Sony joins the vinyl revolution by installing a record cutting lathe in Tokyo

Sony has taken a massive step towards vinyl reformatting with the installation of a brand new record cutting lathe

Sony Music has installed a record cutting lathe in its state-of-the-art Tokyo studio.

The industry standard Neumann VMS70 lathe joins the studio’s 12-strong mastering suite and will allow Sony to cut its own laquers and master discs on site.

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A huge step towards Sony jumping on board the vinyl revolution, a new record cutting lathe has been installed in their Tokyo studio.

It has been installed on the same floor as its recording studio, to open the possibility of cutting lacquers from live recordings in real time – a process popularised recently by Jack White’s Third Man Records among others.

The move feeds into the country’s already resurgent vinyl industry and marks a major return to the format for one of its most powerful players. The industry giant hopes to use its expertise in CD manufacturing to cut a more advanced analogue sound.

This article originally appeared on The Vinyl Factory.