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Re: Live mixing console history

Postby Sam Inglis » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:11 pm

One of the pioneers in this field is a guy called Bill Hanley. He was doing fairly ambitious multi-miked sound reinforcement at the Newport Jazz Festival in the late Fifties, though I'm not sure if an actual mixing desk was involved.

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Re: Live mixing console history

Postby Larry richards » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:43 am

The first live mixing console I ever saw was the one I built in spring of 1967. It was crude to be sure, but it was highly functional & passed its first test of a 5 piece band with flying colors! I joined with a former bandmate, drummer, who owned a music store in Tennessee. He took my working model to a PA manufacturer in North Carolina & demonstrated it to them, they were most enthusiastic. Somehow we lost contact with them in early Jan 1968, the next thing I know, in March 1973 Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac are using my invention in Upstate New York at an outside venue.
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Re: Live mixing console history

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:48 pm

Hi Larry, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

Fascinating story. I'm guessing you didn't make much profit out of the PA company or the Fleetwood Mac connection ;)


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Re: Live mixing console history

Postby OTE2020 » Fri May 01, 2020 12:55 am

Apart from my back, truck space and outboard.... It's pretty hard to beat a Midas XL200, XL3 or the daddy XL4... These mixing desks sound amazing (To me they sound good... waaayy too many people tell others what they should hear....) anyways - Yep that was one i started on but now due to 10001 reason but mainly space, weight etc we opt for the digital desk
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Re: Live mixing console history

Postby The Korff » Fri May 01, 2020 10:08 am

If you're a fan of the XL3, you'll enjoy this gem: https://www.soundonsound.com/music-busi ... -midas-xl3

There really is an SOS article for everything! :D
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Re: Live mixing console history

Postby OTE2020 » Sat May 02, 2020 8:07 pm

The Korff wrote:If you're a fan of the XL3, you'll enjoy this gem: https://www.soundonsound.com/music-busi ... -midas-xl3

There really is an SOS article for everything! :D


Super, i'll have a read thank you & yes MASSIVE fan, just the weight of the desk :wtf:
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