Technics are a company re-born, having come back from the brink of death only two years ago with the high-flying SL-1200 remake. Many DJs were disappointed that the iconic model number was re-appearing on a turntable that was out of the price range of most of their DJ user base.
Danish vinyl accessory company AM have relaunched their classic range of vinyl cleaning products.
Inspired by the recent boom in sales of vinyl and turntables, the Danish brand has updated and relaunched its original record and stylus cleaners, vinyl brush and anti-static mat, as it aims to show a new generation of vinyl fans how to look after their records.
Ahead of this month's Record Store Day, Curbed Detroit has created a handy map out every single record shop in the city that sells vinyl.
Many of the shops featured on the interactive map will be hosting special Record Store Day events this weekend (Saturday 22nd April).
Wax addicts will find an extensive list of stores that stock everything from Detroit techno to R&B and everything in between.
Vinylised is a new vinyl production company helping small labels press records.
It provides imprints with a complete end-to end service and the process is simple for getting your music pressed.
Here's how it works: Labels add their catalogue to the Vinylised website for free with a minimum target of orders. Once the minimum is reached, Vinylised will look after the manufacturing, from mastering to pressing.
They also pack up the release for you and ship the orders direct to the consumer, cutting out expensive distributors and cash-grabbing middle men.
Spotify is prepping a new Hi-Fi-style membership tier, that includes all premium features, lossless CD quality audio and a discount on limited-edition vinyl.
According to Reddit, users of Spotify's Android app received a notification asking to upgrade to the lossless tier for an additional $7.50 a month — indicating the new subscription may have entered BETA testing.
Carl Craig has revealed details of his upcoming release via new Detroit vinyl pressing plant, Third Man Records.
Founded by The White Stripes frontman, Jack White, the factory opened last weekend (25th February), and marks the first new vinyl plant to open in the city since 1965.
Third Man Records’ pressing plant opened over the weekend (25th February) with an opening party selling releases by Derrick May and Carl Craig.
The new operation was founded by Jack White (of The White Stripes) and is the first new vinyl pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing opened in 1965.
The 10,000 square-foot Third Man Records factory will be taking outside orders, is able to press up to 15,000 records a day and has 16 full-time members of staff recruited from the Detroit scene.
A new Kickstarter-funded turntable using a special minimal design is in the works.
Created by Dutch developers Miniot, the Wheel record player is quite simply "just a wheel", utilising a stylus hidden within the base to play vinyls without obstructing the view of the disc.
The clever design also means the delicate needle is protected from damage or dust, and perhaps most interestingly, enables the record to be played vertically!
And Vinyly has been pressing the deceased’s ashes into wax since 2010, and now the company is the subject of a new documentary. You can watch it below.
The film, titled Hearing Madge, follows the story John Hobson, who chose to have his mother’s ashes pressed into a vinyl cut with recordings of her voice.
The company, owned by Jason Leach, has the tagline ‘life from beyond the groove’ and offers music lovers a sonic memory of the deceased.
Watch Hearing Madge below.
UDG Gear, the renowned music industry accessory manufacturer, has recently reprised its iconic DJ record bag with the release of the UDG Ultimate SoftBags to transport your 12” vinyl.
The bag comes in three versions: 60 and 90 LP size models and a 90 LP slanted model.
UDG Gear designed the iconic bag with customised inside padding using a special foam for extra strength and record protection, whilst keeping the bag lightweight and easy to carry around.
You can purchase them via the UDG Gear website.