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6. Re: Very quiet recordings

Subject: 6. Re: Very quiet recordings
From: "soundings23" soundings23
Date: Fri Jun 8, 2012 12:14 am ((PDT))
I wonder if that Big Ben feed is still there to regional bbc studio's? I do 
quite a bit with BBC Devon - their studio's are wonderfully old school. In 
Exeter they have a desk with sliders that go "the wrong way" - you pull them 
towards you to increase volume - no doubt built when there was no standard on 
such things, all wood and analogue meters. I've recorded on it though and it 
sounds wonderful. 

Totally off topic - and I'm sure you know this David - each BBC regional studio 
also has a large red light somewhere high on the wall, in addition to the 
"live" light. I asked a while back and was told that it's set off centrally 
when a close member of the Royal Family dies so they can switch immediately to 
pre-prepared sombre music. The only time I can personally remember this 
happening on BBC radio was the day Princes Diana died. 


--- In  "Avocet" <> wrote:
> There is another example of the BBC transmitting "silence" and that is 
> the two minute silence on Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph after Big 
> Ben and the gun at 11 oclock on the 11th of November. Most of London 
> is still moving, and they wind up the gain until the city noise is 
> interrupted by the second gun and the buglers playing the Last Post.
> Within the BBC there used to be a general feed to all studios of the 
> Big Ben microphone, either an old "apple and bisuit" or an AXBT 
> classic ribbon probably long replaced. The output level was not a 
> problem. :-) The hours bell, which is actually the real Big Ben (not 
> the clock or tower), is accurate to a second and is still used as a 
> broadcast time signal. If sound engineers in control rooms got bored, 
> they would turn up the volume of the Big Ben feed and listen to 
> London.
> David
> David Brinicombe
> North Devon, UK
> Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce

"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a 
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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