Studio Report (c. 1949) : WMGM NYC (later FINE SOUND INC)

Download a 7pp article from AUDIO ENGINEERING magazine March 1949 on the subject of WMGM NYC.  Author is one M. E. Gunn.

DOWNLOAD: Audio_Engineering-4903-WMGM_(later_Fine_Sound)-2018_scan

Thanks to Ton Fine for the scan, and for this context:

Here’s a look at WMGM, at 711 Fifth Avenue NYC (now the Coca-Cola building). My father’s first company was called Fine Sound, located in Tomkins Cove NY (Rockland County). He and George Piros started the company after they both left Reeves Studios, around 1951. It was there that the recording truck was conceived and built (*see here for our extensive prior coverage of that endeavor*), and also where my father invented a process we’d today call pseudo-stereo sound for film, PerspectaSound (more at
Loews/MGM bought 51% of PerspectaSound and moved my father’s studio business to most of the WMGM space described in this article. Studios A and B, which were 2-story floating rooms within the building, were the original NBC Network studios, before Rockefeller Center. After NBC moved out, World Broadcasting occupied the space during WWII. Loews/MGM bought the building in 1948 and set up their main radio station there. By the time Loews/MGM bought 51% of Fine Sound, WMGM wasn’t doing large-audience live radio very much, so Studios A and B weren’t needed for day to day radio work. So it was a good business move to convert most of the space into a recording and mastering facility. Columbia Pictures bought the building in 1956 and wanted to take over Studio A as a large screening room. My father’s business wasn’t viable without both big studios, so he got into a lawsuit against Loews/MGM to block the sale. He lost and ended up without a business. He ended up back on his feet a couple years later with Fine Recording (*see here for our extensive coverage of Fine Recording*)
The ground-breaking Miles Davis/Gil Evans/Gerry Mulligan “Birth of the Cool” sessions were done at WMGM. As Fine Sound, the studios were host to numerous jazz sessions for Norman Granz (Norgran/Verve), by the likes of Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Johnny Hodges, Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Patti Page, etc.

Harrison Recording/ Mixing Consoles Circa 1980 : complete catalog scan



if you get that reference

we’re probably in the same karass

and if you get that second reference as well

one of us might be a clone

Download the complete 21 page Harrison Systems, INC catalog of audio mixing desks circa 1980:

DOWNLOAD: Harrison_Consoles_circa_1980

This document contains images and text describing the following units: Harrison 32C and Series 24 recording / mixing consoles and Harrison “Autoset” automation.  The product photography and GDSN of this publication are second to none.  Unlike virtually every large-format console-manufacturer of the 1970s, Harrison is still in business; I saw their recent 950MX mixer at AES a few years ago and it looks killer.  Anyone using an older, or newer, Harrison, for their day-to-day?  Let u know in the comments.

ULA RUTH : THIS IS A DRUM : First Single From Forthcoming U/R Full-Length album

Very excited for the world to hear the new full-length from ULA RUTH.  Recorded and produced by your truly at our studio Gold Coast Recorders and mixed by Greg Giorgio at Tarquin Studios, the first single THIS IS A DRUM is available to hear now on the usual channels:

Enjoy – much more to come from these gentlemen in 2-0-1-8

Gold Coast Recorders Now Offering Old -School Analog Multitrack Recording

When M/T and I started recording music together in the mid 90s, we used a Tascam 1/2″ analog 8-track machine.  We still have that machine, although it was sidelined sometime in the very early 2000s when ProTools became affordable.  18 years and 1000000 unnecessary drum edits later we are 100% sure that the time is right to fully embrace the awesome sound and liberating minimalism of the 8-track analog format again. To that end, we have ‘upgraded’ from the TSR-8 to both a Tascam 48 and a Tascam 58: serious, pro versions of the classic 1/2″ 15ips format responsible for so much of the great underground and indie music of the 70s and 80s.

The combination of this tape format, but in our enormous, fully equipped modern studio with every possible mic, instrument, and audio gadget is simply an unbeatable combination if you are looking for true grit and soul.  We’ve recently completed our fifth project on this format and the results are simply awesome.  Drop us a line if you are interested in learning more. Oh, and btw, we still have 256 tracks of Pro Tools HD3 and we’re happy to use that too,,,

MINDING THE GAP with score by Halpern & Ruggiero debuts, wins award at 2018 Sundance film festival

Nathan Halpern and I just recently completed the score to Bing Lui’s debut feature doc MINDING THE GAP, and the reception as Sundance 2018 has been phenomenal;  by the end of the festival the film was enjoying prominence as the best reviewed film of Sundance 2018.

“Less than a week after its sold-out world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap by Bing Liu won the US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking last night at the fest’s official award ceremonies in Park City.  US Documentary Competition Juror Barbara Chai presented the award, saying:

“We are so exited to celebrate this extraordinary documentary for its vivacity and freshness of spirit, its unexpected revelation of personal detail, and dazzling, un-choreographed sequences that possess the athleticism and grace of ballet.”

The emotional world premiere of Minding the Gap was attended by film subjects Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, Kent Abernathy and Mengyue Bolen. Earning an uproarious standing ovation inside the theater, immediate reactions from social media and from critics were very strong…” (SOURCE).

I AM ANOTHER YOU with score by Halpern & Ruggiero debuts on PBS Television

Nanfu Wang’s award-winning 2017 film I AM ANOTHER YOU, with score by Nathan Halpern and myself,  debuted nationally on PBS earlier this week and is now available to stream at through February 12.   Nanfu won massive accolades for her debut feature HOOLIGAN SPARROW (also scored by Halpern and myself) and this new work demonstrates that she has immense range in addition to an intense and probing intellect.  As regards the score, I was able to utilize a great deal of very novel and experimental vocal techniques on the project and it is some of my favorite work to date.

Preservation Sound Radio Wed Dec 13th 2017: Playlist: show archived now until Jan 13 2018

Hey yall here’s the playlist for the show that aired last night,,, it’s pretty all-over-the-place but many offbeat gems in here….

click here to listen until Jan 13 2018

1. fumio nunoya “Arthur Hakage….”

2. Mickie D’s Unicorn “In the times of the unicorn”

3. Gabriel Bondage “No Winners”

4. Comus “to keep from crying”

5. Jim Sullivan “Rosey”


6. Vangelis “let it happen”

Continue reading Preservation Sound Radio Wed Dec 13th 2017: Playlist: show archived now until Jan 13 2018

This WKND! Nov 11+12 ! Bridgeport Open Studios

Bridgeport Open Studios 2017 is THIS WEEKEND Nov 11+12!   I’ll be hanging out in the ILSSA N/E Command Center at the American Fabrics Arts Building, 1069 Connecticut Ave, Bridgeport, 3rd floor.  I’ll be around most of the weekend 10A -5P

As per usual I will have stuff for sale from the Preservation Sound shop, including some odd n weird audio oddities (like the insane fuzz amp shown above), recording studio odds n ends, lotsa records, and some pretty incredible vintage clothes this year…  More info at

Gray Research, Hartford CT: 103-LP tonearm and 602 equalizer circa 1950

download the 4pp circa 1950 Gray Research sales flier for the model 103-LP Transcription Arm and the model 602 disc equalizer:

DOWNLOAD: GrayResearch_103_602

Gray was located in Hartford, CT, just a stone’s throw from here, from roughly 1950 through 1970.  feel free to correct me if you personally know otherwise.  I have come across very little original Gray literature and equipment in my 13 years here.

There seems to be very little information on the internet about this company, other than this nice archive.

If you or a family member worked at Gray, please drop us a line.

Preservation Sound Radio WPKN FM 11.8.17: archive link and playlist

Last night’s show was a bit different than usual… instead of three hours of obscuritues from LPs, I played radio hits from 45rpm singles.. in alphabetical order… roughly 1965 – 1977.

Listen at this link until NOV 22 2018


 Ace “How Long”
Alive ‘N Kickin’ “Tighter, Tighter”
Herb Alpert “Rise”
America “Horse with no Name”
James Brown & His Famous Flames “Cold Sweat, Pt. 1”
The Box Tops “The Letter (Mono Single Version)”
The Beau Brummels “Laugh Laugh (Promo Single Version)”
Blue Cheer “Out of Focus”
Booker T “Soul Clap ’69 (Single Version)”
Bread “Guitar man”
Jim Croce “I Got a Name”
Climax “Precious & Few ”
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose “Too Late to Turn Back Now”
The Delfonics “Somebody Loves You ”
Bob Dylan “I Threw It All Away”
The Five Stairsteps “O-o-h Child ”
Flaming Ember “I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper”
The Friends of Distinction “Love or Let Me Be Lonely”
Roberta Flack “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”
Fleetwood Mac “Dreams ”
Marvin Gaye “Trouble Man”
Al Green “Here I Am”
The Grass Roots “Midnight Confessions”
The Guess Who “These Eyes”
Daryl Hall & John Oates “August Day”
George Harrison “Isn’t It a Pity”
The Honeycone “Want Ads”
The Lemon Pipers “No Help from Me”
Terry Knight and the Pack “You’re a Better Man Than I”
Gary Lewis & The Playboys “She’s Just My Style)”
The Lovin’ Spoonful “Darling Be Home Soon”
Marmalade “Reflections Of My Life”
Dave Mason “We Just Disagree”
Matthews’ Southern Comfort “Woodstock”
100 Proof (Aged In Soul) “Somebody’s Been Sleeping In My Bed”
Freda Payne “Band of Gold (Single Mix)”
The Sweet “Fox On the Run”
Raspberries “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)”
Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle with You”
Dusty Springfield “Son Of A Preacher Man (Mono (original))”
Joe Tex “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)”
Smith “Minus-Plus”
Shocking Blue “Hot Sand”
Three Dog Night “One (Single Version)”
The Tremeloes “Even the Bad Times Are Good (1967 Recording)”
The Troggs “Love is all Around”
Tyrannosaurus Rex “Is It Love”
Scott Walker “Jackie”
The Youngbloods “get together”
The Young Rascals “How Can I Be Sure”

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