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This came up in my Facebook feed:

TLDR: To make digital files sound like vinyl, he cuts a dubplate and records it back simultaneously with a tonearm attached to the lathe. Converting back to digital, he applies the conventional compression and limiting so the file has a similar dynamic range to releases in the same genre.

The result: "creamy midrange", wider stereo field (how?), and overall a file that sounds like a record but as "loud" as required for the club scene.

I couldn't help thinking, once you've got a file suitable for the lathe, why not just release that? Apparently only passing the audio through a mechanical transducer in the form of cutting head+stylus+cartridge makes the sound he wants...

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