Welcome to episode #8 of HARMAN’s  weekly podcast, Audio Matters, dedicated to all things audio. Every Thursday, Audio Matters brings together a diverse group of audio experts who join host Oisin Lunny to present fun, relevant, entertaining information on a variety of music and audio topics for listeners everywhere.

This week, Bill Hanley, Woodstock sound engineer and “the father of festival sound”, Brad Divens, rock musician and front-of-house engineer for big-name bands like Garbage, Mötley Crüe and Enrique Iglesias, and Raul Gonzalez from Harman’s Professional Audio Division, join us to talk about the mega rig sound systems that power world’s largest gigs and music festivals.

A few of the topics we’ll cover include pivotal moments in modern live music history with a special look at Woodstock, the creative process behind setting up a sound system for a live performance, and the role of technology in the evolution of captivating tour sound. What’s the difference between early-day ground stack systems and a modern line array set-up? What are footlight monitors and how were they developed? Is live sound just a question of mixing, or is there more to it?

We’ll provide answers to all of these questions and many more in this episode of Audio Matters. Available below as well as on Podigee and all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, and Deezer.



Make sure to check out the specially curated playlist for this episode here on TIDAL.

Please join us again next week for episode #9 of Audio Matters, in which we’ll discuss the amazing work of women in professional audio with an episode featuring audio pros from the ‘SoundGirls’ organization.


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