From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
Don Cox asked:
> On 27/05/07, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:
> >> I would guess that in most cases, if not all, the original room was
> >> not designed at all, apart from such things as putting the piano up
> >> on a platform.
> > The Gramophone Company
> > in their recording rooms in Hayes (post 1912) had ceilings that could
> > be raised or lowered by rack and pinion according to the task.
> Interesting. Do you have a reference for that?
----- I have seen it with my own eyes, both from below and from the loft. It
would have been in the early 1980s, when I spent quite some time in the
archives, before their move. The "studio" had been restored some time prior
to that, and in itself it was a hard room, with pine panelling. I would be
surprised if there were no contemporary reports of the restoration.
> > ----- Edison also performed experiments with performers placed on
> > squares drawn on the floor (Harvith & Harvith).
> Distance from the horn is obviously critical, but that isn't the same as
> the design of the studio. Nowadays, everyone is aware of things like
> live and dead ends, etc.
----- now, we cannot draw a direct line from amateur recording on cylinder
machines to record companies, but in the manuals for amateurs they already
then described how to use screens and cubicles for some instruments.