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.


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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Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 7

前回 Pt.6 では、アセテート録音機の誕生、そこで使われていたカッターヘッドの記録特性、横振動盤再生時の高調波歪の論文、1938年時点での超軽量ピックアップの開発など、あれこれについて調べました。

On the previous part 6, I studied on the advent of instantaneous lacquer disc recorders, frequency responses of the instantaneous cutterheads, an important paper on harmonic distortion of phonograph reproduction, development of ultra-lightweight pickups in 1938, etc.


This time, I am going to continue learning the history, including an advent of “jukebox” players and piezoelectric pickups, attempt of “constant-amplitude” recording/reproducing that proved abortive, followed by the standardization of the 1942 NAB curve (for electrical transcription discs). The advent of microgroove LPs is a few steps ahead.

source: “Sound recording and reproducing system”, US Patent 2,139,916, by Stuart W. Seeley.

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