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Compusonics computer disc recording, long before MP3 had even been dreamed of.

 

In 1984 US company Compusonics announced a digital audio recorder which stored 45 minutes of stereo on a 5.25" computer floppy disc. For two years Compusonics booths at electronics shows were always not quite ready for a demonstration that day. The first working model was shown at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Dallas in 1986. The computer player cost $3000 and played four minutes of stereo. Sound quality was poor and the player stuck and skipped. A video version could only manage a couple of coarse pictures per second.

Compusonics. In June 1984, US company Compusonics announced a digital audio recorder which stored 45 minutes of stereo on a 5.25" computer floppy disc. But for two years Compusonics booths at electronics shows were always not quite ready for demonstration that day. First dem I know of was at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Convention in Dallas in April 1986. The DSP-1500 played four minutes of stereo, or eight minutes of mono - and cost $3000. Sound quality was poor and the player stuck and skipped.

Compusonics also promised a digital video version; it displayed a couple of coarse pictures a second.

David Schwartz, was President of Compusonics. Investment bankers, Blinder, Robinson and Co, of Colerado, provided potential investors with a prospectus. It came with 40 press clippings. Tomorrow's World ran the story. British company Ferrograph planned to badge a Compusonics pro-record for £4000 in September 1986.

Compusonics is now forgotten, but recording sound and pictures on computer discs is commonplace and dirt cheap. Others reaped the rewards from an idea ahead of its time.

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