30-minute video about Ampex Corporation and Ampex tape recorders, from a
kinescope recording of a live television broadcast originally made by
KGO-TV and broadcast in 1955 June, and accidentally found by Charlie
Anderson (one of the original
Video Recorder engineers) in 2003 Sept. (Viewable by AES members.)
We see a visit to the Ampex headquarters in Redwood City, with an explanation of audio and instrumentation recording. Brief interviews with Bob Sackman (Instrumentation Div. Manager), Walt Selsted (Engineering and Research Div Manager), Phil Gundy (Audio Div Manager), George Long (Ampex President), and Alex Poniatoff (Ampex Founder), then a demonstration of making a -Sound-on-sound- recording.
Finally a review of manufacturing a Model 600 audio recorder: making heads (stacking laminations, lapping pole tips, winding the coil, assembling and testing the finished head), and making a wiring harness (with [the other] Charlie Anderson).
Added: Libraries: Looking for an historical issue of an audio-related magazine, including Audio, db, REP, Studio Sound, Western Electric catalogs, GR Experiminter, Bell Labs Record, RCA Review, and much, much more? See americanradiohistory . For the SMP(T)E, Journal look below in "Motion Pictures".
Added: Microphones: Studio microphones -- manuals, descriptions, pictures, schematics, sound samples, characteristics, notes and comments. A site by Prof. S. O. Coutant (retired), Performing and Communication Arts, Pasadena City College.
One of the best histories of magnetic recording is
here; update "Magnetic Recording:
The Ups and Downs of a Pioneer, The Memoirs of Semi Joseph Begun", is again
available at the AES Historical
Added: John Herbert Orr, by David Morton.This historical study examines part of the career of Alabama native John Herbert Orr (1911...1983). Orr is perhaps best known for his OrRadio Industries, Incorporated, of Opelika, Alabama, a company that manufactured magnetic recording tape after World War 2.
Added: Finding His Voice (1929). An animated cartoon synchronized to voice and sound.
Added the following:
SIGSALY -- The Origins of DSP and Compression, by Jon D. Paul
Sel-Sync and the Octopus: How Came to be the First Recorder to Minimize Successive Copying in Overdubs, by Ross Snyder.
The Les Paul Console in 1958
Added the following:
Which contains the YouTube presentations:
And the links to:
Reeves Sound Studios NYC (1933 - 197X)
UCSB's massive Edison cylinder archive and transfer project
The in-house newsletter from Bill Putnam's empire in its heyday
Added Bob Morrison's STL Manual
Added SMP(T)E Issues Available Online
Added 135rd Convention, San Francisco, 2013-10-19, Agenda
Added 135th Convention New York, NY, USA, 2013-10, Historical Events
Added AES Members, 1951 Found & scanned courtesy of Del Eilers.
Added "Recordgraph", a 1940s sound recorder/reproducer that embosses a groove on an endless loop of uncoated 35-mm film, to "Online Museums", with the technical description and its history and applications .
Added new interviews to "Talks and Papers"
Updated Journal Obituaries
Added Ampex Factbook 1970
Added Popular Misconceptions about Magnetic Recording History and Theory---Things You May Have Missed over the Past 85 Years, by Jay McKnight
Added Calculating the Short Wavelength Response of the Magnetic Recording and Reproducing Process -- A Historical Review, by Jay McKnight
Updated Historical Committee Activities at AES Conventions
Added Stanford Libraries' Ampex Model 200A Magnetic Tape Recorder, Restored by Larry Miller ("All About the Ampex Model 200A"), with links to relevant references
Added the Ampex 200A references:
Added 131st Convention, New York, NY 2011-10-22
Links to Museums
Updated Links to Unofficial Sites
Updated Links to Organizations and Institutions
Updated HC Officers and Projects
Updated some "404" URLs along the way
Added "Recording History Technology", and the intro to it on the Home Page.
Updated HC Officers and Projects
Added Development of Coated Tape and the Magnetophon in Germany
Added 3M tape Tables in SI Units
Added BOG Reports for Conventions 124, 125, 126, 127, and 129.
Added AES129 HC Meeting Agenda
Added McKnight, AC-Bias at Bell Telephone Labs, 1936-1939
Added Leslie and Snyder "History of the Early Days of Ampex Corporation", the first publication of an original history.
Added Hilliard "A Brief History of Early Motion Picture Sound Recording and Reproducing Practices"
Added Hilliard "Early History of the Evolution of the Volume Indicator"
Added Frayne "[History of] Motion Picture Sound Recording"
Added Frayne "History of Disk Recording"
Added link to "Audio Record"
Added Harry Hirsch to Project Leaders as Oral History Video Project Editor.
Added "Tape Degredation Factors and Challenges in Predcting Tape Life", a link to Richard Hess' ARSC Journal paper. Squealing tape, and what can and can't be done about it to play those tapes, including a new method.
Updated Obituaries, Index and links to
Added Agenda for HC Meeting on 2008-10-03
Added 125th Convention "Historical Events" and Historical Committee Meeting time on this page (above).
HC meeting time changed to Tuesday, 2008-05-20, 10:00...12:00 h on top of home page.
Added HC meeting at Amsterdam Convention to top of home page.
Added advertisement for Historical Events at Amsterdam Convention; reference to "AES Celebrates 60th Anniversary", and that Oral Histories will be available on DVDs; numerous minor rewordings to the home page.
Added obituary for Ross Snyder
Added Update on the Ampex Collection at Stanford University
Added to Project Leaders page: Stan Tempelaars as Historical Events for the 124th Convention (Amsterdam, 2008-05).