Very interesting, from the old pages of Billboard.
The articleon the bottom left is essentially an interview with Thomas Stockham of Soundstream. Read
especially Stockham's predictions about digital processing and storage. Plug-ins and managed arrays
before plug-ins and managed arrays.
In that same Billboard issue, beginning on Page 1, is an article about one of the last pre-Telarc
tests of the Soundstream system. This was one of Crystal Clear Records' three-way recording
sessions, specifically of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. The recording took
place with direct-to-disc as the primary release medium, but with engineer Bert Whyte doing backup
feeds to two different 2-track tape recorders plus a quad pickup to the Soundstream (according to
the article). I wonder where the Soundstream tape ended up. The former Telarc engineers might be
able to extract the 4 channels and produce either a 4-channel SACD or DVD-Audio disc. It makes me
wonder if Whyte used the same quad pickup at the future Crystal Cathedral, where he recorded Virgil
Fox around the same time. The Soundstream tapes from the Fox recording, at least the "front"
2-channels, ended up on a really lousy-sounding early-era CD, also on LP as "The Digital Fox"
volumes 1 and 2.
-- Tom Fine