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In Reply to: RE: 3 channel mono? posted by Green Lantern on December 02, 2021 at 15:39:24
Most of the stereo recordings were done on three tracks: left, mono, right, with the mono thought of as a backup, or sometimes used to blend. At least that is my understanding of how things were done at the Columbia 30th St studio, and accounts for why in some re-issues of all takes from a session, some may be in mono, the stereo having been lost or damaged.
as info, that technique was common to film soundtracks in the late 50's / early 60's so that they were compatible with theatre playback equipment of the day, as many movie theaters hadn't upgraded / transitioned to stereo yet ... I suspect that's what you're thinking of Zarlino
there were records cut directly from that film in either mono or stereo too!
Thanks RV817. I know that the Sinatra Reprise sessions were done in three track, as were the Kind of Blue sessions, but shouldn't have assumed the center track was pure mono. With the setup pictured, it seems maybe Frank could listen to the original three track recordings before they were mixed.
For KOB they put trumpet and bass on the center track, which was also used to record the reverb return for all seven mics, at least for the first session.
were those all recorded at the Columbia 30th St studio?
I need to do some homework on this, great stuff!
Most of the Davis recordings for Columbia were done at 30th St, most of the Sinatra "Re-Prize" (as he pronounced it) at United Recorders, Hollywood.
If you'd like to know more about the Kind of Blue sessions than you ever imagined you'd want to know, Ashley Kahn has a book that is exhaustive.
The most detailed reference I know for all Davis' work up to 1960 is Jack Chambers' "Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis"
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