The "audiophile" version of the Neil Young album is basically what Tom
They cut discs using the booth (with a re-built tube amp, restored
lathe, and -- I think -- a new microphone) and then transferred those
discs to lacquer for the standard version.
Then they ALSO ran a mic (or two?) out of the booth to a proper tape
machine, so they could capture the same performances without all the
artifacts of the booth/discs etc, and those are the so-called
"audiophile" versions. I can't say for certain whether they tapped the
same audio signal from the booth or if they ran a separate mic.
I'd love to hear this alternate version but the $99 box set price is
too steep for me.
George Ingram at Nashville Record Production handled the tech side,
I'm sure he'd be glad to share details if you reached out to him. I
hope I haven't misconstrued his methods here.
The standard album is crazy and noisy as hell, but nevertheless I
found it quite moving, and I'd recommend it to any serious Neil Young
On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Lorna:
> Right, but what MAKE AND MODEL for the mic you're using? We're curious as to
> its sensitivity, directional pattern, etc. This all has bearing on how to
> use it in a booth.
> In "fixing up" the Presto recorder, what did your friend do? Do you know for
> sure that it runs on speed and to original mechanical specs? What about the
> electronics? Did a technician test each stage to make sure the noise floor
> is low and hum is not entering the audio circuits? And the cutterhead, how
> was that restored? I don't know enough about these machines to say for sure,
> but if there is mechanical damping and isolation, I think it's a good bet
> that 70-year-old rubber or plastic is shot and lubricants probably need to
> be cleaned out and replaced. You need to do all of this just to get the
> machine running as it was designed to run and as it ran in the 1940s. By the
> way, if the turntable is driven with a rubber puck (sometimes call a
> puck-drive or rim-drive design), it's likely that the rubber has dried out
> and the platter thus probably has bad wow and may not run on-speed. All of
> these things can be restored, but care and enterprise must be practiced
> because usable original parts probably don't exist.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Lorna Fulton" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] recording booths
>> Oh- sorry! Its a 1938 presto Model D: had it all fixed up by a friend as
>> it had been sitting in a recording studio for about 40 years and no longer
>> It already has a preamp, so we're using the machine with a standard mic.
>> My knowledge of the technical side of it isn't brilliant I'm afraid!
>> Lorna Fulton
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>> On 18/09/2014 18:08, "Paul Stamler" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> On 9/18/2014 2:39 AM, Lorna Fulton wrote:
>>>> Its just a standard microphone with xlr/amphenol connectorŠ.
>>> I think we'd all like to know the make & model, and what associated
>>> recording chain you're using -- preamp or interface etc.