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  • Ricksel Penullar

How Vinyls Became so Iconic!

Vinyls record player what it is, image , how it works, years it was popular vs not

In simple words, Vinyl records are simply rotating disks that are used for storing music; these analog music storage devices feature inscribed modulated spiral grooves and are typically 12 inches, 10 inches, or 7 inches in diameter. These records were named from phonograph records, gramophone records, or records made up of a type of resin called shellac. Around the mid-2000s, when polyvinyl chloride was used to manufacture these record players, typically called turntables, phonographs or gramophones were used to play and record music on vinyl records.

Phonograph records were a commercial form of music storage and reproduction from early as the 1800s. It slowly started gaining the largest market share around 1912, when it effectively superseded another music storage device called phonograph cylinders. Around 1991 was the downfall in the market share of phonograph records when compact discs started gaining market popularity. Once the primary medium of music storage and reproduction, records were now manufactured in smaller batches and used mainly by DJs to record dance music genres; however, we see the resurgence of vinyl records these days. Compared to the early 2000s, it is evident that the popularity and sales of Vinyl records are increasing remarkably significantly among music enthusiasts and collectors, and the resurgence is mainly in the rock niche.

Mainly sound waves of music are recorded in the 3D groves of the Lacquer discs. When the records rotate on a turntable, the needle or the stylus moves along the 3D sound vibrations engraved within. All the Mechanical changes that the needle goes through are transmitted into a lightweight metal bar to a cart ride an electromagnetic device containing the piezoelectric crystal. In order to play a vinyl record on a record player, you should have first-hand knowledge of vinyl records of speeds. There are records in three RPM 78, 45, and 33 ⅓. 33 ⅓ is the standard for the 12 inches records and is defaulted for almost all the turntables. However, if you want to play a 7-inch record, you must adjust the RPM to 45 to make sure the record plays smoothly. Records that play 78 rpm are not in production anymore. Vinyl records come with two sides, Side A and Side B.

Note which side you want to listen to if you make sure you lock the record appropriately on the player so that it will not fall. There is a cue lever next to the Tonearm, which you will need if you have to move the arm. To begin playing, one must raise the arm to the record's outer edge and turn on the record switch. Once the record starts rotating, the arm must be slowly lowered down such that the needles come in contact with the record. Skipping a track isn't that much of a problem either. The circles are different from the rest of the tracks and between the two tracks. That is how you can identify the starting point of each track. To skip the music, instead of placing the arm on the edge of the record, you must start by raising them right above the starting of the track you want to hear.


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