Great shot, esp. the equipment. Was Dorati using products?
On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 2:14 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A long-time MLP fan tipped me off to this photo being for sale on eBay. I
> jumped right on it!
> this is from the very first Mercury recording session in Minneapolis,
> January 19-20, 1952. Dorati
> made his first recordings of Borodin's 2nd, Stravinsky's compete
> "Firebird", Berlioz "Roman
> Carnival" and pieces by Ravel and Debussy. The tape machines shown are
> "portable" Ampex 300's (they
> still weighed about 100lbs each, whether or not in portable cases). David
> Hall is using what I think
> is a Gates portable mixer/mic preamp (it might be RCA or Collins). The
> recordings were made with a single Neumann U-47, and the
> Gates unit probably was used to provide a gain stage after the mic and to
> distribute the signal to
> both tape recorders. David Hall is probably working with Dorati and the
> assistant conductor to
> gather approved takes he can edit together. The next time Mercury visited
> Minneapolis, fall 1952, my
> father had built his recording truck.
> -- Tom Fine