It offers better sound quality, higher frequency response, 30% more playing time, and 30% more amplitude than current vinyl records. It also eliminates the toxic chemicals currently used in the vinyl mastering process, while completely removing tangential/radial error.
For manufacturers, there’s also no quality gap between the first and last copy produced (no stamper wear).
HD Vinyl records can be played on any existing turntable, while still delivering major fidelity improvements.
Down the road, we'll be making our own HD vinyl turntables as well. That will maximize the audio quality playback, while opening endless possibilities for digital metadata and connectivity.
But HD vinyl records will always be playable on every turntable, regardless of when it was made.
HD Vinyl perfectly matches the intended shape of the analog groove, regardless of whether it’s the first or last copy manufactured from the stamper set. That allows needle manufacturers to create needles that perfectly fit into HD Vinyl’s laser-inscribed grooves.
Everyone at Rebeat Innovation loves music and technology. It’s deeply anchored in our company's DNA.
Rebeat, founded by Guenter Loibl (pictured) back in 2001, started as a CD and DVD distributor. In 2006, Rebeat expanded into digital music distribution. By 2009, Rebeat Digital became the first digital distributor to integrate royalty accounting into their distribution application.
In 2015, Rebeat became the first (and still the only) distribution company to offer a fully-flexible distribution matrix. We called it Rebeat MES (for Music Enterprise Software) and designed it to meet a broad range of client needs. It even allows third-party aggregators to be added into our clients’ tracking dashboards.
In 2016, Mr. Loibl had this crazy idea to make vinyl records with lasers :-) We simply called it HD Vinyl. We think this is just one of many groundbreaking ideas ahead.
Our patented laser-cutting process completely replaces the toxic, unstable electroplating process used in traditional vinyl record production. Here’s more on how it works.
As a first step, we convert a high-resolution audio file into a topographic 3D map of a stamper (the master plate for creating vinyl records). Because we know the exact width of the amplitude at any time, we can virtually remove the unnecessary gap between the grooves.
We can also correct the tangential/radial error (a lacquer is traditionally cut at a tangential angle, but most turntables read in a radial angle, so the needle is constantly tilting). All of that results in 30% more playing time with the same volume of traditional vinyl records.
Or, we can use the additional space to create a completely augmented listening experience by adding that space to the amplitude. The result is that HD Vinyls are louder, with far better dynamics and much better S/N ratios.
Once optimized, the 3D topographic map will be engraved onto a ceramic plate. We can precisely cut up to 100kHz onto the outer edge of the disk.
By comparison, a traditional vinyl record can realize a maximum 15kHz in a realtime cutting process.
We use ceramic materials for the stamper. This is an incredibly important detail, because it ensures that there’s no quality difference between the first and last copy produced.
In the traditional vinyl pressing process, a nickel stamper has to be replaced after a maximum of 1,000 copies because of wear. Even worse, there’s a huge quality difference between copies no. 1 and 1,000 in traditional vinyl manufacturing. That’s one of the reasons why vinyl collectors pay much more for early copies.
With HD Vinyl there’s no such quality difference: the first and the last copy are absolutely equivalent.
By contrast, traditional vinyl mastering is a multi-step, complicated process. The traditional stamper that presses vinyl records is actually a copy of a copy of a copy. A lacquer first produces a father disc, which then produces a mother disc, which then makes the stamper. It’s easy to see why information is lost in the traditional vinyl record production process.
HD Vinyl can reproduce frequencies up to 100kHz. By perfectly controlling the shape of the groove, the laser-cut HD Vinyl record produces a superior S/N-ratio. Also, tangential/radial errors are completely eliminated, removing the tilt of the needle.
HD Vinyl records can store up to 30 minutes on one side, without diminishing audio quality.
The HD Vinyl stamper is made of ceramic, which is a very hard, long-lasting and chemically stable material. This ensures that the first copy of a pressing has the same quality as the 10,000th copy.
In the traditional vinyl production process a nickel-stamper has to be replaced at least every 1000 copys due to wear. And there is a big difference in the first and the last copy.
The HD Vinyl stamper is created with laser technology. There are no chemicals involved. In the traditional vinyl mastering process, electroplating is used, which produces a lot of toxic waste.
HD Vinyls can be played back on any existing turntable.
"A 2016 patent filing for a high-definition analogue audio storage medium appears to be taking shape and Austrian start-up Rebeat Innovation is leading the charge."
"Purists might scoff at the idea of vinyl needing any improvements, of course. But the fact remains that sound quality for records is all over the place and not everything lives up to the 'vinyl just sounds better, man' ."