1947-10-01 was recorded on Jack Mullin's modified Magnetophons (an
AEG transport with Mullin electronics). It wasn't until some time in
1948, as I understand it, that Ampex delivered the first Model 200A.
And you're right -- nothing to be ashamed of other than the level
variations in the homogeneous Magnetophonband Typ L that the original
was recorded on and perhaps one or two imperfect edits.
Do you know where the original of that tape is? My friend Don Ososke
made a few copies when he was at Ampex running the Standard Tape Lab
recorded at 15 in/s from the tape played at 30 in/s. Both machines
were ATR-100s. It was one of those copies that I digitized.
At 04:34 AM 2010-03-14, Ted Kendall wrote:
>Poor analogy. I have heard a straight dub of the first time the
>Ampex was used in anger, namely the opening show of Bing Crosby's
>1947 season. Nothing appalling there, I can tell you - technically, at least...
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2010 6:22 AM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] What do you think I should do?
>>I have already heard a sound file generated by image processing.
>>Don't remember where it was, but I think it was someone here in
>>Israel. Sounded horrible but it proved the possibility. Kind of
>>like the Mark 1 from ampex.
>>On 3/14/2010 7:53 AM, Michael Biel wrote:
>>>Alex Hartov wrote:
>>>>Make high resolution images of all the pieces. Use light at
>>>>~45degree incidence from two side ( two separate pictures). I am
>>>>sure it will be possible to revive the music from that.
>>>>If you want I'll make it a project to recover the sound from the
>>>>pictures. I teach a class in image processing.
>>>I hope it works. I must make a comment here because I have been
>>>preaching about the possibility of playing phoyographs of records
>>>for 40 years. I realized around 1970 as I took photos of journal
>>>pages and paper files to use as microfilm as a replacement for
>>>notetaking while researching for my PhD. dissertation that it was
>>>great that I could capture the page in an instant and read it
>>>later but when I took pictures of records I could only read the
>>>label info, not hear it. No instant capturing of the sound. Dubs
>>>had to be real-time. But I was sure that if the pictures could be
>>>taken so that the record was evenly lit -- like using a ring light
>>>around the lens -- and not have wedges of light, the sound could
>>>probably *someday* be played.
>>>When the design for the photographic system for the Rigler Deutsch
>>>Record Index was being developed I pleaded with them to light the
>>>discs evenly. But their ONLY concern was legibility of the label
>>>and the matrix number markings. But there are now unplayable
>>>photographs of 700,000 78s in the RDRI films. (For those who do
>>>not know, the records were photographed and the data entered into
>>>the computer from the films. Instead of the records being moved
>>>to the computer in those days of the mainframe, the special camera
>>>came to the archuve.)
>>>Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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