Audio desk Systeme's

Vinyl Cleaner

 

UltraSystems, Inc.

127 Union Square
New Hope, PA 18938
(215) 862-6570

Tel. toll free 800-724-3305
Fax 215-862-4871

Business hours are
10am to 6pm Eastern
Monday to Friday
11am to 5pm Saturday

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Audio Desk Systeme's

Vinyl cleaner - LP Cleaning Machine

         

View the video on operation of the Vinyl Cleaner

Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Cleaner is the first and only LP cleaning machine that incorporates an ultrasonic cleaning cycle in addition to a more conventional mechanical cleaning via bi-directional rotating microfiber cleaning drums, and the result is the cleanest LP's ever. See more information on ultrasonic cleaning below.

And it is fully automatic - just put the LP in the slot, push the button, and come back in 5 minutes for a thoroughly cleaned and dried LP (both sides). Whole new layers of inner detail and air are revealed in the recordings, and of course most surface noise is eliminated.

Comes with 2 vials of a proprietary cleaning fluid developed specifically for this machine. A container of the fluid concentrate plus 4 liters of distilled water (just over a gallon) cleans 200 new LP's, or 100 used LP's.

Technical: How can sound clean?

Ultrasonic is sound generated above the human audible level.

A physical effect called "cavitation" results from the generation of ultrasonic frequencies in a liquid. In this cavitation process ultrasonic "compression waves" are created by an ultrasonic transducer. When the amplitude of this soundwave increases to a level where the surface tension of the liquid is broken, the fluid will "tear" apart leaving behind millions of microscopic vacuum bubbles. These vacuum bubbles then rapidly compress or implode creating millions of tiny liquid jets small enough to clean inside the smallest grooves of an LP. This process, also called "microagitation," displaces any contaminants on the surface of the LP.

 


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History of the Vinyl Cleaner

Development of the Vinyl Cleaner took designer Reiner Gläss four long years beginning in 2006. The first prototype, about 6 months in, was a somewhat primitive "brute force" ultrasonic machine, actually quite similar to a couple of ultrasonic-only cleaning machines which are currently being marketed for LP cleaning by other companies. But brute force and the LP don't mix well. Keep in mind that the bottom of the LP groove where the pointy diamond wants to track, can be less than a half micron in size, and the modulations within the groove are even smaller and more fragile.

And so began 3 more years of R&D to reduce the ultrasonic power which needed to be applied for safe and effective LP cleaning.

The addition of four counter-rotating microfiber-covered barrels as the primary means for the surface cleaning of fingerprints, etc., allowed for a significant reduction in ultrasonic wattage, and also serves an important fluid management function by wicking the ultrasonic agitation away from the LP surface into the cleaning solution where contaminants can be filtered. This fluid management is important because otherwise the contaminants the ultrasonic vibration removes from the surface of the record can simply redeposit back onto the LP surface.

Another improvement in cleaning efficiency allowing for a further reduction in the need for ultrasonic power was achieved through introduction of a cleaning solution surfactant to make the distilled water a better solvent when used in conjunction with the ultrasonic process.

Add a fluid filter to clean the re-circulating cleaning solution, and air filters to collect airborne dust which would otherwise be blown back onto the wet surface of the LP during the drying cycle, and you basically have the current machine - a record cleaning robot that cleans to the bottom of the groove, and then by using fan-assisted air drying, rather than static-inducing suction, leaves the user with a thoroughly cleaned record with no static charge attracting airborne dust.

Summary:
-safe low level ultrasonic to dislodge contaminants all the way to the bottom of the LP groove,

-bidirectional surface cleaning using microfiber-covered barrels, which also manages fluid motion to wick contaminants away from the LP surface,

-fluid filtration to remove contaminants,

-filtered air drying to avoid the introduction of a dust-attracting static charge to the LP surface,

-one button full automation.