[78-L] OT: Multitrack recording

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca.invalid
Mon Sep 11 20:14:09 PDT 2017

Graham Newton mastered lacquers at RCA Canada and they worked from 2-track 
tapes. I once ran across a batch of RCA master tapes at a store in Toronto..a 
couple of bucks each but they'd been bulked and they were on RCA tape (say no 


On 9/11/2017 11:01 PM, gmail - i.collect.records wrote:
> I've read that 2 track copies were made from multi-channel masters for
> mastering stereo discs.
> I own 1 2" multi-channel master tape but do not have a deck to play it
> on. It weighs a ton, and is on Ampex 456 so it might take a long time to
> bake. I also have a 1/4" 2 channel copy. I may even have some cassettes.
> Joe Salerno
> I collect Records of all formats, sizes and vintages.
> On 9/11/2017 3:02 PM, Kristjan Saag wrote:
>> Seems a new hobby for Hi-Fi freaks is to obtain copies of original
>> master tapes. According to a collector I know the sound quality is so
>> much better than the one you get from a first pressing, and the loss of
>> quality is marginal from one copy to another.
>> It's hard to believe that, with original masters being as fragile as
>> they are and probably not suitable for making a multitude of copies.
>> What I'd like to know is for how long or how often two-track recordings
>> were made in recording studios, as compared to three-track and, later,
>> four-track. The tape copies on sale today seem to be two-track and are
>> said to be "original", but could they be "bounced" from three-track? If
>> so, did the record companies do this kind of bouncing themselves for
>> some reason?
>> Kristjan

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