As vinyl sales continue to rise, the niche market is continually capitalizing on trends, filling in holes and satisfying the desires of ample audiophiles in the interim. Most recently, the Panasonic Corporation has catered to the high-end market with the release of their new Technics turntable, the SL-1000R.
Retailing at $20,000 — at least according toTrusted Reviews — the new turntable features what Panasonic is calling “the world’s best signal to noise ratio.” As a complete turntable system, the SL-100R features a S-shaped magnesium tonearm and SP-10R at its base which are both mounted to a matching plinth. Unlike the SP-10 and SP-10R — which mean audiophiles need to supply their own tonearm and mounting plinth — the new turntable is fully complete.
Panasonic’s new turntable points at an increasingly vast gap between the range of audio-tech preferences. Considering entry-level vinyl-lovers can purchase an Audio-Technica stereo turntable for $99.99, the new Technics turntable is likely just another signal that the gap between vinyl-listeners will only continue to widen. Hopefully, though, it leads to more widespread quality focus, too.
According to Neilson Music, 2017 was an all-time high for vinyl record sales during a one year period. Total sales were 14.32 million. This is up from the previous record made in 2016 of 13.1 million. If it seems strange that these high sales are being hit so long after the golden eras of vinyl,
German virtual reality gaming imprint EntroPi Games is blending old school technique with new school technology with the reveal of the world’s first vinyl mixing DJ application. The app, dubbed Vinyl Reality, simulates the look and feel of a vinyl DJ setup in virtual reality, equipping the user with two VR controllers and a VR headset, designed with the help of professional DJs. Once inside the app, users are presented with two digitally modeled turntables and a two-channel mixer with volume controls, EQs, and PLF.
Vinyl Reality even provides a realistic digital record crate next to the booth so users can sift through selects between their mixes. The application allows users to record their mixes and export mixes, and it also supports separate audio inputs, which means we’re likely not too far away from live streamed virtual DJ sets in the near future. What a time to be alive.
Vinyl has been making a huge comeback in the music industry as of late. With record stores gaining back their relevance, there has been a demand for modern technology to accommodate the surge of interest.
VinylHub has created a crowd-sourced map that pinpoints all the best record stores on a global scale. On their website, VinylHub is described as “Discogs for record shops and record events.” However, it can even be seen as a hybrid of Discogs-meets-Yelp-meets-Waze, as users can make entries if their favorite stores aren’t listed. Active stores on the map show relevant information on the retailer, including hours, websites, types of music offered, and more.
VinylHub’s mission is to “document every physical record shop and record event on the planet,” with around 6,000 store listings globally and counting. A platform like this interactive map could single-handedly turn hidden vinyl shops into tourist destinations around the world.
When it comes to vinyl, the U.S. seems to have set its own record.
Music database Discogs and its ‘sister site’ VinylHub have determined that the United States is the host of the most record shops in the world, with 1,482 total vinyl-selling storefronts. The United Kingdom trailed behind the US with 537 shops, with Germany coming in third with 453.
When Discogs and VinylHub narrowed its focus to specific cities, Tokyo emerged as the city with the highest number of record stores, at 93 total shops. Berlin followed with 87, and London with 79.
The top three U.S. cities were New York with 47 shops, Chicago with 30, and Los Angeles with a close 29. Berlin surfaced as the site with the ‘densest cluster of shops in the world,’ where 46 record shops exist within a kilometer of each other. Discogs and VinylHub’s results indicate that even in the digital age, vinyl remains a preeminent musical form.
Last year, Stranger Things exploded into one of the top pop culture highlights of 2016 and the hype around the second season of Netflix’s 80s fetishizing smash hit has largely picked up and progressed from exactly where the show’s pilot season left off. The sci-fi sensation is an authentic examination and homage to the 1980’s matched with a dark, contemporary take on the decade’s immortalized synth rock and new wave sonics, scored by members of Austin-based synthesizer quartet S U R V I V E. Now, the second season’s soundtrack is getting a vinyl release that’s as quintessentially Stranger Things as it gets.
Multiple vinyl versions will be pressed and released, led by the “Upside Down Inter-dimensional Blue Vinyl,” available on December 22 via Lakeshore Records. Early 2018 will bring three additional versions, including a “Purple Crystal Vinyl,” a blue and white splattered “Crystal Clear Vinyl” and a standard 180 gram black vinyl on January 12, via Invada.
And, if you’re like us at DA, and shamelessly devour all Stranger Things content with little regard or self restraint, then enjoy everyone’s favorite freshman foursome in this cheeky Late Late Show appearance with James Corden where the boys play reuniting members of Motown supergroup The Upside Downs after television superstardom strikes.
Nina Kraviz, who is considered of the reigning queens of techno and electronica, may have just lost over a decade’s worth of music following The Social festival in Kent, England.
According to a post from the Kent event’s Twitter, Kraviz lost her leather bag which was left in a corridor at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone, Kent containing “some incredibly sentimental items” as well a decade-spanning music collection.
The Social festival is a boutique music festival that took place over the weekend, where Kraviz delivered on her recently released solo EP out on her ТРИП imprint.
Lovers of records can, at last, have their vinyl and eat it too thanks to the amazing work of the Dimensions Plus agency in Hong Kong.
Dimensions Plus was tapped by Oreo themselves to create perhaps the collaboration of the year in an effort to make the sugary treats hip again. Oreo Vinyl is thus a mini turntable capable of playing vinyl record versions of the specially crafted cookies.
With etched grooves on the surface of the cookie, the delectable treat is packaged alongside its very own mini record player. Oreo Vinyl is capable of playing the Oreo anthem in four distinct styles: jazz, classical, Chinese, and yes— electronic.
Dimensions even went on to detail their creation of the mini records:
“The data on the cookie is embossed with a mod which is made with laser cutting and engraving technique. And we wrote a program to transform the music into a pattern. After that, we make it into a laser-engraving friendly format and produce the mod for the Oreo Vinyl production. ”
Vinyl has made a triumphant return this past decade — despite many saying that the medium’s resurgence was nothing but a fad.
Yet, a recent report states that vinyl sales have risen 1500% on average over the past 10 years. Such monstrous growth points to a healthy and viable market for records in spite of streaming’s continued growth and dominance in the market. The report also indicates that vinyl is now set to become a 1 billion dollar industry, with 40 million records on target to be sold this year alone.