The Rise and Fall of the Printed Record


Audiophiles who believe that the industry will be only be saved by the revival of the long playing phonograph record will be delighted to learn that there's a new 3-D printing process that claims to be capable of printing photograph records.

Yes, that was PRINT LPs, just as you would print a letter. On Instructables web page you can even see what workflow the printer's creator used for his conversion from digital file to LP record.

Don't expect that you can now transform that DSD music file into an audiophile-quality LP that's indistinguishable from the original. Currently, according to the author, "the audio output from these records has a sampling rate of 11kHz (a quarter of typical mp3 audio) and 5-6bit resolution (mp3 audio is 16 bit), it is still easily recognizable." That may be better than Edison's original wax cylinder, but it ain't gonna make anyone's superdisc list. It's still a long way from reconizability to audiophile quality.


But, if this process could be developed further, it is theoretically possible that audiophiles could begin to make their own LPs without the need of a record-cutting lathe or in-house mastering engineer. And that would be fun...but in the meantime, you could always make some records for your Fisher-Price toy record player using a CNC mill...

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