EARLY AUDIO RECORDING
“Electrical Recording” came into practice about 1925 and provided a decent platform for studio recording and distribution. It would be a few years before a practical version could be taken into the field. The idea of radio-program recording for program distribution was anathema to the networks who feared recordings shipped by mail would do an end-run around wire-based transmission (i.e. the existing networks). Yet something had to be devised to delay programs for later rebroadcast and to get programming to those stations not connected to a network. Early radio-recording technology was similar to that used by the music industry, but then record-cutters were adapted for long-form recording (slower speed; bigger platters: the venerable “ET”). But the quality was constricted by the performance of the disc system. Recording-quality improvements followed the introduction of the tape machine and tape was first used for program-enhancement purposes in the later 1940’s.
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