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Beach Boys: An American Family, The (TV Movie) - Big Recording Equipment Error
In the opening sequence, the family of the founding members of the Beach Boys (I forget the names) is recording a song in the garage on an open-reel Nagra reel-to-reel cassette recorder.
When the youngest son walks in, the rest of the family is overdubbing (recording over top what has already been recorded) a piano track. Then the youngest son his encouraged to sing over top the tape so they can have three-part harmony vocals. This was not possible during the 50's (the time period the first half of the movie took place in).
This is a technique known as multi-track recording, and it wasn't invented until the mid-60's.
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seedyrom writes:
Les Paul started multi-tracking in 1948. In 1954, he commissioned Ampex to build the first 8 track recorder. Thus, multi-tracking has been around a long time. I recently saw a clip from a old 50's variety show, where he demonstrated multitracking on the show. He recorded a couple of tracks and then played them back while playing live as Mary Ford sang.
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