Real Engineering explains the history of vinyl records, how they are made and how they work. In doing so, we learn that they are in no scientifically-demonstrable way superior to digital music. That said, the tangible and simple nature of vinyl still holds an appeal.
Convert dad’s old vinyl library for Father’s Day with the ION Audio Max LP turntable. It plays records via its stereo speakers, and outputs to digital files using a USB connection and the bundled conversion software. Save 34% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.
A while back, The Slow Mo Guys spun a CD so fast that it shattered into thousands of pieces, resulting in a spectacular sight. Now they’re back to capture the same by spinning some vinyl records up to speed. We wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that shrapnel.
Enjoy an eclectic selection of tracks from emerging artists with a subscription to Vinyl Moon. Each custom-pressed record includes a mix from 10 musicians, accompanied by cool and creative album art. Sign up for 10% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.
(PG-13 Link) Artist Igor Lipchanskiy was curious to know what might be hidden off the edges of iconic album covers. It turns out that Igor himself is lurking in the wings with everyone from Jim Morrison to John and Yoko, offering some form of assistance or distraction.
Receive curated, breakthrough new vinyl LPs each month with a membership to Vinylmkny. Plus, enjoy benefits like custom add-ons to each record, like signed vinyl, tailored lithographs, and merch store discounts. Save 16% on your first month in The Awesomer Shop.
A portable record storage rack that provides easy access, and lets you display an album cover. It’s made from bent stainless wire with a semi-gloss powdercoat finish, and comes in two sizes: the small one holds up to 70 7″ records, while the big one stores up to 45 12″ records.
The Vinyl Factory takes us inside Third Man Records‘ recently opened record-pressing plant, located in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. The facility combines efforts of man and machine to create unique vinyl discs and album covers, and helps preserve what was nearly a lost art.
Want to change the color of your car without damaging the paint job? A vinyl wrap is the way to go. Here, we see an ordinary Volkswagen Golf transformed from factory blue to a cool metallic matte finish, courtesy of the car artists at Lithuanian wrap shop Autoapklijavimas.
While the proper way to play a record is with a needle, it turns out that other sharp objects will do the trick, if not quite as well. Michael Ridge puts some bird songs on his turntable, then played them with the beak from a seagull’s skull. The bird is the word.
Level Frames makes ready-to-hang 25.5” x 17.5” frames that contain actual vinyl records of classic albums, such as Dark Side of the Moon and Madvillainy. The album cover is shown in full while the record peeks out of its sleeve. Available in black or white maple frame.
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