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Ed McFarland:
Article on Bill Hanley in Sept. 2006 FOH magazine.  He lives a coupla towns over from me.  Saw many a show with Hanley providing sound.

Ed

Tom Young:
Thanks for the heads up. I will make sure to look this article over.

I just rented "Monterey Pop" on DVD and there is a brief scene where they pan across the "orchestra" seating section with the stage in the background, then they zoom in closer and go from the HR stack to the HL stack. Per side there is an Altec VOT with a multicell HF horn on top, an Altec 15" direct radiator cabinet with a 2-cell HF horn on top and (2) Altec 604 cabinets.

Shortly after that, they show John Philips listening and commenting while they test the FOH system and then they zoom in on David Crosby, who is on stage and has just spoken or hummed through the system and he turns to his muso buddies and says (soomething like): "Wow ! Incredible sound for a change !"

Unbelievable !

Now in this film (as well as in the Woodstock movie) you cannot really tell what the sound quality was like for the audience other than observing that everyone appears to be "grooving". You can certainly hear when there is feedback, which doesn't occur often at all. And the soundtrack audio was not that bad. But based on (again) crowd response, plus that of the bands, etc..... I suspect that the sound (from both the Monterey Pop and Woodstock systems) was not that bad at all and especially when you consider the low power, inefficient loudspeakers, complete lack of system alignment, lack of microphone processing, etc, etc, etc. And then also consider that there are no stage monitors.

sheesh.

Kevin Rusch:
I might have missed it but I have yet to find These names in the post on the topic.  But quite frankly the list should not even be started without the following names.

Richard H. Small
A. Neville Thiele
E. C. Wente
Harry Nyquist
Dr. Harry F. Olson
Benjamin B. Bauer
Don Keele

Michael 'Bink' Knowles:
Kevin Rusch wrote on Wed, 27 August 2008 11:05
I might have missed it but I have yet to find These names in the post on the topic.  But quite frankly the list should not even be started without the following names.

Richard H. Small
A. Neville Thiele
E. C. Wente
Harry Nyquist
Dr. Harry F. Olson
Benjamin B. Bauer
Don Keele




Olson recently got an expanded treatment at Wikipedia. Did you know the guy worked on video recording gear, too? I think the most amazing thing he did was chart the dynamical analogies between electrical, acoustical and mechanical systems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_F._Olson

A helluva dude.

Your other guys don't have a good showing: Thiele is only mentioned in relation to Thiele/Small, Small has his own mini page, Wente's got nothing, Bauer is MIA and Keele is AWOL.

Get in there and make an article. Or two or three or four.  

-Bink

Michael 'Bink' Knowles:
Some new articles I placed on Wikipedia deserve further attention from LABsters who have knowledge about the companies and technologies:

Yorkville Sound - the article goes into the early founding and a few of the notable products but needs some more detail. Unfortunately, the article's saddled with a big, sloppy list of current Traynor products carried over from a poorly thought-out Traynor page written by somebody who thought there was a Traynor company as opposed to it being a Yorkville brand.

Renkus-Heinz - the article needs a whole lot more about their technologies, especially recent stuff. Also: when did Jonas A. Renkus die?

Crown International - the product timeline is incomplete--it doesn't cover their development of a digital audio network codec and doesn't have anything about their digital sound gear.

LARES - Steve Barbar actually jumped in to help with some corrections. This article totally lacks a section describing how the technology works and it stops short of full disclosure about the most recent changes related to the 2008 company reformation into E-coustic Systems.

Sweetwater Sound - Since writing this article, I've been happy to see other editors jump in to 'own' it. My personal knowledge of Sweetwater is nil.

Horn speaker - I added a history section to this article with a timeline of development encompassing cones, exponential horns, tractrix horns, CD horns including Mantaray and Bi-Radial, R-H and Danley horns that have multiple driver bandpasses entering the same horn and a paragraph about Quadratic-Throat Waveguides. Companies and inventors are listed. Any horn technologies that are under-represented should be added or expanded.

FYI -

-Bink

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