In our previous talk for Vice Serbia, you said that at one point it felt like you became a slave to the TBM sound. How did that influence your producing? For me it was ok, as my influence was coming from EBM. And I loved to put the EBM energy in a techno way. But I was still defining myself as a techno artist. I thought to myself: whatever I do will have the TBM stamp on it. If I want to do a hypnotic, or mental, or even dub-by techno track, I will allow it to myself, especially in the past years.
I want to express myself freely — but in every sound that I use: techno, techno EBM, hypontic techn and so on. I try to keep my personality. You are releasing your sixth album in October, this year on Ostgut Ton. To me, Berghain and his label Ostgut Ton is a kind of holy grail of techno.
It is probably the best club in the world, designed for enjoying the sound, the atmosphere. When you finish listening to a record, carefully slide your record in between both sides of material as a first line of defense. You can also purchase replacement sleeves online or in music stores. Store your record in its outer sleeve when not in use. When you purchase a record, it comes in a cardboard outer sleeve.
You can also purchase replacement plastic sleeves. After you place your record into its inner sleeve, slide it into its outer sleeve. The outer sleeve adds another layer of defense. Designate a shelf or crate for your record collection. When you expand your record collection beyond 1 or 2 records, it is important to keep them safe to prevent damages.
You can securely keep your record either on a shelf or in a crate, and always store them vertically. You can also make your own!
Keeping your records in piles can warp the records or the covers. Avoid touching any part of your vinyl besides the edges and inner label.
Handing your record correctly prevents scratches, dirt, and fingerprints from appearing on your record. The grooves of your record are delicate and contain the musical information to play the songs, so do your best to not touch them. Some turntables have an attached lid. When you are finished listening to your vinyl, flip the lid overtop of the turntable to keep out dust and debris.
Rubbing compound will almost certainly ruin a record. The grit will wear the grooves and degrade the sound. I would never use rubbing compound on a vinyl LP. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 5. Yes, it can. It cleans, polishes and removes any scratches from the record.
Not Helpful 23 Helpful Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Keep your record out of direct sunlight, heat, or cold areas. Drastic temperatures can warp your record and cause inconsistent playback. They sucked! Most were mastered using an 8 bit DDL line instead of a preview head. I travel around the world visiting people—well off, sophisticated, technologically sophisticated people and they all prefer vinyl.
And that includes guys who work for the chip makers. These are both youngsters or older guys who got rid of their records for CDs and are now happily back. I was in Munich in a Harman room with one of their chief engineers. So tommys, enjoy your digital! No way. I met backstage Andrew Litton, the former conductor of the Dallas Symphony. He told me he was a turntable guy. That is just bitter ridiculousness. The reasons have to do with long term musical satisfaction. I can sit for hours and do listening to records long into the night but I cannot do that with digital.
I mean lights out super-concentrated listening. Not so with records. John and you are free to enjoy your digits. Why play so wounded? Entry-level hardware is the focus of this piece. But I doubt very much that you use an entry-level table for the rips you use to audition gear at shows. Would you kindly share what hardware you used to create your vinyl rips that wowed the Harmon room in Munich? I guess we have different opinions about self-expression!
I will try to back off as best I can…. Sounds like something went wrong with your turntable set up John. Entry level decks can sound great. The other two possibilities are either the vinyl version is a poor master or the fact that you have the digital source connected to the amp at the same time is somehow adversely affecting the vinyl playback.
How likely do you think it is that a different master of such low quality was used to press the vinyl of BOTH records here — one in and one in And as mentioned in the post, these needledrops are rather typical of what I hear from a range of records played on the RP1.
John, although what you are saying is true… you really do come across as arrogant in this article. Not at all! Does the TL;DR at the end of the post not read that way to you? Well, it sounded plain awful and I almost gave up on the experiment. Wow on the comments. MF went off the reservation a bit. You wrote very clearly. Sitting here yet again comparing vinyl and digital…. Same recording on CD and Vinyl.
All good quality equipment…. Yep the vinyl sounds warmer and soupier and I tend to turn it up to get more energy into the playback. The CD has a wider sound stage and sounds more detailed and dynamic and I tend to turn it down because the loud passages explode in my living room… Yes more dynamic range….
So I warm to the vinyl but I have become a digital junkie.. I think maybe Mojo has brought me here….. Ah, well do I know my Thorens TD turntable, SME tone arm with Sure V15 MkIV cartridge is a little dated as a combination, but they were certainly well above average in thier time and the setup has been well maintained by me and with help from a good quality substitute elliptical stylus.
In fact it sounds quite good, but I stand by my statement that the sound from my digital set up is more involving and dynamic. How do I know this? It simply makes me smile more often! John, I always find your pieces entertaining and find the comments to be just as entertaining. I have no difficulty in getting the gist of your piece but am amused by you having to tell various commentators to re-read the article so they can understand where you are coming from.
It seems that their initial comprehension of your piece is something they made up in their own minds as they were reading! I added a TL;DR to the end of the post to make it harder for folk to infer their own narrative. But my take on the mainstream press is that they rarely do a lot of independent thinking and rewrite the marketing ads from the audio companies ad nauseam …and ergo all vinyl is great!
This attitude has extended to the second hand market and I see a lot of junk turntables going for prices that are unjustifiable based on performance. Listen to it extensively in the trial period. For those with no pro-ject nor return options, consider a technics from craigslist or ebay.
I will. I have Devialet and PS Audio pieces to write first. Your readers can also listen to degraded but still remarkably revealing files on the analog planet YouTube channel. Actually, this reminds of another issue. OK — but what about the many thousands of modern day records that are pressed from digital masters e. Bowie Five Years box set? Being digital files, those masters have imperfect time domain accuracy. Hi John, thanks for the article.
I totally get it and you are right that you can get a lot more music pleasure and bang for the buck from digital than the vinyl alternative. The problem was and still is that there is too many variables, expense and aggravation involved with obtaining good sound from vinyl. To start with there can be issues with the pressing, centering, warpage, scratches, etc. In summary, it takes lots of money to get it right at least some of the time with ever diminishing returns the more you spend!
To me all this fussing takes from the pleasure of sitting down and enjoying good music, which is always compromised. Otherwise spend your money to attend a live concert, because nothing else is the same, no matter how expensive the rig!
Keep up the good work and continue showing us music lovers, the equipment that will provide the most bang for OUR hard earned buck. Always the same, you can count on it! And always bad. So go f…k yourself. I really like these in-depth pieces. They are less formal than Stereophile and Absolute Sound which I think is important and maybe more valuable in my opinion. Better not attend a classical music concert!
If you concentrate on that, you can never enjoy the music but because what you hear from the stage is so compelling, that stuff is easily tuned out.
But each to his own of course. Everything is relative. Cheap belt drives are every bit as bad as cheap direct drives, despite what the audio mags that give 5 stars to such tables would have you believe. To clean vinyl , steer clear of abrasive scrubs, scouring pads, detergents, waxes, solvents, and ammonia—all agents that can dull and damage the surface. Deep clean with a homemade solution of one cup of white vinegar mixed with a gallon of hot water, adding a few drops of mineral oil to amp shine, if desired.
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