Alternative to vinyl records

The two upcoming solo albums from Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson will be released on polycarbonate records.

They are not a lathe cut records (which are made by embossing grooves into plastic, using a record cutting lathe), but they are made through a process based on injection moulding. The process is similar to that of manufacturing vinyl LPs up to the point of making stampers. As with traditional vinyl stampers, laquers are used. The technology for making the stampers for the polycarbonate records is based on the production of LaserDiscs moulds. The material is injected into the mould until it's completely filled; pressed straight into the grooves.

Developing this new process is the joint effort of 8 Dutch companies, supported by a grant from the EU, trying to come up with an alternative, energy saving production process for records. The process was perfected during the last couple of years.

Compared to the steam-driven process of making vinyl LPs, these records are produced with over 60% less energy and with environmentally friendlier materials.

Audiophiles will most likely question the durability and sound quality, especially with similar non-PVC products made in the past, but we've been listening to the test-pressings for a week now and they sound great.

Adam Wakeman's modern classical piano album 'A Handful Of Memories' and Damian Wilson's singer-songwriter album 'Limehouse To Lechlade' will be out on November 12th.

 

 


Damian Wilson
Limehouse to Lechlade
PRE-ORDER LP, CD, Digital


Adam Wakeman
A handful of memories
PRE-ORDER LP, CD, Digital

 

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