Gakken Toy Record Maker
Cut Your Own Records!
The ultimate science project for vinyl nerds.
Jeff Mills and Yuri Suzuki collaborated with the Japanese publisher Gakken to create the INSTANT RECORD CUTTING MACHINE.
Designed with universal usability in mind, the compact unit has a simple interface and is able to cut blank vinyl discs and play them back instantly.
This is the first time a record cutting machine has been readily available to purchase at a consumer level, and is aimed at both the seasoned record collector, as well as those first venturing into the world of vinyl.
Consisting of a cutting arm as well as a playback tone arm, the machine is unique in its functionality. To cut a record, the user simply plays audio through the provided auxiliary cable or USB and then lifts the cutting arm onto a blank disc. Once the record is cut, users can instantly listen back to their recording through the tone arm and inbuilt speaker. The provided blank 5 inch vinyl records can be cut on both sides!
Yuri Suzuki and his team designed the machine's concept and interface, while Gakken took on a technical and manufacturing role.
The machine is accompanied by a magazine (printed in Japanese) detailing its design and background, as well as an insight into the vinyl cutting process!
ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. This item requires assembly similar to model building, screwdriver required (we strongly recommend using a small one). English instructions included.
SOUND FIDELITY. This item is officially described as a toy, the records you cut will not be high-quality, but low-fidelity novelty quality. there will be lots of noise present in the records that you cut.
POWERED BY USB. This item does not come with a traditional power supply and requires an external USB power brick.
IT WORKS AS A TURNTABLE AS WELL. This item also functions as a turntable with a built-in speaker. again, the output will be lo-fi. it also includes an 1/8" output.
WHAT YOU CAN RECORD. You can record any input source that uses 1/8" line / aux output.
RECORD TIME. 33rpm approx. 4 minutes / 45rpm approx. 3 minutes (per side)
REPLACEMENT PARTS. Additional records and cutting stylus are available.
The kit includes
- x1 assembly kit (multiple pieces)
- x2 cutting needles
- x10 blank 5 inch records (x5 black, x5 white)
- x1 center label sticker sheet
- x1 magazine (in Japanese)
- x1 USB power cable
- x1 3.5 mm audio plug
- x1 45 adaptor
- x1 screw-on record clamp
Instruction manual can be found here.
Installation videos can be found here. <Part 1> <Part 2> <Part 3>