Recording 78rpm vinyl at 45rpm – You need manufactured speed!

Most record players made after the 1960’s dropped the 78rpm speed setting. As the labels  switched to both longer playing records (the 33&1/3) and cheaper, more portable discs (the 45rpm single), the older format was quickly made a relic. But, if you have some precious vinyl that is meant to play at 78, but your recording deck only goes to 45 — it turns out that’s a fairly easy problem to fix, IF you have a tempo/pitch adjustment in your recording software.

– Simply record the disc normally at 45rpm.

– Open the file in your waveform editor.

– Set the Pitch/Tempo setting to 173.333% (the result of 78 ÷ 45) and select/apply the tempo to the entire file.

– Now, edit and split the tracks as normal.

– Pretty cool !


Still skipping? Rotate the cartridge…

If you’re having a tough time with your records skipping, take a cue from the DJs — Rotate the cartridge slightly. If your turntable has a headshell with adjustment grooves, then you’re in luck! Follow these steps to stay in the groove… (Note: All directions are assuming that you are looking at the top of the headshell, with the stylus needle pointed away from your body)

1) Loosen the cartridge nuts slightly and gently turn the cartridge clockwise. You want to pivot the cartridge so that the left edge is fully forward (top of the groove), and the right edge is slightly back. If taken to the maximum extent of rotation possible, you would rotate the needle too much… It will distort the sound and won’t track properly. Just a little goes a long way, and you should limit the rotation to no more than 23• from the standard, straight alignment.

2) Hold the cartridge in the new position and re-tighten the screws, and assure that the cartridge is secure in the new position. You need to keep the left edge of the cartridge fully forward to maintain the correct amount of stylus overhang and weight balance.

3) Set the anti-skipping dial to Zero.

This rotation will point the cartridge toward the base of the arm, rather than being in line with the arm. Now, remember that this article assumes that you have already made the all of the basic adjustments to your deck, and you just need a little extra help. You must have already balanced the tone arm, have a level playing surface, and have a clean, working stylus. Any one of these other problems will impair your needle’s performance, and this rotation won’t really help. Skipping is bad, m’kay?



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btw, They have some great turntable manuals scanned in, some turntable protractors to print for tone arm balancing and alignment and even a DIY strobe light to confirm your deck speed. Super cool record geek stuff happening there.











Seven Significant Singles #4 – The Dub Narcotic Disco Plates

For installment four, we jump forward about thirty years but rely on the same idea as Stax Records. K Records guru Calvin Johnson loves the idea of a house band like at Stax, and created a series of singles to be the demos. These singles blend dub/dancehall reggae (every single has a Riddim version), punk rock, funk, and the spaced out reverb of Calvin’s vocal delivery. Listen to seven of these discs: Dub Narcotic, F*ckSh!tUp, Booty Run, Bite, Industrial Breakdown, Shake-A-Puddin, and Wasted/Groove. Hear them all on my Mixcloud page:


Seven Significant Singles, Issue No. 2 – The NoSo Box Set


For the first issue, we heard the 50’s – so, fast forward ten years or so… And a whole new sound is being heard. Soul music that is harder, faster and stronger. Here is Seven Significant Singles, #2 – A Northern Soul Box Set – Original Labels, authentic vinyl noise, featuring the sounds of: Young Holt Unlimited, Shades Of Blue, Major Lance, The Ronettes, Jr. Walker & The All-Stars, The Intruders, and Ike & Tina Turner

Seven Significant Singles (No. 3) – Stax Records in the Sixties


For the first “Label Issue” of Seven Significant Singles, we take a listen to Stax. Born in Memphis, TN, this label pressed some of the sweetest Southern Soul records ever. There is a fusion of gospel, funk, jazz, and the blues recordings. Since the last issue was about Northern Soul, we’ll take a listen to what was going on down south in this era. It makes the most sense to put these in straight chronological order, and to start with not only one of the most important instrumentals of the 20th Century, but also the first single from Booker T and the Memphis Group. Also in this issue: Rufus Thomas,Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor (twice), and Judy Clay & William Bell. Here’s 35 minutes of the sweet soul of Stax.

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