The control room for Studio A utilized
a Neumann recording console (18 inputs, 4 outputs) which was put into
service in 1965. In the corner of the room you can see the newly
arrived Mini Moog synthesizer. The tapes piled up to the right
of the console are the masters to Series 42A.
Looking towards the back of Control Room A, with Bruce Collier
at the controls. The complement of tape machines (all Ampex) included
a 4-track, 2-track, full-track, and a custom built TEN track.
The recording industry standard at the time was 8-track, on 1-inch wide tape. But
to push the technology envelope a bit, PAMS had 10-track (1")
heads specially built, and assembled 10 sets of Ampex electronics
to create the unique machine you see pictured here. It was used
heavily during the period 1967-1970, until the first PAMS 16-track
(2") machine was purchased.
Meanwhile, in Studio C here's
Jon Wolfert mixing "Philadelphia Story" on the
Electrodyne console. This studio had Scully 16-track and 2-track,
and an Ampex full-track machine. It also housed another custom-built
10-track Ampex. By the way, years ago there was also a Studio
B which was located above Studio A. But by the time these pictures
were taken it had been converted to office space for writers.
Here are some of the 4-track and
10-track master tapes. The filing system was roughly numerical
by series number, but haphazard at best. It will, however, give
you an indication of the enormous quantity of jingles and commercials
that PAMS created.
Sometimes, after a long day of recording, it was too much trouble to put all the tapes away.
So these valuable items were casually piled up... sometimes beside
the trash can, where they became a convenient platform for passing
bottles of Dr Pepper!
PAMS had a "wall of fame" where visiting clients would leave their autographs
after attending recording sessions. In this priceless section,
we see that WABC's Rick Sklar worked hard to put his signature
near the top. But a few months later, WCBS-FM's John Gehron stood
on a ladder so that he could have the distinction of signing above
Photos on this page
by Jon and Mary Lyn Wolfert, Ken Justiss and Peter Mokover. Rights to all photos
are reserved by their respective owners.