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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject: Radio One Cart Machine Reply with quote

Across the UK Britains Favourite Radio One................

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/established1967/feature/cartplayer.shtml


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard the one about the Radio 1 DJ that was signed off with stress when the bosses brought in their "one thought - one link" policy?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who's been playing DJ? Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sonifex cart machines. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh bless 'em!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firewirefred wrote:
Sonifex cart machines. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh bless 'em!



The good old days. Mix them together. Sounding like the machine is about to chew them up. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have a pair of those things when I did mobiles back when dinosaurs roamed the earth ! Happy days, bloody great Citronic Kennet deck unit with a right dodgy tape deck between the turntables and the two sonifex machines sat on a home made 'bridge' we built over the back of the console... happy days. "Remember... this golden classic.. "
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Wright still used them until recently.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fun idea! I love the way the cartridges clonk when they go in the machine and the fact that if you stop a cart midway and take it out of the machine it will still be where you stopped it next time you try to use it. Just like the real thing. Very clever.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Excellent stuff! I liked to play "the voice of Radio 1" followed quickly by Arnold's bark... happy days.
Is that Steve Top Dog Wright who appears around the studio door?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Triumph Herald wrote:
What a fun idea! I love the way the cartridges clonk when they go in the machine and the fact that if you stop a cart midway and take it out of the machine it will still be where you stopped it next time you try to use it. Just like the real thing. Very clever.


The old-style tape carts used 1/4" tape loops that reset if you went to remove them - at least the ones that I used (and had to record) did! Sometimes they would chew up completely as you removed them, too. Great fun. Rolling Eyes

Then there were the three-machine stacks where one finishing cart would trigger the next (common for commercials playout). So the presenter would run out of the studio only to dash back because the second or third machine hasn't fired.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Steve Wright still used them until recently.

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Luddite.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They contain his original material Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In many ways the old Sonifex carts were just as reliable as the server-based playout used today. At least you could see the cart in the machine right in front of you, and if it didn't fire you could thump it! With so much stuff now stored on network playout server systems, you don't really know where it is or what it's doing. And when the screen in front of locks up you're completely knackered - as (I think) Ken Bruce discovered recently and had to move studios during a programme.

If you look at the R2 (and R1) studio webcams these days you'll see that there's hardly any hardware for the presenter to drive - a simple mixer, two or three computer screens and that's about it. And even then the people in the control room are riding levels, etc.

That's why I wonder why Ross needs Andy to drive the desk! What desk?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's why I wonder why Ross needs Andy to drive the desk! What desk?



Banter between them both. He could end up sounding weak without someone else?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Banter between them both. He could end up sounding weak without someone else?


What banter? All I hear is Ross talking and somebody in the background chuckling and making an occasional contribution!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firewirefred wrote:
mark occomore wrote:
Banter between them both. He could end up sounding weak without someone else?


What banter? All I hear is Ross talking and somebody in the background chuckling and making an occasional contribution!



Wossy hasn't got time to drive the desk. I think he might not be technically minded.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Wossy hasn't got time to drive the desk.


How come others do then?

mark occomore wrote:
I think he might not be technically minded.


Like Sarah Kennedy, perhaps? She admits not to being techie-minded but manages (somehow) to drive the desk herself. It's not rocket science these days.

Anyhow, that's not the point. The point is that anybody else could ride the desk - I don't see why Andy has to pollute the planet so heavily by flying backwards and forwards to Malaga every week just to make his relatively minor contribution.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firewirefred wrote:
mark occomore wrote:
Wossy hasn't got time to drive the desk.


How come others do then?

mark occomore wrote:
I think he might not be technically minded.





He could be dyslexic?
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