Here's the Entire Vinyl Records Manufacturing Specification (from 1978)

Here's the Entire Vinyl Records Manufacturing Specification (from 1978)

Last month, we reported that an workgroup had been assembled to reexamine a decades-old specification for vinyl information.

The most up-to-date specification was issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1978.  Since that time, the manufacturing requirements for the format haven’t been revised, partly as a result of the format itself began disappearing within the 90s.

Another motive was additionally provided: maybe the specification is okay, and never in want of an overhaul (and even an replace).

At the Making Vinyl convention in Detroit this week, a panel of vinyl manufacturing consultants was assembled to debate the requirements.  The group indicated that modifications may very well be introduced in 2019, although that is nonetheless early stage.

David Hughes, Chief Technology Officer on the RIAA, kicked off the proceedings, which included Billy Fields of Warner Music Group, Eric Astor of Furnace Record Pressing, Chris Mara of Welcome to 1979, Matt Earley of Gotta Groove Records, Don MacInnis of RTI, and Dorin Sauerbier of RTI.

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Heading into the convention, the massive query was whether or not the vinyl document actually wanted an up to date specification.  Inside the comparatively tiny vinyl document sub-industry, few have been complaining concerning the format customary itself.  In truth, the problem has hardly ever come up — no less than that we’re conscious of.

Separately, rumors targeted on the chance that the key labels — the RIAA — had been plotting to regulate the vinyl document customary transferring ahead, particularly given the platform’s meteoric gross sales development.  That would give the majors the flexibility to certify future copies, and subsequently exert far better management over .

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A pre-panel introduction by the RIAA appeared to reaffirm these lingering fears, although the panel itself hardly talked about the precise specification itself.

Instead, the panel dialogue targeted nearly completely on a much bigger downside: packaging. Indeed, the most important downside going through many of those corporations isn’t the document itself, it’s the packaging round it.

That contains packaging round manufacturing manufacturing parts like lacquers.  One grievance: packaging round essential parts can generally be shoddy and create manufacturing delays and complications.  Others lamented about countless delivery points attributable to UPS or different carriers, with exterior elements like warmth a difficult-to-control variable.