The company that distributed the LP that had the first half for channel
A and the second half for channel B was Cook and they called it
binaural. The tone arm looked like a tuning fork with 2 styli. It was
great when it worked and terrible when it was off one groove.
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From Matthew Barton: "...I don't think that the magnetic recording and
patent situation explains the emergence of independent recording
in the 1940s entirely..."
I'm trying to remember the name of the person Tom Dowd told me created
cutter that allowed indi labels to operate without leased equipment
royalties. He was famous later for an early stereo disk system that
parallel grooves and a cartridge with two styli. Tape recording was far
practical economically than disks. The fact that it made editing easy
permitted the use of less skilled and lots less expensive musicians.
The other part of the equation was that the major labels had dropped
artists who weren't movie stars. This led to people leaving the majors
setting up independent distribution companies and labels to handle
that they knew from experience could be profitable.
The rise of independent distribution enabled both independent labels
genre-specific dedicated record stores because the traditional music
department store outlets tended to only handle major label records
with the same company's record players.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
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