Remember when creating mix tapes and burning CDs was a thing? Curating and recording your own music onto a physical medium might be a thing of the past for most, but lovers of all things analog would agree that the nostalgic, crackling sound of a vinyl record is hard to beat. That’s why London-based designer Yuri Suzuki created the Easy Record Maker, a compact unit that allows you to cut blank vinyl discs and play them back instantly.
Made in collaboration with Japanese publisher Gakken, the simple, DIY record cutting machine is designed for both seasoned record collectors and those who simply want to explore a new interest in vinyl. Users simply play audio from their phone or another device through the provided auxiliary cable or USB. The integrated cutting arm then picks up the sound vibrations and engraves the blank plastic disc. Once the record is cut, users can then listen to the recording instantly by swapping the cutting arm for the tone arm. The Easy Record Maker, which can accommodate traditional 7-inch EPs, also features a built-in speaker.
During his teenage years, Suzuki was part of a ska-punk band, but became frustrated as he didn’t have the financial resources to use professional recording equipment. He designed the Easy Record Maker for everyone to use at home, in a bid to encourage music lovers to simply have fun—without breaking the bank. “With the Easy Record Maker, I’ve tried to create a product which people can really immerse themselves in,” says Suzuki. “Sound has a strong impact on our emotions and the way we behave, and I always try to create an experience with sound that as many people as possible can relate to.”
The Easy Record Maker comes with ten blank 5-inch discs and is currently available to buy from Gakken in Japan for 8,778 yen (around $81). It is also due to launch in the UK and U.S. before the end of 2020. Want to see this machine in action? Head to the EZ Record Maker Instagram for a demonstration.