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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 69 (58)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 69
Page 69

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 69

STUDIO F, the "studio of tomorrow today." is designed to accommodate small audiences and utilized the latest in acoustic treatment. the diffusispheres recently developed by engineers at the National Broadcasting Company. At the piano end the spheres are yellow as is the lightning

need for various equipment and gadgets necessitates these items being immedis ately availablewand ofttimes on too short a notice to keep them in dead storage. Each studio has its own control room.

Studio C is the small first-door studio for speakers, newscasts, and other programs requiring only three or four people for the broadcast. The control console is located in the master-control room.

Studio D is the newsroom, from which newscasts, replete with the nonstop tap-tap-tap of the battery of the wire services, teletypes, can be made, either as part of the stations daily routine or as an unscheduled interruption for an E.O.S. news dash. Being on the first door and with plate-glass windows instead of a regular partition, it becomes the cynosure for all visitors, whether business callers waiting to be announced or sight-seers awaiting the start of one of the regularly conducted tours.

Studio E. on the second floor, is the most theatre-like of all the eight studios. Indeed, it is a 160-seat theatre, where

the audience may watch and enter into the spirit of the program from the cinematic comfort of Kroehler theatretype Push-Back chairs.

The stage is on two levels, which can be separated by a plush traveler, with the orchestra placed on the one-step-up rear portion and the individual artists doing their stuff on what might be called an oversize apron. A microphone, suspended from the ceiling (at a level out of the audience sight lines), is used for the solo pick-up, while other members of the cast and the announcer or master of ceremonies- use standing mikes, generally positioned in the outer quarters of the stage area.

The side walls are finished in relatively smooth acoustic plaster, with various vertical segment splayed at varying angles in order to eliminate unwanted sound redections but at the same time retaining tonal livliness.

The rear wall of the auditorium is passed with rockwool over which is laid Transite. The rear wall of the stage has six vertical cylindrical panels for bettering the acoustic preperties of the air

streak on the left wall.

The dark spheres are in a deep maroon. The ground color is a neutral gray. At the piano end a plush traveler can be drawn when it is desired to have more sound absorption. The right wall and ceiling are splayed (or better acoustic effects.

theatre. These panels can be shut otf by a second traveler where a more subdued sound is required.

The control room at stage right is windowed so that the engineers can keep an eye on the audience as Well as the program.

A battery of 600d lights, as well as individual wall flood lights, throw further illuminating brilliance on the performers.

Studio F, on the second floor, is the most dramatic of all: the itstudio of tomorrow today"! Here has been used the so-called difi'usispheres devised a couple of years ago by acoustic engineers of the National Broadcasting Company. Modern design, however, has affected these spheres, too; for, where equal-size spheres were originally placed at random, the present studio achieves the same end by utilizing spheres of varying diameters but arranged in a special design. The color scheme throughout the studio utilizes yellow and deep marooneakin to the official colors of the City of Baltimore - on a neutral gray background. The working end can be

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 69