Welcome back to the truth about recording and mixing the fretboard diary by Crackle & Pop! Studio in Ballard, Washington. In this episode, we talk to Spectra’s 1964 Bill Cheney about the company’s history and the classic racetracks that are still up to date today.
Some of the topics discussed this week:
1:10 listener comment from Josh Block on episode 11 with Timothy Herzog
3:05 Listener comments from Bob Knetzger
4:45 What is flanging? Johnny gives a demo and a modern technique to achieve this classic sound
4:45 pm Welcome Bill Cheney, Bill talks about his upbringing and how he got into audio
8:30 p.m. Meeting with William Dilley and finally to work for Spectra
29:30 Scully 100: the Spectra tape machine
33:00 1970s era, when Spectra was building sound systems, when Bill started working there
36:30 William Dilley’s story and his love of flying
41:30 The world of gear manufacturing in the early 1960s and how Spectra came out. The 101 amplifier and the one built with Spectra parts in studios.
46:30 William Dilley designs the Minutemen rocket launch project and a side story about William Dilley and Les Paul hanging out. How working on this system affected his knowledge of transistor circuits.
1:00:00 The evolution of the product line in the 1960s: the 101A and the 500EQ
1:06:45 The 610 comp limiter and the reasons for placing the limiter on the front of the circuit
1:14:00 What other routes did William Dilley work on in the late 1960s?
1:19:00 Partial differences between then and now and where the company is going now. Through hole technology and current manufacturing. Challenges that lead to Spectra with SMD manufacturing
1:33:20 Now new products are coming out
1:40:00 More talk about the 610 compressors … and the instructions
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The Truth About Recording & Mixing is a biweekly produced podcast by the fretboard diary Magazine loosely based on our Truth About Vintage Amps podcast.