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TECHNICAL TOURS

T1: STEINWAY & SONS
Friday, September 24, 9:00 AM

Ninety-seven percent of the piano soloists on last season's American concert stages used Steinways. It is the piano of the White House and of countless concert halls around the world. How do they achieve such a sought after timbre? Witness the creation of one of their handcrafted grand pianos.

T2: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTION & THE LAURA SPELMAN ROCKEFELLER MEMORIAL CARILLON
Friday, September 24, 1:30 PM

This tour offered an opportunity to view the museum's encyclopedia collection of musical instruments dating from the 14th to the 20th century. Then, on to Riverside Church where seventy-four bells weighing 10 lbs. to 20 tons make this the world's largest carillon, and the first to reach a full five octaves. Come hear (or feel) "C" three octaves below middle "C".

T3A & B: COLUMBIA-PRINCETON ELECTRONIC MUSIC CENTER
Saturday, September 25, 9:00 AM & 12:30 PM

Designed in 1939 by inventor Harry Olson and built by RCA, the world's first electronic synthesizer is comprised of 10 bays of 524 tubes. Such avant-garde luminaries as Milton Babbit, Charles Wuorinen, Wendy Carlos, and many more have composed on this very machine!

T4: HIT FACTORY
Saturday, September 25, 9:00 AM

A cornerstone of the NYC recording community, with countless Gold and Platinum record credits, the Hit Factory is a technologically advanced facility, featuring the most current analog and digital equipment for studio recording, multi-track mixing, and mastering.

T5: SEAR SOUND AND SONY
Saturday, September 25, 1:00 PM

First to Sear Sound, the all tube studio, where vacuum tube technology is not only alive and well, but on the cutting edge at Walter Sear's westside mecca. It is the oldest independent studio in New York City. Then, to Sony which is housed in the former Fox Movietone Studios. Sony is the keeper of the renowned CBS Records vault that traces America's music experience over this past century. Find out from Chief Engineer David Smith the technology and processes employed in preserving and restoring our national treasure. The 6,500-square-foot soundstage is linked to television production facilities and five recording studios.

T6: EDWIN HOWARD ARMSTRONG, ALPINE, NJ
Sunday, September 26, 9:00 AM

While in college he invented the regenerative circuit, ushering into existence the first amplifying receiver and the first reliable continuous wave transmitter. In 1918 he invented the superheterodyne circuit (a highly selective receiver) which greatly amplified weak signals. Upon these designs rest radio and television. Then, in 1933, Major Howard Armstrong invented FM. This is the facility that he founded.

T7: CARNEGIE HALL
Sunday, September 26, 9:00 AM

How do you reflect the sound of those who practice, practice, practice? Acoustician Larry King expounded on the attributes of one of the world's most famous concert halls.

T8: THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING & THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
Sunday, September 26, 1:00 PM

When the Empire State Building was finished in 1931, it was capped by a dirigible mooring mast, which was never used. That was replaced around 1951 by a 222 foot broadcast antenna from which every television station in the area and numerous radio stations transmitted. One of the 67 elevators took us to equipment rooms never before seen by the public. Then, we visited the World Trade Center, completed in 1973. The newer transmission tower sits atop a building with capacity for 25,000 people. We were treateded to a rare comparison of the two famous facilities.

T9: AVERY FISHER HALL
Sunday, September 26, 1:00 PM

Leo Beranek, Cyrill Harris and Russell Johnson. Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, home of the New York Philharmonic, has received much attention from acousticians. Russell Johnson will hold forth on the recent acoustical improvements benefiting the musicians of this famous orchestra.

T10: MARTIN GUITAR COMPANY, NAZARETH, PA.
Monday, September 27, 8:30 AM

This field trip took us to the 166-year-old Guitar Company in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where we saw these famous instruments being manufactured. A family owned business through six generations; Martin is credited with developing the modern acoustic guitar as we know it.

T11: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY
Monday, September 27, 9:00 AM

NBC was incorporated in September 1926 by FCC decree to encourage a professional scheduled approach to what was occasional on-air presentations by radio station hobbyist owner/experimenters. The first network broadcast (a 4 1/2-hour variety show remote from The Waldorf-Astoria) was picked up by half the four million (AM) radio-equipped homes nationwide. In 1933, NBC, with parent RCA, moved into an acoustically designed home in the new Rockefeller Center, which quickly received the nickname Radio City. We will see Broadcast Operations Control and Studio 8H, home of Arturo Tosconnini's NBC Symphony Orchestra to Saturday Night Live.

T12: AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANY
Monday, September 27, 1:00 PM

In May 1941, the FCC decreed that no single organization should control more than one broadcast network. The assets and operations of the Blue Network were separated from the Red Network, and in October 1943, the stock sold to new ownership. It was renamed the American Broadcasting Company. With a history that reaches back to 1927, we will view the future, as we tour Master Control, HDTV, Network Break, Digital Control, and news facilities.

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