Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More on tapes

To everyone interested in my KCAC/KDKB tapes: I'm getting together with Andy Olson soon to see what I've got that he doesn't and vice versa, and to put together the best and most complete versions of the tapes possible. Stay tuned for more news in a couple of weeks.

Anybody know if Hans Olson has tapes of his live radio appearances in the 1970s? I've got a couple of them on tape (one early 1975, one May 1976) but they're both from battered, hissy old cassettes, and I'm hoping that somebody somewhere has better copies. There's also a legendary, 4-in-the-morning, falling-down-drunk show he did with Nina Joy sometime prior to the 1976 show... I didn't tape it; did anybody???

Tom

6 comments:

freespeak@gmail.com said...

Good choice! Andy has the archiving interest and engineering experise to do the job beautifully. Your first new friend, Tom! Those "hissy old cassettes" as a rule can be run through an equalizer, re-phased if old stereo and generally cleaned up to near-studio quality. Don't diss them! Let The Man do his magic and get 'em digitized. You will be amazed what all can be done with them after that!

Ronco

Bob Gately said...

Here is a tip that might be of value to the tape trippers.

Two years ago I took the two track masters of our Cowboys on Mars ? A Space Opery to Prarie Sun Studio in Petuluma Ca for digital remastering. The tapes had been stored in the various trailers I had lived in since 1988 when they were recorded at Cerrius Studio in Tempe. My assigned engineer was having a bit of a fuss getting the tape to play smoothly, lots of hicups and such in the first pass. The in-house guru was consulted and he said, "We have to bake em". So, for $60.00 buck more the tape was put in the studio oven overnight at a very low temp and baked...Yeah, like bringing last nights quesidilla back to life. It did indeed work and when the tape was qued up on the Ampex it passed effortlessly onto the digital disk. Food for thought....

Still got that Pioneer if anybody can use it...I will deliver.

Bob Gately said...

Bye the bye, Tom, Ron, Michael Collins says he has tapes of live, in-studio recordings he did with WEC back when...He keeps saying he'll bring em by and I'm bugging him to do it...Michael is the one that gave us the Pioneer...

Bob Gately said...

Bye the bye, Tom, Ron, Michael Collins says he has tapes of live, in-studio recordings he did with WEC back when...He keeps saying he'll bring em by and I'm bugging him to do it...Michael is the one that gave us the Pioneer...

freespeak@gmail.com said...

I'd like to recommend Andy or someone contact Carole to see if she would like to donate Bill's old tapes. Her email is on The List. Bill's old recorder was working ok back in '96. That's the PAST century if anyone is keeping track.. I copied maybe 60% of what I found on the tapes BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

SOME of those tapes may have been HALF TRACK which means there may be a bunch more recorded on the OTHER side in the other direction! It never occurred to me at the time, I just figured they were all AMPEX full-track copies! THAT I betcha is where the KRUX Steppenwolf concert production is! Dang them margaritas!

Ronco

Bob Gately said...

Marga Who ? whiskey, whiskey my ole friend...Bobby, Now ?