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How to calibrate a record player

Gizmodo, the venerable tech blog, ran its “Listening Test” series last week.  This was a series of posts designed to focus on everything audio, from tech stuff, to nerdy posts on the first records they ever bought.

This piece, however, may be of some use to the semi-audiophiles among you.

Basically, they gave you step-by-step instructions on how to calibrate your turntable with only a few simple tools:

  • A 2mm Allen/Hex wrench for the cartridge screws
  • A ruler
  • Magnifying glass and flashlight
  • Needle-nose pliers or tweezers
  • A printout of a standard cartridge alignment ruler (available at vinylengine.com for free)

It’s detailed and focused, and really appeals to the OCD in me.  Go check it out if you feel like you’re not quite getting the most of your system.

Art

Phonographantasmascope

I can’t even tell you exactly how this amazing piece of animation works.  Somehow, Jim Le Fevre manages to use a turntable and what looks like basic paper to create complex animations.

I’ll copy and paste his exact words:

It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use.”

Now, that may not sound like much, but a 3D Zoetrope basically consists of a cylinder with slits in the side and “figures” of an object in various states of motion.  The spinning makes it seem like it is animated.  I guess Le Fevre says that his creation is not encased in a cylinder, and relies instead on the camera’s shutter in order to appropriately display the image.  You’ll notice that partway through the video he allows the shutter speed to slow down so the image just becomes a big blur.

It’s pretty crazy, but a pretty innovative use for a turntable in art.

[Source: Metafilter, Youtube]