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Part II of the Upside of R&R Home

   Richard Podolor and Bill Cooper. Producer and Engineer. You can see why I relate to "Sun Studio," in Memphis so much. The console shown here was designed for 3 track recording, although it worked fine for 24 tracks. I bet you never heard of 3 track, have you? It's true. First there was MONO (1 trk) then there was STEREO (2 trk) and for a very short while, before 4 track machines came, in there was 3 TRACK. Yes, 3 track. If you notice, there are 3 speakers in the control room. They used to refer to it like this; Left speaker = auditorium left, Right speaker = auditorium right, Middle speaker = Narration. Then 4 track came in and 3 track was toast. You know the rest, 8, 16, 24, 48 and digital recording. Through all this, there was still the old way of recording direct to disk. A lot of balls and presence when you did it that way, but no flexibility at all. One shot and that was it.

   This control room was home to hits like Steppenwolf's, "Born to be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "The Pusher" and of course, our records, "Joy to the World," "Easy to be Hard," "Black and White," "Never Been to Spain," "One," "Liar," "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Eli's Coming," etc ... In reality, ALL OUR MAJOR HITS WERE CUT HERE, except "The Show Must Go On" and "Play Something Sweet (brickyard blues)." We've tried other, more elaborate, studios, but the hits came from here. The new American Recording studio in Calabasas is beautiful. Tom Petty and a long list of others have made hits there. That's where we record now.


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