The History of the Record Players and Turntables #MusicMonday

The modern turntable has over a 100 years of development behind it. Here’s the history from Sound Matters:

The roots of the beloved modern turntable go right back to the origins of recorded sound. It was a French inventor, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, who first realized the process of recording sound back in 1857. His ‘phonautograph’ system was inspired by anatomical drawings of the human ear. It used a horn to collect sound, which was then passed through an elastic membrane attached to a stylus. This rudimentary device would record sound waves by etching them onto sheets of paper. However, it could only visualize sound waves and could not play them back.


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