Whether it's nostalgia for retro technology or personal preference for the sound and "feel" of music on the old medium, vinyl records have become popular again in recent years. Recording companies bow to purist demand and create small runs of contemporary music on vinyl. Artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dog, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift are just of the contemporary artists with vinyl albums. If you have the right equipment at home, you can record your vinyl records. They can range from personal gifts to your very own small run record release.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Microphone and mp3 recorder
- Vinyl Recorder with vinyl disks or send-out service
Determine whether your recording budget allows for utilising a send-out service or if you can afford to purchase your own vinyl recorder (see Tips).
Create tracks for your album. Tracks are songs or segments that make up your album. Depending on your level of expertise and the purpose of your vinyl record, you can use a simple microphone and MP3 recorder or you can invest in home studio mixing equipment and record professional-grade tracks.
Save the tracks as digital files or burn them to a CD.
Send your CD out to be cut as a vinyl record; directions will vary with the send-out service. Set up the vinyl recorder to press the records at home; directions vary by machine.
Tips and warnings
- Step 1: Send-out vinyl recording services are private companies that can take any electronic recording and press a run of vinyl records. These services usually include stamping and packaging and the price will depend on the number of units you order. A vinyl recorder is a device that "cuts" the record tracks onto a vinyl plate you can then play on a record player. Vinyl recorders are specialised equipment and very expensive. For example, the Starter Set T560 from VinylRecorder.com is 3,200 Euros (about £2,730 GBP) and the Japanese Vestax VRX 2000 runs about £6,500 GBP. Instructions for using this equipment will vary, but each machine requires additional equipment such as mixer with cue, level meter, headphones, amp (minimum 250 watts, maximum 400 watts) and vacuum cleaner with separate motor cooling.
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