In our previous posts, we have demonstrated that the skating force is a function of stylus drag and its geometric projection
. It can be quite simply calculated
, but unfortunately, the skating compensation ("bias") markings on the tonearms and turntables are hopeless. What are we to do?
As usual, there's an easy answer and the hard one. The easy one is simple: because the antiskating setting is so approximate, adding just about any is fine. Set the tonearm's scale to the same number as your downforce and forget about it.
That's an acceptable solution, but I guess many of you want to do better. For me personally, knowing for sure that any mistracking is definitely not caused by a skating force is worth going through the slightly more elaborate ritual.