In 1968, Disneyland needed to present the sounds of tomorrow in Tomorrowland from a stage that rose from the ground. This (at the time) radical idea left no room for old-fashioned technology in Disney's presentation of the future world. Hollywood Sound Systems came to their aid and designed a system that stood up to their soaring vision, which would remain there for many years to come.
In 1975, Hollywood Sound had an idea for the National Football League. At the time, there was no way for the referees on the field to communicate with the official NFL scorer of games, the crowd in the stands, or the viewers at home. Aside, of course, from hand signals. Hollywood Sound Systems had been using wireless microphones since the early 1960's and the latest products used crystals and were much more stable than the previous VFO's. Voila' the wireless referee system was conceived. These systems were immediately deployed to stadiums across the country, and the concept is now an integral part of live football.
In 2007, Live Nation Studios was wearing out a group of engineers by flying them to venues all over the country to handle ultra-high resolution recordings and mixes of live events. They had a ground-breaking idea: bring the mixes to the engineers instead. Hollywood Sound Systems was able to bring cutting-edge technology together to create a system where one engineer in Los Angeles could sequentially mix recordings of shows as they happened over multiple time zones without leaving his chair. And aside from the monitor feed, the audio never left the home city and was ready as the concert was ending.
Hollywood Sound Systems is one of the oldest and best known sound companies in the country, with over 55 years of service to the Los Angeles area and beyond. In that time, we have been a part of many milestones of our industry and have led the way with innovative approaches. Some of those leading insights are now commonplace in the standards of our industry. Many, like the wireless referee system, are even taken for granted.
We have always been at the forefront of our industry, bringing the newest technology together with vast and broad experience to create solutions that are unheard of at the time and timeless in their application. Below, you will find an incomplete slice of that history in pictures from almost six decades of sound.