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August 2021

1. I’ve been enjoying casual classical listening on WFCR FM in Amherst MA --- FM in my workshop, HD Radio HD2 at home. Only recently did I realize they are completely different. The FM (and HD1) have a mix of classical music, news, talk radio, jazz etc. HD2 is 100% classical.

It has Peter Van De Graaff as a genial host, seemingly 24 hours a day, who provides background commentary on the pieces played. It turns out the program has nothing to do with WFCR. It is produced at WFMT Chicago as the Beethoven Satellite Network and sold to stations around the country. It has 1 hour segments. Programming is varied and often by thematic groups. (It never identifies itself as BSN).

All the time I am hearing pieces I have never heard before, which is certainly not the case with WCRB FM. The sound is compressed (dynamically) . I don’t know if it is done at the source or at WFCR. I tuned in one day and heard some interesting music obviously from 78s. It turned out to be 4 Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin conducted by Hermann Abendroth from the Concertgebouw live in 1941, from Radio Nederland.

The playlists are at

Between almost every outro and intro there are clicks. This says that it is the product of an editing suite and not live. One evening I was listening to some music of Sousa and suddenly the music started rapidly repeating, maybe 100 times in 30 secs. Then the sound muted for a minute, and then the music resumed. Peter acted as if nothing had happened.

Occasionally the sound mutes for a few seconds for no apparent reason.

His pronunciation seems impeccable, sometimes giving the native language pronunciation, then the Anglicized version. He pronounced Glazunov’s Raymonda Ballet as “Rye-munda” with the “u” as in “put”. I can’t confirm this.

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Webmaster's note: Just for fun reference, there are quite a number of lovely Art Nouveau fonts in the Arnold Bocklin family style, as shown here:

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In September 2009 the B A S held a microphone clinic, testing 37 different microphone models. The ambitious nature of the clinic effort, the extent of data collection, the number of individuals involved in microphone testing and in writing various sections of the report, and the complexity in determining how to construct the clinic report and make it available to members resulted it not being published until now. The dataset is extensive.

Representative samples were included in the abbreviated report in "The B A S Speaker"
(Fall 2015; v37n3)

Go to the MICROPHONE CLINIC PAGE for more...

When collecting and plotting "noisy" data it is often useful to have Microsoft Excel plot a Trend Line through it.  If that data is to be used for further work, it may be necessary to have an X-Y table of the Trend Line. That is not easy to get and this paper will show how to do it.
Joseph DeMarinis has a new article here: Extracting Numerical Data from an Excel Trend Line

Foster's Test Bench !
by Alvin Foster !    Click the logo: —>
The rapidly-becoming-famous BAS Headphone Test Article is now available in the BASS VOLUME 25, ISSUE 4, on Page 17, available HERE   PDF 3mb
Visit our PODCAST PAGE for:
The LIVE video podcast of our meetings,
Archived video of past meetings (only one so far!),
and Audio Podcast interviews by Alvin Foster
There is a supplemental and further explanation addendum paper to the E. Brad Meyer / David Moran paper published in the September, 2007 issue of the AES Journal. That page, which documents the experimental protocol and audio systems/source material is here:   
There is a Power Point Presentation of the lecture given by Dr. Barry Blesser at the March 2007 Meeting. The Meeting page synopsis is HERE; the Power Point Presentation (as a web page) is HERE

Some earlier BASS issues, previously available only directly by mail, are now available online, on the BAS SPEAKER page, HERE

Show your appreciation for the immense amount of dedicated work that went into both the original writing, gathering, editing and printing, PLUS the more recent scanning and conversion to PDF format, by joining the Society, HERE !

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There is a posting of an ABX article, The Digital Challenge by Stanley P. Lipshitz HERE

Webmaster's Corner:

Once again, for 2021 - and onward - is THE useful industry calendar of audio/related events, with kudos to all who put this list together:

Separately, AV-IQ has their event page here:

For a fully comprehensve understanding of meetings taking place - both real and virtual - in this pandemic situation, you need to look at BOTH listings.



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