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The DRC; a Desktop Record Cutter designed with modern technology & a vintage soul. Funding expands feature set & reduces sell price.
The DRC; a Desktop Record Cutter designed with modern technology & a vintage soul. Funding expands feature set & reduces sell price.
106 backers pledged AU$ 33,953 to help bring this project to life.

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By supporting this project, you will be helping to bring a physical music medium back to the mainstream. I foresee a [high resolution] digital music player in our pockets (or implanted in our teeth), along with an analogue, vinyl centric system at home.

By funding this project, you will be purchasing infrastructure to enhance the feature set and bring the final cost down. 100% of pledges will be used to expand infrastructure and expand The DRC. 

The DRC is a Desktop Record Cutting package capable of cutting vinyl and/or vinyl-like material. The DRC is automated using precision engineered technology for ease of use [for new cutters], whilst allowing custom control, upgrades and modification for the experienced engineer. 

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Over-Engineered Custom Billet Alloy Overhead & Damping Mechanism (capable of 7+ inches of movement - enough for a 14 inch Master Acetate, or just more space to handle & listen).

Integrated High-Torque turntable, custom cut composite platter and potential vacuum clamping (we are also considering a Pro 14" version).

Stereo cutter-head and [machina produced] electronics package (we are discussing to either OEM an existing head, or partnering with someone developing a new model).

Multi-Axis Digital Control of all Linear Motion (this means fully adjustable pitch and depth)

Integrated Load Cell measuring cutting pressure; this means you can dial in the perfect depth for cutting in different mediums and/or at different levels

Modular Aluminium & Steel Frame built into a Waterproof, Shock Resistant Pelican Case

Pro CNC Grade Linear Motion

5 inch Resistive Touch LCD Screen for Display Values and Future Customisation / Enhancements

Integrated Vacuum Chip Sucker

Adjustable Microscope Mounting (suitable for Dino-Lite Digital Microscope)

Wired Remote Control

Integrated Carbon Fibre Tone-Arm

Although I may be obsessed with Vinyl (and audio in general), I am also a realist who tries to be objective (especially in business). Here's some info about Vinyl as a medium...

"Despite the overall transition to digital, physical music sales still account for a major proportion of industry revenues in many major markets". - IFPI

We feel there is a place for vinyl and the DRC, without getting into any analogue / digital arguments (both are great for different applications) there are advantages, perceived or otherwise, in sound, design and possibly more importantly, in your interaction with music. 

"While vinyl sales account for only a small fraction of the overall industry revenues, they have seen an increase in recent years in some key markets. In the US, vinyl sales increased by 32 per cent in 2013 (Nielsen Soundscan), and in the UK, they increased by 101 per cent in 2013 (BPI)". - IFPI

100% of funds raised will be used on infrastructure purchases and expanding the features of The DRC.

Anything we [gratefully] receive allows us to scale production up, buy in bulk and bring the costs down to you

It will also facilitate extra functions that can be added at the same price (did somebody say integrated digital analysis, heater element or... ?!). 

We already have both Design, CNC, 3D Printing & 3D Scanning facilities in-house, BUT... the more raised, the larger & faster our machines will become. Feeding these with higher quality, and yet cheaper materials when purchased in bulk.

The goal amount reached will dictate pricing. This is the most exciting part to us, if we all get involved, we can make the DRC more attainable for everybody. 

At the minimum goal reached, the projected sell price is US$6,500... BUT again, the more pledged, the cheaper this will be...

This price is for a "turn-key" stereo cutting system... audio in, blank on and cut.

 Along with 100% of my time...

my workshop, my machinery and my mastering studio are also "included" with the project, well... 100% use at least, by my team :) 

(Part of) The Work-Shop...
(Part of) The Work-Shop...
The Studio...
The Studio...
The CNC...
The CNC...
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From our 3D Printer...

We've built 2 complete revisions/versions (with many individual component re-designs). Apart from refining processes and designs, it has also helped us to bring the costs down as much as possible. We want this to be obtainable to everyone interested. 

Version 1 DRC (proof of concept)

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 Version 2 DRC (proof of concept)

Whilst "Version 2" is similar in function, the package will be fixed inside a waterproof, lockable case (see below) and the overhead will be custom cut in-house from billet alloy. 

Pictured is our mono Audax head, but this system will include a Stereo Head and complete electronics/drive package.

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 You can check out full progress here... Machina.Pro ... 

The remote... here's the updated (as of 18 Dec) remote... still some changes to happen but this has all function implemented.

The case... Inspired by my 1940's Rek-O-Kut "portable" vinyl cutter, we have decided to build the DRC into a premium Pelican Storm, or Gator Waterproof case.

Why re-invent the wheel... we love these cases and this will keep your investment safe for its life... both for shipment, storage and during general use.  This is included as standard. Here is the layout, this forms the shipping dimensions & physical size of the product...

N.B. Projected Weight; 12.7 KG (28 lbs) 

Check out our full Team Page... available here

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to check out our product. I hope you are at least half as excited about The DRC as we are :)

Don't worry if it sounds complicated... it may be (for us), but not for you, the user! It will be a simple 2 or 3 button press operation once released.

Whilst what you have seen is close in function, the final package will look, well, better :)

I am also a big believer that "no man is an island"... any suggestions or constructive feedback are most welcome!

If you like what we are doing, please pledge... every dollar received will be spent on equipment to make the DRC cheaper to you. Plus, we have a bunch of Merchandise & a few Products you can receive depending on the pledge amount. 

Risks and challenges

We have overcome almost all potential risks, although there are challenges, we are more than up to the task to complete. Whilst our proof of concept is testament to this, the main challenges moving forward are;

Pricing & Logistics - with professional experience is both international purchasing and international logistics, we are equipped to deal with any potential delays or price fluctuation.

Control Development - this is our main area of focus and the biggest challenge we face. Basically, it's making it as easy to use as possible, all whilst maintaining custom, advanced level control and features so the DRC can advance with you.

Thank you again, from the team at... Machina.Pro

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About $1.70

    VINYL SUPPORTER;
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    Officially listed as "Vinyl Supporter" on our proudly published Supporters Page.

    - Official public Listing of your Name and City

    (with your choice of what you would like displayed).

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    Officially listed as "Vinyl Defender" on our proudly published Supporters Page.

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $9

    VINYL DEFENDER;
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    Receive 2 (two) DRC Branded Stickers
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    Pledge AU$ 20 or more About $17

    CHRISTMAS GIFT; Vinyl Advocate
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    receive an eCard to the destination of your choice. Giving the gift of 1's and 0's (and vinyl)... :)
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    + Your recipient will also be Officially listed as "Vinyl Advocate" on our Supporters Page.
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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $21

    VINYL ADVOCATE;
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    Receive 2 (two) DRC Branded Vinyl Cut Decals (1 front & 1 rear stick)
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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $43

    LIMITED Vinyl Zombie Killer... Receive a listing acknowledging your tiring efforts to save the human race, one decapitation at a time + a custom zombie killing vinyl decal

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    Pledge AU$ 85 or more About $72

    YOUR MUSIC ON VINYL...
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    We will cut 3 songs (or 15 minutes of audio) onto a 12" black or coloured blank vinyl record.
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    This is a "dub-cut" quality cut.
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    AIF or WAV files up to 384kHz / 32 bit float to be ready for upload April 2015 for processing in May. No audio treatment included, sorry I'm too busy with a robot called The DRC
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    Disk will be black, transparent, or red (your choice)... I can do other colours if you really want :)

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $85

    Option 1; Black DRC iPhone or Samsung Phone Cover, or Option 2; Custom Acrylic Turntable Iso-Mat... precision cut in-house on our CNC from high quality 1.5mm thick acrylic... & ... you'll also receive the vinyl decals with an official listing as "Vinyl Champion" on our Supporters Page.

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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $170

    VINYL CRUSADER;
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    Receive a custom DRC Hoodie in black or white
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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $425

    You will be officially knighted...

    "Sir Cut-A-Lot" (or Madame of course) on our supporters page :)
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    + you will also receive a premium turntable accessories pack (including cleaning gear & Disk Stabiliser)
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    + our Acrylic Iso-Mat, iPhone/Samsung Cover AND vinyl decals.
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    Pledge AU$ 950 or more About $808

    VINYL KING / QUEEN
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    You will be inducted to our website as a King or Queen of Vinyl
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    + You will receive a Custom Billet Alloy Record Clamp, precision CNC routed from solid billet aluminium (includes custom engraving of your choice)
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    + a limited edition Hoodie & T-Shirt.
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    Pledge AU$ 6,750 or more About $5,742

    BUY A DRC... (Below Cost - 1 only)
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    FIRST ADOPTER; BE THE VERY FIRST....
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    You will receive the very first DRC package!
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    This is for a completed DRC, the very first production model released.
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    We will also customise The DRC with your name or company, CNC cut onto the faceplate of the cutter.
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    We will include a standard faceplate as a replacement, in case you want to on-sell later on. And hey, you can get us to write (or draw) whatever you like this way.
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    ETA is early April 2015 - our project plans should see us finish in March (parts dependable) but the ETA is April for now.
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    1 Only - This is US $5,600... we are selling this very first unit at below cost to thank the first DRC purchasing client.
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    We are extremely excited by the way, happy cutting :)

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    Pledge AU$ 7,000 or more About $5,955

    BUY A DRC...
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    Buy one of the first 4 DRCs released (serial numbers 2-4)....
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    You will receive one of the first DRC packages.
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    This is for a completed DRC.
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    We will also customise The DRC with your name or company, CNC cut onto the faceplate of the cutter.
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    We will include a standard faceplate as a replacement, in case you want to on-sell later on. And hey, you can get us to write (or draw) whatever you like this way.
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    ETA is early May 2015 - our project plans should see us finish in early April (parts dependable) but the ETA is May for now.
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    3 Only - This is circa US $5,800
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