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Statistics 20142015  •  KXAN Austin Recording Museum Update  • view overview video of tape recorder collectionmobile videomore info

Please note! Non-profit entity dissolved: In December 2017, after five years of working to create a permanent public non-profit museum, the Board decided we'd had given it our best effort and the non-profit was dissolved. Some of the significantly valuable vintage devices that had been donated to the Museum were purchased by the Theophilus permanent collection owners. Other donated items were sold to interested parties and the remaining funds donated to the non-profit "Swan Songs." The non-profit museum ceased to exist on December 31, 2017.

One of the primary goals of the Museum is to gather historical records related to the equipment in the collection and of sound recording technology.

This includes manuals and promotional materials, as well as the many magazine ads and catalogs that were released profiling the recording equipment.

This era of "magnetic sound recording" when finally available to the public from the late 1940's to the early 1980's is a truly short period of time.  Many of the persons who were responsible for the development of this technology are no longer available.  It is a major goal of the museum to identify and document as many of the remaining individuals as possible and capture their stories for the Museum.

In December 2012, the Museum conducted an interview with Robert G, Metzner in Beverly Hills, CA.  Mr. Metzner was the 1946 founder of Roberts Electronics and Califone (one of the major US audio visual equipment manufacturers).  Roberts Recorders (in conjunction with Akai of Japan) supplied many pro-sumer reel to reel tape recorders from the 1050's an into the 1970's.  Robert G. Metzner was also the inventor of many unique technological devices.  Roberts Recorder was eventually acquired by Rheem (yes the same air conditioning company) and was one of the largest US suppliers of reel to reel tape recorders in the 1960's and 1970's.  Mr. Metzner, who is now 95, and his son Richard have agreed to an interview that is to eventually be shown in the Museum.

It is the museum's goal to be able to share this interview and many more including ones completed by the Audio Engineering Society in a theater in the museum.

The Museum will also maintain an archive of information about sound recording that will be available to the public for research.

Recommended DVDs and books related to music and sound recording - please note that none of these are available for sale on our site

DVD

History of the Eagles

DVD

Standing in the Shadows of MOTOWN

DVD

Stax Records

DVD

Produced by George Martin

DVD

The House That Ahmet Built

DVD

Tom Dowd & the Language of Music

DVD

20 Feet From Stardom

DVD

Muscle Shoals

DVD

Sound City

DVD

Les Paul - Chasing Sound

   

book

Clive Davis - The Soundtrack of My Life

book

360 Sound - The History of Columbia Records

book

Abbey Road

picture of Tascam book

book

Tascam - 30 Years of Recording Evolution

book

Magnetic recording

book

If These Halls Could Talk

Made in Japan book and Sony & Akio Morita

book

Made In Japan

 

book

Perfecting Sound Forever

book

Off the Record

book

Temples of Sound

book

House of Hits

book

Magnetic Recording
Semi Joseph Begum

book

Too Hot to Handle

 

 

book

Chasing Sound

book

Studio Stories

book

Sound Recording

 

 

 

Tour our collection! 

We offer seven hours of 50 video segments via download about our collection and the history of magnetic recording available at this link.

ORDER THE VIDEO FILES ON LINE - was 14.95  NOW only $9.95

There are 50 QuickTime H264 854 X 480 files in this download.  Play on MAC OS or Windows Media Player

We provide 48 hours during which to download the files. After that the file access will expire.  Once the files are downloaded they are yours to keep.

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