Oral history of recorded sound

Townsend, Kenneth, general manager of Abbey Road Studios. (1 of 2). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Townsend, Kenneth, 1933-, Sound recording - History, Recording industry

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    Abbey Road Studios, London, UK

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    Townsend, Kenneth, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Stapley, Laurence (speaker, male)

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    Early days with EMI. Moving from technical work into research and back again. Equipment used at the studios, computerised desks. Technical requirements for recording both pop and classics. Disc mastering, digital recordings, analogue recording, distortion and balancing. Producer/balance engineer team. The effect of The Beatles, pop turnover. Open-ended recording sessions. Economics of recording. Live recordings, CDs, studio time.

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