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Does Vinyl Really Sound Better?

 It is often claimed that vintage vinyl produces a much richer and fuller sound than digital. Is this true? Does vinyl really sound better? Although arguably technically inferior (with its fair share of limitations), vinyl has long been hailed as a superior format. In fact, when CDs and digital music first exploded into the mainstream…

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How to Master, Manufacture & Release a Vinyl Record

By Michael Greig Thomas A rising popularity of vinyl records in recent years, coupled with an industry that has failed to keep up with growing demand, has led to issues with supply and resulted in delays of up to sixth months as labels wait their turn to press records (see previous article Will New Record…

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Vinyl Records: How To Look After Them

By Michael Greig Thomas Whilst vinyl is one of the most durable physical music formats around, record enthusiasts are aware of the importance of properly caring for their records: neglect your vinyl collection and you risk introducing surface noise, scratches and even warping. Here are our tips for properly caring for your vinyl records… Correct…

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Chicago Record Store Gave Away Its Vinyl Records

By Michael Greig Thomas Chicago record store Shake, Rattle & Read closed its doors for good last week, but not before its owner gave away all stock for free. Owner Rick Addy posted on Facebook to announce the permanent closure of his store after 50 years in the business, and announced that he would be…

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British Artists Profit More From Vinyl Than YouTube

By Michael Greig Thomas British vinyl sales grew for the eighth year in a row last year with sales of over two million, the highest figure in 21 years. However, whilst the British music scene has grown, it seems that advertising-funded streaming sites such as YouTube are contributing to just 4% of total proceeds. The…

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Top Ten Most Beautiful Turntables

By Michael Greig Thomas Vinyl records are experiencing resurgence in a big way. Digital music sales are on the decline, and a new generation of music aficionados are embracing LPs for their richer sound quality, physicality, and undeniable retro appeal. Whether you are an audiophile or a vinyl novice, if you love records then you…

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The Resurgence of the Vinyl Single (45rpm record)

By Michael Greig Thomas The 45rpm record was initially introduced in 1949 by RCA Records as a smaller, more durable replacement for the heavy 78 shellac-based records of the time. It was also a competitive move against one of their rival record companies, Columbia, which had just introduced the new microgroove 33 1/3 rpm LP. The 45-rpm record…

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The Resurgence of Vinyl Records

By Michael Greig Thomas The Vinyl record is back and here to stay! Despite living in the Internet age, with its prominence of digital and streaming music, there has been a growing resurgence of vinyl records in recent years. Vinyl sales have been growing faster than any other music format, partly due to a “retro…