We're still under construction on this page. We'll have more interesting details about the making of METROPOLITAN SUITE soon. For now, here's a picture taken during the MIDI transfers done at House of Music Studio A. In this process, synchronized MIDI tracks were SMPTE locked to the Sony 3324 digital tape machine and recorded one or two tracks at a time. The MIDI tracks had been painstakingly constructed between January and September, 1986. The transfers were completed in two, 5 day sessions in September and October ,1986.
From the upper left: Neil Nappe, assistant engineer (and guitar synthesist on his own albums) babysitting the Sony 3324 digital recorder. On the stand is the Emulator II used as a master keyboard controller and MIDI sequencer. On the shelf above is a PAiA/Synchronous Technologies SMPTE/MIDI synchronizer. The unit used a modified Commodore VIC20 chassis and a rack mounted unit (out of view of this picture). The Sony video monitor is to the left of the VIC20 and a MIDI routing box that I designed and built is to the right. On its side on the floor is my outboard rack with a Lexicon PCM-60, Deltalab DL2, Yamaha SPX-90 and an audio mixer that I designed and built. Gaffer taped on top is a Phase Linear Auto-correlator (borrowed from Wendy Carlos) and a single channel downward expander, single ended noise reduction system built around a National Semiconductor chipset. I had built that to quiet down the noisy DX7 output. All of this was a quest to get the noise levels of the instruments down low enough to be acceptable for digital recording. The irony was that the least noise was introduced by the old Moog modules. The most noise, after the instruments had been electronically quieted, actually was introduced by the analog Neve console.
On the floor in the middle is the Moog Model 15. MIDI to control voltage was derived from outputs on the Memorymoog on the bottom of the keyboard rack. Above the Memorymoog is a Rev. 3 Prophet 5, and a DX7 with the Grey Matter Response E! ROM OS upgrades. At the top are a few Yamaha TF-1 modules in a TX rack. A part of the Neve 8078 console is visible in the lower left of the picture.
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