I am happy to hear that you liked the sound of the Mellencamp record. And yes, I was the one who posted here last year asking for recommendation of a portable recorder. It was Eric Jacobs that suggested that we look at the Ampex 601. I have been engineering records for almost 30 years now and I must say that this was one of the most educational experiences I have ever had. The RCA ribbons we used sounded magical through that 601 preamp - far from clean but amazingly musical.

Here is a video clip of one of the songs recorded at Sun Studios. What you are hearing is the sound of one RCA 44 and the 601. The slap delay is even coming from the repro head of the 601. I would love to know what member of this list think of the sound.

Very Best

Paul Mahern 
Mahern Archival Engineering

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Analog recording (was: Ph.D. needs educating (copyright) bear with me!!)

>   Here I sit with great analog recording gear and skill,
> admittedly  in the learning  stage, and nobody to record.
> I remember George  Goeble who said, "I feel like a tuxedo
> with a pair of brown shoes"

I heard some clips the other day from John Mellencamp's new
album (produced by T-Bone Burnett), which was recorded with
an Ampex and one Microphone, in 3 historic locations (First
African Baptist Church, Savannah, GA; Sun Studios, Memphis;
and room 414 of the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, TX). I am
assuming this is the project that someone was trying to
scare up a recorder for on this list a while back. An
interview I saw said he found the recorder on ebay for $350.

One of the reviewers I heard thought the record was trash
because it was too "gimmicky", and thought that John was
pretentious for trying to walk in the footsteps of people
like Elvis and Robert. The other thought that the record was
great because it sounded great, and from what I heard, I
agree with him.

-Matt Sohn