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Ye olde Optigan Archives. These posts drive the Optigan Archive page.

Inter-office Memo

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

A telephone memo, for comic relief.

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Improved Disc Mastering System

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Mike LeDoux’s thoughts on optical disc mastering.

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Circular Photo-Electric Sound Track Joint Closure

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

A design change issue from Mike LeDoux.

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The Optigan Master Reels

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

An index of the contents of the Optigan master reels.

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Prototype Optigans from a Parallel Universe!!!

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Take a look at these…

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Optigan Patents

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

View some of the original Optigan patents.

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How To Make An Optigan Disc – Then and Now

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

A photo essay documenting the creation of Optigan discs.

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Do the master tapes for the Optigan discs still exist?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Yes and no. All of the original 8 and 16 track masters are gone, but fortunately Mike held on to the 1/4″ stereo mix-down masters. These are probably the most useful tapes to have anyway. I am the current legal owner of these tapes, and have copyrighted the material contained on them. All 40-odd hours [...]

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Are there any rare prototype Optigans still out there?

Posted by peahix on 23rd April 2006

Probably not. The earliest design concept for the Optigan was a small organ containing something like an Edison Cylinder. When the keys were pressed, they would push down needles onto the audio tracks. This proved to be completely unstable, though, so the focus shifted to optical means. It’s doubtful that any of these prototypes still [...]

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