Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jack Tatty, Nov 8, 2018.
Look at this beauty....
A real beauty
Now there’s a wonderful thing
You don’t see much these days
Get about 200 albums on um
When your having a smoke
Oh those days
I used to have a little 4 track Tascam portastudio. Great piece of kit but I always wanted a proper reel to reel
Pfwoor. When I were a lad, I dreamt of owning a Revox. Not to be, I'm afraid
Things of rare beauty aren’t they? Would have loved a Revox
I also lusted after a Ferrograph - nice bit of valve kit - and in later life (and drunken eBay sessions) actually owned two of them. You realise within five minutes why they went out of fashion: they weigh a ton, and aren't actually that good. Back onto eBay they went...
my first sound editing lessons were cutting and splicing
when cubase came along i gave up and favoured lighting design
See, if you gave Young People Today a splicing block and some tape, they wouldn't have a clue. Is this progress? I think not.
<warming to subject> In my day, "cut and past" involved an Xacto knife, cow gum and Snopake to cover up the edges...
to be fair, i was always a lampy anyway but had to go through the noisy stuff too. once soundforge came about i healed the wounds of earlier sound editing
Still got my splicing block somewhere
The most beautiful piece of location sound recording kit I used to use was a Nagra, wonderful machine and incredible sound quality - although I will admit to leaving the profession before digital took over so can't compare with that.
As for 1/4" tape in the sound studio... my greatest fun was when we were producing the soundtrack for a short documentary project and I wanted to use the opening few bars of Pink Floyd's 'Money' - the cash sound effects part before singing, - but needed it to run longer than the actual opening of the song. So I had to make a loop. But at 15" per second, it was a rather long loop! In fact it required six of my friends with empty tape spools spinning on pencils, positioned around the studio with this massive loop of 1/4" tape held tight so that it would go through the tape heads at the correct pitch and speed, whilst I recorded it off onto another machine. I'm not sure today's Young Folk would really understand that at all! It sounded good too. And so much more fun that just digitally lifting a block of sound and pressing 'repeat' on a computer screen
You can still find Nagras for sale. They are the dogs. As a young lad, I considered joining the BBC as a sound recordist simply because you got a Nagra. I also considered becoming a postman, mind - I was fairly confused.
15 ips was a ridiculous - one slip, and you'd be showered with tape. Sold my Ferros mainly because trying to find decent new 1/4" tape just wasn't possible - nobody seems to make it any more.
Now you've got me looking at eBay
Beautiful! But a little beyond my price range even now.... and I’d have no use for it.... dammit sometimes I do wish I’d stuck with the film work though. With possible job loss / redundancy next year I did briefly consider seeing if I could call in a few contacts, but it’s been too long.... aw now I’m looking at eBay too!!!
Don't become a boom person. Do you want to spend your whole life holding a furry thing on a stick?
feather duster or candyfloss that only just survived the five second rule?
Ha ha ha believe me I’ve done the Boom Op / Sheep on a stick job many many times!
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