Meeting Topic: Vinyl Clinic
Speaker Name: CRAS Instructor Gerald Schoenherr "OG"
Meeting Location: Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences 1205 N. Fiesta Blvd Gilbert Az
On April 4th, 2019 at 8:00 PM, Gerald Schoenherr presented a vinyl clinic at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. He began with the history of vinyl records going back to the first schematics of the phonograph and gramophone. He covered the various formats, how they were manufactured, and how they evolved. Continuing with the history, he spoke about the introduction to electrical recording with vinyl. He introduced the first 7" 45 rpm record that was created in 1949. Lastly, he mentioned the different attributes of monophonic and stereophonic sound of vinyl records.
Moving forward, he talked about manufacturing and mastering of vinyl and the RIAA equalization curve. He explained how to create a record and presented the room with the different pieces it takes to create a record like a "mother", "stamper", and "master lacquer". Continuing on with the manufacturing, Gerald presented pressing companies like "United Record Pressing" and "Pirates Press". Next, he went over vinyl playback equipment step by step of how the equipment works and what each piece of gear does. While explaining the items of the equipment, he also showed some tools that you can use to fix items on the equipment and items to clean your gear and the importance behind cleaning. At the end of the night, Gerald concluded with how to properly handle your records and some research of hi-fi stylus, cartridges, and preamps and power amps. He then finished with answering questions and the importance and reasoning behind cataloging-giving examples of his own personal collection.
Written By: CRAS AES Office Holder Josh L.