Les Paul 1" 8 track
Old 20th April 2012
  #1
Gear addict
 
babooino's Avatar
Les Paul 1" 8 track

Hi Jay, thanks for the Q&A.

Can you tell us a bit about that machine? you used to work with it, right?
I'm curious about the workflow and maintenance since 8 track was new at the time.

Anderson.
Old 23rd April 2012
  #2
Q & A guest
 
Jay Messina's Avatar
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by babooino View Post
Hi Jay, thanks for the Q&A.

Can you tell us a bit about that machine? you used to work with it, right?
I'm curious about the workflow and maintenance since 8 track was new at the time.

Anderson.

The 8 track machine was a bit of a monster, in size. It had all the Ampex - 300(?) electronics stacked above one another (with 4 to 6 inches in between). If there were any 1" reels around, we didn't have any. The tape came of hubs, and were placed on flanges, on the machine. We had a Lang plasic (weighted) top flange for ease of use. The scariest moments came when I would be fast forwarding, without that top flange. Occasionally, the tape would slowly start creeping up, in a telescope fashion (on the take up side). Most of the time I would catch it in time and stop the machine and adjust the tape. There was a couple of times I didn't catch it in time. That meant the outermost winds of tape came off the take up side, and the machine would stop. Before it stopped, there was at least 50 feet of twisted tape to deal with. It's a bit time consuming to untwist all that tape, especially if you're alone.
I made good portion of masters for the 8 track cartridges being produced then. I would lay up the 2 trk masters, delivered to me, on the 8 trk. I had to lay them up in such a way that they were stacked in parallel on all the tracks, and made sure they all started at the same time. They would take that one inch tape and make a loop from it, and from there, they would produce the cartridges.
When there was a maintenance problem with the machine or studio, Tom Hidley (the studio designer) would be our man.
Old 23rd April 2012
  #3
Gear addict
 
babooino's Avatar
Great info Jay. thanks
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter / Forum
Replies
jeronimo / So much gear, so little time!
16
dcharrison / Remote Possibilities in Acoustic Music & Location Recording
14
cfdude / So much gear, so little time!
66
luctellier / Rap + Hip Hop engineering & production
0
rodhmos / Mastering forum
7

Forum Jump
 
Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.