As vinyl records make a refreshed comeback into the music industry, here’s what you need to know about the music format changing the record of the music industry.
What are records made from?
Records are made using vinyl which is durable but easily scratched. A metal press is created and then used to leave impressions in vinyl. Once cooled, these prints form the records we love that were previously, made with shellac.
Where can I buy records?
In more places than you might expect. Music stores such as HMV, online at Amazon and independent local stores (e.g. The Vault in Bournemouth). Even supermarkets such as Tecso are beginning to sell both vinyl and turntables.
Who invented records?
Emile Berliner was the first to invent the flat disc record, these discs were made of rubber.
What is the difference between a single and an LP?
A single usually only contains one song per side of the disc, known as A and B sides. An LP however, or album contains multiple different songs on both A and B sides.
What do different speeds mean?
This simply put, refers to the number of revolutions per minute (rpm) of the record. For example, a 12 inch record revolves at a rate of 33.33 per minute.
Is vinyl more popular than other music formats?
When CDs were released, vinyl record sales slowed immensely and the format seemed to die out in the 90s. However, figures released this year from the Entertainment Retailers Association show that vinyl has outsold downloads for the first time ever.
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