Larry Clifton's MultiChannelSound Shop

MCS Review Back Issues

From this page, you can see that MultiChannelSound was once much more than a record shop.  From 1979 through 1986, a group of extraordinary friends and I published a series of publications to report news and discuss issues about surround sound.

First came The QUAD Quarterly.  It provided corrections and updates (quad records were still appearing) to my quadraphonic discography, QUAD Incorporated.  After two years, we expanded the publication to include articles, reviews and more extensive news and renamed it MCS Review.  During this period, some issues exceeded 40 pages.

By the end of 1985, the publication had looked at about every surround-sound topic we could imagine.  So, we changed to mostly just reporting new developments and delivered these in a light-weight (4 pages) monthly format, which we called MultiChannelSound.  This final format did not last very long, just a few issues.  Producing MultiChannelSound was strictly a labor of love, performed outside of the day job hours.  A mid-life career change, a daily two-hour commute and night school left no time for quad.  And so in 1986 I folded the publication.

Now you can own many of the issues we published.  Keep in mind that, though the contents came to be highly-regarded (Edward Tatnall Canby of Audio was especially fond of quoting us), the look of the publication reveals that it was strictly an amateur effort.  Desktop publishing was just beginning to appear in the mid-'80s.  Even though created on a computer, I used a daisy-wheel impact printer to produce the master copies, so the publications appear type-written.

If you'd like to have any of these old issues, pick from the list below and send your list to me by e-mail.  I'll verify that I still have copies of the issues you want.  Then you can send a check or money order for the amount of your purchase.

To the price of the publications, please add for shipping:

Just as for recordings, please make payment in U.S. funds by postal money order, international money order, international bank draft or personal check drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to Larry Clifton.

Publication Date Contents Price
The QUAD Quarterly, Vol.1, Nos.1-4 June 1979 to March 1980 Primarily contains corrections and updates to the QUAD Incorporated discography (unfortunately, out of print) — only for readers who insist on having every issue possible, even if the information inside is hopelessly out-of-date — not available as individual issues.
2.50
The QUAD Quarterly, Vol.2, Nos.1-4 June 1980 to March 1981 SOLD OUT
 
MCS Review, Vol.3, No.1 June 1981 Larry Clifton's Quadlings joins the Review, Building Your Own Matrix Decoder by Ken Parsons, Quad and "Quadro-Aktion" in Europe by Dietrich Rasch, Ambisonics Decoded by William Sommerwerck, Cheap and Cheerful Five-Point Encoding by Alan Turner
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.3, No.2 September 1981 Choosing and Using Loudspeakers by William Sommerwerck, The First Ambisonic Discography
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.3, No.3 December 1981 Alan Dower Blumlein: The "Father" of Stereo by William Sommerwerck
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.3, No.4 March 1982 SOLD OUT
 
MCS Review, Vol.4, No.1 Summer 1982 SOLD OUT
 
MCS Review, Vol.4, No.2 Autumn 1982 SOLD OUT
 
MCS Review, Vol.4, No.3 Winter 1983 Understanding the Scheiber Sphere by William Sommerwerck, Decoding the Latest in FM Quad Broadcasting by Alfred W. Myers, Uncle Sam's Department of Quad by R. Scott Varner
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.4, No.4 Spring 1983 A Critique of William Sommerwerck's Tate Directional Enhancement System and Scheiber Sphere articles by Martin E. G. Willcocks, A Reply to Mr. Willcocks by William Sommerwerck, Headphones and Surround Sound by William Sommerwerck, The Tate Directional Enhancement System: A History by Jim Fosgate, The Fosgate Research Model 101 Tate II Surround Stereo System: An Informal Review by Harry Maynard
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.5, No.1 Summer 1983 SOLD OUT
 
MCS Review, Vol.5, No.2 Autumn 1983 The 1983 Consumer Electronics Show by Dave Vaccaro, The Audionics "Shadow Vector" Separation Enhancement System for SQ by William Sommerwerck, Ambisonics: Its Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs, Part 2 by Peter Mapp, Eight-Point Stereo Decoder by R. Scott Varner, The FCC's Quadraphonic FM Decision: The Text
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.5, No.3 Winter 1984 The Soundfield Microphone by William Sommerwerck, Matrixing 4-Channel Sound by Leonard Feldman, Building a Universal Encoder by Kenneth Parsons
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.5, No.4 Spring 1984 The Fosgate Research Tate II SQ Decoder and the Minim AD-10 Ambisonic Decoder, The Challenge of the Discrete Disc: Four Channels Are Multiplexed on a Record by Harry Maynard, On the Road to SQ by R. Scott Varner
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.6, No.1 Summer 1984 The Revelation of Surround Sound by Peter Fellgett, The UD-4 "Discrete" Quadraphonic Disc System, Jazz Classics ... In Surround Sound? by Alan Turner, Building a Four-Channel Remote Balance Control by Kenneth Parsons
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.6, No.2 Autumn 1984 The 1984 Summer Consumer Electronics Show by Dave Vaccaro, A Revolution in Retrospect by Edward Tatnall Canby, A Vario-Matrix Survival Guide by R. Scott Varner, A Classical Surround-Sound Discography by William Sommerwerck, Jazz Classics ... In Surround Sound?: An Update by Alan Turner
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.6, No.3 Winter 1985 The Audio + Design Mastering System by William Sommerwerck, Converting to Monophonic Sound by Gerard Rejskind
1.00
MCS Review, Vol.6, No.4 Spring 1985 Recent Developments in Surround Sound by William Sommerwerck, The 1985 International Consumer Electronics Show by Dave Vaccaro, Still More About Recording Perspective by Peter Fellgett, An Exercise in Fidelity by R. Scott Varner
1.00
MultiChannelSound, Vol.1, Nos.1-5 (4 issues) January to October-November 1986 Primarily contains news of new surround-sound products and developments — the final issue contains William Sommerwerck and Peter Scheiber's discussion of Ambisonic UHJ and Dolby MP — not available as individual issues.
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Last updated: December 29, 2013

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