Tomorrow Is Record Store Day Across Australia

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Tomorrow is the 10th annual Record Store Day, celebrating the indie record store across Australia. It's as good a reason as any to get out to your local store and buy some good ol' fashioned physical media.

Look, I know that streaming music is all the rage these days. But there's something to be said for the physicality and the ritual of pulling a LP out of its sleeve, putting it down onto a record player's spindle, and moving the tonearm across to play that first track. It's really the only reason that I own a record player in the first place.

You can find all the record stores near you that are participating in Record Store Day on the website, and search for any free gigs that might be going on as well. Record Store Day is sponsored by our friends at Pro-Ject Audio, as well as the Australian Music Retailers Australia, and you should go out and support all the indie record stores out there that rely on foot traffic to actually stay in business.

There's also a chance to win some cool tech as part of the day, too. You can actually win one of these kits, worth $1500, by putting up a photo of your first ever record or CD or cassette on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #RSDWin and then entering through the form on the Record Store Day website.

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    I'm still trying to understand the renewed appeal of vinyl records. I grew up in the 60s when that was all we had, and I was immensely grateful when CDs arrived with their clarity and genuinely quiet silences. Why do people want to go back to the hissing, popping and crackling of vinyl records, as well as the occasional skidding and jumping of the stylus? Is it just a trendy retro fashion?

      I'm going with trendy retro fashion, hipster style. When will the cassette or vhs make a comeback.

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        Not all of us. I've just gotten back into collecting vinyl and while "technically" digital is better, it also means it is easier to abuse.

        My takeaway on the whole thing is not that vinyl sounds "warmer" or "more organic" or whatever crap some people spew forth. It's limitations actually work in its favour. Modern mastering techniques on digital media are generally focused on making the song as loud as possible, by reducing the dynamic range. On vinyl, you just can't do that. And I feel the music sounds better for it. See the Loudness War for reference.

        I've been comparing some of my collection that i have both digitally and on vinyl, and the vinyl releases usually end up with a rating around 11-15 DR, whereas digital these days you are lucky to see anything over 10 DR. In fact <6 DR is quite common.

        Lets look at one of my favourite albums from recent times. Biffy Clyro's "Ellipsis". The premier location to find out an albums DR ratings is over at


        Analyzed: Biffy Clyro / Ellipsis

        DR Peak RMS Duration Track
        DR5 0.00 dB -7.00 dB 4:09 01-Wolves of Winter
        DR5 0.00 dB -7.29 dB 4:12 02-Friends and Enemies
        DR4 0.00 dB -5.67 dB 3:30 03-Animal Style
        DR7 0.00 dB -7.69 dB 3:38 04-Re-arrange
        DR5 0.00 dB -6.95 dB 3:57 05-Herex
        DR8 0.00 dB -11.67 dB 3:54 06-Medicine
        DR3 0.00 dB -4.91 dB 3:07 07-Flammable
        DR4 0.00 dB -5.86 dB 2:38 08-On a Bang
        DR6 0.00 dB -7.57 dB 3:06 09-Small Wishes
        DR5 0.00 dB -6.65 dB 3:34 10-Howl
        DR6 0.00 dB -9.13 dB 3:17 11-People
        DR4 0.00 dB -6.02 dB 3:18 12-Don't, Won't, Can't
        DR3 0.00 dB -5.05 dB 4:25 13-In the Name of the Wee Man

        Number of tracks: 13
        Official DR value: DR5

        Samplerate: 44100 Hz
        Channels: 2
        Bitrate: 320 kbps
        Codec: MP3

        Now that is LOUD. Almost Metallica Death Magnetic loud. And every track also peaks at 0dB. Any louder and we reach digital distortion. Horrible.

        So how does the vinyl stack up? Same album:
        Analyzed Biffy Clyro/Ellipsis
        DR Peak RMS Track

        DR12 -3.03 dB -17.33 dB 01 Wolves of Winter
        DR13 -2.28 dB -18.59 dB 02 Friends and Enemies
        DR11 -3.44 dB -16.75 dB 03 Animal Style
        DR11 -4.79 dB -18.14 dB 04 Re-arrange
        DR12 -2.78 dB -17.49 dB 05 Herex
        DR11 -4.44 dB -19.95 dB 06 Medicine
        DR11 -2.30 dB -15.61 dB 07 Flammable
        DR11 -3.80 dB -16.56 dB 08 On A Bang
        DR12 -4.46 dB -18.37 dB 09 Small Wishes
        DR12 -4.38 dB -18.51 dB 10 Howl
        DR13 -3.48 dB -20.04 dB 11 People
        DR11 -3.59 dB -17.40 dB 12 Don't, Won't, Can't
        DR12 -2.88 dB -17.32 dB 13 In the Name of the Wee Man

        Number of files: 13
        Official DR value: DR12


        As we can see, a huge amount of difference. This sounds much more natural to our ears than the overly compressed digital masters. This also means, in my opinion at least, that if the digital tracks were not so aggressively mastered then they would indeed sound just as good if not better than the vinyl masters. That said, there are some horrible, horrible vinyl re-issues out there (looking at my re-issue of Appetite for Destruction)

        It's not the medium, it's how it's used, and at present, those physical limitations on vinyl do make it sound better and that is what some of us are looking for.

      With high end modern turntables, and good quality cartridges (needles) attached to decent hi-fi equipment there is none of the hissing popping and crackling. It's just that most record players from the 60s were cheap consumer grade ones with cartridges that never get replaced.

      Most people who purchase vinyls these days are audiophiles or DJ's so they tend to have the best equipment.

      I don't see the point personally, but its a niche market for a reason.

        I really don't know why audiophiles like them. Digital on high end equipment is still better for audio fidelity. By all means listen to it if you like it but people acting like vinyl is some superior format are deluded.

          Audiophiles for well a lot of them are stupid, they will ignore physics and go with mythology instea . As I recently said in another post, audiophile and high end are not the same.
          Audiophile is more a philosophy.

          But it's trendy to call yourself one, just like how people watch all the x-men movies and suddenly their a geek.

          Back in my day is audiophile designed and built the majority of our own equipment because myths told us all consumer grade gear was bad. Most people now are enthusiasts not Audiophiles and it is for the better.

            Agree with this. I have a friend who proclaims he is an audiophile just because he listens to obscure music on overly expensive speakers and turntables. Acts like people who just stream music are lower class than him. Not all Audiophiles are like this. But the few i have run into seem to act higher than thou

    It's a pity that RSD is actually just a shitty cashgrab by record companies with only a handful of actual interesting releases. It's gone downhill so badly that I could barely be bothered (if not for that boysetsfire live box set)

    It's all recent pop, gimmicky soundtracks/compilations and then massively (and obv artificially) limited releases that people might actually want.

    But no, lets reissue the ALF soundtrack and maybe an Ariana Grande single from like a month ago.

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