Session Notes - The Vinyl Frontier (Part 3: dynamics, levels & stereo)

Hello good people. This month I’m going to take a look at three more important factors when mastering for vinyl records: dynamics, levels and stereo width. Interestingly, loud records with a large dynamic range make the stylus wiggle about so furiously that the temperature at the stylus can reach a staggering 240°C. The melting point of record grade vinyl is 248°C. The louder a record is the more movement you get at the stylus. Remember that with a cymbal hit (especially Ride cymbals) you are generating up to 20Khz. That’s 20,000 backward and forward oscillations per second. This will generate an enormous amount of heat considering the tiny dimensions of a stylus which is typically 25μm (25

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