[78-L] OT: Multitrack recording

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com.invalid
Tue Sep 12 02:41:09 PDT 2017

David and Joe, thanks for answering.
David, are you talking about RCA-recordings made in the 1950's or 1960's?
It strikes me that the cutters must have used two-track tape before the 
advent of four-channel stereo. In that case, the "masters" (from which 
the lacquers were cut) must have been second generation tapes, if the 
recordings were made on three- or more-track tape recorders.
Can anyone confirm?

On 2017-09-12 05:14, David Lennick wrote:
> 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 more). dl 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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