Here's the Entire Vinyl Records Manufacturing Specification (from 1978)

Last month, we reported that an workgroup had been assembled to reexamine a decades-old specification for vinyl data.

The most up-to-date specification was issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1978.  Since that time, the manufacturing requirements for the format haven't been revised, partly as a result of the format itself began disappearing within the 90s.

Another cause was additionally provided: maybe the specification is ok, and never in want of an overhaul (and even an replace).

At the Making Vinyl convention in Detroit this week, a panel of vinyl manufacturing consultants was assembled to debate the requirements.  The group indicated that adjustments may very well be introduced in 2019, although that is nonetheless early stage.

David Hughes, Chief Technology Officer on the RIAA, kicked off the proceedings, which included Billy Fields of Warner Music Group, Eric Astor of Furnace Record Pressing, Chris Mara of Welcome to 1979, Matt Earley of Gotta Groove Records, Don MacInnis of RTI, and Dorin Sauerbier of RTI.

Heading into the convention, the large query was whether or not the vinyl file actually wanted an up to date specification.  Inside the comparatively tiny vinyl file sub-industry, few have been complaining in regards to the format normal itself.  In truth, the difficulty has not often come up — at the least that we’re conscious of.

Separately, rumors centered on the chance that the main labels — the RIAA — have been plotting to regulate the vinyl file normal shifting ahead, particularly given the platform’s meteoric gross sales progress.  That would give the majors the power to certify future copies, and subsequently exert far higher management over .

A pre-panel introduction by the RIAA appeared to reaffirm these lingering fears, although the panel itself hardly talked about the precise specification itself.

Instead, the panel dialogue centered nearly solely on a much bigger downside: packaging. Indeed, the most important downside dealing with many of those corporations isn’t the file itself, it’s the packaging round it.

That consists of packaging round manufacturing manufacturing parts like lacquers.  One criticism: packaging round vital parts can typically be shoddy and create manufacturing delays and complications.  Others lamented about countless transport points brought on by UPS or different carriers, with exterior components like warmth a difficult-to-control variable.