50 Rarely Seen Images From Woodstock 1969

The Sound Was Excellent

The Sound Was Excellent
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Sometimes outdoor festivals can have terrible sound, but not Woodstock. Pioneering audio engineer Bill Hanley created a custom sound setup that became known as the ‘Woodstock sound system,’ and many said it was the most advanced, expensive, and largest ever constructed.

The system took full advantage of the field’s bowl shape and had custom speaker columns powered by over ten thousand watts of McIntosh tube power amplifiers.

Written by Camille Moore

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