Custom Recording In The 1970s

I recently converted an LP of a group my Dad had back in the early 70s to CD. It’s a pretty decent recording, the Oak Ridge Boys and Imperials had nothing to worry about, but for a local group of high school/college age kids, it’s pretty good. Anyways, I emailed my dad to pick at him a bit about the recording. He shared a pretty funny tidbit about the recording of the album. This is pretty interesting stuff, and a neat reflection on how far recording technology has come.

Hey,,,It was back in the days of 4 Track recording…Stage 4 Recording Studios was located behind the Greyhound Bus station on Summers Street [EDIT: in Charleston, WV]….Had to be careful you didn’t get the sound of the bus engines on the recording if someone opened the door at the wrong time…They used egg cartons on the wall for sound deadening and acoustics…That was the good ol’ days…

Quite a far cry from the current days of 64 or 128 tracks, ProTools, and pitch correction software. Thanks for the story and the smile it brought Dad!

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

4 Responses to Custom Recording In The 1970s

  1. William R. Burke (Wes's Dad) says:

    You are welcome. I bet there are others out there that have some of the same type of experiences. Any of your readers out there remember Bogen PA amplifiers with Shure Unisphere microphones? The connection point on the microphone and the cord was a small point of solder with a screw fitting. If you weren’t careful,,you could wear off the solder point and fail to get a good connection. Never mind the joys of trying to do 2 track recording,,,,You mess it up,,,You do the WHOLE thing again……Overdubs???..What the heck was that back in the 70’s……I got a million of ‘ em…..Thanks for making my day!!!

  2. Quaid says:

    Don’t forget the giant Altec-Lansing speakers.

  3. william burke says:

    Oh yes…the awesome Voice of the Theater Altec speakers. We had a set of the smaller 1214 series back then. Oh what a sound, but OH MY ACHING BACK from lifting those monsters!!

  4. Bob Knapp says:

    Well, ain’t it a smaller world than yesterday. I’m the recording engineer that recorded that album for you Bill. I still have a copy of it in my collection. That was a perfect reflection of the days at Stage 4, bus notes and all. I have been putting together a good bit of modern recording gear and am thinking of revitalising the old Stage 4 studio name in Charleston. No bus station this time. I’ve got a new Mackie X 200 High Definition console set up for 48 tracks and some great mics, preamps and processing gear along with a some excellent software for mastering. What is the status of the other members of the group if you know. Was really exciting to see this post on the internet after all these years. Take care and good health, Bob.

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