The Re-Boot Of Vinyl Records on HD

Observations of Old World Formats by Mitch Santell

Vinyl records continue to sell and now there is industry talk of HD Vinyl next year. With all of the competition for Streaming Services, do you think that HD Vinyl will take the market by storm? Stranger things have happened. Hell, I remember Quad Vinyl in 1968.

Yeah man, I just had to look up Carlos Santa, Black Magic Woman that was released on the Album Abraxas in 1973. Oh man, now HD Vinyl? I am loving it!

‘High-definition vinyl’ could be spinning on your turntable by next year

Vinyl records are in the midst of a surprising renaissance, fueled not only by millennial nostalgia but by high-tech turntables. As CD and digital music sales continue to decline due to online streaming services like Spotify, CNBC reports that vinyl LP sales increased to 13 million in 2016 — their highest level since 1991.

Now, an Austrian start-up named Rebeat Innovations is hoping to give the venerable medium itself a high-tech boost with an innovation it’s calling “high-definition vinyl.”

Pitchfork has a rundown on the new process, which involves digital audio conversion and the use of lasers to engrave the ceramic “stamper,” the master component that creates the grooves on the record during the manufacturing process.

The company filed a patent in 2016 for “3D-based topographical mapping combined with laser inscription technology,” which it says will reduce the manufacturing time by 60 percent.

Founder Günter Loibl told Pitchfork that the company has received nearly $5 million in funding for HD vinyl, with a new $600,000 laser system on the way and plans for five test stampers at selected plants. The new process produces vinyl LPs with higher fidelity, better volume, consistent quality, and longer playing times than traditional records.

founder of REBeat
Rebeat, founder Guenter Loibl 

Everyone at Rebeat Innovation loves music and technology.  It’s deeply anchored in our company’s DNA.

Rebeat, founded by Guenter Loibl (pictured) back in 2001, started as a CD and DVD distributor.  In 2006, Rebeat expanded into digital music distribution. In 2009, Rebeat Digital became the first digital distributor to integrate royalty accounting into their distribution application.  

In 2015, Rebeat MES (for Music Enterprise Software) was born, the first – and still the only – distribution company to offer a fully-flexible distribution matrix.  MES was designed to meet a broad range of client needs.  It even allows third-party aggregators to be added into our clients’ tracking dashboards. 

In 2016, Mr. Loibl had this crazy idea to make vinyl records with lasers 🙂  We simply called it HD Vinyl.  We think this is just one of many groundbreaking ideas ahead.

Read more here: https://hdvinyl.org

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