The Digital Vinyl System project (DVS) 
 Released in 2003, one of the world-first vinyl emulation technology

Origin of the DVS name

Back in 2003, I was a passionate vinyl DJ and an electronic engineer student.
I was dreaming to own the first vinyl emulation technology ever made (FinalScratch) but it was too expensive for me.
So I started to build my own vinyl technology right in my dorm room by reverse engineering a FinalScratch vinyl and making dubplates with my new timecode signal! Also I wanted to build something cheaper without the need of any hardware such as phono preamps.
I soon needed a name for my tech. A combination of letters would be cool, like Microsoft did with Windows XP or the typical names from the 90s like this XBS logo (extra bass system) on my discman. So I was looking around for inspiration when I suddenly looked at my DVS skateboard shoes. The "Digital Vinyl System" formulation instantly came up in my mind. Digital Vinyl was not a known term but a DJ product was called "D-vinyl 2020" at that time so I got inspired.

It is amazing to see that it is now a generic term used worldwide used by millions of people!

Here is the first time ever the term DVS has been mentioned :

----- Original Message -----
From: Adrien Wurth
To: Eric Guez (MixVibes CEO)
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2003 1:10 PM

Salut Eric,

[...] J 'apporte de l'importance a nommé ce concept, j'ai pensé à DVS (digital vinyl system). [...] Je pourrai ainsi t'envoyer la librairie et un vinyle.

English translation : I want to give a name to the technology, I thought about DVS (digital vinyl system). [...] I will be able to send you a vinyl and the analysis module.



Some videos of the development

Dvs demo (crappy commercial)
DVS tech demo (2003)

MixVibes DVS

The french DJ software company MixVibes integrated the DVS technology into their products in 2004.

DVS website Version 1 (2003) DVS website Version 2 (2004)

40 pages technical description (in french)
> Download the original document

Big thanks to all DJs and companies who made the DVS technology mainstream :)

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Adrien Wurth - music lover / DVS audio engineer