Category: A Lil Nostalgia

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The Invention Of The Phonograph: From Early Recordings To Modern Time

May 18, 2017  By Tom Lubin The storied history of a device that has significantly shaped modern culture For the purposes of introduction, the gramophone and the phonograph have been considered a single invention since the former evolved out of the latter to eventually replace it. Both were inscribing, groove based systems. The gramophone/phonograph was…
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Hear At Last: A History Of Stage Monitoring

December 5, 2019  Becky Pell Key steps in the early days and milestones to where we are today It’s inconceivable nowadays that a band would perform a live show without stage monitors, but in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, that’s exactly what used to happen. In the early 1960s, sound systems were very…
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History of Strobe Tuners

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Strobe tuners (the popular term for stroboscopic tuners) are the most accurate type of tuner. There are three types of strobe tuners: the mechanical rotating disk strobe tuner, an LED array strobe in place of the rotating disk, and “virtual strobe” tuners with LCDs or ones that work on personal computers.…
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Studiomaster MA36

by Gordon Reid BACK IN THE good ol’ days when men were real men and computers weighed a ton, the only serious communications standard between machines was a system called RS232 (or V24). This “standard” was usually based on a 25-way “D” connector with pins 2, 3, 6 & 20 connected to each other. Sometimes, however,…
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History of Bojangles’ Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium

Over the past 60 years, some of the greatest musicians, performers and athletes have graced the stages at the auditorium-coliseum complex on Independence Boulevard, known today as Ovens Auditorium and Bojangles’ Coliseum. From concerts and sporting events to graduations and ice skating with family and friends, multiple generations of Charlotteans have walked through the doors…
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Woodstock 2019: Flashback or Reality?

by Baker Lee Illustration by Andy Au It has been reported that Michael Lang — one of the co-founders of the original Woodstock Festival — is planning to bring back the iconic “3 Days of Peace & Music” festival for a 50th anniversary edition. Interestingly, the plan is to have the event take place at…
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PI 14 Pseudoacoustic Infector

General Description Following in the time-honored tradition of Rane Engineering department’s never-ending quest to make the most out of the least, here is the revolutionary sonic enhancement product, the Rane PI 14. Limitations of space and patience preclude detailing all the limitless virtues of this acoustic stimulator, however one must make due with the allotted…
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Blast From the Past: An “Automatic” Third-Octave EQ Circa The 70s

By Ethan Winer • June 4, 2018 When I started recording professionally in the early 1970s, many recording studio control rooms and live venue sound systems were “tuned” using third-octave graphic equalizers. You’d play pink noise through the monitors, then use a microphone and third-octave Real Time Analyzer (RTA) to measure the system’s frequency response out in the…
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In The Studio: The Glory Days Of Muscle Shoals

By Bruce Borgerson • June 13, 2017 Muscle Shoals from 1967-1980, one of the most fascinating and perhaps unbelievable stories in the history of pop music recording. Working at Muscle Shoals was by far the best period for me, from the middle sixties through the seventies. I think my understanding was broadened and deepened so much by watching…
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George Strait’s bus driver recalls life on the road

by Kristen Drew Sunday, April 27th 2014 For more than three decades George Strait has graced the country music stage but in June the country legend is expected to retire from on the road. It marks a bittersweet end for some of Strait’s crew members who have been with him since the beginning of the…
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