Mastering Vinyl: Alchemy’s Barry Grint on What Makes a Great Record, and the Importance of Quality Control

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry, Tech Talk5 Comments

When it comes to producing and releasing a vinyl record, much of the final outcome hangs on the mastering process. During this final polishing stage, a great mix can either be sent to the stratosphere or drowned in a ditch (figuratively speaking). Any mastering engineer worth one’s salt will take a great deal of care in ensuring the hard work … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning16 Comments

To fully enjoy vinyl, you must keep your records clean. Dirty records don’t just sound bad, they’re also bad for your turntable, as the increased stress on your stylus will significantly shorten its life. This, in turn, will also lead to increased record wear. You can read more about complete record care in our previous post, but for today, we’re going to focus … Read More

Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU Vacuum Record Cleaning Machine Review

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning, Reviews9 Comments

Sound Matters test Pro-Jects new and improved flagship vacuum-powered record cleaning machine: Keeping your vinyl records clean is essential if you want them to sound great for a lifetime and beyond. For this reason, vinyl record cleaning remains one of the most-read topics on Sound Matters. For those on a tight budget, you can achieve great results cleaning records by … Read More

Gift Ideas for Vinyl Record Enthusiasts – 2019

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
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It’s that time of year again; the temperature is dropping, the nights are drawing in, and that nagging question of what to buy friends and family for the big day is becoming more significant with each passing week. If you’re buying for the vinyl record enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got suggestions to suit all budgets when … Read More

Hate Dust? These Premium 4-Mil Inner Record Sleeves Could be Just the Ticket

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Reviews1 Comment

Canadian-based company, Vinyl Storage Solutions (VSS) made a big impact on the vinyl community earlier this year when their innovative take on the humble outer record sleeve began flying off the shelves. Company founder, Mike Sarazin set out to improve on existing designs by incorporating 100% North American materials, and by introducing an innovative dual pocket design. (Check out our … Read More

The Vinyl Alliance – Why Co-Founder, Bryan Ekus Wants to Unite the Record Industry

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry1 Comment

As 2019 draws to a close, Vinyl records continue to thrive. Just a couple of months ago, new figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed that vinyl sales figures could surpass CD for the first time since 1986. In our digital age, the rebirth of vinyl is nothing short of spectacular, but, for momentum to continue, … Read More

Moving Magnet Vs Moving Coil Phono Cartridges – What’s The Difference?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk, Vinyl 10111 Comments

When it comes to choosing the right components for your turntable, your phono cartridge is, well, pretty important. After all, this is the device that makes direct contact with your records. In most audio systems inputs are almost certainly more important than outputs; to put it frankly—shit in, shit out.  There are two main types of phono cartridge available: moving … Read More