This week I participated in my friend, Peter O’Connell’s blog project, answering 5 questions about my life as a voice-over actor..
One of the questions took me back to thinking about my Dad’s tape recorder, which I basically took over when I was about 7 or 8. Hours upon hours were spent with that machine where I told stories, did weird voices, and sang into the wild-looking hand-held mic. Last night I started looking up photos on the web of old recorders and mics and BAM! I was obsessed all over again.
Well I found an exact replica today on ebay. It’s a vintage tube tape recorder made by Webster Chicago. And I’ve purchased it . Just for fun, and just for the studio. Just to look and get that sense of history and appreciate how far we’ve come in the development of the technology. From analogue to digital. What a leap!
WEBCOR ROYAL EP2611-1 Reel To Reel Tape Player Recorder
And here is what “my first microphone” looked like that plugged into the back of the recorder unit. My oh my… Art Deco!
Well I’ve found both on ebay and I decided must have them. I’ll see if I can actually get everything to work, and I’ll report back later.
Lucky for me the recorder is in Palm Springs. It’s been sitting in some guy’s closet for 30-40 years. I’m driving there to pick it up this weekend, to not only save on shipping, but to protect those delicate tubes during the transport.
So someone tell me:
What was YOUR recording device of choice that foretold of your future work as a voiceover actor?