Live Sound

Roy Bickel joined the circus as a teenager and at one point held the record for traveling the longest distance after being shot out of a cannon.  One day he was asked if he wanted to make a little extra money helping with the rigging of the sound system –and Roy soon found his career!  He rigged...
Jim Bornhorst was hired by Rusty Brutsche, the founder of Showco, to assist with the development of sound systems.  In just a short time, Jim proved he was able to design systems as well as create company-owned products that would give Showco a leg up on the competition.  Jim gratefully enjoyed the...
Rusty Brutsche and two friends formed the famous pro audio rental company Showco with the simple mission to produce good sounding concerts.  The goal required the building and maintenance of cutting edge and often innovative gear such as boards, pre-amps and lights.  Their Varilight system became a...
Steve Castro has toured backline for over 25 years and loves it.  Steve is a roadie’s roadie who has witnessed firsthand many of the major changes in technology that have affected live performances.  Steve has served as guitar, drum and keyboard tech for such acts as Sugarland, Lady Antebellum,...
Sylvia Cunliffe was working for the City of Los Angeles when she created and produced a series of large public events that brought music to millions over the years.  The Los Angeles Street Scene and Country Scene were among her most notable events, which provided over a dozen stages that showcased...
Rikki Farr has been an active member of the audio engineering community most of his life and as such has been involved in countless innovations along the way.  With Rikki’s incredible career in mind, it would take a page just to list the fields he has been involved with such as concert promotions,...
Randy "Baja" Fletcher is the producer of live events who won the 2010 Parnelli Life Time Achievement Award for his dedication to the industry.  His long and passionate career has included work with ZZ Top, Randy Travis and the entire touring career of Brooks & Dunn!  Baja's creativity and...
Mark Frink has been providing well respected and well attended sessions within the Tec Tracks programs during the Anaheim NAMM Shows for several years.  His background in audio engineering and touring has given him the ideal background to relate to those seeking to improve their skills on the road...
Jim Gamble envisioned a console that would give an engineer ultimate control of the audio being mixed.  He started by working for one of the original sound reinforcement companies and helped write the book on the touring industry.  The experiences that he had working with some of the most revered ...
Bob Heil received his first break into the pro audio market when the Grateful Dead’s sound system was not available for a concert date. Bob’s own powerful system was used, and a new name for speakers and microphones was born into the world. Several of his innovative products, including sound...

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