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July 8, 2014

Disc Makers drops the needle on vinyl records

There are some things out there that will likely never change and some that obviously will.  Music seems to fall into its own category, where a mix of new and old seems to be the winning strategy when it all comes down to it.  Technology simply makes things more accessible to the common man.  Instead of large vacuum tubes we use transistors so that technology can be packed down into a more efficient size. Instead of using physical media to transport songs around we can literally zap that information around in a blip of light within seconds.  Does this mean that all music should be had on this format?  There are songs that I tend to cherish more than others, and therefore I will go out of my way to find a physical copy of that song.

Record making is one of those ancient arts that might improve as times …

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May 22, 2014

Pressing plant = vinyl off life support?

There are very few vinyl pressing shops around America, and the ones that we do see are usually hidden from view.  Making vinyl is an old artform, and it is still something that cannot be taught by theory alone – it takes a careful eye and a careful ear to produce the types of record that are worth of being bought and kept for ages.  In the United States, there is a giant vinyl pressing plant located in the south, in Tennessee.  The news on this plant is not that it is shutting down, but it is in fact increasing in size to keep up with demand.

While one might think that this means that vinyl sales are blowing through the roof, the truth is that vinyl record sales are still far behind that of digital and online media sales.  However, vinyl record sales are steadily improving.  At the very …

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June 18, 2013

13% From Vinyl. Total Sales Fall

It would be interesting to see the number break down of where an artist’s revenue comes from.  My first guess is that the bulk of their profits are not made from music sales, they would be made from live acts and performances.  Other artists who have been in the game for far too long understand that brand is almost as significant as the music itself, and perhaps more profitable.  These are producers like Tiesto, Dr. Dre, and maybe even Z-Trip who have marketed themselves with gear, instead of only making music and trying to sell it.  Digital music sales might be booming, but the profits from them are slim – especially for the artist themselves.

A single online album that is bought may be copied many times over, so profits can bleed out before they even get a chance to start.  Believe it or not, the type of media has …