Monthly Archives: March 2013

Scott Hull on Vinyl, Part Seven

What’s the condition of your records? As consumers you know that the condition of the vinyl is very important in determining the quality of the playback. Tics and pops get much worse if the record isn’t stored right, or isn’t cleaned well. Sometimes visible scratches are audible and sometimes they aren’t. And sometime a good […]

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Scott Hull on Vinyl, Part Six

Could your turntable could be performing better? If you’ve been following along this blog since week one, you now have a pretty good picture of how music gets recorded onto vinyl. This seems like a good time to talk about record players and especially phono cartridges. I won’t even try to tell you what turntable […]

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Scott Hull on Vinyl, Part Five

What is the RIAA curve? The Recording Industry Association of America developed a standard playback equalization curve and required that all LP records and record players manufactured conform to this standard. You have probably noticed that you cannot take the audio plugs from your turntable and plug them into an ordinary line input connection on […]

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Ask the Engineer: Tim Boyce on Your Unusual Music

Tim Boyce’s specialties lie in world, dance, dub, hip-hop, ethnic, remixed, and other genres, and his production credits include French Montana, SLDGHMR, Deathrow Tull, MSTRKRFT, Nightbox, and RAC. Tim’s creative desire to breath life into a static space allows him to finely tune an album into a living movement, not just a passive listening experience. […]

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Scott Hull on Vinyl, Part Four

One of the most sought after vinyl-cutting systems in the world is the nearly indestructible VMS-70 and VMS-80 cutting systems built by Neumann. The VMS-82 was the last of these produced. I’m thankful to say that we get to use our VMS-82 lathe every day to cut lacquers for clients around the globe. (Fig. 1) […]

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