needle (although he does try) as he hasn’t quite got the motor skills for it yet!

      Here’s the article I got this from. Seems like a CD player will work fine too:

      http://www.psfk.com/2014/03/vinyl-printer-cuts-records-in-real-time-as-songs-play-video.html#!CQ4Dq

    • ive got one of these an tbh for the money, considering a neumaan vms IF you can get one is around £20k+, they are really good. as to cutting mp3, although I always advise not using compressed audio files its what most give me, I think people don’t know/care about hi quality audio today. now I cant improve the quality in the Hz/bit way but the signal going through the cutter units, me fiddling with knobs on said units plus the sound of it playing on a turntable does change the sound, I would say for the better in most case. very rare that it sounds noticeably worse
      http://www.cutadub.com

  2. MP3 is the devil’s own file format, typically 10% of the size compared to burning a CD to a “lossless” format, eg. .wav. With 90% of the info missing, it’s a wonder it sounds like anything at all ! So recording it back to vinyl would be a bit pointless and wouldn’t get the warmth back.

    Didn’t there used to be recording booths back in the 50s/ 60s where you could cut your own 7″ 45rpm disc ?

    • Yes, I remember one at Waterloo station in the early 60’s, that I used to record a ‘spoken letter’ to my family, who were 5000 miles away in the Caribbean! Never had the neck to do an Elvis, and record a song….

      Are you at the head of the queue for one of Neil Young’s Ponos?

      • I was just about to mention the Pono.

        I don’t really know enough about audio and all that and I only really use my iPod to listen to Podcasts, but I’d definitely be interested to hear the difference, if there is one!

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