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A vinyl record you play backwards

A quick look at an unusual record that was recorded inside-out because it sounds better that way.

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Reader Comments (5)

Inner-grove distortion, a particular problem with classical music as many works end with a loud finale at the end of the final movement. This issue, together with longer playing times, explains why the classical music industry adopted CD fairly quickly, and why cassettes were a popular media for that format prior to CD. I can recall one nearby classical music shop in the mid 1980s that only sold cassettes.

There were several other uses for 'inside-out' records.

Pathé used such a format for their foray into records during the early 1900s, but this may simply have been a ruse to avoid the patents owned by Victor and Columbia that pertained to manufacturing records and players, as these records had 'hill-and-dale' grooves as well.

Radio transcription discs also used such as system sometimes; typically a programme spread across two sides of 16" or 20" discs would have the first side running the correct way, with the second running 'inside-out'. This was to avoid a noticeable jump in sound quality and/or volume when switching between sides.

February 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJQW

G’day, Techmoan.

Your YouTube video “’Backwards’” Vinyl Record” posted on 22 Feb 2018 reminded me of my early radio-station days (the 1960s) when we’d play radio serials. They were on 16-inch transcription platters that turned at 16.66 RPM – and played from the inner edge outward.

February 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGordon Balfour Haynes

The 16" records used in the early "talkies" played from the inside out, partly so that the projectionist could more easily line the needle up with the arrow showing where the record started, thus ensuring the sound synced correctly with the film, and also so the when the arm fell off the end of the record the used needle would drop straight out of the arm and into the bin, one less job for a busy projectionist...

March 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

JQW mentions hill-and-dale grooves. Yep – I had about 120 of those when I was a kid (found them and the gramophone under an old house). The platters were 10" diameter, about a quarter-inch thick, played at 80 RPM from the outside in; some were one-sided, others two; some were "long play", i.e. about 20 minutes. I catalogued them and sent the list to the Edison Museum (in, I think, New Jersey). The "permanent" diamond stylus sat on a horizontal diaphragm.

March 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGordon Balfour Haynes

That was quite some find.

March 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan
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