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Analog format gives a richer, warmer tone



Published: Sat, February 19, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



So, how do vinyl records work?

Al Simones of Purple Phrogg Records in North Lima can supply a wealth of information to anyone wanting to know technical stuff about recording. Since he also is a recording artist, he knows the ins and outs of the recording industry.

"Analog and digital recording are currently both available to artists. If you are your own producer, you can demand analog, and many artists do," he said.

"Analog is recorded on magnetic tape, while digital is done on computer, which is why it loses its warmth. Before we purchase a recording, it has gone through three stages. First is the initial recording. Then it is mastered, that is, a blending of tracks, mix of tones of each instrument, and adjustment of volume, etc. The final recording is the format in which it is mass produced, that is, CD or vinyl. On a CD, you will find the letters A and D, meaning analog and digital. For instance, a CD could be originally recorded, then mastered in analog, and the letters would be AAD, because, since the final format is CD, it would end in digital. Likewise, a recording could be originally done and mastered digitally, then recorded on vinyl. This doesn't usually make sense, because the 'warmth' of the vinyl is lost, however, some artists who record on CD still choose to release some vinyls."

Dave Richardson of New Castle provided insight into the way the sound is produced. "In mono recordings, the needle only vibrates from side to side," he said. "In stereo, there is also an up and down movement; up supplies sound to one channel, and down to the other."




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