Mike Gray interviewed at least two of the engineers on the project. I had
extensive conversations with Howard about at various times from 1988 on. As
far as I know, all those men are now deceased.
On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 10/7/2012 12:18 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> 'm not doubting the disk-dubbing happened, I just have
>> trouble believing no one at Columbia knew about tape or had access to
>> tape machines before the dawn of the LP. And if they knew and had
>> access, why would they do a complex disk-to-disk dubbing method?
> Just speculating here: They wanted to do crossfades from one side to the
> next. To do that on tape, you need at least two decks for the A/B rolls,
> plus a third deck to record on.* The machines were still pretty rare and
> expensive in 1948. And it would have meant going down two generations on
> tape in the dubbing process, at a time when tape's signal-to-noise and
> distortion specs were still pretty mediocre.
> * Yes, they could do the A/B rolls on tape, then crossfade while recording
> onto a 33rpm disc cutter. That's not quite as complex as doing the
> crossfades from discs, but nearly so, and it still loses a generation.
> Again, just speculating. It'd be intereesting if someone involved in those
> recordings was still available to interview.
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