Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Ray Hall, March 30, 1999

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Discussing which direction to go with his story

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Partial Transcript: --that, that they were really kind of artists in their own way.

Segment Synopsis: Hall briefly discusses his feelings toward RCA, the company he worked for.

Keywords: RCA; RCA Studios; RCA Victor Studios

Subjects: Sound--Recording and reproducing.

00:01:36 - Concerns and worries about the interviewing process

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Partial Transcript: But, uh, the one thing I would--really would love to do is to involve Crotty.

Segment Synopsis: Hall expresses concern for how the interview process will go. He asks the interviewer to contact Jim Crotty for a more reliable history.

Keywords: Crotty, Jim; Recording studios; Studio etiquette

Subjects: Sound--Recording and reproducing.

00:10:55 - Discussion of rapid technological advancement and the effect it has on the business and the world

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Partial Transcript: Uh, I, I definitely want to make this a very human story.

Segment Synopsis: Hall discusses his opinions on the false promises that rapid technological advancement offers. He explains his history of working in high schools after leaving RCA Studios and his observations that computers don't help students or the average person.

Keywords: Dynagroove; Dynagroove (Technique); Dynagroove recording technique; Internet; Technology; World Wide Web

Subjects: Sound--Recording and reproducing--Equipment and supplies.; Sound--Recording and reproducing.; Technological innovations

00:20:17 - History of Ampex

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Partial Transcript: You need--Ray, you need to talk to people!

Segment Synopsis: Hall briefly discusses the reliability of Ampex products with the interviewer, and the interviewer explains the project of documenting the technical history of Ampex products.

Keywords: Ampex; Ampex products; Tape machines; Technical history

Subjects: Sound--Recording and reproducing--Equipment and supplies.; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History.; Sound--Recording and reproducing.

00:31:17 - RCA and contracting producers

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Partial Transcript: Well, Al, Al Schmitt also would be a good person to talk to.

Segment Synopsis: Hall discusses how RCA wouldn't contract employees of the company to produce artists due to a conflict of interest. He talks about his feelings of rejection after Al Schmitt was promoted to producer not long after starting at RCA and how Hall wasn't able to get a production contract until after Schmitt was successful. Hall's first contract was producing Grace Esperanza until she rejected RCA's contract because she believed they didn't pay her enough.

Keywords: 1960s music production; Esperanza, Grace; Harry Smith Recording Studio; Music production; RCA; RCA Studios; RCA Victor Studios; RCA producers; Schmitt, Al

Subjects: Sound recording executives and producers.; Sound--Recording and reproducing.

00:35:02 - The importance of location for opportunity

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Partial Transcript: And, and do you think that Schmitty was able to do that because he was in L.A.?

Segment Synopsis: Hall and the interviewer discuss the way smaller locations can improve opportunities in music production, the people Al Schmitt was involved in producing, and methods through which to get the best sound out of a production. Hall remarks that he was given advice to get the most sound out of the microphones and artist as possible because eventually they would shrink the sound for radio programs and such.

Keywords: Adkins, Chet; Cook, Sam; Margaret, Ann; Porter, Roy

Subjects: Sound--Recording and reproducing.