In most cases, no. One of my projects is to digitize all the records I have picked up along the way. This allows me to clean them up, remove the pops & clicks, and make them sounds as good as they did back in 1963. When I am done, there should be about 6,000 individual tracks. Those tracks are being played on a radio station automation system called Station Playlist and then encoded using a SHOUTcast server.
My reason for doing this is:
- It’s fun…that’s why they call it “a hobby”
- Records, especially ones nearly 50 years old, can on occation get stuck, and if I’m at work or asleep, it could stay stuck for 8 hours…a disc jockey’s nightmare!
- Safety! While these units are built like tanks, they are 50 years old and who knows if a motor might burn up and set the place on fire.
But occasionally I will hook them up. When one of the units is actually on-line, I’ll post a notice on the front page of this site.