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From the 1960s through to the 90s radio DJs used Cart machines to play jingles and now I've managed to get hold of one. In this video I get to try out the tech by playing some interesting old recordings.
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Jerobeam Fenderson for the intro animation: http://oscilloscopemusic.com/
Over Time - Vibe Tracks https://youtu.be/VSSswVZSgJw
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ThatSFXGuy - https://youtu.be/5M3-ZV5-QDM
Here are a few things that have already been discussed about the video on Patreon that might help answer a few potential questions.
1) Cue Tones - and the lack of recognition on my machine
The stereo Dr Dre cart would most likely have its cue track in a configuration that my mono machine can't read…however none of the cue tones on my mono carts were triggering anything with my machine..including the one I recorded on it.
2) Scarcity - It may seem surprising that working cart machines aren't easy to find on the second hand market in the UK but I suspect that any working models are still in demand in the radio industry so there's no need to sell them off on ebay. It’s just the old broken models that end up there.
3) Blanked Carts - The jingles "Fastest Thing in the Air" and "TGIF (which turns out to be Thank Goodness It's Fun) are jingles created by the Jingle company “Pams” in 1964 that were used by a number of radio stations https://www.pams.com/cuts-27.html
4) Who is Kenny Lynn? - I found details of some club DJs in the UK with a similar name however jingles on carts are something a radio DJ would use…so I’m not sure what station they were from. However just for the record...I'm really not looking to find anything out about this chap...I was just mentioning that I couldn't tell you much about him. But for those people who are (bizarrely) suggesting it's `Kenny Lynch" - that's a different name with a shhh sound at the end. Listen to the jingles again and you'll hear it's "Here's Kenny Lynn" with no shhh sound at the end. Also to anyone suggesting it's the famous UK DJ and TV personality 'Kenny Everett'...I really can't account for what's happening in your head.
5) A few people wanted to 'correct me' to say that carts didn't use mobius loops and the reverse isn't recorded on. This 'correction' is wrong - they did and they do and mine is and here's an article from 1959 explaining the process https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=SSEEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA24&dq=fidelipac%20%22mobius%20loop%22&pg=PA24#v=onepage&q=fidelipac%20%22mobius%20loop%22&f=false
and here's a video where I PLAY BOTH SIDES OF THE TAPE - https://youtu.be/u36gcUdwjkc
6) Anyone interested in hearing the backing music for the Kenny Lyn spots - here it is in full: https://youtu.be/4E5AXF0R2tE
Q) What type of self adhesive sponge did I use to repair the Cartridge?
A) Stokvis TLD9624
I bought it at Clas Ohlson - it might be this one (but I'm not 100%). http://www.clasohlson.com/uk/Dust-Seal/34-4093