Site Tunes into Vintage Recordings
Pack, Thomas, Information Today
How would you record a song if you didn't have a microphone?
At the beginning of the 20th century, the sounds from voices and instruments were funneled through a large metal horn that caused the attached diaphragm to vibrate. The diaphragm then vibrated a stylus that etched the sound waves onto a rotating wax cylinder or disc. Although there was no way to control the sound electronically, you simply adjusted the sounds by moving musicians closer to or farther from the horn or by using horns of different sizes.
You can see a photo of the acoustic recording process in the About section at the National Jukebox (www.loc.gov/jukebox), a website created by the Library of …
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Publication information: Article title: Site Tunes into Vintage Recordings. Contributors: Pack, Thomas - Author. Magazine title: Information Today. Volume: 28. Issue: 10 Publication date: November 2011. Page number: 38. © 2009 Information Today, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.