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Here's What A Record's Groove Looks Like At 1000X Magnification

Have you ever wondered how that needle in that vinyl groove plays all those sweet sounds? Maybe you understand the process but haven’t seen the whole thing up close, like really close, to see what the needle or stylus is actually running up against in those mysterious grooves.

Well, here’s the view from inside a record’s groove at 1000X magnification, as shared by Microscopic Images on their Twitter page:

The smooth, shiny black landscape of vinyl is actually a jagged terrain that looks like it's being carved out by the stylus, with each side of the groove creating sound waves for the left and right channel.

Here's the whole thing zoomed in even more, complete with a description of what's going on-

And, last but certainly not least, here's a video showing a vinyl record being played under a microscope:

(YouTube Link)

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Back in my radio DJ days, vinyl ruled. Not much beat cueing up album cuts and segueing one tune after another on two real turntables. Hated when we began the change to CD's. I still do some on the internet. Digital music is as close as it gets with software such as DJay.
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