AES New York 2011
Historical Event

Sunday, October 23, 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm (Room: 1E11)

American Classical Recording—From 1 Microphone to 24 Tracks

Tom Fine

This Historical Event is an exploration of the history of recording techniques and equipment from the 1954 heyday of monophonic full-range high fidelity. Beginning with a single microphone, evolving to early stereo’s “golden age of recording,” and continues with the increasing complexity of the late 1960s and early ‘70s, when Columbia and EMI won Grammys for classical recordings made with as many as 32 mics and 24 tracks. This event is highlighted by a rare, comparative listening session featuring Grammy-winning recordings of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe recorded over three decades. Thomas Fine is a member of ARSC and owner of an analog-to-digital audio transfer studio. With a primary base of archival and education/ institutional clients, Fine specializes in transferring magnetic and grooved-disc media to high resolution digital formats. He is an avid collector of music recordings and student of recording-industry history.

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