Recording Formats

One of the biggest challenges for the re-issues of The Geese And The Ghost, Wise After The Event and 1984 when considering potential sources for additional tracks was to get to grips with the myriad of analogue recording formats that were used for the original recording of the albums.  The good news on this front was that Ant has all the existing original multi-track tapes for the albums in his archives - however, almost none of the tapes had been played since the original sessions for each of the albums and several of them had little or no documentation of their content.  

It was obvious from the out-set that if any of the original multi-track tapes were going to be used as the source of extra material for the albums then some serious research was going to be required.  There was also the question of how the original tapes could be played again after so many years - Ant no longer has the 4 or 8-track tape machines that were used to record the original parts for The Geese & The Ghost and 1984 respectively and the 16 and 24-track tapes would require access to original tape machines.

Here is a guide to the different multi-track formats used for each album.  The different sizes mentioned here (", 1-inch and 2-inch) refer to the width of the tape used for recording.  

The Geese & The Ghost

Initial recordings for The Geese & The Ghost were made on 4-track (using " tape) during the sessions for the album in October and November 1974 at Send Barns.  The two TEAC 4-track machines used had been bought along with a mixing desk and some other outboard equipment from the initial advance of 3000 made by Charisma Records.

The 4-track masters were then transferred to 16-track (using two-inch tape and dbx noise reduction) for the later sessions which took place at Tom Newman's studio in July 1975.

The final sessions for the album took place at Send Barns, with basic parts being recorded on the 4-track TEAC set-up during the last week of October 1976.  These 4-track recordings were then transferred to 16-track at Olympic Studios on 6th November 1976 and overdubs were added to them the same day.

 

 

Wise After The Event

Ant initially recorded home demos of the songs for the album - these recordings were mainly done on the 4-track TEAC set-up.  Some additional home demos were recorded on a 2-track Revox recorder.

During the rehearsals for the album at Michael Giles studio in Dorset, some demos were recorded on 4-track.

The initial studio recordings for the album were made on 16-track (using 2-inch tape and Dolby noise reduction) at Essex Studios in London during two weeks in October 1977.

The selected final takes of the backing tracks were then transferred to 24-track on the Manor Mobile studio for the overdubbing which was recorded at The Farmyard in Buckinghamshire.  These sessions took place during November 1977.  Some additional overdubs were also recorded on the 24-track masters at Trident Studios in London - Ant recalls that these included the guitar solo on Birdsong. 

The orchestral session for Regrets was recorded at CBS Studios in London on 24-track during a session that took place on 6th December 1977.

 

 

1984

The initial recording for 1984 was done on 8-track (using one inch tape) by Ant at Send Barns using his Brenell Mini 8 tape recorder.  

The 8-track tapes were then transferred to 24-track (using two inch tape) at Atmosphere Studios in London for additional overdubs.

  


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