The phonograph record is a marvelous medium for storing and reproducing sound. With frequency response from 7 Hz to 25kHz and over 75 dB dynamic range possible, it is capable of startling realism. Its ability to convey a sense of space, that is width and depth of sound stage, with a degree of openness and airiness, is unrivaled by anything but the most esoteric digital systems.
That having been said, it is important to understand the limitations of this medium in order to make great sounding records.
The first limitation is recording time and level volume. The amount of time possible on a record side is entirely dependent on the cutting level volume and the amount of low frequency information bass.
Bass uses more space than treble. The record groove is an analog of a sound wave. Try to picture looking down on a narrow river or stream. The left bank is the left channel and the right bank is the right channel.
For simplicity, imagine that the banks stay parallel, left and right the same which means the sound is monaural. The louder the sound and or the heavier the bass, the wider the whole river and your boat wiggles side to side. The higher the pitch frequency , the closer together the wiggles get. In other words the sharper the twists and turns, the higher the pitch. Obviously, everything from bass to treble is happening at once, so the gently sweeping wide curves bass guitar and bass drum have smaller, more jagged wiggles vocals, guitars, keyboards, cymbals, percussion etc.
It should be mentioned here that if the bass information is too loud, your raft gets thrown over the embankment skips. So now you should be able to see that the louder the music is cut, the wider the groove wiggles, and the less time can fit on the side. Or looking at it the other way around, the longer the side, the less room for wiggles volume and bass.
Next limitation: treble. Unfortunately this is not true on a record or analog tape for that matter. Although 25kHz response is possible, excessive transients are a problem. There are several reasons for this. It was decided with the advent of the first electrical transcription phonograph record, to reduce bass and boost treble in the cutting of the master record.
This reduces bass wiggles and makes treble louder. Yes I can appreciate fantastic production; but I can still enjoy music that has been poorly captured to whatever recorded medium. Could you try to be a little more condescending with respect to peoples personal preferences? K THX bye. You said it yourself new records are cut from digital source the older better records from analogue as Kate Bush argrees????
There are differences, sound and experience. Vinyl, you enter usually alone a room designed for musical enjoyment and enjoy it with complete lack of distraction. Mp3 on an iPod, you can go anywhere. I love to walk and bike listening to a ridiculously wide variety of music styles. I prefer vinyl, large oversized artwork, posters, stickers, lyric sheets. Has anyone tried reading lyrics from a CD sleeve? I have quite a bit of old vinyl and some new.
The Beatles new mono vinyl releases are analogue and sound great. Separately, hardware setup is another culprit. Digital uses sampling effects which can zip up a boring mp3 signal or even a high quality source. This can be done with analogue also. Coming up with a definitive answer is akin to a snake eating its tail. It is irrelevant as experience is subjective. I also have tapes, reels and 8 tracks.
I enjoy them very much. Everyone should enjoy everything. Have a wonderful life. I think it is difficult to say what is most accurate when there is scope for people to go for what is most appealing. For instance when you buy some music, you are going for what is most appealing. You like the music and you might follow that particular artist or their genre. You may have the equipment that you listen to it on.
Those pieces of equipment add and subtract from your experience of the recording. What you know and love about that artist and their output will have been subjectively editorialised by the way you listened to it. Hearing the recording on better equipment is always a surprise. The musicianship of the artist and the musicians becomes more apparent. The environment of the recording becomes more apparent. The arrangements and the harmonies become more available. The styles and techniques of each musician becomes available.
The production decisions become more available. Better equipment editorialises differently. The best digital or analogue replay equipment brings the performance closer. Digital and analogue systems editorialise differently. Neither is complete and both get better at bringing the performance closer as they become more refined and better engineered. The argument is about preference not better vs worse.
The industry wants to sell you stuff in the formats you choose. You choose the artist and the type and level of editorialisation you are used to. The engineer in the studio and the mastering engineers might be excellent at making the analogue and the digital masters equally good and totally interchangeable when they play them back and compare them. These are one color decals. The decal is the image only. This means there is no backing material clear. A machine with a small razor cuts into the vinyl but not the backing paper, then the excess vinyl is weeded out of the decal by hand, then covered with top application tape that is used for you to install the decal onto your surface.
Art work requirements: These are much different than digitally printed decals. Art files must be a very clean vector file.
Common files are in. We use the latest technology in digital printing for high resolution brilliant colors. These type of decals can be printed with EcoSol inks, ready to install. Add extra protective clear coat for 3 more years of decal durability is optional, also provides protection from UV rays and chemicals like gas and oils.
They also look great with the glossy finish. We can contour cut these decals to most any shape or size at no extra fee. For me, digital tends to be my main medium, as most the music I listen to is better or just as good on digital. I tend to buy CDs or download, but I've been using spotify recently and it isn't bad for discovering music and listening to on the go. I'll always want CDs of my favourite music but I am considering selling my current rig for a sonos set up.
Which will probably make people cringe. Pops and clicks are usually not too noticeable I guess. Just out of interest, you mentioned low end set ups are no good and people looking to get into vinyl are dafties unless they are listening to music that is hard to find digitally ; what would you say is the cheapest model a turntable becomes viable? My position on "cheapest viable turntable" is based entirely on the theory of "whatever else happens, don't ruin your records".
So … the LP I'd say U-Turn Orbit, but I'm still highly suspicious of their insistence that anti-skate is not necessary on a pivoting tonearm, especially at that price point. Talk about ignoring the science …. The ones who claim to LIKE vinyl for its distortion, surface noise, and general pain-in-the-assery,.
There are just SO many people who don't seem to wrap their heads around the fact that they're dealing with an outdated format , and that all this "romance" surrounding vinyl is a new thing, just recent media hype that's going to go away as soon as people get sick of dealing with all this heavy-ass plastic again.
I like the way it sounds. What do you mean I'm crazy? Nah, just different. I'd love a moving magnet cart but I'll never be able to afford one! There will always be a low level background hiss.
This is the friction of the stylus dragging against the vinyl. It should be unnoticeable, except for very quiet parts of the music. The problem is that dust particles seem to be attracted to the vinyl like a magnet.
You may have to spend some money to get rid of it, but once you reach a certain point, there's no significant hiss on quality pressings unless it's tape hiss from the master.
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Discogs - Buy, Sell, Catalogue. Popsike - Check Record Prices. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Become a Redditor and join one of thousands of communities. Hey everyone, I've been contemplating getting back into vinyl again, after getting turned off from it at one point due to the crackling and popping noises found on some records in my collection at that time. Thank you all in advance!
Want to add to the discussion? Post a comment! Create an account. When someone says "I love the warm cracking sound of vinyl" I want to die. Trust your own ears. What's their address? I want the details. Talk about ignoring the science … There are four sets of people I consider daft. The ones who claim to LIKE vinyl for its distortion, surface noise, and general pain-in-the-assery, the ones who whine about their inability to totally eliminate same ie the ones who are bewildered as to what to do when their record ends in the middle of sexy times, to use a recent amusing example , the ones who expect to get consistently better-than-CD sound without spending several C-notes on their rig in particular, the ones who think they already have , and worst of all, the MANY folks we see around here who try to jump into the hobby without educating themselves first.
Definitely said that wrong! This time I put on the atnvl stylus. I suggest you invest in a anti-static vinyl brush and use it before every session.Mar 15, · Imagine a vinyl record that has 30% more capacity, 30% greater volume, and double the audio fidelity of a typical LP sold today. The technical specifications for High Definition Vinyl, or ‘HD.