Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 18

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.17 では、1948年〜1953年(つまり1954年のRIAA規格策定前)の、米国における民生用レコードのEQカーブの状況を調査し学びました。

On the previous part 17, I learned the situation of the consumer records in the U.S. since 1948 until 1953 (i.e. before the RIAA Standard was formulated in 1954), especially the disc EQ curves used for those records manufactured in the U.S.


At the same time, I did a brief research of phono EQ units (for magnetic cartridges) in the amplifiers that were sold in the era, when the rise of “Hi-Fi” movement became obvious.

今回の Pt.18 では、ついに、1953年NARTB規格、1954年改訂AES再生カーブ、1954年RIAA規格の成立のストーリーに入ります。

This Pt. 18 — finally — will deal with the stories of the formulation of the following standards: 1953 NARTB Recording and Reproducing Standards; 1954 new AES Playback Curve; 1954 RIAA Standard Recording and Reproducing Characteristic.

Characteristics For Fine Groove Disc Records

source: “RIAA Dimensional Standards: Bulletin No. E 1: Standard Recording and Reproducing Characteristics
RIAA Recording / Reproducing Curves, from the version revised on Nov. 6, 1978.

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Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt.13

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.12 では、Columbia Long Playing Microgroove レコードにまつわる関係者インタビューなど追加情報、および、LP開発の基盤となった技術面、そして当時の(放送局用)再生機器の補正回路などをみてきました。

On the previous part 12, I studied more on the history of the Columbia Long Playing Microgroove Records, by reading additional interviews with CBS/Columbia’s executives and engineers; technical aspects of the microgroove technology; and compensating circuits for professional broadcast reproducing equipment.

今回の Pt.13 はその続きで、Columbia LP 登場の約半年後にライバル RCA Victor から登場した 45回転マイクログルーヴ盤のエピソードと技術的側面を、当時の技術論文や技術解説記事から読み解いていくことにします。

This time as Pt.13, I am going to continue learning the history of disc recording — the advent of 45 rpm microgroove records by RCA Victor — introduced about half a year after Columbia unveiled LP records, as well as the technical aspects of RCA Victor’s new system, by reading and interpreting the technical papers and articles at that time.

The Remarkable Background of “Madame X”

RCA Victor “Madame X” Ad

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Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 10

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.9 では、1940年代に市販用シェラック盤がどのような設定で聴かれていたか、そしてどのように記録されていたか、を調べました。

On the previous part 9, I studied on the settings and the trends of how the commercial shellac records were reproduced (and recorded) in the 1940s.

今回はその続きで、戦後のさまざまな動き、特にマイクログルーヴLP登場前後の NAB規格改訂(1949年) についてみていくことにしましょう。EQカーブに関する話も、ますます具体的になり増えてくることになると思います。

This time, I am going to continue learning the history of disc recording – some of the notable discussion after WWII, especially the 1949 revision of the NAB Standards, around the advent of microgroove LP records. More detailed stories on equalization curves will hopefully included on this Pt.10 and the following parts.

MacArthur Cuts Radio Rep In Japanese Area (1945)

source: “MacArthur Cuts Radio Rep In Japanese Area”, The Billboard, Vol.57, No.42, October 20, 1945, p.4

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Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 3

前回 は、電気録音黎明期のあれこれについて調べました。今回は、その後発展していく電気録音、そして 1930年前後の各レーベルの状況 について引き続き調べていきます。

On the previous part, I studied on more of the history of Electrical Recording in its very early years, along with several digressions… This time, I am going to continue learning the evolution of the electrical recording, as well as the situation of record labels around the 1930s.

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Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 1

Pt.0 (はじめに) の続きです。

This article is a sequel to “Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt.0”.

レコードのEQカーブについて深掘りする前に、そもそも なぜイコライゼーションが生まれたのか、なぜ必要とされたのか、その歴史から調べてみることにしました。また、更にさかのぼって、音を溝に記録するとはどういうことか、についても学び直すことにしました。なので、カーブの話に到達するまでに長い道のりになってしまう予定です(笑)

Before digging deeper about EQ curves, I started to study from the very beginning: why the EQ curve was born, why it was/is needed for phonograph recording (and playback). Also, I tried to re-study the very basic – how the recording sounds are converted to a modulated spiral groove. So I’m afraid it will take very long before I reach the story of the EQ curve itself…

Digital image of the surface of 78 rpm record taken with optical magnification. The illumination is coaxial (the light falls vertically onto horizontal record), therefore only horizontal parts of the record reflect the light back into the optical system. These include the inter-groove surface of the record represented by the wide bands in the picture, and the bottom portion of the groove, represented by the thin lines. The scratches on the inter-groove surface are clearly seen. The size of the imaged surface is 2.35 x 2.19 mm 2 .

Audio Reconstruction of Mechanically Recorded Sound by Digital Processing of Metrological Data – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate.
Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Digital-image-of-the-surface-of-78-rpm-record-taken-with-optical-magnification-The_fig1_242606860 (accessed 4 Sep, 2022)

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