Sony Music Is Ready To Make Vinyl Records In Japan

Dust off your turntable and get ready to put that needle to the groove

The company stopped producing vinyl records almost 30 years ago to focus primarily on CDs, but given that vinyl sales reportedly reached a 25-year high last year, it makes sense that Sony would consider reproducing the old music format. Back then, Sony abandoned vinyl in favour of the CD format, and outsourced its vinyl production to Japanese company Toyokasei Co. and foreign firms.

The move was foreshadowed by the introduction of a cutting lathe to its Tokyo studio several months back, in order to be able to produce master records locally.

The initial albums will contain mostly older Japanese music, but could expand to include today's hit songs, which Japanese youth are increasingly searching for on vinyl, according to Sony.

Sony and Panasonic both started selling analog record players again last year after previously giving up on them.

Seventy years later, having reached the top of the industry, Sony quietly stopped printing records altogether.

The biggest challenge for Sony is a lack of experienced engineers for making records.

In 2016 sales of vinyl records accounted for about 3.6% of total global music revenues. Some former engineers the company had are now holding advisory roles to help pass their expertise on to the younger ones, said the spokeswoman. Vinyl sales surpassed downloads in the United Kingdom past year. The phonograph disc record, commonly known as vinyl record, was the king of music reproduction throughout the twentieth century.

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