Teenage Engineering and Yuri Suzuki have joined forces to present the all-new PO-80 Record Factory vinyl cutting gizmo.
The fun-sized tool allows users to produce their own 5” vinyl discs from any audio source, with the self-assembly kit containing everything needed to get started. The device features a standard 3.5mm jack to input your sound plus a built-in set of speakers and 3.5mm output to listen to or audition your audio. The USB-powered device cuts to dual-sided 5” discs, with each side capable of capturing up to four minutes of audio at 33rpm, or three minutes at 45rpm.
While it may look a lot like a children's toy – perhaps no surprise considering Japanese educational toy manufacturer, Gakken, helped produce the unit – the PO-80 is capable of producing monophonic analogue recordings of whatever audio you throw at it. The device features a tonearm and platter for playback, and can also be used to play traditional 7” records. As is common with Teenage Engineering products, the PO-80 combines an undeniable sense of fun with real-world functionality, and its launch just before the run-up to the festive season feels especially timely.
The Record Factory may not please the most ardent of audiophiles, but gadget lovers and bedroom producers are sure to have a field day putting it through its paces.
The PO-80 Record Factory costs 149USD and is available now from the Teenage Engineering website. You can buy it here
Patrizio Cavaliere is Mixmag Asia's Music Editor. Follow him on Instagram