The AE-240 Tape Library
Welcome to the analog time travel machine!
Please follow these very basic class rules:
You can listen to all of our analog recordings
eddie after EVERY class. Your feedback is impoortant to me no
matter how closely we worked together during class.
In the SUBJECT window, please put the
specific class details, such as, 'week-1a, week-1b.'
All ya have to do is write in the body
of the email. Anything else is a bonus - If you want to show off your
blog, that's cool, but please cut and paste the text into the body of each
You can send mp3s via email - anything
larger goes to the cloud.
I am happy to listen to and provide feedback
for stuff you are doing outside of class.
The possibility of 'overdubbing' preceded
analog tape - Les Paul bounced from disc-to-disc - but analog tape expanded
the sonic possibilities and inspired a new generation of artists, recording
engineers and producers.
the sound samples!
My first IPR class was in the Fall of
the AE-282 'lecture' was an early morning class in Lecture Hall-1.
Anyone who has been in LH-1 wishes it was still a studio and it didn't
take too long for me to realize that vision. But there was
no equipment in the control room at that time, so we commandeered Studio-2
to make the lecture hands-on, because experience is what students need
most. To paraphrase, 'Lecturing about Audio is like Dancing about
In Spring of 2005, we collected
a few bits and pieces into the control room and added a six michrophone
lines to the studio (LH-1). Our first recording was a version of
Buffalo Springfield's FOR
WHAT IT'S WORTH. The band was tracked live in LH-1 using a laptop,
while the vocals were overdubbed in the control room. In Summer 2005,
our recording space expanded into the lounge area immediately outside LH-1
to capture live acoustic guitar and vocal, overdubbing drums in the rear
of LH-1. It's not perfect, but recording Sam Cooke's CHANGE
IS GONNA COME opened up a new world - live reverb chambers were once
essential to a studio's success and signature sound.
In the summer of 2006, IPR began
to offer Summer Sessions, a two-week, 80-hour single class. This
time we recorded an entire Jazz Ensemble live. Our very own Walter
Chancellor played sax and Thomasina Petrus sang. VIDEO
Up until 2005, Analog Recording
was originally taught in Studio-7, where it provided an entry level experience
with a Trident Series 80B analog console plus 2-track editing and multi-track
mixing capabilities. From there its evolution was considerably
accelerated for the 2007 Summer Session. Inspired by the release
of the book RECORDING THE BEATLES, the Control Room of Lecture Hall-1 was
filled with vintage gear - a 30-year-old 4-track tape machine, two vacuum
tube mixers, vacuum tube signal processors and equalizers as well as vintage
Altec 604 monitors driven by vaccum tube power amplifiers - the same monitoring
rig at Abbey Road, where all of the Beatles recordings were made!
For this session, we simulataneously recorded both Analog
Here is a crude video
clip of the same band performing in the Green Room.
Since that time, AE-240 has been held exclusively
in the Lecture Hall-1 control room and we have turned the classroom and
the hallway upside down to accomodate various bands, from Rockabilly to
Metal, Psychedelic to Experimental.