How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain Part 16.


It’s funny how things that used to be impressive aren’t any more but things that used to be normal are now regarded as amazing.

In 1993, my fellow students and I at the Australian Film Television and Radio School were gob smacked when we were shown a digital four-track audio recorder and editor. We could hardly believe our eyes as we watched the producer from the radio station 2WS cut together a promo. Editing on it was much quicker and easier than the way we were learning how to edit.

This machine was one of only a handful available in Australia at the time and was said to have cost over $20,000. These days you can download audio software for free that will do far more than that early example of what has become the only way audio is edited today.

The current students at AFTRS won’t be the slightest bit amazed by digital audio editing. However, I bet the generation that’s never cued a record, written copy on a typewriter or taken a cartridge apart to change the pad, would be just as blown away as we were when we saw the first digital editor, if they watched one of the class of 93 mark a section of 1/4 inch tape with a chinagraph pencil, push it into an “Editall” splicing block, make cuts in it with a razor blade, hang a piece of tape around their neck so it doesn’t go back the wrong way and then stick it all back together with sticky tape.

Craic on!

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