This Bluetooth Adapter Streams Music Through Your Record Player

If pressured, Jesse England might have a tough time justifying the existence of his unique creation—known as the Universal Record. What looks like an extra-thick piece of vinyl is actually a Bluetooth adapter for record players. But instead of transmitting sound from a turntable through a wireless speaker, it allows… » 4/13/15 4:44pm 4/13/15 4:44pm

The Vinyl Artwork on Qbert's New Album Doubles As a MIDI DJ Controller

Audiophiles have a laundry list of reasons why you should be buying your music on vinyl, but with DJ Qbert's new album Extraterrestria, aspiring turntablists now have a reason to skip the MP3s too. Using printed MIDI technology from a company called Novalia, the artwork in the vinyl's sleeve doubles as a DJ… » 1/02/15 8:42am 1/02/15 8:42am

This Transforming Briefcase Turntable Is a Walkman For Your Records

Just because you prefer the warm, crackly sound of vinyl records to MP3s doesn't necessarily mean you also like being tethered to a home stereo whenever you want to listen to your record collection. So Pyle has created this portable turntable that transforms into a briefcase for easy transport, and also includes a… » 11/12/14 11:22am 11/12/14 11:22am

Glasses Made From Recycled Vinyl Records: Cool, Or Hipster?

Vinyl records and unneccessary, overly-large eyeglasses: probably just below coffee shops and typewriters when playing the Hipster Word Association Game. If you've ever wanted to combine those two staples, look no further: Vinylize is a company that upcycles old LPs into eyeglasses for the PBR-drinking masses. » 10/23/14 11:51pm 10/23/14 11:51pm

What Scratched Records Look Like Through a Microscope

Everybody knows the sound of a scratched record. But have you ever wondered what that maddening little blemish looks like up close? Well, you're in luck, because Zammuto's music video for "Great Equator" featuring scratched records was filmed entirely with a microscope. And it's more interesting than you might think. » 7/15/14 7:00pm 7/15/14 7:00pm

Vinyl's Upward Surge Continues Because Vinyl Rules

Last week, Nielsen Soundscan released its mid-year report, and once again, album sales were in the gutter, down 14.9 percent from the year before. Vinyl, though, keeps plugging upwards, with sales growing 40 percent to 4 million units. Even as our media is increasingly intangible, there's a subset of people that just… » 7/11/14 10:43am 7/11/14 10:43am

This Contraption Cuts Vinyl Records From Digital Audio In Real Time

Sonic purists swear that everything sounds better on vinyl, and you know what? Spinning records is also just way more freaking fun. It's common to digitize your LPs, but what if you could easily do the reverse? This dude made a device that makes it easy to press audio files into albums in real time. » 3/12/14 8:48am 3/12/14 8:48am

Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall to Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day—hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action—but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player. » 1/15/14 6:20am 1/15/14 6:20am

This Hypnotic Turntable's Glowing Platter Floats on Magnets

If you're a fan of the supposedly warmer, richer sound of vinyl, you owe it to yourself to outfit your sound system with gear that does your record collection justice. And as long as you're not scratching on the side, the turntables that McIntosh has been making for decades will do your analog music proud.… » 10/03/13 2:01pm 10/03/13 2:01pm

Melting Vinyl Records into Skulls Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Dead media like cassette tapes, video tapes, CDs, DVDs and so forth should die. I have no problem admitting that. They take up space, offer a worse experience and are just unnecessarily inconvenient now. Who cares that I have a CD tower filled with music? Where would I ever listen to all that? But none of that… » 8/27/13 10:23pm 8/27/13 10:23pm