Best of Brooklyn: Vinyl record maker
Vinyl records are making a comeback after almost disappearing in the early 2000s.
One Greenpoint man, referred to by some as an audio mastering legend, says he never left the records behind.
Paul Gold works out of a small workshop using a hand-built machine to create records.
He starts when a band sends him their demos, using the lathe to imprint the sounds on a blank record called a master lacquer.
The imprint is then used to make a mold for mass production.
The entire process can take as long as three months, Gold says, mainly because of the returning rise in popularity. Bands are looking to make vinyls to please their fans, and that has driven demand to the highest it's been in decades.
When Gold started 15 years ago, he says his niche industry was mainly used for dance music and hip-hop. Now, indie bands like LCD Soundsystem and Animal Collective are making orders.
"I'm especially pleased that the kids dig it, because that means it's going to continue," Gold says. "It's not going to be only old people that will die."