On 2012-04-26 9:46 AM, Bob Olhsson wrote:
> It was recorded using a separate machine that was often located in a central
> building on the lot but very much at the same time. When I was working in
> film during the '90s I was told dialogue replacement in the original
> language is a recent development having to do with the introduction of very
> portable cameras and a declining number of sufficiently quiet production
> locations.
Hi, Bob,

When I was studying media/communications at St. John's University in NYC 
in the early 1970s, we went to many NYC media venues. I can't, for the 
life of me, remember the name of the mixing stage we went to in 
Manhattan. I recall it on the East Side but would have to guess as to 
what streets...midtown-ish is the best I can do (34th to 72nd).

At this mixing stage we got to see ADR being done. Over and over and over...

I am not certain what the production might have been a 
documentary, which was what we saw being mixed if I recall correctly, or 
it might have been an ADR session even for a commercial. I was more 
interested in the process than the content, but it seemed the norm at 
that facility even in the early 1970s.
> I recently saw a number of very early sound pictures and was floored by how
> little has actually changed in the way movie sound is done. It was almost
> all invented within a very few years.
I have the 1938 second printing of "Motion Picture Sound Engineering...A 
series of Lectures presented to the classes enrolled in the courses in 
Sound Engineering given by the Research Council of the Academy of Motion 
Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood, California" New York, D. Can 
Nostrand Company, Inc. 1938.

This book as been made available by AMPAS and the Audio Engineering 
Society links to it and other resources at
The direct link is It is 40 MB

> -----Original Message-----
> > From Don Cox:
> Am I right in thinking that the dialogue in classic Hollywood movies was
> almost always recorded separately - that is, not at the same time as the
> images were recorded ?
When I toured Hollywood sound stages in the 1980s and 90s, I did see a 
LOT of Foley and some ADR going on.



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