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​Teenage Engineering has created a portable record cutting device

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Swedish manufacturer Teenage Engineering has just revealed details of new product the PO-80 Record Factory, that allows you to create your own 5” records and play them back with lo-fi sound.

The compact and portable new device cuts records and engraves them with a “lo-fi sound,” — alongside a vinyl mastering tool that allows you to ensure sound quality before creating your records.

“To get the optimum sound quality for your recordings, use our vinyl mastering tool to pre-process your audio before cutting,” reads Teenage Engineering’s website.

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“Created for use with the PO-80 record factory, it applies the desired equalizer curve to your music and makes it easier to achieve good lo-fi sound quality on your custom 5″ cuts.”

The entirely USB-powered device was made in collaboration with Japanese musician and designer Yuri Suzuki. The portable device quickly sold out on the Teenage Engineering website after going up for sale at £149 last week.

“Engrave and playback 5″ discs with ultra-analog lo-fi sound — simply plug in any audio device to the 3.5 mm audio input and cut your own record in an instant. Yep, it’s really that simple,” the description adds.

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The device also allows you to “give your favourite 7″ records new life”, or simply listen to them back on the record player through a built-in speaker. You can also plug in a speaker using the 3.5mm audio output.

The PO-80 Record Factory comes with everything needed to build your own record, from needles to disks. On top of that, the machine also works with Teenage Engineering’s ‘pocket operator’ device.

“PO-80 is the next addition to the pocket operator family. Compose a song on any pocket operator, plug it in to PO-80, and instantly cut your song onto your very own vinyl record.”

Find out more about the PO-80 Record Factory here.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Editorial Asisstant, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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