Vinyl records are in the midst of a big comeback. Previously considered obsolete, this audio medium returned to relevance in recent years to the point that vinyl records outsold CDs in 2022 for the first time in decades.
To get a better understanding of the vinyl renaissance, WIRED recently decided to pay a visit to Detroit’s Third Man Records and see how vinyl records are made. The video shared on WIRED’s YouTube channel shows everything that goes into the process, from cutting the music onto a Lacquer and creating a “stamper” to actually making the records.
The viewers can also find out some tricks of the trade and cool bits of info about vinyl records. For example, the manufacturing facility can create records in any color imaginable, but the standard black vinyl record still sounds the best.
“Vinyl is in the real world. It’s not something that exists only on your computer or your phone, it’s three-dimensional. Your nervous system is designed to take in the sound,” explains one of Third Man Records’ engineers.
If you are new to the world of vinyl records or just want to know more about them, make sure to check out WIRED’s video. You’ll find it below.