‘High Definition Vinyl’ in the works from Austrian company

News / April 12, 2018

A 2016 European patent filing by Austrian company, Rebeat Innovation, touted something called “High Definition Vinyl.” While the current method of making vinyl records is, according to the patent, “through pressing a previously produced master (stamper or master matrix) into a special polyvinylchloride compound,” the new version would involve converting that “digital audio…into a CAD topography 21a to form a 3D surface model.”

Pitchfork had the interview with CEO Günter Loibl, in which he stated that the company has now received $4.8 million in funding for the project, while vinyl LPs, under this process, “can have up to 30 percent more playing time, 30 percent more amplitude, and overall more faithful sound reproduction.” Loibl also mentioned that yes, “HD vinyl LPs would still play on ordinary record players” and they could hit stores in 2019.

They’re looking to present “test stampers” at the Making Vinyl event in October of 2018.

This is definitely something we’ll keep tabs on.

Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.