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Historical broadcast audio equipment

(July 2016)

TC
TonyCurrie STV Central Reporting Scotland
I believe some stations had a 1/4 inch machine with variable speed. Used to rescue recordings made on a Uher with failing batteries by reducing the tape playback speed so that voices sounded ok and dubbing it off to another machine recording at normal speed.

I once persuaded my wife that we should record her lengthy (for a feature programme) interview with Susan Hampshire in stereo, rather than mono, so I went with her to do the balance myself. On the station's only stereo Uher. The one nobody ever used. Or put new batteries in...... Of course I ended up having to dub the tape and sort the ghastly speed problems by holding my finger against the edge of the spool to slow it down. (It worked but was a total nightmare!) No varispeed at Radio Clyde in 1975.

Someone asked about grams in TV. Around 1971 I visited the BBC's studios at Beechgrove in Aberdeen. Not only was the TV studio still working in monochrome, but both the radio and TV studios were equipped with gram units that could only play at 78rpm. Effects discs and background music was still played off 10 inch 78rpm discs. It has to be said that in the late 60s, libraries like ******* released their music on vinyl 78rpm discs that sounded astonishing, and still do. I've done some remastering recently from some of these discs and the quality is vastly superior to 33rpm discs, and very much less prone to surface noise and clicks.
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Even watching the old CBBC Broomcupboard stuff right until the end in 1994, you can see the grams units in the background! Don't know how much they were used by that time though, I think it was mostly carts.
NG
noggin Founding member
Although that would rely on the other site having power and connectivity. Or a viable offsite backup.


I'd expect most 'shared folders' to be backed up offsite as a matter of course as base level ATOS provisioning. But for stuff like emergency kits of parts I'd expect them to be specifically saved somewhere known to be resilient. (Box is the BBC preferred DropBox-type service for instance)
IS
Inspector Sands
It has to be said that in the late 60s, libraries like ******* released their music on vinyl 78rpm discs that sounded astonishing,

Confused what word was censored out there?
CI
cityprod West Country (West) Spotlight
It has to be said that in the late 60s, libraries like ******* released their music on vinyl 78rpm discs that sounded astonishing,

Confused what word was censored out there?


My guess is the word was probably an alternate spelling of a lesser church, with 2 p's and 2 l's.
TC
TonyCurrie STV Central Reporting Scotland
It has to be said that in the late 60s, libraries like ******* released their music on vinyl 78rpm discs that sounded astonishing,

Confused what word was censored out there?


My guess is the word was probably an alternate spelling of a lesser church, with 2 p's and 2 l's.

No it wasn't. It was the Keith Prowse Music Library and Gawd knows why it got censored!!!
The views expressed on this forum are entirely my own.
BA
bilky asko Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Confused what word was censored out there?


My guess is the word was probably an alternate spelling of a lesser church, with 2 p's and 2 l's.

No it wasn't. It was the Keith Prowse Music Library and Gawd knows why it got censored!!!


I think it's a measure for the Requests forum...

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