Film: Vinyl – a story to be heard

Real World Studios producer and engineer Marco Migliari discusses his passion for vinyl:

“Just having it in your hands makes you feel there’s a value in it. There’s a story to be told, and a story to be heard.”

Migliari describes how his passion was first ignited by his grandfather’s love of opera and explains the technologies involved that make vinyl sound so unique  – as well as acknowleding the imperfections inherent in any disc.

Find out how Marco transferred Syriana’s vinyl only album ‘A Life In Film’ into digital.


  • Dave Wilson says:

    Perfectly put. This is why I still play and collect vinyl. It is as you say organic and long may it continue.

  • Tony says:

    Well said, Marco! There is a tonal ‘completeness’ with vinyl that you just don’t achieve with digital. There is also the tangible element alluded to. It is a physical item that you can hold and look at, you can see the track breaks, quiet pieces and it all adds up to an ‘experience’ that is lacking in modern delivery methods.

    I played my teenage son a Jimi Hendrix album and specifically a track he liked and I did it on 180gram vinyl through a fairly modest (but good quality) set up and he was blown away by it. The richness of the sound, the thing spinning and sound coming out of the speakers from this black disc with a ‘needle’ running around it. A convert!

  • Gonzalo Trejos says:

    Seems like the organic magic lies in the old vinyls. All the harmonic content is present because it was created using analog-only systems. With modern recordings, when all the previous media is digital, I can’t think of a real value in vinyl reissue or digitally remastered records, aside from the “ritual” involved in listening to them at home.

  • Rich Davis says:

    I think converters are getting much better, speakers, amps, cables, etc. The problem I see with vinyl is the condition of the record, and the quality of the needle, etc. Records degrade by playing them, a digital file doesn’t.

    I watched a video of a high end audio system that had a $150K+ record player and they had a variety of different digital sources going through a high end DAC, pre amp, power amp, cables and speakers to see if they could hear and have that same experience between vinyl and digital and the reviewer said the could tell almost no difference. Obviously, that’s a system that probably costs in the area of $200K w/o turn table, but the DAC and CD Transport was about $60K vs $150K+ for the record player/cartridge/tone arm and phono preamp.

    I don’t personally have that kind of money, but for the convince factor and my DAC is of decent quality, I am stuck in digital world as it’s just convent and the cost of vinyl is just too expensive. 24/96 or 24/192 is getting so close to vinyl for a lot of people, it’s almost moot.

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