Heute ist Wall Of Sound Day bei Grateful Dead@Facebook. Die Techniker hatten irgendwann die Löterei satt. Kann man verstehen. Hätte ich aber gerne mal gehört, der Wahnsinn!
26,400 watts of continuous power via 44 amplifiers
586 JBL loudspeakers (15″, 12″ and 5″)
54 Electrovoice tweeters
75 tons in weight (approximately)
What’s that you say? We can’t hear you! On this day in 1974, the Grateful Dead debuted their Wall of Sound.
The Wall of Sound was an enormous public address system designed specifically for the Grateful Dead’s live performances by audio engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley. Used in 1974, the Wall of Sound fulfilled the band’s desire for a distortion-free sound system that could also serve as its own monitoring system. The Wall of Sound was the largest concert sound system built at that time. As Stanley described it,
“The Wall of Sound is the name some people gave to a super powerful, extremely accurate PA system that I designed and supervised the building of in 1973 for the Grateful Dead. It was a massive wall of speaker arrays set behind the musicians, which they themselves controlled without a front of house mixer. It did not need any delay towers to reach a distance of half a mile from the stage without degradation.”
Und wer es ganz genau wissen will, hier ein Blick hinter die Kulissen: