The New VESTAX VRX 2000 Vinyl Recorder
in the 80s, with the dawn of the consumer digital revolution,
analogue gear was declared to be a 'dead man walking.' Record
companies, home stereo and recording gear manufacturers were all
shouting from the roof tops that the days of analogue electronics
and vinyl LPs were numbered. They were soon to be replaced by
the emerging digital technologies of the compact disk and the
endless possibilities of home PCs hard-disk storage and manipulation
The new technologies were said to offer an extremely
'honest' recording and playback capabilities, without the 'snap,
crackle and pop' of those ancient bits of plastic with grooves
that spun at 33 1/3 RPM. The initial reports said that CDs were
indestructible and offered perfect sound fidelity. Commercial
record companies stopped vinyl production, and the popularity
of vinyl was taken over by the CD.
In the last few years there has been a range of
'turntable-style' of CD players that mimic the operation of the
trad turntable. They can be beat-mixed, scratched and slowed down
or sped up, yet many pros still prefer the more organic feel of
a real turntable.
The other factor that kept vinyl alive is the
creative instincts of the new breed of muso…the turntablist. The
explosion of club/dance music and culture around the world has
fuelled this new evolution in music expression. [See the "There's
a revolution goin' on" story at roadogz.com] The new DJ/Producer/Muso
is constantly on the lookout - or is that 'ear out' ? - for obscure
old recordings as well as the latest sounds and vibes to spin
in and create new forms.
Up until now, the problem was that not all dance
music tracks were pressed in large 'commercial' quantities. This
gap was filled-in by legal and illegal ways. The legal way is
where high profile DJ’s, promoters and records shops are given
one-off pressings from producers and record labels - called 'White
Label' releases - to test a release’s popularity before committing
it to bulk release. [The illegal way is to simply get pirate or
These one off pressings are referred to as acetates,
or more commonly within the dance music industry as “dubplates”,
and up until now, have been quite expensive to produce. In addition
they have an extremely limited lifespan in comparison to standard
The Vestax VRX 2000 aims to change all of this.
Vinyl recording works in real time, allowing for
instant duplication from any line level audio source: CD, DAT,
Mini Disc, Cassette, MP3 data, or the audio output on your computer’s
sound card. The Vestax stereo cutting head cuts directly into
the vinyl without any mother plates or processors, and the recording
is instantly playable on any turntable.
The new Vestax blank vinyl record - the Harmodisk
in 'Vestaxspeak' - is a totally new type of plastic that can last
up to 90% of the time of a standard record, maintaining excellent
sound quality throughout playback.
Vinyl blanks and replacement cutting styli will
be available only through Vestax VRX 2000 dealers
Does the world need a Vinyl Cutter?
Along with their turntables and 'battle mixers,
Vinyl LPs are the 'instruments' that DJs create and perform with.
Anything that can give musicians - of any ilk - extra possibilities
to create should be welcome. A piece of gear that gives the muso
the same access to a variety of sounds and services that has previously
only been available to the 'elite' has to be a good thing!! Although
not cheap, it will make this access available to the masses as
Vestax VRX 2000 dealers around the world will offer their customers
an in house vinyl cutting service. For those well heeled, - i.e.
with an excellent 'day gig' - they will be able to buy these units
and have them serviced by Vestax.
Bring on musical democracy I say!! What do you
think??? Any thoughts, drop me a line at roadogz.com
INPUT (Stereo) :
LINE IN: -10dBm (unbalanced RCA jack)
-10dBm / 0dBm / +4dBm selectable (balanced XLRs)
PHONO OUT: -45dBm (unbalanced RCA jack)
Vestax Original Stereo V-DRIVE system: VCH-1
Stylus angle : +15
Stylus Pressure: 5.0>>6.5N
Cooling: Natural Air Flow
Heat Wire: Nichrome Wire 4ohm
Lifetime: 20h (approx)
Vestax Original Static Balance Cutting Arm
Track Pitch: Fixed Speed
Maximum Cutting Level: 5cm/sec +10dB
Record/Playback Frequency Response: 20Hz -12.5KHz
Peak Limiter : ON/OFF selectable
Vertical Limiter : Fixed
Driving Power Amp: 80W x 80W
Recording Time: 15min (single side)
30min (both side) <approx>
Speed : 33 1/3 rpm, 45rpm
Pitch : plus/minus 10%
Blank disk : VBM-1 Vestax
original Vinyl disk (Hermodisk)
: VBM-2 Vestax original Lacquer disk 12" or
Electronic Static Prevention.
Vestax ASTS playback arm.
PRICES (To be finalised.)
Cutter Unit : US : $10,000.
Harmodisk - US : $10,
: $29.95 (Inc GST.)
Replacement Styli - USA / UK :
- Aus : $499 (Inc GST.)