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Looking Into the Science Behind Vinyl Record Playing

Many analog music lovers will always have an affinity for vinyl records and players. Sometimes, it can be generally unexplainable; the only thing many can say is that using a record player is entirely different from just playing something digital over the same speakers. And, with all things considered, they aren’t wrong!

Record players are an extreme contrast to digital music, right down to the scientific process of it since its conceptualization back in the 1800s. If you’re interested in looking into the science of playing vinyl records to understand what’s so unique and lovable about it, continue reading.

Creating the Recording

Many understood the phonograph to be a way of playing stored music on a disk, but, in essence, it was also one of the ways of recording it. The phonograph would capture the electrical signal that it can grab from the sound waves around it. This would be the time when a musician would emit the different elements of their sounds and play them back.

Understandably, the recording has changed over the years. Instead of using the old gramophone, there are now recording studios and mics that can pick up sound waves much more accurately. However, there will always be a different crispness to how raw recording was taken and played back.

Mixing of Frequency into a Record

Once there’s finally a recording to work with, mastering engineers are in charge of putting everything into the record itself. The electrical energy mentioned earlier would be converted into mechanical energy instead with the use of a transducer. The transducer’s needle, or what many refer to as an audio stylus, is used to transmit the energy into the etched grooves of a record.

The engineers can often adjust certain elements and mix the frequency of the recording as it’s being prepared to undergo the transfer. Audio editing used to be a lot of different back then in that regard, but there were still similar aspects such as the pitch and the volume being toggled with.

Turning Mechanical Into Sound

Once the electrical energy had been transformed into mechanical energy and the recording is properly transferred to the vinyl record, that’s pretty much it. Playing it back on a record player was quite the wonder and experiment back then, with each component helping to transform mechanical energy into sound energy.

This part of the process was probably what was mostly absent from today’s age of music. With everything digitalized, the songs are directly played from a device and released as sound waves already.

Changing The Listening Experience

Amid the conversion of the mechanical energy into sound energy, the crackles and pops from the record player can faintly accommodate it. That distinction can make the sound waves perceived by your ears much more satisfying and authentic. That detail can send a signal to any audiophile’s brain and bring that much more enjoyment to listening to the music. 


The science behind vinyl records is really beautiful, warranting the comment of how different it is from regular digital music. Some people just need to experience the sound of a record and seeing it spin on a player to know the appeal.

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