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EditTall reel to reel tape splicer on the Museum's Teac Tascam 35-2 reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas' vintage recording collection

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Preserving the stories of significant individuals in sound recording generally and magnetic recording specifically is a major project of MOMSR. The Museum’s goal is to document the stories of those persons who contributed significant inventions, manufactured equipment and who engineered and produced audio recordings, especially in the areas of music, broadcast, film/video and science. These interviews will be available on MOMSR’s web site and in the permanent facility when it is created. These interviews have also been made available to the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy’s).


EdiTall - Joel Tall

Joel Tall with Ampex tape recorders who creatd the tape splicer Editall used around the world. Photo of Joel Tall  donated by his daughter, Benita Kaplan to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Joel Tall was born on April 17, 1905 and passed away in December 1986. He was married to Leona B. Tall and was survived by one daughter Benita J. Kaplan. Leona helped Joel Tall found The Tall Company in the 1950's.

Benita Kaplan has generously donated some of Joel Tall's personal papers and photos to our Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.

In 1950 Joel Tall filed U.S. Patent #US 2599667 A for his Splicing Block stating "This invention relates to splicing blocks, such as are used in splicing film and sound recording tape, and specifically it refers to a block which is particularly suitable for editing sound recording tape."   View the full patent

1977 ad for Joel Tall's Editall reel to reel tape splicer donated by his daughter, Benita Kaplan to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Joel Tall photo donated the MOMSR by his daughter Benita Kaplan

Joel Tall at CBS with Mr. Goldberg

U.S. Patent #US 2599667 A for Joel Tall's Splicing Block

Joel Tall photo donated the MOMSR by his daughter Benita Kaplan
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Joel Tall photo donated the MOMSR by his daughter Benita Kaplan

EdiTall Manual Cover

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Joel Tall business card  donated the MOMSR by his daughter Benita Kaplan

 

Joel Tall photo donated the MOMSR by his daughter Benita Kaplan

Article Sound With Images about Joel Tall


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Draft of Joel Tall's article for db Magazine


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Correspondence and certificates


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Please note: Some of Joel Tall's documents are fairly lengthy, so allow some time for them to download!

Letters of condolence

Letters of condolence to Mrs. Tall
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Joel Tall's notes for Stereophile #2 presentation

October 2, 1962

Joel Tall's notes for Stereophile #2
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Joel Tall's notes for Stereophile presentation

January, 1963

Joel Tall's notes for Stereophile #2
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Joel Tall - Taping News For Broadcast


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Joel Tall - Audio Tape Editing In Radio News Broadcast - 1974

Joel Tall Audio TapeE diting In Radio News Broadcast
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Smithsonian article about the editing splicer and Joel Tall

Smithsonian article about the editing splicer and Joel Tall

CBS Chucklehead fun page mentioning Joel Tall as "Joe"

Now The News mention of Joel Tall

 

Association for Recorded Sound Discussion Joel Tall

Books published

Tape Editing
Joel Tall

Techniques of Magnetic Recording
Joel Tall

Your Tape Recorder
Joel Tall and Martin Clifford

 

Joel Tall mentioned in Music and Technoculture  edited by René T. A. Lysloff, Leslie C. Gay, Jr

University of North Texas Material from "Techniques of Magnetic Recording" by Joel Tall, chief tape editor for CBS.

University of North Texas Joel Tall

Continued - University of North Texas

University of North Texas Material from "Techniques of Magnetic Recording" by Joel Tall, chief tape editor for CBS.

Excerpt from Tape Editing by Harold Lawrence view pdf

Excerpt from Tape Editing by Harold Lawrence

Music and song Birds _ Joel Tall

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1951 Editall ad the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Joel Tall article from the Reel2ReelTexas archives PDF

1957 Hi Fidelity splicing article by Joel Tall in theReel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

1957 Hi Fidelity splicing article by Joel Tall PDF

 

Joel Tall's book "Techniques of Magnetic Recording" 

Benita Kaplan also generously donated her copy of Joel Tall's book "Techniques of Magnetic Recording"

Joel Tall's book "Techniques of Magnetic Recording"

Joel Tall's book "Techniques of Magnetic Recording"

Joel Tall's book "Techniques of Magnetic Recording"

Joel Tall's book "Techniques of Magnetic Recording"

EDITall Ads from Reel2ReelTexas.com archives

1951 Editall ad the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording   1957 Editall ad the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  Joel Tall with Ampex tape recorders who creatd the tape splicer Editall used around the world. Photo of Joel Tall  donated by his daughter, Benita Kaplan to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording    Joel Tall with Ampex tape recorders who creatd the tape splicer Editall used around the world. Photo of Joel Tall  donated by his daughter, Benita Kaplan to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  Joel Tall with Ampex tape recorders who creatd the tape splicer Editall used around the world. Photo of Joel Tall  donated by his daughter, Benita Kaplan to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Joel Tall with Ampex tape recorders who creatd the tape splicer Editall used around the world. Photo of Joel Tall  donated by his daughter, Benita Kaplan to the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording


reel to reel tape splicers also appeared in many configurations although most professional studios used the splicing block

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EMI Joining Block
 tape splicer ad in  the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

More links related to editing reel tape

The MOMSR tape splicer collection

The Story of Magnetic Tape Part 1 1961  Part 2A  2 B

Scotch 4 Track Tape

Reel to Reel recorder ads by year

Tape Accessories 1  2  3

Is Magnetic Tape Long Lived? 1965

What Makes A Good Tape Recording 1965

 

EMI called theirs a "joining block"

   

1956 article on tape splicing - view pdf


Here are a couple of bits of information I can give you from first hand knowledge.
 
1) Joel was the audio tape editor of the famed Edward R. Murrow LP I CAN HEAR IT NOW. It was the first mass selling collection of historic audio sound clips. I do believe his name is on the album. Amazingly it is on sale at AMAZON.
 
 
2) He was also the editor of all the incoming feeds that were part of the CBS RADIO WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP at 8:00AM Eastern. I know because I was in the control room once when he did it (as a boy, of course!!!). He was especially tough on the correspondents when it came to their speech delivery and diction, and was known to tell them to redo a spot if it didn't sound right.
 
3) He helped record bird sounds for the Kellogg Institute at Cornell at one point. You are aware of their impressive work in magnetic sound recording, right?  I'm sure they still have them. Here's the link:
 
4) His EdiTall editing block was THE standard in audio (and then video) tape editing until digital came along. You could find those blocks attached to every reel to reel editing machine in just about any studio in the world. I had engineers using them when I first did radio broadcasts in the 1960's. We had them in my American Forces Network, France studios in AFN-VERDUN when I was in the service.

Dick Hubert (Joel Tall's nephew)


Stuart Gordon - article. I was told in the early years two inch tape was physically edited using a razor blade to cut and some adhesive to join the splice. Was this a bad dream or did anyone ever do -

Dick Hubert- Yes, Stuart, I personally did this with a tape editor for the ABC Evening News in 1964 on the day the Pope visited Manhattan. I was in charge of building a "reprise" from the day's live coverage and we would record a bit, then select a couple of scenes, editing them on to the master reel, etc. We used an Edi-Tall editing block that was specially engineered for the two inch reel to reels. It was a version of the same Edi-Tall that was used everywhere there was magnetic tape AUDIO editing. I know all of this because my uncle, Joel Tall, a veteran CBS Radio News engineer, invented the Edi-Tall. I specifically remember my calling him afterwards to compliment him on how well the Edi-Tall worked and how we could not have done the video edit job then without it.

Ted David Dick-great anecdote!!

Stuart Gordon -Thanks for shedding some light on this. I was vacation relief in 1979 and the group 6 in the tape area, Frank Vaneman , told me this story and I don't think I ever believed him. Chalked it up as some new guy/rookie jive.

12/1/2015 - Dick Hubert (Joel Tall's nephew )


Reel to reel tape splicers in the Museum's Reel2ReelTexas collection

Editall splicing Block on our Museum's Teac Tascam 35-2 reel to reel tape recorder

EDITall on the Museum's Teac Tascam 35-2

Inovonics splicer on the Museum's Ampex 200A reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Nortronics splicer on the Museum's Ampex 200A

 

the Studer B67 reel to reel tape recorder in the Museum has a built-in splicer, as well as a splicing block

The Studer B67 reel to reel tape recorder in the Museum has a built-in splicer, as well as a splicing block

Built in splicer in the Studer A807 reel tape recorder in our Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Studer A807 in our Museum has it's own built in splicer. This button was sometimes confused as a "record" button with not so good results.

Additional block splicers on the Studer A807 reel tape recorder in our Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Studer A807 in our Museum also has additional splicing blocks

Splicing block on our Museum's Ampex ATR 800 reel to reel tape recorder in our Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Splicing block on our Museum's Ampex ATR 800

Splicing block on Tascam BR-20T reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2reelTexas vintage recording collection

Splicing block on Tascam BR-20T in the Museum

Splicing block on Otari MX5050 BQII reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2reelTexas vintage recording collection

Splicing block on the Otari MX-5050 BQII reel to reel tape recorder in our Museum

Splicing block on our Museum's ReVox B77 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2reelTexas vintage recording collection

Splicing block on our Museum's ReVox B77

Splicing block on our 1949 Bell RT-65 reel to reel tape recorder in the Reel2reelTexas vintage recording collection

Splicing block on the Museum's 1949 Bell RT-65 reel to reel tape recorder

Jiffy Splice in the Reel2reelTexas vintage recording collection

Jiffy Splice in our Museum's collection

Ampex branded Robins tape splicer in the Museum's collection. Also the Ampxe demagnitizer in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Ampex branded Robins tape splicer in the Museum's collection.
Also the Ampex demagnetizer

Robins Gibson Girl Reel tape splicer in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Robins Gibson Girl Reel tape splicer

Akai reel tape splicer in the Reel2ReelTexas vintage recording collection

Akai reel tape splicer

 

 

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