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SH Spotlight Studio Historians - 1950's-'60's typical recording studio setup & use

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tim S, Mar 9, 2007.

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    So Decca's company policy was to cut straight from three tracks to save time, money and tape until about 1965, when four and more tracks became commonplace? Did any label cut records using four or more tracks, or would that be too problematic? I can understand the need for two-track mixdowns for anything greater than three tracks, but why would Decca need to make a two-track dub of a three-track source for an 8-track or cassette release? Is it because EQ adjustments were required to be optimized for cartridge formats? Why couldn't they grandfather the straight three-track transfer process for existing masters? I just don't see the need for a Greatest Hits dub tape with all that extra reverb and distortion. Decca could've pulled apart the phono reel from Patsy Cline Story and reused most of the original tracks since most of the songs on Greatest Hits were already included in the Story gatefold (except "Faded Love", which they could've pulled from Portrait).
     
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