3 Dan Healy (soundman)


Dan Healy (soundman)

Dan Healy
Genres Rock
Occupations Audio engineer
Associated acts Grateful Dead

Dan Healy is an audio engineer most famous for his work with the American rock band the Grateful Dead.[1][2] He succeeded Owsley "Bear" Stanley as the group's chief sound man. A favorite amongst Deadheads for many years, he was the first to introduce legal bootlegging of live concert recordings via a tapers section at Grateful Dead concerts, where Healy would sometimes provide direct output from the soundboard for the tapers to directly patch into their recorders.

He was a pioneer in rock sound system innovation, and helped Bear design the Dead's "Wall of Sound" concert sound system.[2] He also perfected the ultra-matrix soundboard setup which was used by the Dead from 1986 through 1990. Some fans and collector's of the band's live recordings deem this setup to be the band's best-sounding, and most practical.

Healy has also undertaken record production duties on occasion, perhaps most notably for the 1960s San Francisco bay area psychedelic band The Charlatans, on their eponymously titled debut album.

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