Whether you want have a vinyl collection, or you want to become a music DJ, this post will help you learn the basics of creating your own vinyl library. Here’s what Kelowna wedding disc jockeys suggest:
1. Varieties of Vinyl Records
According to Airwaves Music DJ, Vinyl records are available in three sizes and they offer three different speeds. 12-inch discs are full-size records that offer either 33-1/3 rpm or 45 rpm speed. 7-inch singles are the smallest in size, having extensions of albums. They offer 45 rpm speed. 10-inch singles offer 45 rpm speed. Old 10-inch singles used to run at 78 rpms but they’re mostly unavailable.
Vinyl records have been manufactured with three different weights. Most released records carry 180 grams weight. They are quite thick which is great. The thickness makes them stay longer and wear less with time. Then there are finer and lightweight records having 120 – 160 g weight.
2. A Turntable
Modern turntables come in two types; direct-drive and belt-drive. They are different in terms of operation and motor placement. Belt-driven turntable is more suitable for living room environment because it offers less vibration, while direct-drive turntables are mostly used by DJs and professionals. They allow manual controlling and they’re more expensive than belt-driven turntables. In direct-drive turntables the motor is beneath the platter and it spins the record, while belt-driven turntable has a motor placed separately rotating the platter by means of the belt.
3. A Pre-amp
Your turntable produces sound that needs further processing before you can listen to it. It needs to be amplified to become audible. There are some cheap models with built-in pre-amps, but don’t expect them to do justice with the original sound stored in vinyl records. You need to invest in a good phono pre-amp to produce crystal clear and natural sound.
4. High-Performance Speakers
You can connect your turntable with home stereo speakers. Some multi-purpose record players do feature turntables with speakers, but they have limitations in terms of sound quality. You can only get the best sound if turntable and speakers are separate from each other.
5. Safe and Secure Storage Place
Vinyl records should be kept in a place where there is no dust or dirt. While they’re secured inside the sleeves, the can catch dirt through the small whole or openings. Make sure they are positioned vertically. Horizontal placement of vinyl may result in warped records.
6. Carbon Fiber Brush
Starting with fiber brush, it is a device that is used to remove dust and debris off the grooves of vinyl records. You need to use this brush a couple before and after playing music. The reason is, as the record spins, it generates vibrations and magnetic field that attracts dust and debris from the surrounding. The dust stays on the surface which may penetrate inside the grooves and damage the quality of sound.
7. Cleaning Kit
Even after cleaning with carbon fiber brush, you experience a problem in sound quality (skips and clutches), you need to clean it using a cleaning kit.
To become a wedding DJ Kelowna, you need a large collection of Vinyl records, and by following these tips, you’ll have one in no time.