Turntables are fussy devices. Audiophiles could talk for hours on end about the importance of external speakers versus integrated speakers, or the upkeep of the tonearm and needle, and for good reason– turntables have a long, fine-tuned history. Today, they’ve surged in popularity and new turntable designs are cropping up left and right. Cameron Bresn, an LA-based vehicle designer, has brought his unique rendering into the mix, TTMAC77, which incorporates linear tracking for a fresh take on the classic turntable.
TTMAC77’s sleek half-cover could be constructed from ash wood with stainless steel accents, offering a delicate mix of casual adaptability and a touch of luxe elegance. The rotational, hinge rod allows the turntable’s cover to open and close, allowing for records to be swapped in and out. The turntable’s platter aligns neatly with a typical 12-inch record and without a dust cover, the wooden cover only hides half of the record so the record can always be seen spinning. With minimal frills and whistles underneath, the TTMAC77 appears considerably sophisticated, yet simple.
Bresn’s TTMAC 77 turntable utilizes linear tracking, which means that unlike conventional pivot tonearms, linear-tracking tonearms do not swing across a record, but instead slide over the record in a radial, straight line. Linear-tracking models are for the most part not really produced anymore primarily due to poor timing– it seems CDs stole their spotlight when they first hit the market. Linear-tracking turntables are beloved nonetheless, thanks to their accurate sound and easy tonearm alignment. In order to create a working linear-tracking turntable, Bresn was sure to include an adjustable spring for tension on the needle head to ensure that high-fidelity sound is produced from TTMAC77.
Designer: Cameron Bresn
Bresn’s rendering flaunts slim hardware with stainless steel accents to give TTMAC77 a weighty feel.
With a hinge rod mechanism for opening and closing the turntable, records can be swapped in and out.
Without a dust cover, TTMAC77’s lid conceals only half of the record, so they can always be seen spinning.
You know what your band needs? Sure, probably a practice space, a bass player, and a cool name, but who really needs those things if you don’t already have a BabyBot baby doll light theremin or electronic synthesizer? No band I’d pay money to see, that’s for sure.
You may recall the previously posted XLPC Photo Theremin that comes in the form of a doll head, but now you get a whole baby doll. And a whole doll is way cooler than just a head. Ask anybody. Well, except maybe Sid from Toy Story.
Crafted by Moonlight Armada, the dolls are available in light theremin (red) and electronic synthesizer (purple) models, and cost around $300 apiece on Etsy. That’s significantly cheaper than raising an actual child, especially if this one comes out of the box ready to rock. Plus just think of all the money you’ll save on diapers. It really is a no-brainer if you don’t think about it.
In times when we all are so accustomed to platter-served music on our cloud streaming services like Spotify or Tidal, the good old radio is the nostalgic detour we need to refresh our mind, body, and soul. Combine that with a steampunk flavor of vintage Nixie tubes + brass trims, and you’ve got a beautiful little box ready to take you on a melodic journey.
The Retio brings the antique 90’s essence of eye-catchy Nixie tubes and the golden appeal of radio listening for people who value retro things in their modern form. Handcrafted in San Francisco Bay Area with profound attention to detail, the radio clock is crafted from American black walnut. It’s embellished with 360 brass dials and corner trims to give it that cool steampunk appeal. The IN-12 Nixie tubes used in each one of these units are sourced from genuine vintage stock collected in the 90s. That single bit makes the Retio unique in its own rights. For audiophiles who appreciate sublime quality, Retio is the one to have in your living room or bedroom. That’s because it comes with support for AUX and Bluetooth connectivity with a Hi-Fi speaker module that is pure bliss for the ears.
Add to that the clock functionality and you are all prepared to get rid of your desk clock, vintage AM/FM radio, and portable speaker for this beautiful piece of vintage accessory. The light from the glowing Nixie tubes will suffice your need to warmly illuminate the corner of your room, so it’s another added advantage of sporting this in your home interiors. I already can’t get enough of this timeless radio clock, can you?
Click Here to Buy Now: $349
I can practically see myself playing Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes on this!
Meet the VOC-25, a rather weird little synth from our favorite mad-scientist, Love Hultén. It sports a 25-key synth that’s directly hooked to a, well, display and control board that sports 25 plastic teeth that open to sing out the notes you play on the keyboard.
Inspired by a musical instrument originally created by Simone Giertz, the VOC-25 takes things to quite another level, with controls that let you fine-tune the synthesizer’s sound. Four mod-knobs below the teeth allow you to tweak the sound, while a circular display works as an oscillator, showing you the waveform. The surrealist synth comes with an Axoloti Core microcontroller board on the inside, that’s hooked to a 25-key keyboard. Notes that you play are sent to the controller board as MIDI signals, which are then converted to DC currents. These currents control individual solenoids inside the 25 plastic teeth, allowing them to open and close when you play a note.
The VOC-25, as experimental as it is, is quite an ingenious toy! It lets you build your own ‘choir’ by recording RAW vocal audio samples and editing them on the fly. Gives a completely different meaning to ‘backing vocals’, doesn’t it?!
Designer: Love Hultén
The brainchild of product design engineer and traveler Jude Pullen, The RadioGlobe is an internet-connected globe that plays a radio station from the area highlighted on the surface through its circular reticule. Just give the globe a spin to listen to the world. Well, provided you don’t land over an ocean.
Along with software designer Don Robson and a group of engineers, the team has released an Instructable detailing how to make your own RadioGlobe, which consists of 75 steps, every single one of which could be described as ‘out of my wheelhouse’ and ‘over my head.’ If they ever make it a purchasable product though, I will buy one and start learning foreign languages.
What a clever idea. Especially considering my fear of traveling any further than the grocery store, this would be perfect for me to take virtual vacations around the world. Plus I can call in to try to win all their radio contests.