Here is a description of the system with a link to the user manual:
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Early digital recording history -- RCA's first (according to Billboard)
> Any info on tape speed and recording time per reel? Just my quirky brain?
> בתאריך 09/11/12 7:01 PM, ציטוט Tom Fine:
>> Ye olde Billboard via Google Books yields another tidbit ...
>> Levine/CSO - Mahler #7 was RCA's first digital recording. Medinah Temple, July 1980. The
>> Soundstream system was used, and according to Billboard interviews with both producer Thomas Z.
>> Shepard and Soundstream head Thomas Stockham, it was a more elaborate setup than previous
>> Soundstream projects. Stockham said that his tape machine (a Honeywell instrumentation recorder)
>> was capable of up to 8 tracks, although the typical Soundstream setup was 4 tracks and usually
>> (in the case of Telarc at least), it was duplicate stereo sends. For the Levine/CSO recording,
>> Soundstream was sent 8 channels from RCA's recording setup. So two Soundstream electronics units
>> were sync'd together and the 8 separate digital signals were fed to the tape recorder. One can
>> imagine how slow the editing was with 8 tracks loaded into the DEC computer. This was all
>> probably pushing the capabilities of the Soundstream system. According to several different
>> interwebs sources, the record wasn't released until 1982. I wonder if there had to be some R&D at
>> Soundstream to get the project edited and mastered?
>> -- Tom Fine
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