At 12:11 AM 2007-06-15, Tom Fine wrote:
>I should have been more specific about my last statement. No
>commercial-release music that I know of was recorded on 3-track
>until 1955. I had heard rumor about the LA amateur recordist and
>also Bill Cara I think made some 3-track recordings of live music as
>early as 1953 or 1954, but his were also amateur recordings (Richard
>Hess will correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Bill Cara's rig was
>ultra-rare 3-track quarter-inch).
This is essentially correct, but Cara was a professional and I
believe Jack Mullin was present for the recording at the Glendale
Train Station for the Coast Starlight in 1953??. I have been told
that this recording was played for Michael Todd and was one of many
influences that caused him to choose to record multi-track for
"Around the World in 80 Days".
Yes the Coast Starlight was a 3-track 1/4-inch recording, predating
the 3-track 1/2-inch recordings done later.
Also, the Revere/CBS tape cartridge format was designed to
accommodate a future third channel, but, to the best of my knowledge,
all machines and cartridges that were made (at least commercially)
only used the two outer tracks for stereo, leaving a super-wide
(relatively speaking) guard band.
>Then we start getting into cartridges, Muntz 4-track and then Lear
Of course, in the 1970s, the Lear 8-track was issued commercially in
discrete quad as were 1/4-inch reel-to-reel tapes.
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