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The Pros and Cons of Spinning Vinyl

Vinyl has made a come back and it’s not leaving any time soon! Naturally, the welcome phenomenon has made its way into the DJ industry, with a number of DJs returning to using vinyl in their live set or picking up their collecting of records once more.

Recently we talked with Ellen Allien about her love for vinyl, we looked at whether vinyl is actually more expensive than digital and looked at how and why the vinyl industry is on record to hit $1 billion again for the first time since the ’80s.

Inevitably, this has given rise to a sometimes contentious debate with regards to the merits of vinyl for DJs. There is no right or wrong answer, which is why this debate will continue forever with both sides sharing valid points in advocating their respective beliefs regarding vinyl. As such, we will not be advocating one side over another over this vinyl “issue,” although we have covered in the past why CDJ shaming should stop.

Rather, we will devote space here to objectively examine the pros and cons of vinyl for DJs as a way to help you better gauge whether vinyl is the right fir for you.

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Technics Unveils Plan to Launch New Budget SL-1200 Turntables for $134.99

The Technics 1200 has long been revered by DJs for its high-torque, direct-drive platter that ensures flawless mixes and incredibly precise scratch performances. Until last year, the latest version of the turntable, the MK6, had been released in Japan back in 2008. Then in January 2016, the brand owned by CES, Panasonic announced it had revived the turntable with the new Grand Class Technics SL-1200G and limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE.

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Motor City Becomes a “Vinyl City”: How Vinyl Has Redefined Detroit

Detroit has long been known as the center of America’s automobile industry. An industry still trying to get back on track after years of decline that also affected the city in major ways. But while the jury is still out whether better days are ahead for the city’s auto industry, Detroit is experiencing a “revival” of a different kind. One brought about by another industry the city has also been in love with: music.

In particular, it’s the vinyl industry that is spearheading this particular Detroit revival. With the opening last February of a new vinyl pressing facility, Detroit is making history as one of the elite few cities in the world with not one, but two vinyl pressing facilities in operation within its boundaries.

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Wheel: A Record Player Without Needle

A record player without needle? It’s 2017 and it seems like even that is possible, as Wheel introduces a minimalistic record player devoid of an external needle arm.

Truth be told, the Wheel player that is being manufactured by Miniot doesn’t look much like a record player at all. Its simplistic approach means that there are no extremities or components beside the base the record sits on.

How does the record play then? Wheel has explained that the vinyl is able to be played thanks to an “invisible” needle that sits below the record, allowing for the vinyl to be exposed with no obstruction. The Wheel can also be hung vertically on a wall as decoration, and can be played while in this position also.

The Wheel will retail for a not-so-modest price of $850 / £806, although those backing the Kickstarter campaign can benefit from a 30% discount. Nearly $160,000 has been pledged thus far, surpassing the original $53,000 goal by leaps and bounds.

 

 

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas For Vinyl Lovers

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Christmas is only days away, and if you’re like a lot of people and have procrastinated with your Christmas shopping you may be panicking trying to figure that last minute gift. If you have vinyl lovers in your life still to shop for, you might want to consider these last-minute gift ideas that you can pick up from stores in the United States or, alternatively, through online retailers.

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Ten Artists’ Vinyl Collections That Will Make You Drool

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Vinyl, you beautiful, beautiful thing. Below are some of the best record collections from DJs, producers and musicians around the world that we wish we had every-day access to:

 

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The Truth About Record Deals (And How To Negotiate Them)

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The following guest post comes from Budi Voogt, founder of Heroic, a label group and management agency, and author of The SoundCloud Bible, now in its third edition.

Labels come in all shapes and sizes; major labels, larger independents, smaller independents, net labels and online collectives. Whether you’re an electronic music producer or indie band, it is probable that you will be involved in a record deal at some point in your career.

In this article, we’ll talk about the nature of recording agreements, key clauses that you should understand and terms that are reasonable and favorable to negotiate for. If you’re not yet familiar with the basics of music copyright and publishing, I recommend you read my guide before proceeding.

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The Ghost: The World’s First Mobile Underground Record Shop Located in Berlin

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Dedicated solely to underground dance music, The Ghost is officially the first record store of its kind – that is the world’s first on-the-move record shop that caters to house, techno and other musical offshoots of the underground electronic music scene.

Located in a 1970s Mercedes camper van, The Ghost travels around Berlin armed with listening stations and crates of vinyl, allowing record collectors throughout the city to peruse and buy from its collection. Mostly sourced from retired DJs throughout Europe, the roster of music available at The Ghost features heavily on house and techno, mirroring the sounds and styles of play of the stores two founders, Berlin-based Brits Josh Tweek and James Creed, both of whom have been DJing for years and are now also performing together as The Ghost.

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As of right now, The Ghost has found a semi-regular spot outside Club der Visionaere, while also making appearances at several one-off parties. Those wishing to visit the store can make private appointments directly through The Ghost’s Facebook page.

Resident Advisor caught up with Tweek and Creed to talk about the vision for their project. You can read the full interview here.

 

Jack White Plays First Vinyl Record In Space

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On July 30th, Jack White completed the mission of playing the very first record in space. “A Glorious Dawn” by composer John Boswell, mixed with audio of Carl Sagan describing the universe, was played and peaked at 94,413 feet above Earth.

With a specially designed turntable, the Icarus Craft, that took three years to engineer by close friend and electronics consultant to Third Man Records, Kevin Carrico, and a gold plated vinyl record to maintain its groove and operate in airless conditions with direct sunlight, played for approximately 80 minutes before the high altitude balloon carrying the mechanism burst and projected back to its launch station in Marsing, Idaho.

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The Icarus Craft and gold record utilized to withstand direct sunlight and airless conditions. Credit: Third Man Records Twitter

“As you rise higher and higher into the thinning atmosphere, temperature and increasing vacuum (lack of air) can cause issues,” Carrico explained. “Vinyl has a rather low melting point (160F) and without air to keep things cool, you could wind up with a lump of melted plastic on your hands if a record is exposed to the sun for too long.”

White, the Third Man Records founder, when discussing the achievement said, “Our main goal from inception to completion of this project was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers. Combining our creative impulses with those of discovery and science is our passion, and even on the scale that we are working with here, it was exhilarating to decide to do something that hasn’t been done before and to work towards its completion. And, it brings us great fulfillment to pay tribute to the incredible scientist and dreamer that Carl Sagan was. We hope that in meeting our goal we inspire others to dream big and start their own missions, whatever they may be.“

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Third Man Records wrote in a statement: “We could not be happier to check this longtime goal off its bucket list.”

Watch the Icarus Craft make history:  

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The Vinyl Comeback

vinyl_press fixedHouse and techno DJs are by no means the only ones still championing vinyl records;  this year, almost 8 million vinyl records have been sold across all genres of music. While this resurgence is certainly exciting to watch, we must take note that the current LP manufacturing structure has been struggling to keep up with this increased demand. As CDs and mp3’s started to surpass their analog counterparts, the vinyl pressing industry suffered a fate not unlike Detroit’s motor industry. Much of the equipment was either sold, dismantled for parts, or fell into a state of disrepair. Given the cyclical nature of music history, however, it is not surprising that vinyl is now making a comeback. Thus, the market for vinyl is undergoing a process of diversification, no longer reserved for zealous audiophiles and nostalgic DJs.

Given the enormous spike in vinyl sales, one can only speculate on how the industry will adapt. Will vinyl as a listening format (rather than a novelty collector’s item) ever be able to reclaim its throne? And if so, how will its comeback affect the ever-so-turbulent music industry? As we move into 2015, it will be very interesting to see this trend play out, along with (hopefully) the technological innovations required to revive a listening format that, not long ago, was considered just short of obsolete.

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