Category: A Lil Nostalgia

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EV At 90: Powering The Passion Of Performance For Nine Decades (And Counting)

By PSW Staff A look at the history of one of the most storied brands in professional audio, as well as where the company is going today and what’s planned for the future. The year was 1927, and the global professional audio industry didn’t exist. But things were about to change. It was the year…
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The History of the Ghost Light

By Cristina D’Almeida IIt’s usually known as an end of night procedure. You might hear people say, “hey don’t forget to put the ghost light on” before they leave the theater for the night. A night would not be complete without lighting it. So many have asked through the years what is the purpose of…
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Charlie Watkins Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

By Gary Cooper Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors. Look closely at the video of Stones In The Park and there, among the Hell’s Angels, Mick Jagger in his frock, Keith Richards…
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A Lil Nostalgia… 20 Amazing Vintage Photos of the Grateful Dead’s Wall of Sound, 1974

March 06, 2020 1970s, California, event & history, music, San Francisco, science & technology, strange & WTF Weighed over 70 tons, comprise dozens and then hundreds of amps, speakers, subwoofers, and tweeters, stand over three-stories tall and stretch nearly 100 feet wide. Its name could only be the “Wall of Sound”. The Wall of Sound was an enormous public address system…
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A Lil Nostalgia…. History Files: The Crown DC300 Amplifier Leads The Solid-State Revolution

By Gerald Stanley A marvel of power density that revolutionized pro audio in 1967… Not so long ago – the mid 1960s to be more specific – the most reliable large (for that era) power amplifiers were vacuum tube designs, with a unit providing 50 watts per channel being considered “hefty” and one offering 100…
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“It was 20 Years Ago Today…”

Terry Lowe • February 2020Publishers Note • February 9, 2020 With PLSN’s 20-year milestone in mind, NAMM invited Lowe to participate in the association’s Oral History program and share his reminiscences and perspective on the businesses of music and publishing. Well, it might not be exactly today, but February of 2000 saw the first issue…
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A Lil Nostalgia….. 47 Years Of Flaming Guitars, Levitating Drums & Pyro: KISS Touring Nears The End

Friday, 2/14/2020 By: Deborah Speer A couple of restless kids from Queens, N.Y., realized they weren’t getting what they wanted from the bands they were seeing in concert and instead created their own in 1972. The band, Wicked Lester, even got a look from Epic Records, which signed the group but shelved its album debut. …
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EV At 90: Powering The Passion Of Performance For Nine Decades (And Counting)

PSW Staff writer 2017 A look at the history of one of the most storied brands in professional audio, as well as where the company is going today and what’s planned for the future.  The year was 1927, and the global professional audio industry didn’t exist. But things were about to change. It was the…
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The Invention Of The Phonograph: From Early Recordings To Modern Time

May 18, 2017  By Tom Lubin The storied history of a device that has significantly shaped modern culture For the purposes of introduction, the gramophone and the phonograph have been considered a single invention since the former evolved out of the latter to eventually replace it. Both were inscribing, groove based systems. The gramophone/phonograph was…
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Hear At Last: A History Of Stage Monitoring

December 5, 2019  Becky Pell Key steps in the early days and milestones to where we are today It’s inconceivable nowadays that a band would perform a live show without stage monitors, but in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, that’s exactly what used to happen. In the early 1960s, sound systems were very…
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