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June 2020 - More COVID-19
We had a few days of downtime in the recording studio last month as a water heater broke and flooded the studio over the Memorial Day weekend. No media or equipment was in trouble - it simply doused our carpet. Super exciting photo of the wet carpet drying out to the right. All is dry and back to regular recording sessions as we update our blog for the month of June 2020.
We sidestep our usual media focus to reveal our recently noticed confirmation bias when it comes to our prescient concept of working a shorter, four day work week. A flurry of stories, predicting disrupted working schedules to accommodate the new socially distant culture:
Our usual April Fools antics are postponed until next year, as the only news dominating the airwaves these days is the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our own Covid-19% Off Sale just wrapped up from March 20 through April 1st, and we heartily thank all of the customers who took advantage of our sale and ensured a future for this small business! Alas, we're still closed for dropoffs until July 1st, in order to prevent the spread. All job submissions must be mailed into our offices.
YouTube expert TechMoan explains how a forgotten 1949 Format War shaped the future of records. This 39 minute video details why 45rpm records have big holes versus full albums (LP's) which have small holes in the center.
Beware of Cheap Tape Decks! YouTuber The 8-Bit Guy literally breaks down this inexpensive boombox with 'MP3 Recording' ability that he determines is both low-quality and mono audio! This quick 15 minute video shows how NOT to create MP3 music from cassette!
I'm glad to have stumbled across Davis Remmel's site, where he details his robotic 3-d printed CD Rip Robot and hardbound Book Scanning techniques, which can be used for your own digital archiving.
Michael Steil at PageTable details how he setup a system for Dumping MiniDisc Media by copying the ATRAC1 audio and converting it to full-resolution audio on a computer. Very technical instructions ahead!
As time goes on, as online video codecs continue to improve (bigger images, smaller file sizes, more frames), the Evil Martians’ blog previews Better web video with AV1 Codec - a new video codec designed to compete with previous codec generations such as H.264
December 2019-January 2020
Looking to store your crates of vinyl in an easy to browse form (something akin to your old days of flipping vinyl at the local record store? Watch as user Theseamusjames details how he built a record cabinet! (seen to the right)
Are the ultimate cord cutter, but still need your classic Movies fix?CineDanton (picture to the right) offers +2100 Free Public Domain Movies from Archive.org, in a new easily searchable UI that allows for easy browsing and viewing!
You think you have a lot of records? They measure this collection by weight: Eight tons of Punk, The Outline details the demise and attempt to save print magazine Maximum Rock n Roll’s huge punk music archive.
Student Springer at The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering took to scanning the grooves on a record and trying to see if you could transcribe the audio from one format to another. His results are recognizable, but hardly audible.
Ever heard of a Capacitance Electronic Disc? It was about the same size and shape of a vinyl record, but could play back about an hour of video and audio using a similar needle-in-the-groove playback system. Developed by RCA in 1964, it fell from any common use by 1981, killed by Laserdisc, with it's better picture and longer runtime. Read more about it on Wikipedia!
Pictured to the right is the 1976 Sony Chorocco which was a toy Volkswagen van with built-in speakers that played the music while driving around the surface of a record. They generally were very hard on the groove of albums, and quickly ruined many albums with repeated plays.
Everything is an App! Use the Goldmine guidelines to grade your Vinyl Records & Sleeves for eventual sale on eBay! Don't have a disappointed customer complain of inaccurate grading with this free app by Raphael Yancey!