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Old 10th October 2010, 05:49 PM
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Fantastic plastic: Last vinyl presser hosts exam on the record

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There are still those for whom the world spins at exactly 33 revolutions per minute. Digital MP3 downloads and YouTube videos may now be the formats of choice in the home and clubs, but the sound of a cartridge needle riding over the groove of a vinyl slab scratches, skips and all is quite literally music to the ears of many audiophiles.
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Last year, the Toyo Kasei's multifloor factory in Yokohama's Tsurumi Ward produced around 400,000 discs, a far cry from the industry's peak of 70 million four decades ago. (The majority of the company's revenue comes from its separate printing and electroplating businesses.)

In the vinyl pressing process, the first step is to cut the recorded audio signal onto a lacquer master. A stamping plate, essentially the basis for the vinyl copies, will then be created following various metallic plating steps.

Orders start at 100 copies and arrive from both indie bands and big music companies such as Avex, the J-pop label that ordered a picture disc version of Ayumi Hamasaki's 2007 single "Talkin' 2 Myself," and Universal Music, which commissioned a reissue of "Zenyatta Mondatta" by The Police. In addition to Japan, the company has clients in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe.
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