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Old 5th February 2003
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Finding info specifically about designing pro audio / recording gear is almost impossible, but a lot of DIY info that was written for the home HiFi DIY market is applicable to our recording gear. If you are near a major library (public or college) that has extensive holdings of old periodicals, you should check to see if the have back issues of Audio Engineering magazine, specifically the years 1947 - 1954. (in 54 they changed their name to "Audio" and left the pro audio topics to the new "Journal of the AES").

These early post-war years were a time of remarkable advancement in recording technology (tape recorders and condenser mics had been invented before the war, but they only became common studio tools in the late 40s to early 50s.) Much of the great analog technology was debuted and refined during those years and Audio Engineering explained it all. Great stuff.

If you can't find it in the library, copies show up on Ebay frequently. There are a couple of wise guys charging $20/issue, but if you look around you can usually grab them for $3 to $5 each.

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