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The control room for Studio A utilized a Neumann recording console (18 inputs, 4 outputs) which was put into service in 1965. In the corner of the room you can see the newly arrived Mini Moog synthesizer. The tapes piled up to the right of the console are the masters to Series 42A.
Looking towards the back of Control Room A, with Bruce Collier at the controls. The complement of tape machines (all Ampex) included a 4-track, 2-track, full-track, and a custom built TEN track.
The recording industry standard at the time was 8-track, on 1-inch wide tape. But to push the technology envelope a bit, PAMS had 10-track (1") heads specially built, and assembled 10 sets of Ampex electronics to create the unique machine you see pictured here. It was used heavily during the period 1967-1970, until the first PAMS 16-track (2") machine was purchased.
Meanwhile, in Studio C here's Jon Wolfert mixing "Philadelphia Story" on the Electrodyne console. This studio had Scully 16-track and 2-track, and an Ampex full-track machine. It also housed another custom-built 10-track Ampex. By the way, years ago there was also a Studio B which was located above Studio A. But by the time these pictures were taken it had been converted to office space for writers. Here are some of the 4-track and 10-track master tapes. The filing system was roughly numerical by series number, but haphazard at best. It will, however, give you an indication of the enormous quantity of jingles and commercials that PAMS created.
Sometimes, after a long day of recording, it was too much trouble to put all the tapes away. So these valuable items were casually piled up... sometimes beside the trash can, where they became a convenient platform for passing bottles of Dr Pepper!
PAMS had a "wall of fame" where visiting clients would leave their autographs after attending recording sessions. In this priceless section, we see that WABC's Rick Sklar worked hard to put his signature near the top. But a few months later, WCBS-FM's John Gehron stood on a ladder so that he could have the distinction of signing above Rick!
Photos on this page by Jon and Mary Lyn Wolfert, Ken Justiss and Peter Mokover. Rights to all photos are reserved by their respective owners.