Collaboration with the Japanese publisher Gakken to create the EZ Record Maker. 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 tonearm, 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 tonearm and inbuilt speaker.
Yuri Suzuki and his team designed the machine’s concept and interface, while Gakken took on a technical and manufacturing role. The collaboration began almost five years ago, after initial discussions around creating accessible DIY instruments.