Ray Dolby passes away

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Ray Dolby passes away

Post by PID_Stop » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:46 am

Ray Dolby, probably best known for audio noise reduction systems, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. I tend to think of him as part of the insanely imaginative team at Ampex that created whole new technologies, making video recording practical in the mid 1950s.

Those of us who maintained older quad machines, and who remember how much work and insight it took to keep them running properly, can especially appreciate just what a phenomenal advance this was, and the creativity of the people like Dolby who made it happen. Charles Ginsburg's SMPTE address from 1957 gives a good glimpse...

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Re: Ray Dolby passes away

Post by KPJL FM » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:26 pm

So sad, another member of a by gone era has gone by.
There was nothing like stringing tape on an Ampex 2" quad.
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Re: Ray Dolby passes away

Post by Conelrad » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:29 pm

KPJL FM wrote:So sad, another member of a by gone era has gone by.
There was nothing like stringing tape on an Ampex 2" quad.
Nor nothing like hearing the tail end go through a quad head at rewind speed, and telling the op "next time, you can pay for the rebuild.."

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Re: Ray Dolby passes away

Post by PID_Stop » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:11 pm

You could spot the tape operators from the notches in their thumbnails, made by clearing head clogs on the fly. :shock:

You could identify tape operators in the dark: they smelled like xylene from the little red can of head cleaner.

You could spot a maintenance engineer from the greenie in his pocket, and the pants knees worn out from doing constant intersync setups.

You could spot a long-time maintenance engineer because they didn't need the paper version of the "35 steps to disaster" any more.


It took months after we removed the quad machines (especially the ACR) for me to not have panic attacks upon walking into a quiet control room.

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