Povratak vinila – The return of Vinyl

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Vinyl pressing returns to Canada

January 30, 2010 by Robert Lawson

I missed this news last month, and I suspect many of you did, too.

With the recent uptick in the sales numbers for records in the last few years, it is not surprising that we are witnessing a resurgence, albeit a modest one, of vinyl pressing plants.

Although sales of vinyl still account for (roughly) only one per cent of overall album sales in North America, meaning vinyl is still a niche market, there has been a nearly 50 per cent increase in the sale of LPs from 2008 to 2009. In 2008, 1.9 million LPs were sold while 2.8 million LPs were sold in 2009 (counting only those tracked by Nielsen SoundScan).

One of the problems many artists and record labels are facing is that there is an insufficient number of pressing plants in North America to cope with the increased demand for vinyl. Many planned pressings are either on hiatus or backed up. Hopefully, Rip-V can do its part to fill that gap.

Unfortunately, there may be a cause for concern as more vinyl pressing plants (re)open. In the halcyon days of vinyl, one of the oft-repeated complaints of audiophiles was that many pressings tended to be blighted by poor quality control and dubious cost-cutting initiatives (e.g., pressing records using recycled vinyl) that compromised sound quality.

As vinyl moved into niche markets, serving mainly critical audiophiles, many of the the limited number of pressing plants that survived tended to prioritize quality (e.g., heavyweight, virgin vinyl) and quality control to satisfy the expectations of the discerning audience that remained.

If new vinyl pressing plants revert to the business imperatives that prevailed in the 1970s and early-1980s, then any resurgence in vinyl could be jeopardized. (Already, I find myself distressed by the increasing number of new records that are warped, irreparably compromised by surface noise, or both.)

After all, the success of vinyl in the 21st century will be contingent on whether the format can fulfil its putative promise as a higher fidelity and more enjoyable alternative to arguably more convenient but sonically inferior digital formats.

Let’s hope Rip-V represents a step in that direction.


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