we can make the following sizes:
12 inch: Standard LP or maxi single, 33 or 45 ar-pee-ems
10 inch: Maxis, transfer from 78 rpm disks and shellacks
7 inch : Singles for da dancehall masters and your oldies andd jukeboxes
5 inch : Pocket Battle Disk max. 2 minutes playtime
In a nutshell: No, a vinyl record can NOT be played on a gramophone.
Heavy technical background for the curious
Speaking of a gramophone, the entire acoustic reproduction is acoustically.
Exception: In mid-1920 there were already some retrofittable electric pickups for gramophones.
Theoretical requirement for vinyl records on gramophones:
- The audio on the record must be cut 100% in mono, since the gramophone can only read horizontally in grooves.
- The grooves need to be cut thicker for the "thicker" stylus (about 6 mils wide).
- 10inch diameter and 78rpm playback speed with max. 5min. Playing time, which was usual on gramophones.
This are the reasons why it still does not make sense to play vinyl records on a gramophone despite the 10inch and 78rpm format:
- The sound is very "dull" and bass is missing, because an acoustic gramophone could not equalize the audio signal from vinyl records (which is done by the "phono preamplifier" in modern record players), see RIAA-cutting-characteristic , but that wouldn't trouble you, because before that, this happens:
- The grooves of the "soft" vinyl record would (as opposed to hard shellac records) be all plowed out by the VERY high weight (about 100g!) of the grammophone stylus on the sound can.
But the other way round - it is possible to play shellac records on turntables, more info HERE !
you can send us the following audio formats: .wav, .aif, .aiff, .mp3, .flac, .ogg, m4a.
.mp3 is not losslessly compressed. compared to .wav or aiff. information is omitted in order to minimize the size of the file. there are quite audible differences depending on how and how much compressed your .mp3 is.
some theory :
Audio is presented in the form of a curve. In a vinyl record this curve is cut (very simplified), digitally this will with described using 0 & 1 parameters.
This determines a number of horizontal and vertical dots (as in a graph) and should approach the shape of a curve. strictly speaking this is no curve but a up and down from horizontal and vertical lines. In wav files scaling is relatively fine. to see the edges and corners one would have to 'zoom' in quite far. With .mp3's larger steps are taken to represent the curve. This makes the image 'edgier'.
As a comparison: Photos are also displayed in the digital world, in pixels. More pixels mean a larger resolution, a sharper image and better quality
Whether .mp3 files sound good on vinyl, we can only tell after a test cut. you can assume that good .mp3 files are also ok on vinyl. But if you do 'hear' the .mp3 file there is a a high probabilty that your music will not sound good...
Unfortunately, we can not accept complaints about the sound quality of very compressed file formats. Likewise, errors can be caused by mixed file formats and bit rates. Please specify if you send us "cabbage and turnips" ...
If the total length of your songs is 30 seconds longer than the given playing time per side that's fine!
It's also ok for example if you choose a 12inch with 12min / side (24min total time) that has a A-side with 14min. & a B-side with 10min.
In order to get the best sound result out of your records, the correct playback speed in connection with the playing time is an important thing! In this table you will quickly find the right RPM we recommend you to get the best result. Do not worry, just like EVERY turntable offers the possibility to play 33rpm and 45rpm!
We also cut 10inches with 78rpm, inspired by the old shellac records with 5 min. / Side
The ultimate battle tool is only available from us:
on 12cm (5inch) we cut your favorite battle tracks, intros, loops, signations etc.
at 45 rpm, max. 2 min. with amazingly good quality on it. It's clear that the lowest sounds and maximum loudness can not be achieved quite so good here, but do not be fooled - this small guys sound good!
We tested the "pocket battle discs" (pbd's) and took them everywhere during the last weeks. We sat on them and had them in our pocket while boarding: The pbd's can withstand it!
the vinyl is 2mm thick and can be pushed into any cd case. so you can always stick to your tracks in case of an emergency!
the pocket battle disc (pbd) is delivered in a sturdy, round metal tin so you can carry it everywhere.