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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Look Back At Philadelphia's Sigma Sound

Last week I posted a song analysis of "For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays, which was done at Philadelphia's famed Sigma Sound. Sigma was at the heart of the Philly Soul sound of the 70s and is often overlooked in the annals of pro audio.

The fact of the matter was that Sigma was always on the forefront of studio innovation. It was the second studio in the US to offer 24 track recording, one of the first to use a DI to record bass, and the first to have console automation! All of these features are so mundane today, but way back then they were a big deal.

Here's a great video of Sigma owner and engineer Joe Tarsia describing what Sigma was like back then.


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1 comment:

wobblyboot said...

Interesting short doco, thanks.
Kind of ironic that the Joe Tarsia's voice was recorded so badly don't you think? It sounded like the camera mic with all that room around it.
Pretty hard to beat a bunch of good musicians with time & inspiration in a studio


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