Strobe-Exec

A basic stroboscope disc program for DOS, developed by Adrian Hindle-Briscall

This program was designed for use by collectors of vintage 78 rpm recordings. These records, despite their name, do not all rotate at 78 rpm. Early disc recordings can go as slow as 60 rpm, while other types will play at speeds of up to 120 rpm. Cylinder speeds are also variable, though most later examples will turn at a consistent speed of 160 rpm. Therefore, to properly play vintage recordings one needs a variable speed turntable with an accurate method of setting the correct speed. Most of the turntables offered for sale by Nauck's Vintage Records have a variable speed control. This free program will enable the collector to print accurate stroboscopic discs which may then be used to properly set the variable speed control to whatever rotational velocity may be required.

System Requirements

This software requires a PC or compatible, 286 or higher, with a VGA monitor handling 2 colors at 640 x 480 resolution. The program itself runs in DOS, and an image editor or graphics program is required to print the images that will be created. (Windows comes with a simple image editor called Paint or Paintbrush, for instance, but most anything will work.)

Instructions

Using the Print command (found in the menu located at the top of your monitor screen), print a hard copy of this instruction page.

Download the strobe program to a directory on your hard drive by clicking on the "Download" button at the bottom of this page. This will create a file called STROBE.EXE in the directory you selected.

Go to a DOS prompt. (You may access the DOS prompt through Windows, or you may exit Windows to get to the prompt. Either way will work.)

Refer to the chart at the end of this instruction sheet to determine the rotational speed you desire. If you live in the USA (or any other country that uses a mains frequency of 60Hz) refer to the 60Hz column. If you live in a country that uses a 50Hz electrical supply (most European countries), then refer to the 50Hz column.

Find the speed(s) desired in the appropriate "RPM" column (or the nearest speeds available), and note the corresponding number(s) in the "Bands" column. [The band number is the total number of stroboscopic marks required to make up the strobe speed you have selected.]

Go to the directory where you downloaded the program, and type "strobe", followed by up to five band numbers (separated by spaces, not commas). This command will produce a strobe having one to five rings, with the first band selected being the outer ring and the last band selected being the inner ring.

For example, lets say you downloaded the Strobe file to a directory on your C:\ drive called "Shellac". Let's also say that you live in the United States, and you want a strobe displaying the following speeds: 80.00, 79.12, 78.26 and 77.42 rpm. Your screen should look like this:

C:\SHELLAC>strobe 90 91 92 93

Now hit the enter key. You should now see one to five concentric rings of bands on your computer monitor. This image may be sent directly to your computer printer to print the actual strobe disc that you will use on your turntable. Additionally, an image file called STROBE.BMP has automatically been created in the Shellac directory, overwriting any existing file of that name. If you wish to save several different strobe files, rename the newly created STROBE.BMP file each time you run the program.

Important Note: If you are running Strobe.exe from a DOS prompt within Windows 95 or NT, you may not see the strobe rings on your computer screen. However, a STROBE.BMP file was still created, and may be accessed according to the following instructions.

The .BMP files that this program creates can be read and printed by virtually any image editor or graphics package. Using the graphics package, you can add any text you want (such as the speed that each band represents), scale it to the size you want, and print it out on a laser printer.

Using your Strobe

Once you have printed out your strobe, punch or cut out the center spindle hole and place the strobe on your turntable (or attach it to your cylinder phonograph mandrel). Watch the strobe ring under a normal fluorescent or incandescent light, and adjust the speed control of your turntable until the bands in the ring appear stationary. Your turntable is now rotating at the speed you selected!

Notes

The strobe bands will appear a little rough at a screen resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. However, this is not important - they work just as well as neat ones.

If you wish to set your turntable at a speed not appearing on this chart, print the two speeds closest to the one you desire. For instance, if you wanted a speed of 245 rpm at 50Hz, then print out strobe rings for 240 and 250. When you place the strobe on your turntable, adjust the speed to the point that one set of bands is going in one direction and the other set of bands is going in the opposite direction. Since 245 rpm is exactly midway between these two strobe speeds, each set of bands should be moving at the same velocity.

50Hz

 

60Hz

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50Hz

 

60Hz

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50Hz

 

60Hz

RPM

Bands

RPM

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RPM

Bands

RPM

|

RPM

Bands

RPM

300.00

20

360.00

|

63.83

94

76.60

|

35.71

168

42.86

285.71

21

342.86

|

63.16

95

75.79

|

35.50

169

42.60

272.73

22

327.27

|

62.50

96

75.00

|

35.29

170

42.35

260.87

23

313.04

|

61.86

97

74.23

|

35.09

171

42.11

250.00

24

300.00

|

61.22

98

73.47

|

34.88

172

41.86

240.00

25

288.00

|

60.61

99

72.73

|

34.68

173

41.62

230.77

26

276.92

|

60.00

100

72.00

|

34.48

174

41.38

222.22

27

266.67

|

59.41

101

71.29

|

34.29

175

41.14

214.29

28

257.14

|

58.82

102

70.59

|

34.09

176

40.91

206.90

29

248.28

|

58.25

103

69.90

|

33.90

177

40.68

200.00

30

240.00

|

57.69

104

69.23

|

33.71

178

40.45

193.55

31

232.26

|

57.14

105

68.57

|

33.52

179

40.22

187.50

32

225.00

|

56.60

106

67.92

|

33.33

180

40.00

181.82

33

218.18

|

56.07

107

67.29

|

33.15

181

39.78

176.47

34

211.76

|

55.56

108

66.67

|

32.97

182

39.56

171.43

35

205.71

|

55.05

109

66.06

|

32.79

183

39.34

166.67

36

200.00

|

54.55

110

65.45

|

32.61

184

39.13

162.16

37

194.59

|

54.05

111

64.86

|

32.43

185

38.92

157.89

38

189.47

|

53.57

112

64.29

|

32.26

186

38.71

153.85

39

184.62

|

53.10

113

63.72

|

32.09

187

38.50

150.00

40

180.00

|

52.63

114

63.16

|

31.91

188

38.30

146.34

41

175.61

|

52.17

115

62.61

|

31.75

189

38.10

142.86

42

171.43

|

51.72

116

62.07

|

31.58

190

37.89

139.53

43

167.44

|

51.28

117

61.54

|

31.41

191

37.70

136.36

44

163.64

|

50.85

118

61.02

|

31.25

192

37.50

133.33

45

160.00

|

50.42

119

60.50

|

31.09

193

37.31

130.43

46

156.52

|

50.00

120

60.00

|

30.93

194

37.11

127.66

47

153.19

|

49.59

121

59.50

|

30.77

195

36.92

125.00

48

150.00

|

49.18

122

59.02

|

30.61

196

36.73

122.45

49

146.94

|

48.78

123

58.54

|

30.46

197

36.55

120.00

50

144.00

|

48.39

124

58.06

|

30.30

198

36.36

117.65

51

141.18

|

48.00

125

57.60

|

30.15

199

36.18

115.38

52

138.46

|

47.62

126

57.14

|

30.00

200

36.00

113.21

53

135.85

|

47.24

127

56.69

|

29.85

201

35.82

111.11

54

133.33

|

46.88

128

56.25

|

29.70

202

35.64

109.09

55

130.91

|

46.51

129

55.81

|

29.56

203

35.47

107.14

56

128.57

|

46.15

130

55.38

|

29.41

204

35.29

105.26

57

126.32

|

45.80

131

54.96

|

29.27

205

35.12

103.45

58

124.14

|

45.45

132

54.55

|

29.13

206

34.95

101.69

59

122.03

|

45.11

133

54.14

|

28.99

207

34.78

100.00

60

120.00

|

44.78

134

53.73

|

28.85

208

34.62

98.36

61

118.03

|

44.44

135

53.33

|

28.71

209

34.45

96.77

62

116.13

|

44.12

136

52.94

|

28.57

210

34.29

95.24

63

114.29

|

43.80

137

52.55

|

28.44

211

34.12

93.75

64

112.50

|

43.48

138

52.17

|

28.30

212

33.96

92.31

65

110.77

|

43.17

139

51.80

|

28.17

213

33.80

90.91

66

109.09

|

42.86

140

51.43

|

28.04

214

33.64

89.55

67

107.46

|

42.55

141

51.06

|

27.91

215

33.49

88.24

68

105.88

|

42.25

142

50.70

|

27.78

216

33.33

86.96

69

104.35

|

41.96

143

50.35

|

27.65

217

33.18

85.71

70

102.86

|

41.67

144

50.00

|

27.52

218

33.03

84.51

71

101.41

|

41.38

145

49.66

|

27.40

219

32.88

83.33

72

100.00

|

41.10

146

49.32

|

27.27

220

32.73

82.19

73

98.63

|

40.82

147

48.98

|

27.15

221

32.58

81.08

74

97.30

|

40.54

148

48.65

|

27.03

222

32.43

80.00

75

96.00

|

40.27

149

48.32

|

26.91

223

32.29

78.95

76

94.74

|

40.00

150

48.00

|

26.79

224

32.14

77.92

77

93.51

|

39.74

151

47.68

|

26.67

225

32.00

76.92

78

92.31

|

39.47

152

47.37

|

26.55

226

31.86

75.95

79

91.14

|

39.22

153

47.06

|

26.43

227

31.72

75.00

80

90.00

|

38.96

154

46.75

|

26.32

228

31.58

74.07

81

88.89

|

38.71

155

46.45

|

26.20

229

31.44

73.17

82

87.80

|

38.46

156

46.15

|

26.09

230

31.30

72.29

83

86.75

|

38.22

157

45.86

|

25.97

231

31.17

71.43

84

85.71

|

37.97

158

45.57

|

25.86

232

31.03

70.59

85

84.71

|

37.74

159

45.28

|

25.75

233

30.90

69.77

86

83.72

|

37.50

160

45.00

|

25.64

234

30.77

68.97

87

82.76

|

37.27

161

44.72

|

25.53

235

30.64

68.18

88

81.82

|

37.04

162

44.44

|

25.42

236

30.51

67.42

89

80.90

|

36.81

163

44.17

|

25.32

237

30.38

66.67

90

80.00

|

36.59

164

43.90

|

25.21

238

30.25

65.93

91

79.12

|

36.36

165

43.64

|

25.10

239

30.13

65.22

92

78.26

|

36.14

166

43.37

|

25.00

240

30.00

64.52

93

77.42

|

35.93

167

43.11

|

 

 

 

This software is free for non-commercial uses only. It may not be sold. No warranty, express or implied, exists for this software, and no responsibility is taken for its fitness for any purpose. By clicking on the STROBE-EXEC button, the user agrees to these terms.

Download STROBE-EXEC

This program was developed by Adrian Hindle-Briscall, 32 Carlisle Road, London NW6 6TS, England. (Adrian@aeolian.org.uk)