Primary Affiliation: Sound Motions Inc. - Big Bear Lake, CA, USA
He’s worked for John Denver and Johnny Cash. He built the wall of speakers for Pink Floyd’s The Wall concerts. He provided sound for Bob Dylan when he performed at Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg, Germany, and again at Black Bush Aerodrome in England. He’s also been called on by such diverse clients as the Pope and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Since 1967 he’s been behind the board of one of pop music’s greatest stars.
Stan Miller’s long association with Neil Diamond, behind the scenes of all of his greatest concerts and live recordings, would alone mark him as more than worthy of receiving the Parnelli Audio Innovator Award. But it’s his ruthless pursuit of sound control through digital technology that ultimately defines his legacy.
Miller’s technical achievements are dazzling: He was one of the first to hang speakers, through a steel cable drum winch system of his own making, and he was the first to use multi-core snakes allowing for easier cable hookup. He was the first to take a graphic EQ with third-octave Altec passive filters on the road. In the 1970s through the 1990s he was also an audio product manufacturer, owning Stanal Sound where he created the high-powered, high-end Stanley Screamers for Altec. Later, he consulted with the pro audio company JBL to create advanced speakers and rigging for touring as well. He pioneered the used of fiberglass covering for road cases and loudspeakers, making them so reliable that many of his boxes are still on the road 30 years later. His work with Yamaha led directly to the PMD1 and PMD5 digital consoles.