Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Nathaniel J. Olson

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Nathaniel J. Olson, Daniel Boner


This paper is about my investigation of early bluegrass recording techniques and the processes they used. After doing some extensive research, and compiling a database of black and white photographs from the time period, I felt I had enough information to assemble a team to try and produce the sounds, tonal qualities, and energy those recordings have. So John Kornhauser, Joshua Gooding, Hunter Berry, Sarah Griffin, along with myself, went to BigTone studios and tracked for two four hour sessions. BigTone studios has all of the vintage microphones, tape recorders, echo chambers, and out board equipment I need to replicate the same signal chain that was used on the early recordings. After the recording process, I mixed and mastered the songs to match the early recordings as closely as possible. We also recorded one song at ETSU’s studio that was all digital with new equipment to show the differences in the sound of analog versus digital recording. I have included both so that you can listen to each and determine for yourself if there is an audible difference, and if that difference is worth pursuing.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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