Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: Re: voice drop
From: (Pete Zakel)
Date: 1990-10-11, 17:13

In article <> (Peter B. Hayward) writes:
> >The giant's voice did *not* drop out as viewed on a Rochester, New
> >York cable system. The voice *did* drop in the Chicago area on *both*
> >cable and over-the-air broadcasts.
> >
> >So, I am pretty certain it is not a Lynch trick. Perhaps it has
> >something to do with the network satellite feed to the midwest (and
> >maybe points west.)

It's possible that the station doing the local broadcast is the problem.
Twin Peaks is broadcast in stereo.  Many stations have circuitry that
simulates stereo for programs that are *not* in stereo.  If they do not
turn off the circuitry during stereo programs, whenever the circuitry
senses what it thinks is a mono broadcast (when one character is talking and
there is no music in the background, for example) the stereo simulation
circuitry cuts in and the sound can drop in the way it was perceived in the
Chicago area.

If you notice these kinds of problems (those of you with MTS TVs or VCRs
who listen in stereo can tell very easily when the simulated stereo cuts
in and out), I suggest you write to the broadcasting station and request
that they disable their stereo simulation circuitry during programs that
are recorded in stereo.

If the stations don't listen, write to your local sponsers and tell them
you won't buy any of their products if the station doesn't turn off the
stereo simulation circuitry.

-Pete Zakel
 ( or ..!{hpda,versatc,apollo,ucbcad,uunet}!cadence!phz)

"Without chemicals, he points."