Recording Studios

Edison's Black Maria
Edison's Black Maria
Edison's Black Maria Kinetophone Studio Operating Room, viewed from back of stage; West Orange, NJ; May 6, 1914, from Edison NHS

orchestra before 1925
Victor orchestra recording in Camden before 1925, from AT&T Archives
orchestra after 1925
Victor orchestra recording in Camden after 1925, from AT&T Archives

studio
"E. B. Craft (left) making a sound picture for demonstration, at the Vitaphone Studios in the Manhattan Opera House in 1926. He exhibited the first electrically recorded sound picture in 1922," from AT&T Archives
movie set before 1930
photo "taken by Warner Bros in the Manhattan Opera House studio. The set for a 'short' featuring Anna Case; showing camera booth and mercury lamps later discarded in favor of incandescents because of electrical interference. Sam Warner (with coat on) near the booth. In front of him Herman Heller, director of the premiere features,"
xerox of photo from AT&T Archives
movie set after 1930
motion picture set, showing boom mics that have replaced earlier fixed mics, and camera insulation that replaced earlier sound camera boxes, ca. 1930
from AT&T exhibit "Dawn of Sound"
studio
drawing of the Bank Street Film Studio and Laboratory for Bell Labs sound film production from 1929 until 1933, from AT&T Archives

Capitol studio
Capitol Records 1956

Bill Putnam (center) in studio ca. 1950 with Stan Kenton (seated at left)
from Journal of Audio Engineering Society 1989/09
Bill Putnam in studio with Nat King Cole ca. 1950
from Journal of Audio Engineering Society 1989/09
studio at United Recording Corp. in San Francisco used by Bill Putnam, showing 2-track and 3-track tape machines and "bass-reinforcing soffit above console, ca. 1962
from Journal of Audio Engineering Society 1989/09

Beatles recording in Abbey Road studio Number Two, 1964/02
from book Since Recording Began p. 249

studio of Walter Carlos where "Switched-On Bach" was made; Carlos built his own 8-track tape recorder out of surplus Ampex parts and designed his own mixing board ca. 1970
from Journal of Audio Engineering Society 1977 p, 860

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