No coincidence that all of these points are about music. This to me will always win out over any other consideration, however you choose to DJ. What do you think? Are you a recent convert to digital from vinyl? Do you think vinyl DJs are a dying breed? Or do you think real DJing only happens with two black plastic discs and an analogue mixer?
Let us know your thoughts below. One of the reasons music sales are in the toilet and piracy thrives was a reaction to the cost of CDs. Buy a couple of books on the music business, so you have some idea of how we got where we are today.
But they did. Are you kidding I remember when CDs first came out they cost 60 to dollars now the can be had for LPs now run 40 dollars and up.
Cds dont suffer from the snap crackle pop rice crispies syndrome. The next think you know some nut job is going to a headphone that introduces the warmth and static and tube distortion to live performances. That seems to be the big reason vinyl is more rewarding to people who love vinyl, in my experience. Vinyl sounds crappy on a cheap TT. And vinyl from digital sources sound wonderful through a great cartridge. None of my CD players or computers can compare. Jim, thrilled by the resurgence of vinyl and looking forward to continued meteoric growth in the coming years.
How can you hope to be able to tell the difference between three tracks originally produced in the early 70s on analog tape with a high-resolution transfer of the same thing? The new lacquers will have less fidelity, more speed issues, more distortion, click and pops, and folded low frequency mono than the original PCM digital tracks.
The improvement is dramatic. I also write a daily blog at Real HD-Audio about this subject…you might want to come by and learn a little about what makes high-resolution audio a step in the right direction for the music business AND why Neil Young, David Pogue and others have got it so wrong. There is a growing minority that now wants that tactical experience of music ownership. They want to hold it, smell it, take care of it, collect it physically and none of that is possible with digital files.
Seek out his TedTalk on Jobs. I assume that he no longer uses the CD master for the Vinyl. I know he was a huge proponent of Digital sound at one time,which sounds almost as weird to say now as realizing that he still is pushing Digital.
My theory about why vinyl sounds better goes beyond the analog mastering and the nice album art and having the actual physical music in the room rather that just the code. A band playing in the middle of an empty field would sound cleaner like a CD but in a concert hall it sounds better because the sound bounces around and interacts with itself. Crank it up! As per the interesting comments, our discussion re the merits of vinyl record vs the compact disc is still deeply interwoven with the analogue vs digital recording discussion, and which?
Wonderful to have choices. Though he sells far more vinyl than cd, i asked him to pick out the best recording in the joint. So that is an acoustic live analogue re-mastered for CD. Personally, this would lead me to a discussion of recording techniques and equipment, mics and pre-amps etc. As to product pricing, i would prefer its up to the artist to negotiate the price range for their work, rather than i-tunes or spitify.
My vinyl records tend to skip when my car hits a bump, though admittedly the streets in Corpus Christi are in worse condition that those in some other cities. Three thoughts about Pono: 1. Kind of like a turntable. Unlike a phone or a computer. It sparks a discussion about how music makes you FEEL. That conversation is an experience I enjoy. If they are in-fact higher resolution than a CD then perhaps a vinyl album cut from them actually does sound better than a CD?
Ari, have you ever read any Haruki Murakami? Bad speakers can distort gorgeous recordings, and great speakers can bring out the best in anything you play. You can go very far down an audiophile rabbit hole when it comes to speakers — there are many high-end models that cost thousands of dollars.
If you just want something that will sound good but not be overly expensive or take up too much space in your home, look into "bookshelf speakers," which are usually about the size of a large shoe box.
Some turntables have pre-amplifiers built in, but many don't, and so you need a separate device to process the output from the turntable to get a line level signal for your speakers. You should be certain whether or not your turntable has a built-in pre-amp before blowing money on a separate device.
You can spot this easily — just look to see if there is an input marked "phono. If your turntable doesn't have a pre-amp, you will need to also get some RCA cables so you can connect the turntable to the receiver. This is where the volume and audio control knobs for your system will be.
The good news is that you can find a lot of very good receivers for cheap on eBay and other auction sites. Some receivers will have a radio built in, and you can line other things into the receiver too, like CD players and televisions. If you have a turntable with a built-in pre-amp, it's as simple as connecting everything with the appropriate RCA cables and stereo wire. If your turntable has no pre-amp, it will be a bit more complicated because you will need to "ground" the system so that electricity flows properly or you will hear a constant low-pitched hum through your speakers.
Here's a simple guide for grounding your stereo. Most new turntables will come with cartridges and needles installed, but you should make sure of that before you buy one. Unless you're going to DJ or you're a hardcore audiophile, you don't have to think all that much about your cartridge — a pretty basic cartridge will do the trick.
Since your needle or stylus, as it is also called will gradually wear down from use, you will need to periodically replace it. Here's a good guide for how to do that. This is the rod that that holds the pickup cartridge and stylus over the record. It may not look important, but it's actually crucial to playback, as it controls the tracking and pressure on the needle as it reads the record's groove. Most turntables will have an adjustable counterweight so you can have greater control over this pressure.
Most modern turntables will have perfectly fine tone arms, but more expensive models will generally have better, more sophisticated tone arm mechanisms.
RPM stands for revolutions per minute, as in how many times the platter will spin completely in a minute. You will almost never deal with 78 RPM records, so don't worry about that. The vast majority of 7-inch singles will be 45 RPM, and inch records Vinyl comes in different sizes mainly based on how much music is contained on the record.
Who would have thought that vinyl's physical limitations would turn out to be its saving grace? The problem, for us the engineers, is that digital have less depth than analog. So, we have to "create" that depth with Maybe when Hi resolution 24 bit digital files replace the cd Fits in the same piece of plastic that the one on the CDs but the music industry opened her legs to the MP I've seen a couple of sites with new remasters of complete discographies on 24 bit files.
Very promising. From my point of view, Digital is the best then Vinyl. As per digital sound comes it has extremely good quality sound and it feels pleasant to listen. So, Digital instruments are gaining more attention now-a-days because, these provide good quality output. Also, if we hear the same music in digital format and also in Vinyl format the Vinyl format is bit different from Digital format and we must say the digital format is best. Notify me of follow-up comments via email.
Connect With Us. Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner. Oct 09 October 9, Email Article Permalink Share Article. Reader Comments 8 Seeing as a CD can perfectly capture any audio signal, there is no reason why the sound of vinyl can't be reproduced on CD. October 9 Brian Hazard. October 12 Rags. October 14 Daz. You know how hard it is to pick 20 records out of ? As the younger generation coming in to take the hot residency spots of the veteran guys, speaking to them about how they played back in the day and being able to relate to them is a great networking tool.
Being able to discuss the experiences that vinyl DJs share will immediately show how passionate you are about the art. I see it over and over again. DJs who come to clubs with all the latest tracks, then try to spin techno the next week, and deep house the next insert link to multi genre DJ. The reality of it is this: If you are spinning Hardwell style progressive house, chances are you are not going to mix in minimal techno by Stefano Noferini.
With vinyl, you spend more money for music, so even if there is one solid track you absolutely love and the B-side is completely left field of what you are going for, you either dive into the purchase for that one song or keep digging for the next gem.
Buying records gets expensive so being picky will help you narrow down who you are as a DJ, and keep you on the right path.
Space is obviously a factor, and records may be hard to come by in some cities. What I will say though is this: If you want to feel good about what you are doing, take your time and really think about how you can get your hands on some turntables. What do you think?Sep 18, · A household name among record collectors, Discogs is an online database of detailed info about physical music products -- mostly vinyl -- that launched in and started its e-commerce.