Thanks. Very interesting, also the details about the Decca recorder.
Still more on 3M ...
Billboard, 5/26/79, page 43:
(you probably have to scroll to page 43, Google books interface has gotten worse and
Note the photo of Zubin Mehta and the Columbia stuff at the top right corner of page 43. Caption:
"DIGITAL SHOWPIECE - Zubin Mehta, center, music director of the New York Philharmonic, registers
approval as he monitors playback of Stravinsky's 'Petrouchka,' recorded digitally May 5 (1979). The
session was the first by CBS Records to make use of 3M's new 32-track digital system. Two identical
16-track feeds, mixed from 29 open microphones, were realyed to the 3M machine, and the wo backup
16-track Ampexes. Flanking Mehta are Andrew Kazdin, left, CBS producer, and Edward "Bud" Graham,
The 3M system was first used for a commercial recording in 1978, at Sound80 Studio in Minneapolis. A
2-track prototype version recorded the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra doing Copland's "Apalachian
Spring," which became the first digital-master album to win a Grammy.
DGG also used the 3M system for their early digital recordings.
-- Tom Fine
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Early digital recording history -- a couple of followups
> Tom Fine:
>> Does anyone know exactly what parts of
>> the BBC's technology 3M licensed?
> But a clue might be had after reading AES PrePringt 1583 65th convention
> 1980 February 25-28 London.
> "Analogue - to - digital and digital - to - analogue converters for high
> quality sound"
> N H C Gilchrist
> BBC Research Department
> Kingswood Warren
> In this paper Mr Gilchrist points to experimental work designing a 13
> channel 13 bit recorder being described in:
> Bellis, F.A 1976. A multichannel digital sound recorder.
> IERE. Video and Data recording conference, proc. no. 35. pp.123-126.
> He also state at the end of this paper, AES preprint 1583:
> He also acknowledges the work on digital converters carried out by research
> staff of the 3M company..........
> Best regards,
> Goran Finnberg
> The Mastering Room AB
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