Right you are, Dan. I stand corrected. Although, most theatres
eliminated the third channel and ultimately opted for only two, which
was the way I first heard it when I was four years old just after the
start of WWII in a NY theatre.
On Jan 3, 2010, at 9:54 AM, Dan Dugan wrote:
>> Historically, the first "stereo" recording was the Disney film,
>> "Fantasia." The 1940 soundtrack version was recorded in 1939 using
>> multiple tracks recording (transmitted over special phone lines, no
>> less) various classical pieces with Leopold Stokowski's Philadelphia
>> Orchestra and then mixed down (mostly) to two, since that's what only
>> a few theatres were technically able to handle at the time. Folks
>> mesmerized by the sense of space.
> Actually, the "Fantasound" version, that only played in half a dozen
> big cities, was three tracks plus a control track of audio tones
> that live-mixed the three tracks to the theater speaker channels.
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