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General - "Must Reads in Audio and Sound"


Symposium on Auditory Perspective, Courtesy of John G. (Jay) McKnight


Interconnection Fundamentals


Understanding, Finding,& Elimating Ground Loops in Audio and Video Systems, by Bill whitlock .

SCIN: Shield Current Induced Noise, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Rane Corporation.

Interconnection Fundamentals, by Richard L. Hess. Courtesy of Richard L. Hess.

Pin 1 Revisited Part 1, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Synergetic Audio Concepts.

Pin 1 Revisited Part 2, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Synergetic Audio Concepts.

Mic Splitters, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Synergetic Audio Concepts.

The Effects Of Cable On Signal Quality, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Audio Systems Group, Inc.

Understanding How Ferrites Can Prevent and Eliminate RF Interference to Audio Systems, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Audio Systems Group, Inc.

New Understandings of the Use of Ferrites in the Prevention and Suppression of RF Interference to Audio Systems, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Audio Systems Group, Inc.

A Better Approach to Passive Microphone Splitting, by Jim Brown and Bill Whitlock. Courtesy of Audio Systems Group, Inc. and Jensen Transformers.


Fundamentals of Audio Measurement


Fundamentals of Modern Audio Measurement, by Richard C. Cabot, AES Fellow.

A Novel Method of Testing for Susceptibility of Audio Equipment to Interference from Medium and High Frequency Radio Transmitters, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Synergetic Audio Concepts.

Measurement of the dynamic transfer characteristics of multiband signal processing systems by time delay spectrometry, by Jim Brown. Courtesy of Sound Engineering Associates.


Understanding Phantom Power


The 48-Volt Phantom Menace Returns, by Rosalfonso Bortoni, AES Member and Wayne Kirkwood, AES Member. Courtesy of THAT Corporation .


Understanding Audio Transformers


Audio Transformers, by Bill Whitlock. Courtesy of Jensen Transformers, Inc .


Fundamental Principles of Magnetic Tape Recording/Reproduction


3M Primer on Magnetic Tape Recording, 3M Corporation.

Basic Concepts of Magnetic Tape Recording, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION. Courtesy of Ampex Corporation.

Magnetic Recording Theory for Instrumentation, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION. Courtesy of Ampex Corporation.

The Birth of Tape Recording in the U.S. by Peter Hammer.

Magnetic Recording Parts 1 and 2 by Harold Lindsey, db Magazine December 1977. Courtesy of Bill Ruck.

The History of Magnetic Recording by Mark Mooney, Jr. Courtesy of Bill Ruck.

Choosing and Using MRL Calibration Tapes for Audio Tape Recorder Standardization. Courtesy of MAGNETIC REFERENCE LABORATORY, INC.

The Tape Head Relationship in Multi-Track Recording by Frazer Leslie. Courtesy of Ampex and the Audio Engineering Society.

Mechanical Damping in Tape Transports by John G. McKnight. Courtesy of Ampex and the Audio Engineering Society.

Magnetic Sound Recording. Courtesy of the Deutsche Welle-Akademie Radio Training Centre.

Ampex Master Equalization (AME). Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Magnetic Reference Laboratory, Inc..

Azimuth in a Magnetic Tape Recorder. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Magnetic Reference Laboratory, Inc..

Biasing in Magnetic Tape Recording. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Ampex Corporation.

Demagnetizing A Tape Recorder. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Magnetic Reference Laboratory, Inc.

Field Strength for Partial Erasure of Magnetic Tape. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Scully /Metrotech Div. of Dictaphone Corp..

Flux and Flux-Frequency Measurements and Standardization in Magnetic Recording. Courtesy of Jay McKnight.

Head Height Alignment Methods. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Magnetic Reference Laboratory, Inc.

Is My Calibration Tape Still Accurate?. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Magnetic Reference Laboratory, Inc.

Low-Frequency Response Calibration of a Multitrack Magnetic Tape Recording and Reproducing System. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Magnetic Reference Laboratory, Inc.

Master-tape Equalization Revisited. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Peter F. Hillee of Ampex Corporation.

Proposed Equalization For 15 in/s Studio Master Recording on High-output Low-noise Tapes. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Trevor Kendall Scully/Metrotech Div of Dictaphone.

Reproducer Test Tapes: Evolution and Manufacture. Courtesy of Robert K. Morrison and Ampex Corporation.

The Unpredictable Joys of Analog Recording. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Jack Endino..

Speed, Pitch, and Timing Errors in Tape Recording and Reproducing. Courtesy of Jay McKnight.

Standard Tape Flux vs Frequency. Courtesy of Jay McKnight of Magnetic Reference Laboratory.

Tape Recording Equalization Fundamentals and 15 in/s Equalizations. Courtesy of Jay McKnight of Magnetic Reference Laboratory.

Tape Binder Shedding. Courtesy of Jay McKnight of Magnetic Reference Laboratory.

Tape Coating Thickness, Retentivity, and Remanence Summary. Courtesy of Jay McKnight of Magnetic Reference Laboratory.

Tape Reproducer Response Measurements With a Reproducer Test Tape. Courtesy of Jay McKnight and Ampex Corporation.


Magnetic Tape Recovery


Tape Degradation Factors and Challenges in Predicting Tape Life. Courtesy of Richard L. Hess


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