The Vinyl Record Cleaning System
How often do you do something just for you? In this busy world it seems that that special thing you'd like to do for yourself all too often comes second, or drops off the list altogether.
Improving your listening pleasure is maybe one of those things. On these pages, you will learn about the relaxing and rewarding process of restoring the fidelity of your records with the VRC method. Not only easy, it's enjoyable; and the benefits in terms of sound purity are significant. Spoil yourself - and your ears - by using the Vinyl Record Cleaning System to bring your records to life.
Whether you have just inherited a vinyl record collection, are rediscovering your long treasured LP portfolio or simply wanting to enjoy better fidelity than you are currently experiencing, the VRC method is for you. All records, from long forgotten to brand new, will benefit from a treatment with VRC Easy Spread n' Peel.
Up until now, the task of removing unwanted contaminants from the record groove has been difficult. Most often referred to as “vinyl record cleaning” what is actually required is more accurately described as “the achievement of high fidelity restoration of the record’s capability,” a far higher standard than merely cleaning, for example, a window or floor.
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel is a professional grade, high fidelity record restorer and cleaner suitable for use on vinyl and shellac (78 rpm) records. It is a second generation product, delivering improved fidelity through its ability to effectively deep clean records and remove unwanted noise, mistracking caused by dirt and mould growth; VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel also eliminates static electricity, the worst cause of noisy records.
Easy to Use
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel is applied as a liquid directly onto the record surface where it penetrates to bottom of the record grooves, removing dust, grit, binding agents, mould release, fats, oils & greases, mould and spores that become embedded in the record’s grooves. The fluid dries to a skin, which is then peeled off totally removing all dissolved impurities. Your records never sounded better! VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel may be applied straight from the bottle or most effectively with our Vinyl Record Cleaning System which is designed for treatment of both sides of the record in the same session. This is faster and more efficient and uses less fluid (5ml per side). The VRC Stack Rack then provides a convenient method of drying up to 20 LPs, on a single, easy to move platform. Records dry in less than 1 hour in moving air.
The Vinyl Record Cleaning System Kit
The VRC System design simplifies the application and removal of VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel.
At the application stage, the VRCS allows Easy Spread n’ Peel to be applied to both sides of the record in the one session using the VRC Turntable. Watch a demonstration.
Records treated with Easy Spread n' Peel are stacked horizontally on the VRC Stack Rack to dry. The Stack Rack is easily moved once fully loaded and provides a secure, movable platform for drying up to 20 records of any size. Use a small fan to move air through the record stack and the Easy Spread n' Peel will be ready to peel off in an hour.
The turntable then doubles as the peeling platform, offering a stable, controlled work surface for dried film removal.
The VRCS kit requires no electricity, makes no noise and needs very little workspace, effectively about the space of two LP covers. Introduce greater efficiency and control to your use of VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel with the Vinyl Record Cleaning System kit.
Why is VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel Better?
Noise on vinyl records and how to clean them has been a controversial subject since the invention of the phonograph almost 100 years ago. And therein lies the problem; "cleaning" is not nearly clean enough where a vinyl record is concerned. If a hospital demands "hospital grade" cleanliness then for our records we should be seeking "high fidelity" grade cleanliness.
Record cleaning methods to date typify this misunderstanding. Dry mechanical methods such as 'special' cloths and brushes do not remove fine particles such as stylus dust and have no impact on oils, greases and moulds.
Wet methods which depend on spinning or vacuuming for removal of dissolved contaminants cannot guarantee 100% removal of the cleaning slurry. To be effective, a cleaner must dissolve contaminants; to properly finish the job, 100% of the slurry must be removed. Sucking, wiping or brushing cannot achieve this, leaving unwanted slurry on the walls of the record grooves.
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel high fidelity record restorer gently cleans vinyl records without use of mechanical scrubbing. No machines, no mess, no noise and no residual static. The contaminants dissolved in the Easy Spread n' Peel fluid dry into a skin in less than one hour which is then simply peeled off leaving a beautifully restored record free of unwanted noise and ready to reveal all its musical nuance.
If there is one issue which has constantly plagued the playing of vinyl records it is unwanted noise, often referred to as pops and crackles, but also including hiss. Sometimes this noise is wrongly attributed to physical damage, commonly referred to as ‘scratches’. The rest of the audible noise is unwanted dirt, dust and other contaminants residing in the grooves. It may also be due to static electricity on the record’s surface discharging through the stylus. VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel removes all of these problems.
Before and after testing spectral analysis confirms VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel’s outstanding cleaning abilities: used records showed an 11db increase in overall signal to noise ratio, which is around a 75% improvement in how it sounds to the logarithmic way that humans hear sound, and an 8db improvement to the peak noise floor, which is over 50% (see MediaDMA).
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel also eliminates static electricity and stops it reoccurring.
A spectral analysis A/B test before and after cleaning with Easy Spread n’ Peel. The brighter colours reflect the intensity of the sound. We can see the original piano notes, but also the groove impurities that have been removed. In this visual example it is fascinating to note a few things that may not be heard on a first listen, but can clearly be seen. There are no “pits” or holes left over in the audio data where the impurities were removed. All of the musical information is retained, even in the upper harmonics. This means that there is no destruction even of the most sensitive parts of the vinyl. You can also see that the musical material looks brighter and stronger after cleaning. So the original musical material that you weren’t hearing before, has resurfaced. This allows the stylus to properly sit in the groove and become more active. You will also see at the beginning of the notes there is much more intensity vertically. This is testament to the restoration of audio transients and dynamic range. This will give you a deeper sense of accuracy and realism. In the version cleaned with ESP you can clearly hear the hammer of the piano striking the note, which is difficult to hear in the uncleaned version (excerpt from http://www.mediadma.com/vrc-easy-spread-n-peel).