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A 3D Printed Record: Turning Digital Files Into Physical Albums

Amanda Ghassaei has created a 3D print of digital audio files.

by Kevin Holmes
21 December 2012, 2:28pm

No matter how many music formats have come since, nothing has a place in people’s hearts quite like the classic vinyl record. Try as we might to move on, we can’t seem to let it go.

And now, perhaps inevitably, Amanda Ghassaei has created a playable 3D printed record—no, not the Fisher Price one—one that translates digital music files into albums that can be played on a standard record player. You’ll hear from the video above that the sound quality is pretty dire, but it’s still an exciting concept, able to take a digtial audio file and magic it into a 33rpm vinyl-type record.

She says it has a sampling rate of “11kHz (a quarter of typical mp3 audio) and 5-6bit resolution (mp3 audio is 16-bit)” so not the quality we’d all like, but it’s a promising start that will only improve. And, listening to the examples above, you can’t fault her taste in music either. If you want to learn how to do it, you can find out in her detailed Instructables post.

[via The Verge]