BBC:

Mr Horse, what are those boxes on the floor?, they look like transformers to me.

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  1. henry_the_horse says:

    Indeed. They are power supplies for condenser microphones.

  2. Kwai Chang says:

    Wow…The Gretsch looks mighty shiny!
    barely enough room for the amps…but a seating for an audience?
    THAT’s what I call intimate venue syndrome.
    Is it really 8:40am?
    Calling Brian Mathews…

  3. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    The BBC’s Paris Studio, London – recording “From Us To You” special 18 December 1963

  4. Tammy says:

    Transformers like that can get a pretty good hum going, tho these were probably well made to not be too noisey. The equipment always looks so archaic, but the sound was so good that they recorded, always amazes me.

  5. derek says:

    Absolutely—hats off to the engineers for all that bouncing down and barely any noise at all (4 tracks on 2-inch tape helps). A masterly job. Though those Green Machine BRT things still look like something off the Flinstones.

  6. nika says:

    It’s Brian Matthew. Not Mathews.

  7. henry_the_horse says:

    It was 4-track on 1-inch tape. The Telefunken M-10, T9U and the Studer J37, I mean.

  8. derek says:

    dang… as my ex-wife will testify: inches do matter.

  9. henry_the_horse says:

    In this case inches wide matters -as well as inches long (i.e. tape speed)- as it allows more resolution. When they recorded onto 1/4″ twin-track, the Beatles got 1/8″ per track. This was mixed to 1/4″ mono adding a bit of tape hiss but also gaining resolution (i.e. 1/8″ per track -> 1/4″ per track). If the song was mixed to 1/4″ stereo then resolution stayed equal but hiss was added. When recording onto 1 inch 4-track, each track got 1/4″. Hence, resolution was better to begin with, and degradation was at mixdown. In 1965, with reduction mixes, lots of hiss started being the norm, and that was when E.M.I. Hayes designed a noise reduction system similar to what would later be the Dolby system. Resolution degraded when migrating to 1 inch 8-track, as each track got 1/8″ tape. The less inches per track the more tape hiss too.

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