Turntables have a rep for being vintage design pieces. While vintage record players can be used for playing old and new music alike, turntables are also essential modern audio devices for DJs and producers. Today, some turntables have taken on a more raw, industrial look to meet their contemporary use. Rod Romantsov, a 3D artist and visual designer based in San Francisco, recently visualized his own turntable called Supersonic that fits right into today’s industrial style and one that’s sleek as steel.
Supersonic is a fully exposed record player with a flat width and rounded side edges that give it a pronounced modern look. Supersonic also comes with an integrated rubber platter to spin the record and keep it spinning even as DJs manipulate the records on top of slipmats. Coated in stainless steel, the record player’s control panel features all that one would expect with a traditional turntable, including an anti-skating dial, speed switch, and power knob. With a stainless steel coating, Romantsov’s Supersonic turntable is corrosion-resistant, maintaining a slick finish even after continued use. Mostly every detail of Supersonic’s frame and accessories is constructed from stainless steel, including the stylus, cartridge, and fuller body, making it not only industrial in style but in strength and durability too.
DJs can use turntables to manipulate the music playing from records, controlling the turntable’s stylus to jump to specific points throughout a record. While casual listeners can operate turntables with little to no tear and wear, DJs and producers need a turntable that can take a lot of action and fingerwork. Industrial turntables like Rod Romantsov’s Supersonic turntable fit the bill for the contemporary audiophile and music makers alike, offering a refreshing air of durability in the turntable’s age of aesthetic design.
Designer: Rod Romantsov
Supersonic appears lightweight and minimal by design, but its industrial build equips it with durability to maintain quality.
Supersonic’s control panel features a power knob, speed control, and an anti-skating dial.
Everything from its body to its needle looks constructed from stainless steel.
An integrated platter keeps the record spinning for DJs.
Supersonic’s needle allows for precise listening and record jumping.