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shanyio c Shanyio [C] on cassette in our store now.

“Aware of his previous albums, I can say that the present release is a new territory discovered by the author, of landscapes that are shared through sound. A hidden music to ears that we hear only when the voice that surrounds us, is silent.” (Dan Zibarov)

Vintage grey cassette in transparent case. The cover is printed on FA 5 Fabriano 50% COTTON traditional white watercolour paper. All cassettes are recorded one by one using a Tascam 202 MKIV professional deck. Individually numbered. DDA – digital recording, digital mixing, analog mastering.

Visit the artists profile shanyio.bandcamp.com

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KiNDLEiN [Flunked in Romanian] is our first release on cassette here at Hiss And Groove. We are happy to have this album on MC in our store…

No digital process was used during the production of this sound recording.

Triple Analog | AAA | Analog Recording, Analog Mixing, Analog Mastering.

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Deocamdată ‎– 21’34” – introductory album – [cassette]
More details in our store…
Debut album released only on cassette. The Mini-Album includes 5 songs that were recorded both on side A and B. This was produced in 1995 by the band’s own label (ATCD).
Special Edition (Small Series).

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Third Man Records [12″ VINYL] direct to disc recordings

Third Man Records [12″ VINYL] direct to disc recordings

The Shins – The Shins Live at Third Man Records
The Shins
The 8 tracks on this live recording mark Third Man Records´ first ever cut live direct-to-acetate. Live performance on October 6th, 2012.

The Kills – The Kills Live at Third Man Records
The Kills
These 8 songs were recorded direct-to-acetate on October 10, 2012.

Seasick Steve – Seasick Steve Live at Third Man Records
Seasick Steve
October 26th, 2012, direct-to-acetate recording.
No edits. No overdubs. Just Seasick Steve in all his glory.

The Melvins – Live at Third Man Records
The Melvins
Recorded Direct-To-Acetate on May 30th, 2013 at Third Man Records in the Blue Room

Mudhoney – Live at Third Man Records
Mudhoney
Recorded Direct-To-Acetate on September 26th, 2013 at Third Man Records in the Blue Room

ALLOY ORCHESTRA – Alloy Orchestra Live at Third Man Records
ALLOY ORCHESTRA
The Alloy Orchestra double Live LP was recorded Direct-To-Acetate October, 12th 2013 in the Third Man Blue Room as the soundtrack to The Man With The Movie Camera Screening.

The Dutchess and the Duke – Live at Third Man Records
The Dutchess and the Duke
In 2015 set direct-to-acetate at Third Man Records setting of the Blue Room.

Ashley Monroe – Live at Third Man Records
Ashley Monroe
In May 2015 Ashley Monroe sang at Third Man Records to record her very own Live at Third Man Records 12″ LP, recorded direct-to-acetate in the Blue Room.

BLITZEN TRAPPER – Blitzen Trapper Live at Third Man Records
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Live recording at the Blue Room Stage on March 16, 2016 cut direct-to-acetate on Third Man’s 1955 Scully lathe.

AUTOLUX – Autolux Live at Third Man Records
AUTOLUX
Captured direct-to-acetate on Third Man Records’ 1955 Scully lathe on March 26th, 2016.

Shabazz Palaces – Shabazz Palaces Live at Third Man Records
Shabazz Palaces
2016 live performance and direct-to-acetate recording at the Nashville Blue Room.

 

Direct to Disc recording [D2D]

In the late 70’s, in the golden era of tape recording, some artists and labels decided to bypass the tape recording process producing albums direct to disc (D2D). Musicians played the whole song set in the studio and that was recorded directly onto a master lacquer disc.

The albums were cut like the ones produced back in the 30’s and 40’s, recorded and cut on 78 rpm records.

Copies were made directly after the resulting studio “on take recording” master. The result was:100% purity, no splicing out errors, raw artist performance.

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Some critics complained that there was to much nervous pressure upon the artists, that jazz musicinas didn´t take chances and classical musicinas were just playing notes.

If these results were the most spectacular performances of these artists or if for the benefit of sound accuracy feeling was compromised, this is for you to judge.

Here in the direct-to-disc category we post records that were produced D2D in the 70’s or after 2000…

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Cassette tapes revived

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Many of us like to listen to music on our smartphones these days, but some of us can still fondly remember the slighty hissy sound from cassette tapes.

watch it here.

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The Distortion of Sound

The last two decades have seen a striking decline in the quality of sound and listening experience. Compressed music, MP3s and streaming, have diminished the quality and flattened the emotion. Marketing gimmicks and convenience now take the place of excellence.

The Distortion of Sound is an eye-opening exposé of the current state of sound starring Linkin Park, Slash, Quincy Jones and more. This documentary will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring musical experiences.

The Distortion of Sound Documentary

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Mp3 downloads are free. Buy the physical releases.

Buy the physical releases

Here at Hiss And Groove we are devoted to tapes and vinyl.
We use digital formats for communication only.

We are happy that you are here browsing our website but please understand that the sound you hear is not the music that was recorded in the studio.

Tapes and records are the music. Mp3, flac or any other digital approximation are just unfaithful copies of the music that the musicians intended you to hear.

analog vs digital

Offer yourself a true experience and buy the physical releases.

Also we are so grateful if you share the mp3-s online.

And by the way, by buying their tapes and records you support the bands.

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turntable tonearm anti-skating adjustment

The anti-skating adjustment of a record players tone arm is important for an accurate, well balanced reproduction of the vinyl record.

Anti-skating: What´s it for? How does it works? How to adjust it properly?

ViperFrank´s tutorial:

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turntable tonearm height adjustment

Professional record players have a tonearm with height adjustment.

The tutorial is on a Technics turntable but this can be done on any record player that has a height adjustable tone arm.

Watch how to adjust the height on a turntables tone-arm by ViperFrank

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turntable tonearm weight adjustment

Setting the correct weight on a turntable tonearm is probably the most important adjustment of a record player. To much weight can permanently damage your vinyl records. But to light cartridge tracking is bad too.

Making this adjustment is not very difficult just follow this steps:
1. Balance the tonearm to “zero gravity”
2. Set the scale of the tonearm counterweight to zero
3. Turn the counterweight to manufacturer’s specified tracking weight (downforce) for your cartridge type.

Manufacturer’s specify the carttridge tracking weight as a range of values in grams. Set the downforce to the highest value within that range. A cartridge that is tracking too lightly bounces on the groove wall causing damage to the record groove.

Headshell cartridges will take 2-2,5 grams and concorde (banana) cartridges 2,5-3 grams.

Here is video by ViperFranks on adjusting the weight on a turntables tone-arm

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Is analogue listening on YouTube for design only?

Many analog fans play their gear or make analogue vs digital shootouts on YouTube.

Respect! Some of them are fervent purists.

But…

… they share ON LINE their equipemnt performances and sound quality records or tapes. Inevitably the sound is distributed on digital mediums (formats, compression etc)

Can there be anyother reason other than for design only to post on Youtube a Studer A807 recording on BASF PER 528 tape? Is it worth, even with the best digital converter and uploading to the highest quality?

PS
Don´t get us wrong, we love analogue Youtube posts…

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A Comprehensive guide to grading vinyl records

When buying and selling vinyl, a good understanding of grading is absolutely essential. Unfortunately though, it’s not an exact science; and the inevitable element of subjectivity is often a source of dispute, especially as trading has moved online.

There is, however, a fairly universal grading system in place and a set of commonly held guidelines to help wade through murky waters – as Tom Fisher of near-mint second hand emporium Rat Records details below.

Words: Tom Fisher

Vinyl Grading System

Mint (M) – Absolutely perfect in every way. Never been played and usually sealed.

Near Mint (NM) – The record has been on a shelf between other records. The vinyl looks glossy and clearly has only been played a few times. There are no marks on the vinyl and the whole package is complete.

Excellent (E) – Same but I’d tolerate very light marks where the vinyl has been in and out of the inner sleeve a few times, or tiny signs of use generally.

Very Good Plus (VG+) – A few further faults are acceptable, but nothing that really compromises the record visually or audibly. A little rub, light inaudible marks, a little background crackle.

Very Good (VG) – It’s seen a bit of life, but is still usable. Light pops and clicks, an edge split, light visible scratches. You can still listen to it and enjoy looking at it, but it is visually and audibly USED.

Good (G) – To be honest you’re making trouble for yourself here, as Good means Bad. I’d only be selling something really desirable in this condition, with a bargain price and a full, no holds barred description to match.

Poor (P), Fair (F) Attempting to listen will be a disturbing experience. Expect major noise issues, skipping or repeating. The record itself is cracked, badly warped and has deep scratches. The cover is also approaching death.

There’s currently a bit of a dichotomy between the Record Collector gradings and those on Discogs, around ‘Excellent’.

Discogs (and Goldmine) don’t use Excellent, they jump from VG+ to Near Mint. Record Collector has no ‘Near Mint’. If you read their descriptions, ‘Excellent’ is a little less good than ‘Near Mint’.

There’s currently a bit of a dichotomy between the Record Collector gradings and those on Discogs, around ‘Excellent’.

Discogs (and Goldmine) don’t use Excellent, they jump from VG+ to Near Mint. Record Collector has no ‘Near Mint’. If you read their descriptions, ‘Excellent’ is a little less good than ‘Near Mint’.

Grading When Selling

You’ll need a large, flat table, with a strong overhead light, ideally daylight, or lights with daylight replacement bulbs. A big magnifying glass. A record deck set up. A cup of coffee, glass of red or a dram and some peace.

Remember you are grading the sleeve (and any bits and pieces), and then the vinyl as two separate entities.

Unless I had something sealed I’d avoid ‘Mint’. You’re asking for a return or a complaint. I’m wary about ‘Near Mint’ on Discogs. It better be good or I’m inclined to say VG+. On eBay I’m happy to say ‘Excellent’ if it is. Either way I add a line of description to my listing below the grading.

Have a look at the sleeve from various angles. Front, back, corners, edges, laminate. Look for damage, wear, splits, creases, bends, dirt. You can wipe a sleeve with a clean, damp cotton cloth, and a clean soft white eraser will help on ringwear and grime on a light coloured sleeve. It may even get off some writing in ballpoint.

Next, does it have the original inner, inserts or anything else it needs to be complete? What is their condition?

Take the record out of the sleeve completely, thumb on the edge, fingers on the label. Have a look from various angles. Form a general impression, is it lovely and glossy or has it lived a bit? Any serious damage?

If you have a record cleaning machine like us, this would be the time to use it. Either way, spin it on a turntable and look from the edge to check for warps.

Have a look at the label, any writing or marks? Check exactly what you have here using the catalogue number, matrix numbers in the runout etc.

Now have a really good look at the vinyl, use your big magnifying glass on any damaged areas. Form your opinion about the condition.

Put the record back on the turntable, clean off the dust with an antistat brush or similar and put the needle through the intro before the first track, a few tracks here and there, a couple of gaps between tracks and especially any faults or damage you’ve identified. You want it loud or use some decent but undynamic headphones. If this is a really expensive record I’d just listen to the whole thing whilst grading other records, and make little notes about faults for the description.

Now you’ve done all this you can clarify your first impressions. I would add that faults can be cumulative, a rub here, a mark there can pull down the grade as much as one glaring piece of damage.

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Grading When Buying

Ok, so now you’re on the frontline and you don’t have a mobile lab with you. You’re in a jumble sale, at a boot fair or a street market. If you’re lucky you’re riffing through the new in stock in Rat Records on a Saturday.

If time is not on your side, get a general impression of the seller and their stock as a whole. First impressions count – is everything a bit ‘used’ looking? It’s probably a bit bashed then.

Glance at the sleeve, front, back, edges and corners.

Take the record right out of the sleeve. Look at it from a few angles in the best light you can get. Quick check for a warp.

Are the inner sleeve and inserts you were expecting there?

In this situation I generally only use ‘Excellent’, ‘Very Good’ and ‘Good’. In my head. I can refine this further when I’ve got it home. I’m grading for a price negotiation….

If you have a bit more time, apart from the examination above I tend to up the psychological profiling a bit.

When I’m invited into an immaculate house with cream carpets and asked to remove my shoes I’m already getting a good feeling about the condition of the record collection. It’s also helpful to know if the records belong to person selling them to you (and not their mate or dead dad). If so, then ask where they got them from, did they generally buy new or used, how were they kept…. Again, I like to hear about the records being someone’s pride and joy: they always used a Linn Sondek, no-one else was allowed to touch them and so on. All these things are pointing to the condition being strong so you can hope that the grading you see on the spot with a quick examination will hold up once you get them back to your grading lair.

Alternatively if I’m on my knees in a dark, dusty and damp garage (or on one occasion, boat) and the records generally look VG, they probably won’t once you get them home. Get that drink and start to go over them.

Finally, try to divorce yourself from that fact that you really want this record and are willing it to be ‘Near Mint’. Keep some perspective. It’s only a record. How much sweeter would it be if you got a better copy, for less, later, by being a little patient.

Grading 3

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How to press a vinyl in 60 seconds

It’s no mystery that vinyl is back in a big way. But for all the talk of a revival, very few people have ever been able to see how the things are actually made.

As the UK’s original pressing plant, we receive requests practically daily from people keen to visit and see the process for themselves. While we can’t possibly invite everyone to the factory floor to see it first hand, we can give you an up-close-and personal look at how records are pressed at The Vinyl Factory, following the process from start to finish in just 60 seconds.

From the metal work and galvanic processes that grow the stampers from which the records are pressed, to the iconic EMI presses that have produced some of the most important records in music history over the last fifty years, we’ve condensed the birth of a vinyl record into just one minute, an intimate snapshot of the craft behind one of the most intricate and complex processes in music.

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Shopping for record accessories

I’m sick of static on records! In this episode I go shopping for a Zerostat anti-static gun (which I’ve been eyeing for months) plus some record accessories. Thanks to London Drugs for teaming up with me for this video. Links below.

Buy a Zerostat at London Drugs:http://www.londondrugs.com/milty-zerostat3-antistatic-gun—mi0060m/L8513723.html

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Phil Spector: Back to Mono [cassette]

Phil Spector vinyl cassette

Phil Spector: Back to Mono
Back to Mono (1958–1969) is a box set four-disc compilation of the recorded work of record producer Phil Spector, during the decade of the 1960s, released in 1991 by ABKCO as #7118-2.

Back to Mono surveys recordings featuring and immediately leading up to the Wall of Sound, Spector’s famed production trademark.

Tracklist
The Teddy Bears To Know Him Is To Love Him
Ray Peterson Corrine, Corrina
Ben E. King Spanish Harlem
Curtis Lee Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Gene Pitney Every Breath I Take
The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me
Curtis Lee Under The Moon Of Love
The Crystals There’s No Other Like My Baby
The Crystals Uptown
The Crystals He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)
The Crystals He’s A Rebel
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
The Alley Cats Puddin’ N’ Tain
The Crystals He’s Sure The Boy I Love
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts
Darlene Love (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
The Crystals Da Doo Ron Ron
The Crystals Heartbreaker
Veronica Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love
Darlene Love Chapel Of Love
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans Not Too Young To Get Married
Darlene Love Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home
The Crystals All Grown Up
The Ronettes Be My Baby
The Crystals Then He Kissed Me
Darlene Love A Fine, Fine Boy
The Ronettes Baby, I Love You
The Ronettes I Wonder
The Crystals Girls Can Tell
The Crystals Little Boy
The Treasures Hold Me Tight
The Ronettes (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up
The Ronettes Soldier Baby Of Mine
Darlene Love Strange Love
Darlene Love Stumble And Fall
The Ronettes When I Saw You
Veronica So Young
The Ronettes Do I Love You?
The Ronettes Keep On Dancing
The Ronettes You, Baby
The Ronettes Woman In Love (With You)
The Ronettes Walking In The Rain
The Righteous Brothers You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
The Ronettes Born To Be Together
The Righteous Brothers Just Once In My Life
The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
The Ronettes Is This What I Get For Loving You?
Darlene Love Long Way To Be Happy
The Righteous Brothers (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
The Righteous Brothers Ebb Tide
The Modern Folk Quartet This Could Be The Night
The Ronettes Paradise
Ike & Tina Turner River Deep, Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner I’ll Never Need More Than This
Ike & Tina Turner A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knockin’ Everyday)
Ike & Tina Turner Save The Last Dance For Me
The Ronettes I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
The Ronettes You Came, You Saw, You Conquered
Sonny Charles And The Checkmates Ltd. Black Pearl
The Checkmates Ltd. Love Is All I Have To Give
Darlene Love White Christmas
The Ronettes Frosty The Snowman
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans The Bells Of St. Mary
The Crystals Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Ronettes Sleigh Ride
Darlene Love Marshmallow World
The Ronettes I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus
The Crystals Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Darlene Love Winter Wonderland
The Crystals Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
Darlene Love Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans Here Comes Santa Claus
Phil Spector And Artists Silent Night
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Jack White creates Ultra vinyl, featuring hidden tracks and holograms

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Jack White recently broke a record for the fastest ever creation of a vinyl cut, by recording the title track to his new album Lazaretto, then pressing it to wax and packaging it all in less than four hours. Now, his vinyl-based conjuring continues with the announcement of an ‘Ultra’ LP version of the album, which comes packed with bizarre curiosities.

The 11-track album on White’s label Third Man Records, includes different mixes and sequencing to the digital version, and will play at 33.3rpm as normal. However two secret tracks hidden in the centre label will play at 45 and 78rpm respectively – a repeat of the trick White pulled with his Dead Weather supergroup and their album Sea of Cowards.

Side A meanwhile demands that you place the needle on the inside of the record as it works its way outward, eventually getting caught in a perpetual locked groove at the outer edge (the more jaded White fan might suggest that you won’t be able to tell when said groove begins). The first song on Side B however, has two different intros, one acoustic and one electric, which differ depending on where the needle is dropped. The two grooves then blend into one halfway through the song.

If that wasn’t enough to play with, there is also a hologram on Side A hand-etched by artist Tristan Duke, featuring a spinning angel appearing to float in the blank area between the groove and the label. Side B is given a matte finish so it resembles a shellac 78rpm record.

“We’ve pulled off a lot of interesting ideas all within this one LP,” White says in an introductory video, adding how he thinks that the locked groove, the three speeds within one record, the dual groove, and the hologram vinyl extras have never been attempted before, but with a caveat: “Of course there’s no knowing unless you go through every record ever made.”

This release is far from the first innovation that Third Man has attempted. They’ve printed records on old medical X-rays, created ‘Texas-sized’ 8-inch and 13-inch vinyls, and encased 7-inch singles within 12-inch albums that need to be destroyed to access the secret record. 2013’s collaborative release with Revenant Records, that compiled the bluegrass, gospel and blues songs released by Paramount Records in the 1920s, was housed in a velvet-lined oak cabinet with LPs kept inside a “laser-etched white birch LP folio” and digital files stored on a brass USB stick.

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