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Ten facts about history of gramophones

#1. They are the oldest form of music recording.

Before even pianos come into place, before the modern recording devices came and changed the whole thing in music industry, gramophones were already the icons of entertainment and people used to like them like nothing else. All the powerful music managers used to treasure and appreciate the beauty of these instruments. Major popular singers started by using these instruments to record their music before they were absorbed by the modern music technology that is currently prevailing in the world at the moment.

#.2. It was invented way back in 1877.

This is the era where even cameras were nowhere to be found. Emile Berliner is the legend behind this invention that she was the first person to have the idea that people who sing can be recorded and their sound be listened to again and again without them having to sing again. She was tired and bored of recording on cylinders, something that real pissed her off and she sat down to come up with this idea. Of coz with help from others but being the soul inventor on this, she is regarded as the mother of gramophones.

#.3. It used to be an analog form of recording.

Initially, it was just the spiral grove and the record that was chiefly used to ensure to ensure that there is recording. There used to be other gadgets connected and the music used to play nicely as needed. By then, there was no major inventions like the IPODs and smartphones which people currently connect to gramophones. There were the louder speakers that used to amplify sound unlike today where we have preamp to amplify sound to a great level. To ensure that this was a success, qualified players used to record the music.

#4. Music recording was done using diameters.

The spiral grove normally runs from the periphery to the center of the disk or record. As the disk starts rotating, the sound starts getting recorded and as the consistency is maintained, the music becomes complete and adorable. The diameter was measured in inches to determine the size of the song recorded. This is nowadays measured in MBs or GBs and they are recorded in superior designed disks. Every music was perfectly recorded at the expense of the artiste no matter the size of the song. Rotational speed was also determined in number of rotation per minute.

#5. Many DJs used to prefer gramophones.

It was crystal clear that DJs used to like the way these things worked. It was easy to hold music, just by touching on the rotating disc. It was easy to do mixing of the music and it was also easy to make changes any time they wanted to. Many DJs like recording their shows and this is what made them to like these things much and much. Even in the current era, some DJs still find the essence of using this method to entertain their fans.

#. 6. It replaced the phonograph Cylinders.

Before the 20th century, when phonographs came in place, Cylinders were used in the recording of music. Though their quality was not good, people used to abide to it for lack of no option. The invention of the phonograph came as a reliever to the artistes who were looking forward to get a better record that the cylinders. They were made from wax and up to 1915, they were the gadgets that people were dying for. Thomas Edison is the Chief inventor of these instruments because he is the one who came up with the whole idea.

#. 7. They used a vibrating Diaphragm.

People used to interpret the wave forms on the paper which has been recorded and get the music sequence. From there is when they say if the music is bad or good. It was real amazing. Imagine telling someone you have recorded music only to give him or her a piece of paper containing wave forms.

#.8. Wax was used to record the music.

Wax was used in recording the music in the earlier phonographs. Every record was made not only to produce the waves but also to ensure that sound was retained. People used to record the same way as telegraphs and they used to ensure that sound was reproduced. This was through the improvising that instrument underwent, It was a try and error sequence until the whole thing was obtained perfectly. Today people are using the accurately because they have all the things needed.

#.9. Phonautograph was the predecessor

It was a bit fun, because it can be regarded as recording in this era we are living in today. The Phonautograph used to use the vibrating diaphragm and a spiral to record sound waves on a piece of paper.

#.10. It was the best form of recording

Back in those days when there was no option, it was the only fantastic thing that people used to like. All artistes wanted this to record their music.

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