Engineering: Cole at the Controls

Perched behind the massive console in the audio booth of NBC's Studio No. 4 in Burbank, Calif., Sound Engineer Bill Cole looked a little like an octopus playing the organ. As Singer Andy Williams eased into the opening bars of an up-tempo number, Cole scanned a bewildering battery of gauges and began twiddling and tweaking some of the console's 250 multicolored knobs and switches that are linked to a forest of microphones in the studio. One knob channeled Williams' voice through an echo chamber; others-muffled or brightened various sections of the orchestra....

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