Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

High definition vinyl could be in stores by next year

High definition vinyl could be in stores by next year

Rebeat Innovation has secured nearly $5 million for HD vinyl, which could store more music at louder volumes.

The new fundings comes after the Austrain startup Rebeat Innovation filed the initial patent for HD vinyl back in 2016.

The manufacturing process involves less loss of quality and more precision by converting audio to a 3D topographic map, using lasers to inscribe this onto a "stamper", which in turn cuts the sound onto the record.

So, when can we get our hands on some HD vinyl?

The company recently received $4.8 million in funding for the initiative, which fast-tracked the development of the technology significantly.

Now, founder and CEO of Rebeat Innovation, Günter Loibl, has told Pitchfork that the new format could hit record stores as early as 2019.

According to Pitchfork, Rebeat Innovation has already ordered a laser system valued at $600,000, and hopes to be able to produce test stampers for five to-be-determined "early mover" pressing plants as early as the fall. "It will take another eight months to do all the fine adjustments". The technique would also avoid the chemicals that play a role in traditional vinyl manufacturing. The company has said this results in longer playing times, a wider frequency range and reduces the time to press a record by 60%. The "HD" vinyl will allegedly be compatible with standard turntables and players.

Loibl intends to present some test stampers at Detroit's Making Vinyl conference in October this year.

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