Vinyl is arguably one of our best-selling products over here at 24Hundred. So much in fact that we've just recently started the promotion of our UNFD Vinyl Club campaign, where devout fans are given the first chance to get their paws on some rare quality represses of some favourite UNFD titles. You've likely got a plethora of our records already, but here are some things you might not know about what happens when your favourite album meets the wax:
The closer a vinyl gets to the center, the quicker it takes the needle to complete a lap of the record, which can create certain sound distortion, due to the LP grooves being closer together, as opposed to the start of a record, in which the audio information in translated across a wider part of the medium. This is why in most cases the stronger, more bass-heavy tracks are placed towards the beginning of an LP, while the softer songs and interlude tracks are usually kept for the end of a side, to minimize distortion.
Everyone and their dogs know that heat and humidity can cause vinyl records to melt and distort, which is why they're often recommended to be stored in a cool, dry place. What's lesser known is that the reason they're usually stored and found upright is to maintain less friction between them. Stacking them on top of one another is often seen as detrimental, as it allows more heat and friction to press against one another. Moreover, vinyl naturally contains a static charge, which can easily attract dust and dirt, which is why you see a lot of records held in clear, plastic sleeves.
In the age of digital music streaming, physical music purchases have dwindled, which is why it’s interesting that the sales of records have increased in recent years, a term that has been dubbed as the "vinyl revival". In 2013 vinyl albums grew to 6.1 million units sold, which is a huge increase over the record-breaking 4.5 million in 2012. This resurgence in the once antiquated format has given artists more flexibility, allowing for more collectable colour variations – although some would argue that the traditional black vinyl holds better sound quality as it's usually considered more durable than its coloured counterparts. Never owned a vinyl record?
Check out the UNFD Vinyl Documentary to see what all the hype is about.