We offer a vintage ‘Voice O-Graph’ recording booth, lovingly restored to full working condition, that allows you to record a music, spoken word or comedy track direct to 45 RPM vinyl. There are just a few the original ones working in the world, it is a LOFI adventure to record in one, something to create a memory in. Recording in the Voice-O-Graph is to record on a peace of history, it is your voice cut in real time each cut is unique, with pops and crackles. Come on in and record directly onto a record and get an old time sounding record.
Hours are from 10am -7pm Monday -Friday and 10am -8pm on Saturdays and Sundays
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I RECORD?
Please pay $15 at the counter. The cashier will give you a key and a special coin and they will have to hold your ID until you return the key. You can use the coin to start the machine. It takes a little while for the machine to pick up the blank record and set it down under the needle, read the light up instructions as the machine will tell you what step of the process your on. All in all it takes about 7 min between putting the coin in, recording your voice and the machine playing it back for you before it dispenses the 45 RPM 7".
WHAT DO I RECORD?
Be creative! Sing songs, tell jokes, say hi to grandma, and everything in between.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE BOOTH?
No. The booth operates on a first-come, first-served basis during our regular store hours.
HOW MUCH TIME FITS ON THE RECORD?
Approximately 190 seconds, or 3 minutes and 10 seconds.
CAN I BRING MY INSTRUMENT?
Of course! We also have a house acoustic guitar available for use in the booth.
WILL IT PLAY ON ANY TURNTABLE? Yes! But, be aware they don't play well on all turntables, especially cheap turntables without a weighted tonearm.
Playing lathes back is not like playing a regular factory-pressed record, this is mostly because the run-in groove is not deep and it can be difficult to settle the needle on your record player. If you have a turntable without a weighted arm you can try taping quarters to the needle head, but if the needle is in bad shape or its not a lot of weight it might be tough to play. On a good turntable it should play fine with some weight adjustment.
HOW DO THEY SOUND? The sound reproduction is not as accurate as with a vinyl pressing and it will sound slightly different than your real voice. There will be pops and cracks, particularly at the start. As the groove is cut into the plastic instead of pressed, there can be tiny particles of residue from the lathing process. Because the groove is slightly wider than on a conventional pressing, it is possible to place the stylus only partly within it, resulting in faint and tinny playback. It may take a couple of attempts to properly seat the stylus of your record player in the groove properly.
The fun of cutting your own records is immense!
Tips for first timers:
– Clean the record using a micro fiber cloth or static brush before playback.
– Adjust your tone-arm weight to 1.75-2.5grams.
– Adjust anti-skate to suit your own turntable and cartridge.
– Set your playback needle in the run-in groove before rotating the turntable (if possible).
– Lower the tonearm by hand.
– The transparent disc means it can be difficult to see the run-in groove. Be patient – it’s worth it!
– If it sounds distorted it means the needle is not correctly placed in the groove – reset the needle.
– Crank up the volume. Shallow grooves means restricted level of volume and frequency range. Lathe cuts also have a slightly higher noise floor.