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Loudspeakers for the Perfectionist
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DITTON 66 STUDIO MONITOR
Represents the ultimate that modern loudspeaker technology has to dffier.
Left to Right: Ditton 10 Mark I I, Ditton 120, Ditton 15, Ditton 44, Ditton 25.
High Quality - Low Price! Employs HF1300 and 8" Bass Unit. Housed in very attractive cabinet.
Celestion Write for details of Celestion sound equipment ROLA CELESTION LIMITED DITTON WORKS, FOXHALL ROAD, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK
l FEATURES studio sound 21 A NOVEL QUADRANT FADER By M. G. Skeet INCORPORATING TAPE RECORDER
31 AES 42 -A REPORT FROM LOS ANGELES By Stephen Lamphen
37 DESIGNING A TRANSPORTABLE MIXER AUGUST 1972 VOLUME 14 NUMBER 8 By Julian Vereker
41 SURVEY: AUDIO MIXERS EDITOR DAVID KIRK
59 SOUND IN THE THEATRE Part Two
ASSISTANT EDITOR JOHN DWYER By Keith Wicks 61 SYNCHRONOUS TAPE RECORDING SYSTEM
CONSULTING EDITOR JOHN CRABBE By Dr. J. A. Archer -Hall
AUDIO GROUP ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER ROBIN WELLS
ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER TONY NEWMAN
Editorial and Advertising Offices: LINK HOUSE, DINGWALL AVENUE, CROYDON CR9 2TA. Telephone: 01 -686 2599 Link House Publications Ltd 1972. All rights reserved.
LAST MONTH in this column we referred to the compact cassette as being a joke, a view we still hold. This comment provoked an unexpected reaction from a reader who telephoned his whole -hearted agreement. Not from him, however, the usual stories of wow, dropout, squeaking and jamming. He had purchased a disc album only to find the quality well below the Pop average. Reading the sleeve notes he learned that the recording had been mastered on a cassette 'because it was live'. Live that is, before the cassette took hold of it.
Perhaps we are out of touch but we simply didn't believe him. So we bought a copy and, sure enough, found it had been mastered on an Ampex stereo cassette recorder. While accepting that modern equipment can give passable 4.75 cm /s results by domestic not -so -hi fi standards, what possible excuse can be made for mastering at so low a speed, particularly in combina- tion with the narrow track width of a cassette. Under tightly controlled conditions (carefully chosen and adjusted machine, selected cassette, meticulously cleaned heads, Dolby A), it is possible that a reasonable disc could result. But this is stretching equipment and operators to their limits. Why not take advantage of similar improvements in 38 cm /s performance? These have been less dramatic, admittedly, but only because the medium has been a good one from pre -BTR2 days. The compact cassette was developed as a domestic system. Philip's initial attempts to compete Musicassettes against gramophone records were greeted with amusement from the trade. Today, after seven years, the disc is still a long way from dead. Our fear is that cassette mastering may become more than an isolated gimmick (in the disc in question, it was not presented as anything other than normal practice). If it acquires respectability, and if cassette recorders receive the casual treatment accorded to more conventional equipment, the result will be a long stride back towards the telephonic qualities of the seventy -eight.
23 BOOK REVIEWS By Roderick Snell
25 DIARY By Keith Wicks
29 AROUND THE STUDIOS By Adrian Hope
One of a series of illustrations from the Gabinetto Armonico by Filippo Bonanni, published in 1723. This engraving represents King David (no relation), to whom the work was dedicated. The Gabinetto Armonico has been reprinted by Dover Publications and provides a useful guide to contemporary instruments.
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STUDIO SOUND, AUGUST 1972 3
spendor Studio Series
'A new standard in loudspeaker design'*
Types BCI and BCII
Size L.F. Unit H.F. Units
Nominal Impedance Frequency Range
Power Rating BCI BCII
25in. x 11,'n. x 12in. SPENDOR 8in. plastic cone Celestion HF 1300 S.T.C. 4001 G 8 ohms 45 Hz to 25 kHz C-3 dB, 60 Hz to 14 kHz) 40 watts programme 50 watts programme
Types BCIA and BCIIA Specification as above but with SPENDOR power amplifier M.208 (20 watts) or M.508 (50 watts) fitted into the back panel. Balanced or unbalanced inputs are available to order.
Prices from 72.31 Trolleys 8.50 each
*John Shuttleworth, 'Studio Sound' September 1970.
Spendor Audio Systems Limited Kings Mill Kings Mill Lane South Nutfield Redhill RHI 5NF Phone Nutfield Ridge 2554
-LEVEL CONTROL EQUIPMENT
pand with . . AUDIO DESIGN RECORDING F760X the complete answer to NOISE AND COMPRESSOR PROBLEMS
* Expander: 20 db noise attenuation * Versatile compressor * Fast peak limiter
The best in one small simple -to- operate package, write for details now
Audio & Design (Recording) Ltd St. Michael's, Shinfield Green, Reading, Berks
Telephone: Reading (0734) 84487
WOW and FLUTTER METERS
Illustrated is the ME 102B, one of the three types of Wow and Flutter Meters distributed by us exclusively in the U.K. It is widely used by all the leading Broad- casting, TV and Recording Studios, manufacturers of tapedeck -tape recorders, turntables, record -changers -in fact by anyone concerned with the accurate measurement of drift and wow and flutter. Fuller details on application.
LENNARD DEVELOPMENTS LTD. LOCKFIELD AVE., BRIMSDOWN, ENFIELD, MIDDX. Tel. 01 -804 8425
AMITY TAPE RECORDERS FEATURES
Built -in Dolby (A) noise reduction systems an alter- native extra- spacesaving and much less expensive. Variable capstan speed. Heavy cast alloy deck plate. Printed circuit spooling motors. Electronically controlled braking. Direction sensing. Tension sensing (ensuring constant tape tension from end to end of spool). Plug in tape logic cards. All deck functions can be remotely controlled. All electronic functions remotely controlled. Separate aural and visual monitoring. Console mounted with teak veneered side panels. British made and designed throughout. No import duty. Our organisation ensures immediate service anywhere. It is possible to expand the number of tracks and modules from your basic purchase due to the tape recorder's special method of construction.
For further details please write to :
AMITY RECORDING DEVELOPMENTS 3/4 New Compton Street, London, WC2H 8DD
TAPE WIDTH AND CONFIGURATION Mono Stereo _ 4' Tape 4 Track J 4 Track 8 Track 8 Track 16 Track 16 Track 24 Track 32 Track
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TAPE SPEED 15 and 30 ips. fixed and variable 38 and 76 cps. fixed and variable
WOW AND FLUTTER Less than .05 ".. Peak
ELECTRON ICS FREQUENCY RESPONSE Better than 30 Hz -16 kHz 2dB overall Sync. better than 30 Hz- 3 dB overall
SIGNAL TO NOISE (Weighted) -62 dB 24 Track
' 2" Tape -64 dB 16 Track
(Input) +4 dB == O.V.U. into 10 K ohms. Bridging balanced (Output) +dB= O.V.U. into 600 ohms. Balanced Clipping Level +24 dB E Q. N.A.B. Distortion better than 2 ",.
CONSUL SIZE 24 Track Height 719 Width 45" Depth 30" 16 Track 719" 31" 30" 8 Track 55}" 31" 30" 4 Track 479" 31" 30' 2 Track 394' 31" 30
Mono 39)" 31" 30'
I IiWE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR I I TAPE RECORDERS. PLEASE SEND
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