John Babcock with 2 x Studer J37 Recorders at Abbey Road Studios 1985

by John Babcock
(Apopka, FL. USA)

John Babcock Session 1993

John Babcock Session 1993

That's me in your above photos with the J37s in April 1985 while I was recording my first solo album. My brother snapped this photo in the hallway into studio 2. You can see the door into Beatles famed number 2 studio behind me. I had the pleasure recording songs for three of my cds at Abbey Road from 1985 to 1995. The last time I worked there I got to meet Paul McCartney and George Martin while they were working on The Beatles Anthology series. All good stuff my friends.

John Babcock

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Nov 01, 2023
The Big Green Tape Recorder is actually a BBC RD4/4 NEW
by: David Hurlock

This modified BTR2 is the British Broadcasting Corporation's attempt at upgrading their hundreds of mono BTR2s to stereo. The mods were carried out by the BBCs Designs & Equipment department. The modified machines were given the BBC Coded Equipment Number RD4/4.

The valve electronics were replaced with transistorised electronics and the capstan motor replaced with a mains driven Papst synchronous motor for instant start. The frequency response was very good; I recall recording line up tones at 0vu of 1k, 10k and 15k and they were rock steady. Time stability was a bit poor which was a major problem for a broadcaster.

On the whole they were great machines and very easy to edit on as in edit mode d.c. was applied to the spooling motors which damped the tape movement when rolling the tape back & forth to find an edit point.

Jul 19, 2013
by: Luke Pacholski

I'm not sure if the wrong caption is with the photos, but that tape machine is a modified EMI BTR2, not a Studer J37.

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