Sony to start pressing vinyl after 30-year hiatus

Sony to make vinyl records again after 30-year hiatus

If all goes as expected, vinyl record sales will exceed the billion-dollar milestone by the end of this year.

It will mark the first time Sony has manufactured records in nearly 30 years, after Sony Music Japan closed its in-house pressing production in 1989.

One legendary record label is keeping up with the times by going old-school.

The company installed record-cutting equipment at a Tokyo recording studio in February, allowing them to produced masters from which vinyl records are created. Or are you enjoying spinning records for the first time after growing up in the digital realm? Once Sony's vinyl pressing capabilities are operational the company may consider making records for third parties, the report says.

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According to Japan's recording industry association, the country produced almost 200 million records per year in the mid-1970s. Turntables and other vinyl-related accessories are also benefiting as a result.

Sony will fire up a vinyl press in a factory in central Japan sometime before next March. It still hasn't yet decided which genres of music it will produce, according to the spokeswoman.

The biggest challenge for Sony is a lack of experienced engineers for making records. The phonograph disc record, commonly known as vinyl record, was the king of music reproduction throughout the twentieth century.

Sony never entirely left the format behind - as recently as a year ago the firm launched its PS-HX500 turntable which houses the ability to convert vinyl to high resolution audio.

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