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Re: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: Peter Copeland on RCA Victor recordings (1941)

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>From Michael H. Gray: "...The evidence of records made by RCA from 1944
onwards into the early 
50s, including those made on tape, make it clear, at least to me, that a 
limiter was being inserted into the recording chain, most likely after 
the mixer output and before the recorder..."

I can offer a little insight. The RCA three track console that was installed
in their Nashville studio that was built in 1957 had a limiter on each of
the three busses however it was set up as a protection device to save a good
take from overloading the recorder as opposed to being constantly used to
increase average level the way limiters started being misused in the late
1960s. Several of the engineers sheepishly admitted in a panel discussion
that they would generally live dangerously and remove the gain reduction
tube to make absolutely sure that there would be no limiting on their

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