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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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  • #2
    Very cool site, the index has more studios than those showing on the home page. In one, they show a Fairchild tube limiter. A modern clone (not a plug-in) goes for 15k dollars. The originals must be impossibly difficult to source.
    Great resource, Myles, thanks for posting. When you look at some of the legendary recordings that were made in these places, not all of which are as publicly recognizable as Abbey Road, it boggles the mind.


    • #3
      Awesome link Myles! I have my reading for today!
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      • #4
        Myles, thanks for the great link. I've done a lot of research into the Decca Studios that were used for classical recordings, but didn't know much about the pop side. The Broadhurst Gardens studios, which also housed the offices for Decca Records was used for both classical and pop recordings. Kevin Daly, who was the source of most of the material did mostly pop recordings.

        An interesting story, Mike Mailes, one of the Decca engineers I interviewed for my book, lived as a teenager a couple of doors away from the Decca building. He worked for a hardware store which Decca used and so got to know the various people working there. When he turned 16 and finished school, his aunt asked him what was he going to do for a regular job. He didn't know. She told to him to go see the Decca people (this was in 1951) since he knew them. Arthur Haddy, the famed head of recording for Decca interviewed him and told him to come by the next day. When Mike arrived, Haddy said "Now what are we going to do with you?" and sent him to the wax shaving department, one of the dirtiest jobs (shaving excess wax from the wax masters). At 16 Mike started a career with Decca that lasted for 45 years. Mike told me that he started on the pop side, but as rock and roll started he decided to switch to classical, where he stayed for the rest of his career.

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          ..What a cool story!