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Step Three: Vinyl Bags

We have talked about the outer plastic sleeve for your record protection in the part 1 of this article but we haven’t mentioned a new variant on that theme: the vinyl bags. You should choose bags made from high quality materials and fitting snuggly like a standard outer sleeve with a large flap and an adhesive strip on the top of the bag. While a standard plastic sleeve remains open on one side, the high-quality bag can protect the record as well as keep the air and airborne rubbish out.

Step Four: Shelving

Now that you have encased your record, but where do you put it? A shelving system is essential. Here we recommend the IKEA KALLAX, in budget terms and flexibility. It can be bought in different sizes and variants have insets so that it can hold baskets and boxes and even have space for a TV. So it has great value for money. However, don’t pack it full of records since the accumulated weight may make it lean to one side and collapse. Consider investing in metal brackets to firm up the overall structure.

Step Five: Record Dividers

When you have stuffed your IKEA shelving with records, perhaps you won’t have a clue where each thing is. The classic solution to that problem is to use cheap plastic record dividers which can help you scribble the alphabet or music genres, in order to make a sense of cataloging. It is cheap but messy and definitely tacky. American designer Kate Koeppel has created a collection of high quality, restrained, laser cut wood record dividers as a better alternative. The collection of wood panels include: two tab styles, vertical tabs for record boxes, and horizontal tabs for shelving; two lettering styles: engraved or stenciled; two typographical versions; two sizes for 12” and 7” records; a panel A–Z set for large record collections; and an abbreviated six panel set for smaller collections.

In spite of being one of the most durable physical music formats in the world, vinyl record encounters the top issue of making noise, such as the snap, pops, crackle, the clicks, the background hiss, and more.

If you are a fan of the vinyl record and sometimes pay a lot of money for a new piece of vinyl, try to take care of it and it will reward you with long pleasurable use. There are 8 steps suggested by tech guru Paul Rigby to store your vinyl record collection properly.

Step One: Inner Sleeves

The inner sleeve is the only item that will come into contact with your precious vinyl regularly. Therefore, it is absolutely essential as a storage medium. The worst kind of storage is made from pure paper. If you move your vinyl record in and out of a paper inner again and again over the years, it will act like a fine grain sandpaper piece that adds more surface noise to your record. There are two recommended inners that are flavored, including a round-bottomed plastic-only variant and a delicate plastic liner within a paper inner. The first is more useful since you don’t have to try to get the paper inner corners into the card sleeve, which might cause folding and creasing.

Step Two: Outer Sleeves

In order to accompany the inner, you will need an outer covering. This will protect the vinyl’s card sleeve and also prevent dust from finding and abrading the record over time. But remember not to buy the heavy gauge plastic samples and then feel smug about it. Make sure to choose the soft, roomy and much cheaper sleeves. The advice is that thick plastic covers can stick to the vinyl record sleeve eventually as well as pull the artwork right off. There are outers for both 10” records and 7” singles for you to choose.

Here are the 5 turntable systems from the most famous audio brands today. Without them, the success and foothold of these brands in the audio market could be very different.

Rega Planet (1973)

Roy Gandy, founder of Rega, in 1973 once had a very strange thought: The sound quality of a turntable system is secondary, the main design of it. Gandy wants to create a durable turntable system with time and design must be equally unique. And so the idea for Rega Planet was rekindled.

Fortunately, the sound quality aspect soon became a target soon afterward, and Gandy brought the first turntable test versions to potential manufacturers. The official version of Rega Planet was born with aluminum and steel wheels with a unique design, using the Acos Luster tonearm.

Linn LP12 (1973)

LP12 is Linn’s first tuntable designed by founder Ivor Tiefenbrun, who said that “music is the most important thing in any sound system”. The first version of LP12 was designed without a stand, but was later replaced by a more complete version. This is also considered to be the best quality turntable from Scotland.

Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic (1977)

Michell may be better known by users through the turntable signature GyroDec launched in 1982, but its first turntable, Reference Electronic, is also worth mentioning. Michell GyroDec Reference Electronic is inspired by the Transcriptor’s turntable Hydraulic Reference model featured in Stanley Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange.

Starting from only processing hardware for the Transcriptor, Michell then opened his own brand and launched the Reference Electronic, which owns a version with a mirror or marble base.

Wilson Benesch Turntable (1989)

In the first year of appearing in the audio market, Wilson Benesch researched and developed his first turntable model, simply called Wilson Benesch Turntable.This turntable possesses two designs never before seen in any other product such as the sub-frame made of composite carbon fiber and tonearm also made of carbon fiber (A.C.T. One). High-strength carbon fiber helps reduce vibration better and is available in all of Wilson Benesch’s most recent product lines.

The success of Turntable also helped Wilson Benesch expand its investment and distribute more other products, including specialized high-end speaker models today.

Pro-Ject 1 (1991)

Pro-Ject 1 was originally developed and modified from the Tesla NC-500 to create a low-cost turntable distributed in the Eastern Bloc. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Pro-Ject founder Heinz Lichtenegger made several Pro-Ject 1s and sold them in his small shop in Vienna. Having achieved certain successes, Heinz Lichtenegger decided to restart the production line in the Czech Republic and continue to operate until now.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the coal disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in the past year, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

It is worth noting that, of the 10 best-selling vinyl albums, only 3 new albums including Tranquility base hotel and casino (Arctic Monkeys), The greatest showman (many artists) and Staying at Tamara’s (George Ezra), the rest are old albums.

Talking about the attraction of the old values, Jon Tolley, Banquet Records, explains: “The sales of coal discs are constantly growing because people are slowly abandoning modern lifestyles, where things are always in a hurry and nothing makes sense.”

The vinyl record had a period of great development before the advent of the CD and later, both the CD and the CD were in a poor state of consumption when the trend of digital music came to the forefront.

Now that the vinyl disc has been “revived” through impressive growth figures, the CD has remained “at the same level”, although the number of CDs sold is still higher than that of the vinyl disc, due to its lower cost (on average). a single album costs $ 30, while a CD costs only $ 10). Following that momentum, experts predict that, by 2020, sales of coal discs may account for more than half of sales of the physical music market.

The fact that vinyl discs are more popular than CDs is not difficult to understand. Compared to vinyl records, the CD lacks originality, sound superiority and historical value. Compared to digital music, CDs are not convenient in terms of storage and use.

As can be seen, the revival of vinyl disc among music lovers has recently risen up. Hopefully, this hobby can still maintain its great attraction among music lovers.

Not only are American music listeners throwing money more and more into the vinyl disc, so is the UK. According to the BBC, about 4.2 million vinyl records were sold in the UK in 2018, an increase of 1.6% compared to 2017.

Singers who make vinyl records and those selling physical storage products in the US market have had a great year of success as sales of vinyl records in 2018 increased. 8% (about US $ 419 million) – the highest level since 1988, accounting for 1/3 of the total sales of the “tangible” tape market.

While the vinyl disk continued to “grow strongly”, the business situation of the CD dropped dramatically. For the first time since 1986, CD sales have not reached the $ 1 billion figure ($ 698 million, down 34%). The form of digital music download (download) also suffered the same fate of revenue reduction, reaching only 1 billion USD, accounting for 11% of the total revenue of the whole year (2017 revenue of 1.4 billion USD, accounting for 15%).

Disks are becoming more and more popular with your music lovers

Of course, the market leader in 2018, once again, is streaming – the form of online music listening. According to a new report released by the Recording Industry Association of America, the streaming revenue increased by 30% (reaching 7.4 billion USD), contributing 75% to the total market revenue.

Daniel Glass – president of Glassnote Records – commented: “The music market is now a separate playground for streaming and vinyl, and CDs are disappearing quickly and quickly.” Jack White, musician – music producer, concurs: “I firmly believe, 10 years is still the time of streaming and vinyl records. People also stream music in the car and in the kitchen and listen to vinyl records in the living room and office.”

Disk cleaning brush dedicated

A seemingly simple accessory that is extremely useful for all enthusiasts of the Vinyl disc. The newly launched Anti-Static Brush Anti Audio Brush for only $20 is an affordable option with a highly conductive design thanks to carbon fiber brushes and gold-plated handles, increasing the likelihood Removes microscopic dust particles on disc grooves.

Block vinyl disc

This is what will help you keep the vinyl stable and secure to the platter. They are usually made of many different materials and the price difference is very clear.

If you are new, you can choose to block Clearaudio’s Clever Clamp disc with the selling price of about 30 USD. Because it is made of plastic, the disc is extremely light weight, does not add pressure to the rotating motor of the wheel.

Replace the needle tip

When you feel that something is wrong with the disc while the rest of the device is normal, it’s time to change your stylus. Some wheels now allow users to replace (if possible) without sending it back to the company’s warranty point. In case of necessity, you should consider upgrading to a better cartridge line.

Upgrade your experience with a new generation of carbon wheels

After a long time of use, it’s time to rest your disc and find another product. There are many new things when you decide to change the disc such as sound quality, features and even the connection that the product offers (some disc wheels now include Bluetooth wireless connectivity).

Adding phono pre-amp to the system

With the revival of the disc hobby, many amplifier manufacturers have introduced many preamp products with completely new technology, for better sound quality. One of the typical names for this product line is the Cambridge Audio phono pre-amp Duo.

Change new headphones or speakers

This is the biggest change in what you need to do to listen to music from vinyl better. Because this is a very broad issue, we won’t go into details. You can refer to the article on how to choose a headset or speakers to choose a product you like.

In addition, to maximize the power of headphones or speakers, you should set aside an investment to invest in specialized signal amplifiers (headamp, stereo amplifier, intergrated amplifier, etc.)

After a period of accumulation, you finally own yourself a set of vinyl discs and your favorite discs. For a better experience, here are the things to do & devices that you need to pay attention to in the future.

Balance the disc plate

Keeping your platter balanced is one of the most basic steps of setup. You can estimate with the naked eye, but you should use specialized measuring tools such as a ruler to get more accurate results. If not, it is best to go to a hardware store to buy one to use instead of “trying” with free applications for Android or iOS smartphones.

In addition, if the placement is a little precarious, you can insert additional paper or coins to keep the tray always balanced.

Clean the plate with soap and water

This is a useful and inexpensive way that you can do it at home anytime. All we need is warm water, sponges and some dishwashing liquid. Dry the disc in an open place after rinsing with clean water.

Are you afraid of losing labels? Do not worried. Audiophiliac – a veteran audiophile who proposed this way of sharing that he has not had a disc that has been stripped of labels for many years of application.

Dedicated dish washer machine

What can be done to improve the sound quality from the vinyl records?

Feeling that washing dishes by hand is still not enough, or you don’t have time? The disc washer is the savior for you.

Calibrate the cartridge

To put the cartridge in the optimal position for the disc reading process, we use an accessory called Alignment Protractor and it usually comes with the arm. If not, you can visit here for free download.

Here’s how to use Alignment Protractor.

Invest in furniture

Do you still have dishes on the floor? Don’t be frugal like that. Create a support for your beloved tray with a solid table. If there are too many vinyl discs, a cupboard is a good option for you to order both wheels and discs.

Force gauge

Normally, depending on the manufacturer or the shape of the cartridge, we need to set the tracking force for the needle. Therefore, this is an accessory that needs to be included in the priority list. Price more than 50 USD for a scale do you hesitate? Do not worry, Amazon has an accessory with the same function for only about 10 USD.

Laquer was too hard to use in actual manufacturing, so a metal casting pattern was made. Initially, the laquer was covered with a layer of good conductive graphite, then silver or nickel plated. Once the plate is thick enough, the wax will be removed, leaving behind a stronger metal mold.

Modern techniques require immersing the disc in a solution of stannous chloride and then spraying it on a layer of silver atoms. Plating plates with conventional techniques are still widely used but do not achieve accurate reverberation.

After the initial silver plating has hardened, a fine copper layer is applied, followed by a stronger, coarser layer of metal, such as steel. Fine metal layer, composed of relatively small metal atoms, 85 particles/inch2 with magnification of 100 times the diameter, and features improved strength and toughness than rough steel particles, easily machined more work on the machine.

When the amount of metal was sufficient to support the silver plates, the laquer was smashed into the mold, leaving a metal cathode, or “mortar”.

The mold is still quite hard so it needs to be cast again before starting to compress the vinyl. The metal dish is referred to as the “mother”, cut from a mortar and then plated again to create another sound called a “stamper.”

Each stamper is attached to a 100 ton hydraulic compressor, basically like a mold and can produce thousands of disks before needing replacement.

Each hot vinyl foil is only about half the area but 3 times thicker than a finished disc, called a biscuit, slides between the two compressor jaws, and 300oF steam is used to soften the material before finishing, and compress Hot vinyl on the final shape while recording. Then the disc is cooled with water, becomes hard, and is labeled, all of which are done automatically.

Next, the discs are angled in a neat circle with an automatic trimmer, after which the discs are carefully checked, both visually and acoustically.

Finally, quality LPs are packed and shipped to independent local music retail stores.

Above is the full progress of making vinyl discs, which are used for vinyl record. As can be seen, it is complicated to create vinyl discs that have such steady production levels and amazingly natural sound quality. Hope you know understand how vinyl discs are made.

The first idea about vinyl discs came about 140 years ago thanks to Edison’s phonograph design, and the first records were also made for the first time in 1948 thanks to Columbia with the first 12-inch coal disc in the world.

It was first introduced to the public on June 20, 1948 at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York. And since then many new technologies and mechanisms for listening to music have been born, but removing the vinyl disc from the condom, gently putting it on the turntable and lowering the lever is still possible. Intense shot with most music lovers.

“This is the time for serious music appreciation to create great music performances by the means of record discs. It can be said that the record discs succeeded in accurately and fully reproducing all the details of the symphony or opera performance.

Electrical recording and reproduction have combined to maintain the vitality and color of solo performances. ”- Per Compton Pakenham of The New York Times in 1930.

And the quality only improved in the 1950s with the launch of 33 RPMs, at about 25 minutes each, and the sound strip could be easily edited and optimized for audio in production, then inserted into a master-disc. This master-disc is known as a laquer or acetate disc. In fact, acetate is a misnomer when laquer disks are covered with cellulose nitrate.

And unlike most vinyl discs that are molded, master-discs are cut “manually”, grooves on the surface of the disc are created using a disc cutter needle with mechanical movements controlled by an audio input.

The grooves are checked regularly during the cutting process to ensure the proper depth of the cut path as well as adjust the volume and pitch. After the audio has been copied and the playback quality checked, the laquer will be sent to the production company.

While the digital world is thriving, vinyl LPs continue to be collected along with steady production levels, perhaps due to their warm, natural analog sound quality. So, how can LP achieve such unique sound effects!

In 1877, Thomas Edison was credited with inventing the phonograph, the first device to both record and play back sound.

The device records sound directly when dents on the foil wrap around a grooved roller, which is then played back by rotating the roller, following the needle tip movement along the lines. The groove, vibrates the corresponding mechanical diaphragm and reproduces sound.

By the 1880s, Volta invented a wax-coated cardboard cylinder using the vibration of a phonograph needle, like a seismometer, called the “hill-and-dale” method, like that of Edison.

It was not until the early 20th century that the cylinder was eventually replaced by the flat disc records we use today. But even then, the sound was recorded directly to the disk mechanically.

“Acoustical” records like this rely on a large audio device connected to a gramophone needle. When the sound waves cause vibrations, it will cause the needle to vibrate, and put those vibrations into the hand-cranked disc.

The problem is that the amplitude of the bass notes (bass notes) is many times higher than the notes with the higher tonal range, the sound with the lower pitch takes more physical distance in each segment, then, high and mid tones will be lost during playback. This causes distorted pronunciation as well as heavy bass.

It was not until 1925 that audio inputs were run through a microchip and amp to increase the operating range and volume without depending on the physical properties of the audio equipment, and the era of the “electrical” records have begun.

These recordings are intentionally tuned to the highs and low lows, helping to balance the sound during playback. 78s – discs with a rotating speed of 78 RPM – are considered a technological leap compared to their predecessors.