There's no reason to cobble in the age of DAWs. Just transfer both bands with a good quality 1-mil
mono cartridge and then line them up, checking "sync" as often as needed. Bob Auld did this very
convincingly for an AES NYC section presentation a few years ago. The Cook sound on what Bob did
(one section from an SFX record and a Brahms recording, forgot the orchestra) was what I'd call
"binaural" rather than stereo -- works best with headphones as opposed to speakers. Most speaker
setups leave a hole in the middle. Bob achieved good "sync" with the Brahms because there was no
flangeing/phase-swoosh at any time with the room tone/reverb nor did the strings move around. I've
been able to do something similar with several "staggered-head" 2-track tapes. Given the tapes' age,
I verified "sync" every couple of minutes, looking for transients supposed to occur about in the
center of the stereo image. Then I listened all the way through for any flangeing or swishing and,
as long as the tape was in half-way decent shape (there was one reel so badly warped that it was
hopeless), the transfers were a stereophonic success.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 11:34 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "soundbook" Book-Records Inc, NY
From: Punto <[log in to unmask]>
> A few years back I posted to this list about some interesting Cook LPs
> that were apparently stereo recording that used a separate groove for
> each channel and required two tonearms for playback. Does anyone out
> there have a working turntable fitted out to play these curiosities?
> Peter Hirsch
I've got about 30 or more of these Binaural records but still haven't
found a Cook arm or adapter. One of these days I should cobble one
together. I've got enough extra parts lying around. One of the dual
band records is a Wilbur deParis jazz album on Atlantic, and last year I
also got a copy of the album in a regular stereo issue Atlantic did
about five years later. Cook also reissued some of the albums in
regular single-groove stereo, and put out one demo CD with a variety of
his early stereo tracks.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
On 12/7/2010 10:06 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> In addition to being a record label, Emory Cook was also a recording
> engineer and recording service. There are a lot of Cook recordings that
> were not on the Cook Records label.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "soundbook" Book-Records Inc, NY
> From: Music Hunter<[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, December 07, 2010 9:46 pm
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Smithsonian Folkways markets some of the old Cook recordings in their
> demand series. You can see them here:
> Music Hunter sells them to libraries @ $ 12.97 per disc.
> Jay Sonin
> Your search for sound& video ends here!
> Jay Sonin, General Manager
> Music Hunter Distributing Company
> 25-58 34th Street, Suite # 2
> Astoria, NY 11103-4902
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Thomas Stern"<[log in to unmask]>
> To:<[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:11 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] "soundbook" Book-Records Inc, NY
> > Does anyone know the history of SOUNDBOOK (BOOK-RECORDS Inc.) which
> > produced a series
> > of 10" LP's bound with a book relating to the recording, one had
> > disks.
> > Some of the albums were re-issued by CAEDMON in a CB-x series (with
> > LP),
> > and later expanded to 12" with additional material.
> > They may have a connection with COOK RECORDS - one indicates "a Cook
> > recording",
> > another has recordings edited by Sam Eskin, who was connected to Cook
> > also
> > Folkways, and independent).
> > Below is a list of the albums I know of - PLEASE send information for
> > others. Thanks!
> > Best wishes, Thomas.
> > Soundbook ??? THE PUEBLO INDIANS in Story, Song and Dance
> > as told by Swift Eagle
> > Caedmon CB-3
> > Caedmon TC 1327 12" (expanded)
> > Soundbook 965 SONGBIRDS OF AMERICA
> > published in cooperation with Cornell University Press
> > Soundbook 988 THE TIME OF SINGING - The Story and Songs of Passover
> > Michael Alexander, baritone' Richard J Neumann, musical
> > director.
> > Soundbook 1011 THE STORY OF THE MUSIC BOX (with 2-45rpm disks)
> > Caedmon CB-2 with 10" disk
> > "A cook recording"
> > Soundbook 1020 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Lullabies from near and far
> > Caedmon CB-1
> > Caedmon TC 1399 12" (expanded)
> > Record research and editing: Sam Eskin