1. Pilgrim [After The Fire] 1977 JVC >> Title format: Track_name [artist] YEAR suffix (see below). <<
  2. Last of the Mohicans [JK&KB] 1985 4T >> Title format: Track_name [artist] YEAR suffix (see below). <<
  3. Track 3 [Ripchord] 2005 PCM >> Title format: Track_name [artist] YEAR suffix (see below). <<
  4. Moondance [Five to the Bar] 2013 R16 >> Title format: Track_name [artist] YEAR suffix (see below). <<
  5. Fire and water [Big River] 2017 X32 >> Title format: Track_name [artist] YEAR suffix (see below). <<

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We still own the equipment used to make these recordings and use it to digitise historic material that we have stashed away. When recording now we tend to use high sample rate uncompressed digital signals which we compress into .mp3 format for publication on the web. Master files are stored safely and can be available on request.


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(JVC) were recorded in stereo on the same (trans)portable JVC cassette deck that we used from the mid 1970's onwards

(PCM) were recorded in stereo on one of… 1) a Sony PCM recorder; 2) a Sony minidisk recorder, or 3) a Sony DAT recorder, all of which use similar digital recording methods with similar results. The minidisk is compressed - the others need not be.

(4T) were recorded and overdubbed on a Tascam 4-track high-speed cassette recorder. This machine used the whole width of the cassette tape in one direction only and ran it at twice normal speed. This was to get a better frequency response and dynamic range on the recording. We concluded that four tracks were not enough for what we were trying to achieve with layered recordings, but it was an affordable start.

(R16) were recorded on a Zoom multitrack recorder connected to five of the 'aux' channels from the main mixing desk at the Cudham 2013 music festival. Only five channels were available / working at the time, although with careful mic'ing it worked well. Prior to acquiring the R16 we had a Boss 8 track hard disk recorder which on paper was good but in reality was noisy (fan noise) and only supported wide-SCSI external disks which were rapidly becoming obsolete.

(X32) were recorded on an Apple laptop connected to the Behringer X32 sound desk at Knockstock 2017. All instruments and vocals had their own recording channels, with the drums connected to at least five of them. It was mixed later using Logic ProX on a more powerful computer with an external control surface (to make life easier).

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