Vinyl Runout Groove Bank

This sound bank is a compilation of runout grooves from most of my record collection of as January 2012. The idea to record and document these grooves came about when I found myself picking out a record with the intention of listening to the runout groove, after the music, for an extended period of time. I wouldn’t exactly call it therapeutic but its a sound I’ve heard ever since I was a child, have yet to grow tired of, and enjoy listening to while working. The patterns are all unique, utilizing the same sound palette of pops, clicks and static but once in a while there is a strange creak, a steady hiss, or a resonant hum from the motor, all in a perfect repeating pattern.

As with all audio and sample banks there are unlimited ways to utilize them. Some basic examples are to use them as source material and mangle it up with plug-ins.

Sidechained to a kick with Amp Designer
Soundhack Decimate with Valhalla Room
Uhbik G with Valhalla Room
Timestretched with Native Instruments Guitar Rig

A few of the records have etched or blank back sides which create interesting patterns depending where you place the needle and some are picture discs which tend to be noisier. Some of the records have lock grooves which I’ve decided to omit for copyright reasons.

The grooves were recorded with a Pro-ject RPM 1.3 turntable with a Sumiko Pearl cartridge in stereo at 24 Bit 48kHz. The files are normalized -3dB, meaning there is some headroom to play with and dynamics to take advantage of. The approximate natural tempos for a runout groove at 33 rotations per minute (RPM) is 133.6510 and at 45 RPM’s is 180.4290. Every file has fades on the top and tails so that they will seamlessly loop in your audio player without clicking.

Here is a free sampler download. It contains 2 standards runout grooves at 33 RPM, 45 RPM, and a picture disc side. Download Here – 14 mb!

$18 – Full Edition
Includes all 310 Runout Grooves at a comprehensive 1.2 gigs. Over 100 albums recorded and 1 hour 8 minutes of subtle runout grooves, noisy picture discs, etched sides, blank sides and a few incidental sounds.

$12 – 100 Edition
A selection of 100 Runout Grooves 395 mb. An efficient and versatile selection from the Full Edition. 22 minutes.

9 Responses to “Vinyl Runout Groove Bank”

  1. Epilektric February 23, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    This is pretty awesome.

    I noticed on the free sampler ZIP download that the files do not have file extensions when using a PC. It’s an easy fix to add .AIFF or .WAV but what about the Full Edition? Will I need to add extensions to those as well?

    • admin February 23, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks for the heads up. I’m going to add .AIFF right now and replace all the files on the server. I’ll let you know when its changed.

  2. Q February 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    It’s changed, it’s windows compatible now :)

    And about the pack, i bought it yesterday the full edition but only started testing and creating things with it today, and i don’t think i can’t say it more clearly: If you love grainy and noisy textures, this is for you. The pack is absolutely amazing.

  3. Cato February 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Hey, just got this and looking forward to digging into it, but have had some download issues with SoftSeller. Download twice have stopped before finished and their speed is slow too. I let them know and I’m waiting for a reply. Just to give you heads up. – Cato

    • MCHNTRC February 24, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      Same problem here… I tried twice and it stopped at about 300 Mb…

      • admin February 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

        Looking into a new download service. Sorry for the trouble and hopefully you all enjoying the bank now.

        • MCHNTRC February 27, 2012 at 6:44 am #

          Indeed! Exactly what I was looking for as source material to process, edit, and mangle to get that grainy dirty texture and “mood”.
          Great work.

  4. some65 September 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Hey Folks,

    I’ve just bought the Full Edition. And the Downlaod Link break down at app. 350 MB. Please help.

    • some65 September 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      After I informed the server admins of the download platform everything went fine now thanks for this great stuff.

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