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RPM questionEdit

were 12" singles 33 or 45 rpm?

45. And despite the claim that "simply turning the volume up" would have had the same effect as increasing the loudness, the fact is that 12" singles usually had wider grooves than 7", which gave a higher signal-to-noise ratio and therefore less noise at loud volumes. Lee M 03:11, 1 Nov 2003 (UTC)
...Oh, and there were some 45 RPM "special edition" versions of albums like The Crossing by Big Country for the same reason.
...Not to mention the fact that 45 rpm gives better treble response than 33.

So 45s are really 7-inch 45s, and 12-inch singles are really 12-inch 45s.? Hyacinth 23:23, 24 May 2004 (UTC)

Correct. Bonalaw 21:01, 16 Jul 2004 (UTC)
I own two new 12" singles, Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre, and Gold Digger by Kanye West that are 33 1/3 RPM. Many of the older 12" singles I own, for example Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd are 45 RPM. -- Borb 00:11, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

r3vkenny 01:39, 29 Mar 2014 (UTC)

I have been a Nightclub DJ with stints in Radio for over 25 years. I have hundreds of 12 inch records from 1984 through the late 90's before switching to mostly CD's. The vast majority of my 12 inch singles are 33 1/3. In my collection, dance music is usually 33 and rock edged music is 45. Though "remixes" of rock songs were rarer... Not because I didn't want them, they simply weren't available. Keeping in line with the thought that 33 favors bass and 45 favors treble, the RPM statement is valid if you browse my library.

Slower speed enhances the bass?Edit

Many record companies began producing 12-inch singles at 33 1/3 rpm, as the slower speed enhances the bass on the record.

This is not entirely correct. Recording at a slower speed and changing no other parameters will not improve bass response, and will result in lower sound quality overall.

What it does do, however, is allow you to cut a record "louder" - with more widely spaced grooves - for any given playing time. As is already explained in the article, it is these louder cut grooves that give you the improved bass, not the slower playing speed. 15:10, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

A quick study of any DJ's favorite discs ...Edit

A quick study of any DJ's favorite discs will reveal mild wear in the "break points" on the discs surface that can clearly be seen by the naked eye, which further eases the "cueing" task (a club DJ's tone-arm cartridge will be heavily weighted and mild wear will seldom spoil the sound quality)

While beat juggling break beats is a favorite technique among many DJs it is not a universal practice among all DJs. The information here is important but should be rephrased to allow room for the fact that there are many different styles of DJs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

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Neutrality of History sectionEdit

I have added the Neutrality tag to this section as, upon reading, it appears to give hail to a specific regional musician without due reference. There is no indicator that the mentioned artist is solely attributable to the techniques described in this section, but if they are, sources should be found. Otherwise this section needs to be edited to accredit the artist in better proportions as a contributor of the era rather than the mantra. (talk) 02:48, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

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