Deeper Digs in Rock: The Sound of Rock with Bob Heil


Christian has the privilege of interviewing Bob Heil. Bob is a legendary sound and radio engineer most well known for creating the template for modern rock sound systems. He founded the company Heil Sound in 1966, which went on to create unique touring sound systems for bands such as The Grateful Dead and The Who.

Heil invented the Heil Talk Box in 1973, which is frequently used by musicians such as Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Walsh and Richie Sambora.

He pioneered fiberglass speaker enclosures, the electronic crossover circuit, parametric EQ, modular mixing consoles, and the quadraphonic PA system used by The Who. 

Heil has been an innovator in the field of amateur radio, manufacturing microphones and satellite dishes for broadcasters and live sound engineers. In the late 1980s Heil Sound became one of the first American companies to create and install home theaters. 

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