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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.

Streaming is clearly a big game changer in the audiophile world. But the special thing is that the sales of coal discs are still very good and are on the rise. Particularly the CD format is a bit tougher but still ‘healthy’, only lossless download services risk being excluded from the game.

Revenue from online music downloads has dropped sharply by 18% in the first half of 2019. The habit of buying lossless and lossy music files (by downloading) is only 9% of the total revenue of the music market with the purchase of physical storage devices (coal disks, CDs).

And of the 9% for those physical devices, 4% will come from the disk and the rest for the CD will be 5%. The cassette is unfortunately back in the past with almost zero.

Most people believe in the quality of vinyl and CDs more than the recordings downloaded from streaming applications.

However, this is just the story in the US where there are about 327 million people living, while in Germany with a population of 83 million people, the recording market goes in a different direction.

According to a report by the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), in the first half of 2019, revenue from online music download groups accounted for 6.6% quite close to the US market, but the special thing is the total revenue earned from music streaming makes up only 56.4%, which is very different from the United States, where streaming revenue accounts for 80%!

In Germany, the number of users spending on CDs accounts for nearly 30% of the total music market revenue

The most interesting difference from the US is that the revenue comes from the sale of the disks – physical audio storage media. Most impressive is that CD sales have risen sharply to 28.2% of total sales, 6 times higher than in the US and are expected to increase steadily along with coal disc format.

Along with that is the introduction of turntable heads that incorporate many modern features. Although the figures are only from the US and Germany, it is also the country with the world’s leading recording industry, enough to guarantee that the Vinyl and CD formats will live well in the future.

On Friday (Oct. 25) in Las Vegas a Lady Gaga impersonator was mistaken at a charity event for the real thing.

When attendees of a national conference for Women of Global Change which held at The Strat Hotel and Casino saw the pop superstar stroll onto the stage in a matching wide-brim hat and pink pantsuit, they were shocked. Then she sat at a grand piano and performed some of her biggest hits, including “Million Reasons.” and “You and I”

But they were actually watching a Lady Gaga impersonator Tierney Allen who performs regularly in Legends in Concert, a tribute review at The Tropicana which also features Pat Benatar and Freddie Mercury lookalike/soundalikes.

Allen says to The Hollywood Reporter that she had no intention of misleading the audience to think she was really Gaga. Allen says that what happened is she was booked to perform for Women of Global Change at a private event. They always tell the guests to make sure the clients know she is not the real thing.

At the end of her performance, the confusion began when Aurea McGarry the event emcee, told the crowd that Allen was in fact the real thing and was not an impersonator.

Allen recalls that she thought that’s not good. She immediately started sweating. She must have looked like a deer in the headlights.

While visiting the Park MGM Allen was once swarmed by fans before in full Gaga regalia. The “Poker Face” singer was performing there  and she has been mistaken for the artist. She decided to just “go with it” til she could get off the stage.

Allen says she thought McGarry wanted to give the audience a thrill and got swept up in the moment though she assumed the emcee knew that she was a fake very well.

Vinyl record label, Gearbox Records, has announced the Automatic II turntable, targeted at novice and experienced vinyl users alike.

Gearbox Records was established in 2009 and has cultivated a reputation for producing great quality vinyl releases. It then struck up a collaboration with the Austrian hi-fi brand Pro-Ject Audio, resulting in the original and distinctive Automatic turntable.

The MkII (£549) is a similar affair, taking its design cues from Dieter Ram’s 1955 Braun PC 3 SV record player. It’s a meld of the old and the new with transparent plinth allowing users to see the internal workings of the deck. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity for streaming vinyl wirelessly, as well as Gearbox’s music-recognition technology that allows tracks to be added from your record collection to your Spotify playlist.

It carries a built-in valve phono stage, designed and tuned for moving magnet (MM) cartridges such as the pre-fitted Ortofon OM10. Plug the turntable into any line input and you’ll be ready to listen to your collection straight from the box.

Design-wise, the Automatic II uses an ultra-low-mass tonearm with adjustable counterweight and sports a 7-inch glass platter with support for 33rpm and 45rpm speeds. The belt drive has been upgraded from the original, with the second-gen version using an aluminum pulley for better speed stability.

The electronics have also been upgraded for better performance, and the app – which can be used for track recognition and adding to your Spotify playlist – is according to Gearbox, “slicker and easier to use”.

The Automatic II will be available at Amazon and an exclusive showroom at Spiritland Headphone Bar in London. Those who make it to the Spiritland venue can have a go with the turntable, with Gearbox reimbursing the travel expenses of anyone who purchases an Automatic II by up to £50.

Appointments for test-driving the turntable are available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Email shop@spiritland.com or phone +44 203 178 5706 to book.

The Gearbox Automatic II turntable is on sale in October.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by William Volcov/REX/Shutterstock (9943118ah) Nick Jonas Fourth annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn benefit concert, Arrivals, New York, USA – 23 Oct 2018

Nick Jonas is joining “The Voice” as Season 18 Coach season this spring.

He joins returning host Carson Daly as well as familiar coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson on the NBC music competition series.

Jonas said that he was so excited to be a part of The Voice family. He couldn’t wait to help these awesome artists really construct and hone in to find their unique voices. The voice coaches was such an amazing group of individuals.

In addition to performing as a solo artist Jonas performs as The Jonas Brothers with his brothers Kevin and Joe. A new single, “Sucker,” which announced their band’s return to music debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 earlier this year. Nick’s solo single “Jealous” also has been certified triple platinum while Jonas Brothers album “Happiness Begins” hit number one on the Billboard 200.

Earlier this year The Jonas Brothers appeared on “Songland” – the fellow NBC music competition series.

President of NBC Entertainment – alternative and reality Group Meredith Ahr considered Nick as a member of one of the hottest pop groups, added that his success in navigating all aspects of the music industry was exceptional. They were so impressed by Nick’s innate passion musicality, and technical aptitude which he brought to ‘Songland’ earlier this year and know he would be an incredible fit as The Voice coach. They were excited to see Nick Jonas lend his breadth of knowledge, relatability and mentorship to a new crop of artists.”

Talpa Media USA Inc., MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television collaborate to produce “The Voice” . John de Mol, whose role is an executive producer together with Mark Burnett, Amanda Zucker, Audrey Morrissey, and Kyra Thompson created the show. The Voice has gone through 18 season in USA and has been immitating all over the world.

Listening to the music which is played in the background means we listen passively to the music. Music has great effects, relaxing, healing our pain, reducing stress from life and work. We should listen to music in the way to enjoy any genre of good music and improve these relaxing impacts. Following these steps belows, you will expand your musical experience.

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Some of your friends and family members can have a good taste in music. If you don’t know what kind of music to start listening, ask them to introduce you good music. If you are in the middle and confused in lots of music genres and styles, ask your friend who is an expert in choosing types of music and he/she can help you. the people who has good taste and understand you can suggest for you some famous bands or singers to start with.

When you hear songs which you enjoy — remember songs’ and singers’s names to fill your preferences.

Find out what types of music you like, it will be easier for your friends to suggest similar bands if you can give them a few indications.

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Use internet apps and input your favorite bands into that search for similar music. Some apps like Pandora creates unique radio stations according to your preferences. Other apps based on mood and activity to find songs like Google Music. Spotify based on past listening history give out a series of recommendations. iTunes, and many other playback programs offer recommendation services as well. There are a lot of apps for finding hot music. You just have to provide some of your personal describes to get things started.

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You should go out to the liveshow of singers or bands you like (or even an unknown band). An unknown band often use live music is to earn new fans. Watch real shows you can pick up merchandise and easy to meet the bands. This is a great way to expand your musical library. Going to liveshow you can get in touch with great, up and coming bands wich can be really impossible to find online land through that you enjoy great songs in real time.

After the trio of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey release MV Don’t Call Me Angel, the product has received a lot of praise from the US-UK fan community. Not only that, this MV also brought these three talented female singers impressive numbers after the first 24 hours of broadcast.

Specifically, after 1 day of release, the MV Don’t Call Me Angel has collected more than 21.6 million views, this is a very good number compared to Boyfriend aired not long ago and quite flop. With this number, Don’t Call Me Angel is just only behind to Thank U, Next and 7 Rings in terms of views after the first 24 hours. This is not too surprising when this product converges three popular names of the world music industry.

Besides, this MV has also helped Miley Cyrus achieve new achievements in his career. With over 21.6 million views, Don’t Call Me Angel has officially surpassed Wrecking Ball to become the highest-rated 24-hour Miley Cyrus MV ever. After many music products did not resonate, this ‘nod’ this time by Miley Cyrus with 2 associates seemed to have yielded worthy results.

At the same time, the audio version of the song Don’t Call Me Angel has quickly occupied the top of Itunes in more than 40 countries around the world. Although in the digital music segment, Don’t Call Me Angel has a slow start compared to Boyfriend, but it will definitely be a song that is ‘long-lasting rain’ and will be persistently ranked on the charts in the coming time.

In the MV, Ariana with Miley and Lana incarnate three “Angels of Charlie” – female agents of the tycoon hiding Charlie based on the famous Charlie’s Angels series. Ariana appeared with a familiar image – turtleneck boots and ponytail. Miley Cyrus rebelled in chain-link underwear. Lana wore a red nightgown, praised by the Billboard for “femme fatale” beauty.

Don’t Call Me Angel, co-written by three female singers, is the title song Charlie’s Angels film directed by Elizabeth Banks scheduled to hit theaters in November. This MV promises to be a good song to make on music charts in the near future.