What do you call the thing you put on a record player?

What do you call the thing you put on a record player?

The stylus is the needle that rests against the record. Ideally, a stylus is a cone-shaped component made from diamond, which is the hardest natural material on Earth. Besides diamonds, sapphires are also commonly used for record needles. The stylus is connected to the tonearm by a flexible strip of metal.

What equipment do you need to play vinyl records?


  • Turntable.
  • Cartridge.
  • Preamp (built-in or external)
  • Amplifier / Stereo System.
  • Speakers / Headphones.

Do record players need slip mats?

You need a slipmat for your record player for scratching or DJing. Slipmats can help when mixing, but they also change the sound and feel of your turntable. You may eventually decide that you don’t like how it sounds or feels, but it’s a worthwhile accessory for your turntable nonetheless.

What do you call the plastic insert for 45 records?

45 rpm adapter
A 45 rpm adapter (also 45 rpm record insert, or 45 rpm spindle adapter) is a small plastic or metal insert that goes in the middle of a 45-rpm record so it will play on a turntable.

Do record clamps improve sound?

Securing the record to the platter helps to minimize vibrations and makes the record easier to track. The result is a tighter, more focused sound across the frequency spectrum.

Why do 45’s have a big hole?

A larger hole allowed the sudden rotational forces to be distributed over a greater distance (π x 1.5; about 4.712 inches), reducing wear and allowing the hole to stay rounder longer. This was especially important for the jukebox industry. In the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, jukeboxes were big, big business.

What can you not do with vinyl records?

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  • Touching the record surface.
  • Stacking your records.
  • Leaving your records out.
  • Carelessly returning the record to its sleeve.
  • Bad cleaning practice.
  • Cueing up records with your hand.
  • Not waiting for the record platter to STOP.

Do turntable pucks work?

A record stabilizer (also known as a turntable weight or clamp) is a puck-shaped object that you place on your turntable’s spindle. Its job is to add extra weight so that the record lies as flat and as still as possible. This helps the stylus read the vinyl more accurately so that, ultimately, your system sounds best.