I am certainly not a specialist in recording technology.
You will find some notes on the introduction of electrical recordings in
Germany at this website.
then scroll down/ hit the continue button
Am 16.07.2019 um 17:26 schrieb Steve Smolian:
> Thank you, Rainer. That was the answer I was seeking.
> Have you information about DGG’s 1927 recording process and how it
> differs from that of Western Electric? Did they use some of their own
> technology and pay royalties for other elements of it?
> Steve Smolian
> *From:*Dr Rainer E. Lotz <[log in to unmask]>
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> Am 15.07.2019 um 22:36 schrieb Steven Smolian:
> I've a promotional bag for Grammophon Electrische Raumton-Platte. Can
> anyone supply a translation for "Raumton"? My computer can't.
> Steve Smolian
> In 1927 Deutsche Grammophon introduced their own electrical recording
> technology, and coined the term Polyfar (the trade mark had been
> protected since 1923 for other purposes. In the UK the trade mark was
> not registered until 1929).
> The records were labeled „Elektrische Aufnahme. Serie: Polyfar “R”,
> and on the Polydor export label thus: „Electrical Recording. Serie
> Polyfar R“. The „R“ was short for „Raumton“, which could perhaps best
> be translated as "surround sound", although this term has meanwhile
> been used in a different way.
> The apparent idea was to make clear that while acoustic recordings
> used a one-dimensional/directional horn, the electric microphones
> could pick up sounds anywhere in the studio (or room), thus creating a
> fuller sound.
> Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
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