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Old 06-04-2008, 03:31 PM
Mistick Krewe Mistick Krewe is offline
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old RLA brochures / info

saw something a long time ago that i ran across more recently...

thought some may be interested... i am sure others have seen it already...


Richard Long & Associates

This is the unofficial / official website of Richard Long and Associates. The reason why I say official and unofficial is because Richard Long is no longer alive, (deceased 1985), however the information in these pages is correct in content, as to what his business was all about, and the effects it had on the Dance community, not only in New York, but around the world.

During the early part of the 70's I had the extreme pleasure of working at AST sound in New York, (on church Street then), under Richard Grabarcik. We used to sell, and demonstrate Sound Systems and equipment, to the various mobile disc jockey's and club owners, from the tri-state area. This is where I first heard of Sound System Installers such as Rosner (custom sound), and Richard Long, to name a few. In addition I would attend the billboard conventions and clubs that these sound companies had did there work in. Richard would constantly win billboard awards, year after year. It wasn't till I was exposed to his work when I realized why. His sound system installations were impecable, and individualized to each specific club, where he did an installation. he included a total environmental package, including acoustics, lighting effects, special effects, themes, as well as the best club sound around. Even to this day, his systems and "sound" is hard to duplicate unless you utilize his methodologies, and ideologies. As you browse through this site, keep in mind that, what Richard Long represents cumulated years, and years of work and research, to get to the where he got with "The Richard Long Sound". I assure you, it has been a long journey for him, and is much more than just using a bunch of amplifiers, and speakers, to make music.

What I have done is reporduced his brochure and news article form Sound Arts magazine, as well as the outline of equipment offered, and prices at that time.

This is part of the original brochure that was distibuted by Richard Long & Associates, during the 1970's and early 1980's.
In a growing market where success is measured in terms of sound and uniqueness of surroundings, the planning, execution and launching of a discotheque is a job for specialists. As fast changing as music and fashion are, the dynamics and technology involved in putting together a disco sound system are too complex to be handled by just one person.
When Billboard magazine, the most highly respected international trade publication of the music industry, awarded Richard Long the titles of "Best Disco Sound Designer" and "Best Disco Sound Installer" at the Disco Forum V, it was clear that the design excellence and innovative genius of this man had received world-wide recognition. It was Richard Long's design wizardry that won the Paradise Garage the title of "Best Disco Sound System" and made Studio54, Emerald City, Regines, Annabel's and others leaders in the disco world.
When Richard Long & Associates, Inc. (RLA) is called upon to plan a new disco sound system, special consideration is given to every aspect that goes into creating the complete environment-one that will bring back even the most discerning disco-goer.
Spatial and budget specifications make no two jobs alike, so a "custom made" plan is drawn up to assure complete acoustic harmony with the configuration of each room. Proper speaker placement and room equalization ensure a dance floor that is always alive with sound, while the adjoining areas can be designed with sound as evident or subdued as desired.
Every piece of equipment that is installed by RLA is carefully tested for quality, durability, and dependability. We keep close records on each segment of the system, from the power source to the speakers so that problems are averted before they arise.
Each permanently installed componet system contains multiple amplifiers and ample backup equipment so that there is no chance of disappointing your crowd, should technical failure arise. Due to our thorough pre-testing policy, the possibility of an embarassing loss of sound is greatly minimized. Our dedicated round-the-clock staff is always on hand for immediate attention and /or service.
We enjoy what we're doing, and we want to see to it that the job is done right. We're constantly compiling data based on the work that we've done. We've dealt with some of the most successful people in the business, and we want to apply the knowledge and expertise that we've gained.
When the door to your club opens on premiere night, there should be no doubt in your mind that you have the finest sound system money can buy. That feeling of confidence and satisfaction is what you get when you own a custom designed sound system by RLA. So if you're in the market for a really good sound system, there's really only one choice...

These are some of the actual drawings and pictures of Richard Long's Commercial Speaker Designs. As was stated earlier, he in reality did custom designed sound, so if these were considered innapropriate, he would design and then build, for the particular occasion.

Continuing on, below are discriptions of some of the products he offered commercially. (includes description, and some schematics). First we describe various bass horns, tweeter arrays, full - range speakers, then electronic crossovers. The reader should be aware this is not a complete listing of his products, but are the more popular, and / or readily available items.

Bass Horns

The Bertha
A large multi-fold hyperbolic horn delivering full power frequency response down to 20Hz. Features two 18" drivers specially designed for high power low frequency application - 1000 watts RMS. This speaker system must be interfaced with any RLA electronic crossover.
DIMENSIONS: 42"H x 61"W x35.5"D
WEIGHT: 425 lbs.


The Levan
Our top of the line bass horn featuring the Bertha with a large horn extension for improved air coupling. This is one of the finest bass horns ever made. It will handle the largest discos with ease and provide awesome bass reproduction.
DIMENSIONS: 42"H x 96"W x 64"D
WEIGHT: 612 lbs.


Model C
Our newest and smallest bass horn, ideal for portable DJ's and small clubs where the larger horns cannot be used. Unique design features a bass horn which is ported.
DIMENSIONS: 24"H x 48"W x 30"D
WEIGHT: 175 lbs.


Model D
A modified version of the Bertha using a single 18" bass driver. Designed for use in discos as banquet seating, underneath floors, or in areas that would preclude the use of the Bertha.
DIMENSIONS: 20"H x 96"W x 48"D
WEIGHT: 325 lbs.


Model J
An extended version of the Model D speaker featuring a single 18" bass driver. This speaker is designed for verticle use and only requires 20" of wall space.
DIMENSIONS: 78"H x 96W x 20"D
WEIGHT: 435 lbs.


Model V
A corner speaker styled after the Klipschorn design but using a special 18" driver and an exponential flare. An ideal alternative to the Bertha, Model D and J speakers when wall space in a club is limited.
DIMENSIONS: 66"H x 48"W x 32.5"D
WEIGHT: 325 lbs.


The Emerald
A multi-fold hyperbolic horn patterned after the Bertha but one-half the size and using a single 18" driver. Specifically designed for portability without sacrificing bass performance. Two mModel E speakers are the equivalent of one Bertha.
DIMENSIONS: 21"H x 61"W x 35.5"D
WEIGHT: 225 lbs.



Model Z
Four JBL bullet tweeters mounted at right angles to each other in a completely enclosed chrome-plated plastic housing. Must be used in conjunction with our electronic crossover with variable volume gain. Designed to be suspended over the dance area. Available in a copper plated housing or with Gauss tweeters.



The Waldorf
tri-amplified speaker system featuring a front radiating, rear horn-loaded bass unit with two 15" bass drivers and two 15" mass-loaded passive radiators. The mid-range consists of a JBL horn lens coupled to a 2" compression driver while a gauss tweeter handles the high-end.

The Waldorf is also designed for use with the RLA X-6000 electronic crossover so that linear phasing can be obtained through the use of the special time-delay circuit. The Waldorf is also available in a bi-amp version and can be purchased with various compression driver/bass driver combinations. Designed for vertical or horizontal applications.
DIMENSIONS: 61.5"H x 36"W x 30"D (74" high with horn).
WEIGHT: 385 lbs.


The Regency
A single unit tri-amplified speaker system featuring a rear horn loaded, front-radiating bass enclosure consisting of two vertically-stacked 15" bass drivers. The high-end is comprised of an exponential horn-loaded, high power midrange compression driver and a Gauss tweeter. This speaker system is designed for use with any RLA electronic crossover. Ideally suited for both portable use or in a permanent installation. Designed for verticle use only.
DIMENSIONS: 52"H x 30"W x 23"D
WEIGHT: 275 lbs.


The Americana
A single unit tri-amplified speaker system utilizing two 15" bass drivers mounted horizontally in a ported bass reflex enclosure. The high-end consists of a fin-loaded radial horn coupled to a high-power compression driver for the mid-range and a Gauss tweeter.

The Americana is aslo available in a bi-amp version and can be purchased with various compression driver/ bass driver combinations. The Americana is designed for horizontal use only and can be mounted on speaker stands. Ideal for both portable use or in permanent installation.

anyone have a copy of the Interview with Richard Long, from August 1978 Sound Arts Magazine?

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:05 AM
Mistick Krewe Mistick Krewe is offline
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came across some more historical type archives...

"richard long associates" searched in billboard magazine....

'alex rosner' in the same publication...

In the future, said one, a DJ would probably sit at the control panel to a whole range of musical and nonmusical effects, and use flangers and other signal processors to distort the sound

kinda neat...

i kinda dig just "leafing" through the issues and seeing the old ads too!

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Old 08-17-2010, 01:47 PM
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You have any pictures of the Model V? Would love to see them if so!
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:42 PM
Mistick Krewe Mistick Krewe is offline
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i wish I did have some...

don't have any at all...

Kevin had posted some pics of the DD horn...
but I think it was a later RLA/EAW colloboration designed cabinet....
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