For average music listeners, they consider the vinyl or turntable record as just a big old piece of junk that doesn’t have a place anywhere in the house anymore. However, there are a lot of other people are still into it. There seems to be a new trend among ‘stans’ (overzealous fans) that show appreciation toward this record player and take so much pleasure in listening to their favorite songs on vinyl. In this modern era, this thing holds a certain almost aesthetic-like element and has a retro vibe to it. Learn how to use a record player if you are interested or in fact, just bought one for yourself.
A Record Player Body Parts
When learning how to do something, one must get acquainted with the object first and this applies to when you are learning how to use a record player too. Here are the main things that most record player models have:
- Stop and start button to play and stop the music
- Cueing lever to put down or lift when holding the tonearm in place.
- A memo-repeat knob to tell you the number of times the albums are repeated.
- Speed selector to ensure the record player is set correctly. A 12-inch vinyl plays at 33 rpm (revolution per minute) while 7-inch vinyl plays at 45 rpm although there are also some 12-inch models that are performed at this speed.
- Record size selector to help the tonearm fits the right size of the record.
- Pitch control to adjust the pitch tempo to get the original studio version of the record. This is because some vinyl albums come with differently weird pitches or sound where a man sounds like a girl.
Using a Record Player
With a few buttons and one needle that points out, some people can easily get confused especially if they have never touched a vinyl before. Here is how you can get it to work:
- Set up the record player. It’s heavy and can break so put it in a secure location.
- Open the dust cover. It’s the wooden top attached to hinges and rest on the build in prop bar so it can be up.
- Take the record out of the case. Use a tissue or a pair of gloves because if you touch the surface by your hands it can get damaged. Then put your record on the vinyl as long as the middle of the metal bar slides through the center of the record’s hole.
- Plug the turntable into a power source to turn it on. Different models have different “ON” switch. It can be on the front or center of the box or even near the volume knob.
- Choose a speed you like. Then, move the needle by putting it on the track you want to play. Where a new track starts is visible on the surface because of the pronounced grooves at various points. Longer songs have deeper grooves and do it slowly and gently over the record to put it in the record’s the outermost part. Then, simply drop the needle and use the small lever to press down. Do all of this carefully so you don’t break your record.
- After you’ve done listening to your favorite record then turn up the record player. To do this, lift the stylus off the record gently. You will be aided in pushing the needle up and turn it off by the lever at the needle base.
Now that you know how to use a record player, you need to maintain this thing well. Always keep the dust off the vinyl and its needle so it won’t produce muddled sounds and scratching. Never skip all those necessary steps when using the turntable in order to preserve the equipment.