Generally the Record Collecting means exactly collecting recordings of various content. It can be the art recordings (musical creativity, broadcasts, radio performances) or the documentary recordings (soundtracks of some historical events, speeches of some famous politicians, recordings of natural sounds, voices of animal and birds, the recorded noises of motors and machinery, etc.).
The Record Collection may consist of different kinds of format: vinyl records, tapes, CDs.
The most common is, of course, collecting music. The old gramophone recordings from the beginning of the century with the records of a famous composers, musicians, singers are of a great cultural and historical value. Collecting of old records, of course, is extremely difficult. It is not only about the persistent search, but also about careful preservation of the items. Many enthusiastic collectors and restorers made an enormous contribution to the restoration of the old records. Solely because of the efforts of this people, voices of many significant figures of the world culture were returned to us.
In the early 1960s was founded the International Federation of Record Collectors.
Strat to many well known record collections was given by the home music library - collections of gramophone and tape recordings that were made generally in accordance with the cultural demands of family members. If the collection of sound recordings develops into a serious hobby, then the profile of the music library will inevitably narrow - classical music, jazz music, rock music, folk, pop songs, songs, written by a particular composer, recordings of some particular rock bands, etc. For the collectors of documentary records, of a special interest would be recorded performances and speeches of some state and public figures, scholars, writers and artists.
If the music library has achieved an impressive size, the collector usually creates a catalog of recordings, which consists of a summary card annotations on each record (in recent years, collectors prefer computer catalogs). Directory, as the most important instrument of a collection systematization, makes it much easier to find the desired item. The card lists a serial number of a vinyl record or disc according to the catalog label of a recording company, the type of record (gramophone record, the laser compact disc, cassette tape), record type (eg, for the vinyl record: "usual" - 78 rev / min, or "long lasting" for 33 or 45 rev / min) and format (for the vinyl records - 175, 250, 300 mm), when and by which company the record was made, the names and the order of recorded works, information about the authors and artists. Cards are classified in the catalog in accordance with the sections of the library.