Emery Cook was the guy with binaural records with two sets of grooves and two cartridges. I think
you are correct that he developed a cutter system in the 78 era.
Hmm, even Whacky Packia doesn't have too much info, fact or mythology:
This is just a cut-and-paste of what Smithsonian has on their website. There is more to the Cook
story. I think an AES NYC section went into more detail last year. Maybe Jerry Bruck or Bob Auld put
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] LP pressing question
> -----Original Message-----
> From Matthew Barton: "...I don't think that the magnetic recording and
> patent situation explains the emergence of independent recording companies
> in the 1940s entirely..."
> I'm trying to remember the name of the person Tom Dowd told me created the
> cutter that allowed indi labels to operate without leased equipment and
> royalties. He was famous later for an early stereo disk system that used two
> parallel grooves and a cartridge with two styli. Tape recording was far more
> practical economically than disks. The fact that it made editing easy also
> permitted the use of less skilled and lots less expensive musicians.
> The other part of the equation was that the major labels had dropped most
> artists who weren't movie stars. This led to people leaving the majors and
> setting up independent distribution companies and labels to handle niches
> that they knew from experience could be profitable.
> The rise of independent distribution enabled both independent labels and
> genre-specific dedicated record stores because the traditional music and
> department store outlets tended to only handle major label records along
> with the same company's record players.
> Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
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