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.
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 :)
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)
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.
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.ProLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
Although we will be selling blanks, we are not locking down clients to "buy from us"...
We are just about to partner with a European supplier but Blanks are available online from a number of sources (as are cutting stylus).
As an example, a blank 10" PVC record (transparent or black) is circa $4.
We are most likely releasing with a Diamond Cutting Stylus to start with, to cut PC/PVC and blank vinyl. This is MUCH cheaper (and safer) than acetate and is also available online around the world. We do not want to lock anyone in to "buy from us" in any sense, I want as many cuts happening as possible!
We will be using an industry standard cutting stylus, so again, you can purchase from anyone.
We are cutting in real time here... some actually cut in half time, but that's a story for another day.
So, 1 minute of audio takes 1 minute to cut :)
If you want to do large runs of vinyl, you're best off getting a master acetate cut and a factory to stamp them for you. This is much cheaper in the long run and will give you some room to make money without spending days cutting.
Short runs, are of course possible :)
("I feel some mastering tips coming to our website")
Whilst we love the sound (and are sure you will too) we make no claims to be cutting at a mastered/release level :)
This is what they call a "dub-cut", they sound great but if you'd like a release level product, we recommend seeing an expert, like our friends at Deep Grooves Mastering in Chicago, Illinois
Although we have not yet implemented an evil switch, it will have zombie mode (it won't)...
When (or should I say if) zombies attack, the DRC can be switched to "kill-kill" mode... meaning it can only attack that which is already dead.
NO...! This is strictly analog only!
The only digital components of the system are that which control the analog cutting.
The mastering engineer in me I guess, but I hate unnecessary conversion stages.
So... output from an audio interface (or better yet, tape machine) and done.
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