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MakerBot Introduces Printable Vinyl Records 89

An anonymous reader points out great news for , hackers, and anybody who's tired of having to pay for physical music media. MakerBot Industries has now demonstrated the capability of the MakerBot to print out listen-able vinyl records of your favorite tunes. With a attachment, it can even record new audio in real-time. "Using the MakerBot Generation 4 Electronics microstepping capacity, the AudioNozzle modulates the amount of plastic deposited create a high-fidelity waveform. The results often surpass the dynamic range of -bit recordings and can contain frequencies up to 57khz — even higher than the frequency for 96khz digital recording."
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MakerBot Introduces Printable Vinyl Records

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    oh, yes, that is funny too. keep them coming. Actually don't.

    It would be more clever if there were just one fake article.

    On Slashdot, Apr 1 is the day to find another source of interesting news.

    Get off my lawn.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Coren22 ( 1625475 )

      If you don't like them, don't read. It is rather redundant to read people bitching on every story that they don't like the April fool's news, don't read if you don't like it, no one is making you.

    • by blair1q ( 305137 ) on Friday April 01, 2011 @02:26PM (#35689934) Journal

      But we now know what they've been doing with their UI budget instead of fixing the fucking thing.

    • by MORB ( 793798 )

      April's fools is not about making jokes, it's actually about trolling. Slashdot's strategy of spamming rubbish fake news is actually quite effective for that, as people whine about it in every thread.

      • by LS ( 57954 )

        No, it's about ACTUALLY fooling people. This is fooling no one. Also, it's about fun. This is not fun.

        • No, it's about ACTUALLY fooling people. This is fooling no one. Also, it's about fun. This is not fun.

          Actually, CmdrTaco is sitting in a hilariously-oversized recliner chair laughing at all the people whining in the comments. April 1st is about fun for the people pulling the pranks and pain and misery for the people they're directed at. The more suffering for the second group, the more hilarity for the first. Physics, son.

    • Actually, I wanted to read real comments. Instead I just see whining about how you all hate reading news sites this day. Let's call it even and both stop bitching about it.
    • Actually, it's been so annoying for so long it's starting to get funny again. The fact that they keep doing it despite nobody really enjoying it and massively reduced postscounts just makes it better. You'll get it eventually, it's hilarious.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      This joke is particularly bad, because the imaginary thing they're hawking kind of actually exists [].
      • Acetate cutters have been around for donkey's years. At least the early 1960s. Actually I found the prank more amusing than the rest of the lame efforts today.
    • by Belial6 ( 794905 )
      What would be funnier would be to not post a single fake article, and watch as everyone tries to figure out which one of the real articles is fake.
  • STOP IT! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Timmmm ( 636430 )

    Is there no actual new for today?

    • There is, but you wouldn't believe it if I told you.
    • Nope, none. The world agreed to stop doing anything interesting worth reporting on April Fool's Day. Didn't you get the memo?
    • This is a tech news site. If you have to hear about the Debian release tomorrow instead of today, I'm pretty sure you'll live. Slashdot isn't about breaking news, or anything you need to act on right this minute. Tech changes fast, but not that fast.

      This site is fundamentally about entertainment. Your job does not depend on it. It's what you do to take a break from the code. Today, you do it a little differently than yesterday. Don't worry, all the breaking news will be back tomorrow, an

  • First pony!

  • posted at 1:55pm so that would be AFTER 12-noon.
  • Wake me up when they invent one that can print listen-able audio CDs.

    • by tom17 ( 659054 )

      You didn't watch the video then? He clearly states that you can use it in your CD-ROM drive.

  • Can't wait until midnight for this to be over.

    Or do I actually enjoy this and this post is a parody of my true feelings. Today, who can tell?

  • You know, when I saw this story, my first thought was, "That's a great idea!" Then I realized it was a joke and I was disappointed.
    • Acetate cutters are still to be had, and they have been around for a long time, so it is perfectly possible to cut a disc if you have the machine. Why do you think it is called cutting a disk in the first place? Cutting the groove is obviously tried, tested and proven to work very well indeed but I can't imagine any real way of printing the grooves.
      • by Rary ( 566291 )
        The ones I know of cost about $10,000. Are there cheaper ones that you're aware of?
        • No clue about the price of the machine but I think it shouldn't be too hard to find someone offering the service for one-off acetates. There is still a demand for them in certain genres of music where 'exclusives' or 'specials' are highly regarded.
      • I can't imagine any real way of printing the grooves.

        You wouldn't print the groove, you'd print up the surface on either side of it with a 3D printer. The 3D printer would have to be very fast and accurate to print in real-time, obviously.

        Also, making a master (negative) with a 3D printer might be easier and more practical than directly making a vinyl disk with one (for one thing, it'd only have to print a single ridge as it traveled around, instead of two with a groove between them). The master could then be used to stamp vinyl copies. If a relatively cheap

  • really. I find the stories to be amusing. The only think the confuses me is why the hell people who don't like it come here and whine about it.

    • Bugs the crap out of me too. If you don't like it, don't read and let the rest of us enjoy the hilarity.

    • They can be amusing but on the whole there is unfortunately not much display of inherent comedic talent in most of the 'stories'. The whining seems to come from the obsessively geeky/nerdy crowd who can't stand to have their routine altered even slightly. Hell, it's one day in the year. No big deal.
  • Though it's April 1st it doesn't mean every piece of news has to be complete twoddle. It's no news that sound quality of vinyl is far superior to anything that has or is currently on the market. If this is serious, and there is no reason this could be technologically impossible, this would be a massive treat for anybody who appreciates the quality sound of music. Now, I'm not an audiophile to the extent that can spot the difference in quality between AAC and MP3 (though not WMW, admittedly) - the first time
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I can't tell if you are taking the piss out of audiophiles or not, but I see enough of them in my business to know most don't know what the fuck they are talking about.

      The problem is that the wax substrate does not allow for the types of frequency and dynamics they think it does. This is why every phono has an EQ and filter curve set up in it as suggested by the RIAA. Good ones will have an expander to go against the compressor needed to keep the needle in the groove on rhythmatic pieces because it just c

      • It's true most audiophiles have little technical knowledge, and they have little or no clue why they like the LP sound. and likewise for the younger crowd rediscovering "vinyls." LP's (vacuum-cleaned and played with a good cartridge and turntable) are at least as good as music played back with lossy encoding through portable players, the way most people listen to music thesedays (this psychoacoustic data compression should not be confused with the topic I address below, dynamic range compression).The qualit

    • How are those Anjou cables from Pear working out for you?

  • by RapmasterT ( 787426 ) on Friday April 01, 2011 @02:23PM (#35689920)
    I've made a point of saying this every year. If you want to go wild with fake news stories on April 1, that's fine...but don't expect anyone to take you seriously the other 364 days of the year. The fake stuff doesn't go away you I really have to tell people this? It's out there will FOREVER be attached to FAKE news stories, even on days when it's not April 1st.

    Grow up...or don't...but don't complain when people want mature sources and go elsewhere.
  • by RevWaldo ( 1186281 ) on Friday April 01, 2011 @02:27PM (#35689944)
    "If you don't have a sense of humor, don't try to be funny." []

    - Pope David Meyer, Church of the SubGenius

  • If you drink enough Nyquil even 4-bit sounds good...
  • I thought I read an article a while back about a company or some researcher or someone who did non-intrusive laser scans on vinyl record albums and processed the resulting scans to re-create the sound? The intent was to record the sound without harming the physical vinyl.

    A quick Google search returns an article about this [] as well as a "touchless" laser turntable [].

    Anyone else remember this?

  • ...and become the target of what remains of the RIAA.

    (LP's, or do the youngun's call 'em "vinyls" thesedays?)

  • "AudioNozzle" should be a real product. That's all I'm saying.

  • ... some $500 Monster Cables.
  • The articles on every other day of the year are so bad because the /. authors are hard at work coming up with this shit.
  • I have been working with this technology for quite some time. Anything from Nirvana causes the bats to collide into a bloody mass over the cornfield.

  • what would be the point? doesn't all that so-called warm analog goodness go right out the wind once it is digitized (in any step of the process)? most people would be using sources containing those digital jaggies, thus mooting the entire point.

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