Category Archives: History

The Thrill is Gone, Goodbye to the dynamic gentlemen of the blues.

In 1979 I was working for Fedco Audio Labs in Providence, RI. Fedco was a 24 track audio remote truck recording live concerts for release on vinyl. The truck had a 22-foot box that was converted to a control room with more »

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There was a time when the only portable music for your car was an AM radio.

Just because you’re driving in your car, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take your hi-fi music with you. Here’s a Chrysler innovation: a phonograph for your car. In 1956 Chrysler teamed with CBS to create the “Highway Hi-Fi” – more »

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High Quality Recording and Reproducing of Music and Speech

High Quality Recording and Reproducing of Music and Speech By J P Mald and H C Harrison (Bell Telephone Laboratories 1926).      From: http://www.charm.rhul.ac.uk/history/p20_4_1_3.html   The Age of electrical recording   In this time of incredible technical achievements in every more »

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The Marconi-Stille magnetic recorder-reproducer.

  On Christmas Day 1932 the British Broadcasting Corporation first used a tape recorder for their broadcasts. The device used was a Marconi-Stille recorder, a huge tape machine which used steel razor tape 3 mm wide and 0.08 mm thick. In order more »

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Mullard – The Blackburn Vacuum Tubes Factory

This great documentary about the manufacturing of thermionic valves was made by Mullard at the Blackburn factory in Great Britain. The plant was closed in the early 80’s due to the decrease of demand for this kind of devices. The more »

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1932 New Phonograph Record Plays Half Hour Music Program

The phonograph, long overshadowed by the radio, now promises to come back into popularity, thanks to the development of an improved type of phonograph record recently introduced. Capable of running for a full half hour, the new long-playing record reproduces more »

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The coming record revolution: digital discs. Popular Science (Nov, 1981)

    The coming record revolution: digital discs A laser “reads” the compact, no-wear disc to deliver superior hi-fi By LEONARD FELDMAN Tokyo, Japan A Sony technician slipped a small disc into the slot of a player no larger than more »

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Electronics at Work

This is an odd educational film, possibly intended for the school audio-visual market. Like any film meant to be shown in Electronic Shop I, it isn’t very flashy but it has a lot of infomation to offer. It starts off more »

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MIX Magazines Class of 2012

  Malibu, CA, June 14, 2012 The Year’s Finest Facilities Featured in MIX magazine’s Class of 2012. Each Year MIX magazine names the Hottest Recording/Production studios around the globe. Among this year’s studios was Creative Audio Works located in Plymouth more »

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The First Music Video, 1895 The Dickson Experimental Sound Film.

This film, known as The Dickson Experimental Sound Film, is the first known film with live-recorded sound. The film features William Dicksonplaying the melody “Song of the Cabin Boy” from the light opera “The Chimes of Normandy“, composed by Robert Planquette in 1877. more »

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