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Engineering for Vinyl
I know this is a website dedicated to the world of High Definition recordings in stereo and surround but I couldn't help but share parts of an article in Electronic Musician by Gino Robair entitled "Learn Mixing | Tips for Mixing for Vinyl". There are many in the world of audiophiles that believe that vinyl is still the ultimate format for releasing music. It's true that vinyl is experiencing a renaissance of a sort but I cannot believe that it's because music fans are convinced it provides the best audio fidelity. Here's a few points taken from the article.

Gino opens the piece by noting that vinyl records are back in vogue and that engineers that have clients interested in producing and releasing vinyl should be informed about the trade-offs involved in creating a vinyl master.

The first fact is the determination of program length. The physical grooves cut in to the surface of a new lacquer master can only be so close together. The more dynamic the music, the more low frequencies that are present the more physical room there has to be on the disc...which reduces the amount of program material you can have. As I remember it, the typical vinyl LP record had about 20-25 minutes of music per side. Not bad, but not like the 80 minutes of uninterrupted time available on a CD or the virtually unlimited time available in an HD sound file.

So the volume or dynamic range of the music on a piece of vinyl limits the amount of time that you can put on each side.

Another aspect of mastering for vinyl requires that the lowest frequencies be summed to mono in the center of your stereo image. This is necessary because panned low frequencies would push the needle out of the groove due to the asymmetrical nature of the heavy modulating low tones. Each wall of a stereo LP has to have essentially the same LF stuff in it so that the needle is moving only up and down. If a bass or kick drum is panned to one side, only that channel will modulate in the groove and cause tracking problems. The needle may, in fact, jump out of the groove. Not good. So much for having your mixing choices maintained when delivered on vinyl.

Frequency range goes up when the speed of the needle to vinyl is highest. If you want the best sound on vinyl, you should ask the mastering engineer about cutting the whole thing at 45 RPM and not 33 1/3 RPM. Again, the trade off is that your record will only be about 10 minutes per side…not enough for a whole album. Additionally, as the groove spirals down towards the label, the speed is slowing down and the high frequency response is reduced. Not so good if you want a nice sounding record from start to finish.

"Excessive high frequencies can also present a problem on vinyl, particularly sibilant vocals or sharp transients which will distort during playback," according to the article. That's why cymbals and other HF percussion has always sounds so harsh to my ears. The solution…roll off the high end.

These are just a few of the things that you need to know about vinyl. There are more...the deformation of the walls of the vinyl causes "pre-echoing" or crosstalk. The separation of stereo channels is measured in ranges of 40-60 dB because both signals exist in the same groove. The notion of crosstalk or inter-channel problems in HD digital is non-existent. Let's not talk about QA and the bits of dust that find there way onto the surface. Can you say "wow and flutter"?

The article at EM points out some of the danger areas or short-comings of vinyl. Just like analog tape it is a sound that people like and are willing to pay for…just know, that it is standard definition no matter how expensive the turntable or cartridge you purchase. It's a world of compromises and they all take there toll on a great recording.

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