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SH Spotlight How records are made: RCA Command Performance 1942 & "Living Stereo" 1956. MUST SEE!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. sacsongs

    sacsongs Forum Resident

    St. Louis , MO
    Gotta love those old William Ganz documentaries. Fantastic
  2. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    Yeah, the bit where they pass the wax blank through a slot in the wall, had me saying in Tom Servo's voice "You have to be careful around those mastering engineers, one of them could take your arm clean off!"
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  3. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Rare Earth maven

    Eastern Iowa
    Never saw this thread until just now. Very cool stuff.

    Thanks Steve.
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  4. Thank you, Mr. Hoffman! Love these old, super informative video documentaries. I'm enjoying them a lot.
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  5. Naughty Chord

    Naughty Chord Hole in my Socrates

    Sub-Tropo Texas
    Glad I watched these. Very educational.

    Money quote from the second film "Sound And The Story (1956)"...
  6. EasterEverywhere

    EasterEverywhere Forum Resident

    No wonder,this is fascinating.There are lots of newer films out there on the web of the making and pressing of vinyl,but this may be the only one from the 78 era.The number of steps they went through back then was incredible.Everybody recognize Nathaniel Shilikrit as the conductor?

    How about the radio with the Magic Brain record changer?
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  7. EasterEverywhere

    EasterEverywhere Forum Resident

    I have one of these RCA Stereo-Orthophonic consolettes from 1959.It came with an optional external speaker.Does anyone,by any chance have one I could buy?I realize I can use any old external speaker,but I would like to get an original one.
  8. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    Please inqure in the classifieds forum.
  9. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    Wow, there was a lot of hard, manual labor involved in making a record. What a cool little documentary that Command Performance is. I had to keep reloading it for some reason, but I saw the whole movie, it was a treat.
    Thanks for sharing these movies Steve, I'll watch the other one a little later.:)
  10. EasterEverywhere

    EasterEverywhere Forum Resident

    Finally found the correct model a few weeks ago fairly reasonably on ebay.

    Now if I could get somebody to work on it.
  11. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    Quite a find, congrats. :)

    Please inquire in the audio hardware forum. :D
  12. That's so helpful in understanding the process...thanks! Question: Is the run-out information that's on the record etched/stamped into the mother (or mold as RCA called it)?
  13. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Sorry, I misunderstood your question.

    No, it's written, stamped on the soft lacquer and transferred over just like everything else when turned into metal.
  14. That makes sense. However, what is happening when you see a subsequent pressing with earlier information crossed out? For example, I have the recent Nirvana Nevermind, which seems to reuse the master from the earlier ORG issue, cut by Bernie Grundman...the ORG is just crossed out on the more recent issue and new numbers added.
  15. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    That's on the part, either the mother or master. We in our biz call it "Institutional Memory Mutilation."
  16. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host Thread Starter

    Reopened by request.

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