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DIY Record Cutting Lathe: Meena Cryle - Try Me

Lo-Fi reloaded.. Experimenting on cutting / engraving / embossing audio tracks into obsolete CDs. The cutting lathe was built around cigar boxes.

The previous cutter heads were crap - this time i kept it as simple as possible: A Visaton "EX 45 S Exciter" with a sharpend drill glued on it. That loudspeaker doesn't have membrane but a plastic mounting plate which vibrates.

The soundfile was equalized with the Audacity program; high frequencies above 6kHz were cut off, the rest was equalized with an inverted RIAA filter. The feed screw for the cutter head traction is now installed, which brings a better linear motion and more recording time (in the video it was only moved by hand).

The track I used for experimenting is "Try Me", taken from Meena Cryle. Check them out, they're great! www.meenacryle.com

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Comment by Barry Potter on December 6, 2012 at 11:23pm

What the F***!

Comment by Elmar Zeilhofer on December 5, 2012 at 5:12am

thanks, I found that record engraving stuff on youtube and wanted to try it. There are so many things to experiment on.. different needeles, angles, weights and materials, such as CDs,plastic, even cardboard or x-ray photos. Let's see... and hear.

Comment by Ted Crocker on December 5, 2012 at 12:04am

This is incredible Elmar, we've now entered the Twilight Zone.  

Thomas Edison would be proud.

Comment by jim on December 4, 2012 at 8:34pm

OK! Who cut the straps on your straight jacket! 

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