DC wrote:Yes this is very nice to see.... makin your spliff on the multitracktape box. But what did they record to ? is it 2x 1/2 "8 track synced. And 1 mastererecorder i assume.
They recorded to 1/2 inch Ampex 440, although they did have a teac 3340s 1/4 inch 4 track just for echo, it used to sit on that little table by the wall, but Joe hated the sound of it.Later they got the 1/2 inch Studer 4 track ( Balistic Affair was done on that).They would usualy record drums on one, base on two, rythm on three and vocals or horns on track four.But if they needed more tracks then they would bounce to the 2 track and add the vocals.
The API was a 16 input by 8 out with 8 subgroups and a very complex monitoring system.It had 16 550A eq,s with 16 API pre,s based on a 512.It also had a couple of 525 compressors and that famouse tone generator for test tones.It also had a producers desk originaly on the right but changed to the left when they installed the console.
For reverb they started with an old Fisher spring line ( bit like Tubbys )you can hear it on those early Diamonds tracks.
But then around late 75 Joe got a AKG BX10 and that legedary splash on the drums started.
I remember it used to sit under the console, later during the Scientist era Joe got the bigger BX20 with the remote control but I think that sat out in the cutting room.