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May 17, 2006 3:23 PM   Subscribe

How to copy records.
posted by 31d1 (25 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yep.

That how we did it in the old days.

Barefoot, in three feet of snow, uphill both ways.
posted by CynicalKnight at 3:27 PM on May 17, 2006


HAHAHA!

Seriously, that's great.
posted by geekhorde at 3:33 PM on May 17, 2006 [1 favorite]


Heh, that made me imagine using a steam roller as a massive hard drive for all my old wax cylinders. The orginal iPod!
posted by furtive at 3:33 PM on May 17, 2006


Brilliant and hilarious. I wish we had the leisure to do this to our entire collection.
posted by melissa may at 3:46 PM on May 17, 2006


Wow, why didn't we know this when we were buying records?
It's not like experimenting with chemicals was unheard of back then.
posted by beno at 3:59 PM on May 17, 2006


Liquid Plastic eh? Never heard of it before, but now that i know it exists i have about a dozen projects that are going to be much easier to complete.
posted by quin at 4:15 PM on May 17, 2006


Wow, the resolution of the silicone mold is actually that good?
posted by delmoi at 4:18 PM on May 17, 2006


You can get sub-micron resolution from silicone molding. There's a whole field of microfabrication called "soft lithography" based on it.
posted by mr_roboto at 4:29 PM on May 17, 2006


Interesting, wow. That sure beats an acetate.
posted by First Post at 4:46 PM on May 17, 2006


Why did people not do this back when records were popular? Of course, I suppose you could just copy to tape...
posted by delmoi at 4:50 PM on May 17, 2006


Although, reading the comments, it's not very cost effective...over $100 USD materials, compared to a $25-50 dubplate. Probably more durable, however...acetates usually are good for around 50 plays or so before they wear out.
posted by First Post at 4:54 PM on May 17, 2006


Awesome! Now all they need to do is invent that VD-ROM drive that I've been waiting for all these years. Given that a standard LP can hold about 30mins of music on each side, that should come out to, what, 600MB of data?
posted by Afroblanco at 4:58 PM on May 17, 2006


Rolla-Vitrola
posted by hal9k at 5:02 PM on May 17, 2006


RIAA calls for legislation banning silicone.
posted by caddis at 5:27 PM on May 17, 2006


Piracy is a serious issue, guys.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:40 PM on May 17, 2006


That being said, will this work on people? I have some originals I'd like to keep "fresh," and if I could make and then wear out the copy, that'd be really helpful.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:41 PM on May 17, 2006


that VD-ROM drive that I've been waiting for

Might have to do something about that acronym, though.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:45 PM on May 17, 2006


Way cool.

Looks like this gramophone is already playing one of those red albums.

Smooth-On Silicone, Trial Size = 1 Pint Bottle Part A + 1 Pint Bottle Part B = 2.8 lbs. = $22.00.

Liquid Plastic, TASKā„¢ 2, 3, 4, & 9 Trial Kit = 1.9 lbs. [Part A + Part B in plastic pint bottles] = $23.00.
posted by nickyskye at 6:05 PM on May 17, 2006


That term bothers me. 'Piracy'. I mean, I don't know anyone who wears pirate outfits.

Well, except for that one dude.

But you get my point. Pirates are people who go around, rape and kill people, steal their gold, drink grog, etc. They don't do something as pedestrian a crime as stealing music.
posted by geekhorde at 6:07 PM on May 17, 2006


Might have to do something about that acronym, though.

You're so right. I'm actually rather partial to Heterogeneous Environment for Reproducing and Producing Encoded Sound.
posted by Afroblanco at 6:14 PM on May 17, 2006


Amateur Instant Disc System?
posted by eriko at 6:18 PM on May 17, 2006


OR...
posted by analogue at 7:07 PM on May 17, 2006


The comments that go along with it are even funnier. Especially those by "twelve".
posted by zsazsa at 10:46 PM on May 17, 2006


That's very cool.
posted by OmieWise at 8:57 AM on May 18, 2006


Isn't there a way to stick your vinyl on a scanner and have a computer read the image file and make music from it?

I seem to recall the Library of Congress was using this...

A-HA!

Now THAT is sweet.
posted by zoogleplex at 10:17 AM on May 18, 2006


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