While today’s modern world of music has been turned into a digital soundscape, many parts of this same music are made using equipment from past generations. The turntable has indeed become an intricate and hugely popular part of many kinds of music today. While rap and hip hop genres include awesome and unique scratching performed on turntables, you might be surprised to know music in the 50s and 60s did as well. Check out these facts about turntable needles.
The sound of scratching depends wholly on the condition and type of needle being used. Many deejays have a certain brand they prefer while many others make their mixes while trying different ones. Many artists have found sounds can be completely different when using one type of needle as opposed to another one in the same exact mix.
When vinyl recordings first became available, the material used to make the needle affected the produced sound. The earliest versions were made out of sapphires and diamonds. Diamonds were an excellent choice due to the durability. The needle, also referred to as stylus, wore out over time and prolonged use. Hence, the greatest part of using a diamond stylus is the benefit of long lasting and more perfected sound quality.
Earlier versions used steel and copper materials for manufacturing an interchanging stylus. Interchangeable versions are not a popular choice today due to the use of the more popular cartridge styles. Instead of interchanging the needle, the whole cartridge containing the stylus mechanism was replaced when there was a need for improved sound.
Music recording has come a long in the past 100 years. Digital technology and the introduction of the compact disc has greatly improved the sound. However, if better and more advanced technology presents itself, the compact disc will no longer be the leader.
Due to the digital platforms required for a CD to play, advancements could cause CDs to become obsolete. The greatest aspect of vinyl and turntables is they can still be played and have even become incorporated as a musical instrument as well.
Turnatablism is the art of using a stylus to scratch magnified and unusual sounds into recorded music mixes. In all of history has there been such an integration of equipment and music. Many artists have recorded mixes that have hit number one of the charts. Using turntable needles and a couple of decks, you might be surprised at the sound even a novice deejay can produce.
Source by Ty C Taylor