Sony to start making vinyl records again

Jul 01, 2017, 00:23
Sony to start making vinyl records again

Japan's sole record maker, Toyokasei, is struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl demand, the influential Nikkei newspaper reported.

As BBC reports, Sony will kick their vinyl production back into gear in Japan, relaunching a Tokyo factory by March next year. Its lineup will include mostly older popular Japanese songs, but will also incorporate a few recent hit albums. According to Sony, the unit had already set up a record cutting machine to make lacquer masters at a Tokyo recording studio. Once Sony's vinyl pressing capabilities are operational the company may consider making records for third parties, the report says.

Agence France-Presse reported that Sony produced almost 200 million records per year in the 1970s, and Nikkei said Japan's sole record maker, Toyokasei, often can not keep up with current demand. If stored correctly, vinyl records could potentially last for centuries.

The biggest challenge for Sony is a lack of experienced engineers for making records. The rep adds some of Sony's former engineers will take on advisory roles so Sony's less-experienced engineers can get a feel for how vinyl production is done.

And revenue forecasts from vinyl record sales are a long distance away from their peak of during the latter part of the 1970s and early 1980s, when over 500 million records were sold each year in just the United States. But while many of us have been content to wirelessly download our music, a surprising number of people are going to the store-or Amazon.com, let's be honest-and purchasing a vinyl record, sleeve and all. Vinyl sales surpassed downloads in the United Kingdom past year.

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