I fell in love with music at a very young age. I can remember sitting in my parents' living room, listening to the crackle and pop that accompanied each new song, only to be replaced with a thumping drum intro or a sick guitar lick that seemed to leap from our Klipsch corner horns.
This experience stuck with me through the introduction of cassette tapes, CDs and finally the current digital-music age. The convenience and quality of digital music is unparalleled, but with the recent resurgence of records -- and as any vinyl enthusiasts ( ) will tell you -- vinyl has a special sound that digital music just can't capture or replicate.
I'm not immune to its pull; I've recently invested in a new turntable and sound system and have actually started buying vinyl again.
And now I'm as excited about the medium as I've ever been. It helped that about a year ago I set out to discover exactly what it takes to make a vinyl record. Here's what I found.