07 May

How Vinyl Records are Made

It’s been a while since I posted, I have bought a house and been moving. I haven’t had the chance to even hook up my turntable yet, so I am not exactly happy. But I thought I’d explain some things about vinyl for those that don’t know.

I found on Youtube some video off of Discovery Channel that is kind of cheesy and reminds me of the “technology” video tapes that we used to watch in elementary school.

Part one of How Vinyl Records are Made.

Part Two of How Vinyl Records are Made

The only thing that bothers me is the fact that they are recording a master vinyl record from a computer. I said it in a previous post, if the original recording is digital, then will the record sound as good as it would if the original recording was analog (using 24 track tape).

Some people have wondered what the difference is between regular vinyl, 180g and 200g vinyl. The difference is weight. G equals grams. So 180g vinyl weighs 180 grams. These weights have changed over time. Originally 130g was standard, and some record labels went as low as 90g, which would have sounded like crap. Today, most vinyl pressings are of 160g, 180g or 200g. However, most audiophiles will only buy and listen to 180g or 200g vinyl.

If you see something that says virgin vinyl, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t had sex, just that it’s never been used for anything before. During the oil shortage of the 70’s, it became general practice to recycle records and other things into new records. This lowered the quality and introduced imperfections into the vinyl. Virgin vinyl is pure, never before used vinyl.

A lot of work goes into making a vinyl record. It’s not like a CD(RW) which is mass produced, and which you can burn many times. As good as everyone thought CD’s were in the late 80’s and 90’s, who buys them now? When almost nobody carries a CD player, instead an MP3 player, why would I buy a CD. I am not condoning illegal downloading as everything is available through iTunes, Amazon MP3 or the artists themselves.

Vinyl records are still being produced, and they are still being enjoyed. The debate is over, CD’s are falling in sales and Vinyl is rising. We all know which is best.

I hope this helps some of you who weren’t exactly sure what these terms meant. If you have any questions on other topics relating to vinyl records or turntables or music, please ask me in the comment section. I will respond.

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4 Responses to “How Vinyl Records are Made”

  1. Michael Says:

    I’d like to see a video of a DMM being pressed.

  2. theo Says:

    ive heard that japanese vinyl is better quality, and that theres a company in japan which has the copyright to a lot of classical music do you know which one?

  3. Ben Says:

    There are people who say that Japanese is better, but I think it has to do with the company pressing it more than the country. As far as copyrights to classical music, most classical should not be copyrighted, it should be public domain because it has been around for so long after the composers death.

  4. Randall Says:

    I read somewhere (in the 70’s) that because of the vinyl shortages during the 70’s that the production lines were slowed. This allowed them to scribe more than just a control number in the space between the end of the last song and the paper label. One that I had was Eagles Long Run, it had a question on one side and the answer on the other. Something along the lines of “never let your monster run free……” Any info on other records with this would be appreciated

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