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A turntable is a circular revolving plate that supports a record when it is played.

 

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There are two types of turntable – belt and direct drive. Belt drive decks are cheap and cheerful, but are for beginners on a budget only, and are limited in their use past the initial stages.

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Kimberly Bear

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A direct drive deck attaches the motor directly to the platter, which makes the drives strength (called torque) better.

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Wherever you end up putting the turntable, check that its platter is absolutely level. If you don't get this right, neither the 'table nor its arm will ever work as intended.

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In the beginning the phonographs were played on turntables, which were only able to play for a few minutes at a time.

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Today, full length records are able to be played continuously on the turntables, but DJ’s no longer just use vinyl records, they also use compact discs, and even computer media files.

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The term “two turntables and a mic” refers to a disc jockey’s basic equipment: turntables to play the records on and a microphone that is connected to a mixer.

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Because most DJ's use at least two Technics turntables, a quality mixer is needed to control which turntable produces the most sound at any given time.

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In addition, Technics manufactures specialized DJ cartridges, headphones and recording kits.

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In 1969, Panasonic launched the Technics line with the SP-10, the first direct-drive professional model turntable.

Article: Technics Turntable Histor...
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Among DJs and turntablists, Technics is still one of the most widely used turntables.

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1850's - The phonoautograph is developed by French Researchers. The device records sound waves on a rotating cylinder

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The phenomenon produced is called "wow," a very expressive word denoting the alternating rise and fall of musical pitch which results from fluctuations in turntable speed.

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When these fluctuations are rapid, the term is "flutter."

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A turntable that alternately slows down and speeds up will ruin musical enjoyment even though its average in each rotation is an exact 78.26, 45 or 33 1/3 rpm.

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There are only actually a few moving parts on a turntable which includes the platter, tone arm, and the motor which drives the platter.

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The platter is what the record sits on, in which the needle touches the vinyl and then produces music.

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