Teenage Engineering’s PO-80 Record Factory Cuts And Plays Vinyl

Teenage Engineering today is mostly known for its electronic music gear, but now it has an option to make physical copies of those tunes. The Swedish brand has released a PO-80 Record Factory that, as the name implies, lets you cut and play vinyl records at home. The extra cute orange and white design is part of the draw, but the real draw is its simplicity – all you need to do is plug an audio device into the 3.5mm jack and start recording.

You are limited to monophonic sound and you cut no more than a single with a B side. The included five-inch blanks (complete with covers) provide approximately four minutes of audio per side at 33 RPM and three minutes at 45 RPM. There’s an adapter for playing seven-inch records, and all power comes via USB.

If the concept looks a little familiar, it should. The Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki initially explored the idea with a plate cutting machine that he built together with magazine publisher Gakken. Suzuki is a friend of Teenage Engineering and together with the company has developed a new version with the “Pocket Operator mentality” and a revised design.

The Record Factory is available for $149. While that’s not trivial, it’s not much to spend if you want to make tangible copies of your lo-fi music. Be prepared to look elsewhere if you plan to release entire albums.

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