Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 16

EQカーブの歴史、ディスク録音の歴史を学ぶ本シリーズ。前回 Pt.15 では、こぼれ話的に「ハイ・フィデリティ」という用語の歴史について調べてみました。

On the previous part 15, I studied on the history of the term “High Fidelity (Hi-Fi)” as a side story, before I continue studying more on the history of disc recording and recording / reproducing EQ curves.

今回の Pt.16 は、再び本論に戻り、オーディオ工学に特化した学会の設立、そしてその学会から出された「統一再生カーブ」の提唱、などをみていきます。

This time as Pt. 16, I am going back to continue learning the history of disc recording, including the establishment of an academic society specialized in audio engineering; and the proposed playback curve advocated by that society.

Hollywood Sapphire Group

source: “Hollywood Sapphire Group”, Robert J. Callen, Audio Engineering Magazine, Vol.32, No.1, January 1948, pp.17,39-41.
1946年2月13日、Hollywood の Brittingham’s レストランで模様された、Hollywood Sapphire Group の初会合の写真 (写真キャプションの1947年は間違い)

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Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 9

EQカーブの歴史、ディスク録音の歴史を学ぶ本シリーズ。前回 Pt.8 では、1942年に策定された、放送局用トランスクリプション盤向けの録音・再生標準規格、通称「NABカーブ」についての歴史を調べました。

On the previous part 8, I studied on the history and background of “1942 NAB Curve”, the first recording/reproducing standards for electrical transcription discs used in the broadcasting industry.

今回はその続きで、第二次世界大戦中〜LP登場前夜のあれこれ をみていくことにしましょう。市販のシェラック盤への不満が徐々に蓄積されていたことを示す記事や、EQカーブが当時どのように捉えられていたか、がうかがえる資料などです。つまり「何が正解か」ではなく、「当時はどう考えられていたか」の探求です。

This time, I am going to continue learning the history of disc recording – during the WWII, as well as post-WWII period, until the advent of microgroove LP records. This include growing discontent with the quality and experience with commercial shellac records, as well as how listeners and engineers tried to deal with “EQ curves” in these years. So this article is the exploration of “how the things were regarded at that time”, not of “what is the correct answer”.


Please note that this article contains the topics whose primary information (such as technical documentation and engineers’ notes) is rarely found, and I am going to read many magazine articles about the topics, to understand the situation of the 1940s indirectly.

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