> Sony was 4th (and it was the
> pro-sumer PCM F-1 system at
> first, followed quickly by the 1600 system).
"Following the development of the home-use PCM-1 digital audio processor in
1977, the professional-use PCM-1600, which used the U-Matic machine, was
launched in March 1978."
May I point out that despite having the ability to record digitally what use
is that if you cannot edit?
Fact is that Sony was still telling me at the London AES in 1980 that they
had no digital editor but soooooon it should be available. ;-)
Bis, Robert von Bahr, was the first in Sweden if not in Europe? to buy the
Sony PCM-1, 78/79?, and used it to record in parallel with his ReVox A-77
from then on but he could not edit the digital tapes nor was there any
medium to release any digital recording in their native form.
When CD arrived, 82/83, the pressing capacity was so low that even if you
did have something ready to be sent to the replicator you could be set on
the waiting list for a year or so.
At the 1980 AES meeting in London I got bored and walked over to Kingsway
Hall to find DECCA/London producer Jimmy Walker and DECCA senior recording
engineer John Dunkerley recording solo piano works with Vladimir Ashkenazy
at the Steinway.
Despite having a fully operational digital recorder and editing system home
built they were still recording on two DECCA modified Studer A80 running in
parallel using Dolby A because they did not have more than a few digital
recorders and having many recording teams out recording scheduled works
meant that still some of the recordings had to be made in analogue because
of the shortage of digital recording equipment.
> no one was making commercial digital recordings
So to be able to make commercial recordings you must have editing equipment
too and having the ability to record digitally but NO editing facility and
you are still dead in the water with no ability to make a ready edited
product for sale.
This was the biggest reason for DECCA to make everything in house since the
thought of having to go to the USA, Soundstream, for editing was completely
out as far as DECCA was concerned. And the Soundstream editor was big and
clunky and VERY slow........
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