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    I felt it was time to resurrect this interesting thread. I wish I could remember where i read it, but ELP supposedly put another speaker horn in the middle of the ceiling of Madison Square Garden during the 1974 tour, and threw effects on top of the crowd as well.

    Roger Waters gave an interview where he was explaining the diamond pattern of Pink Floyd's quad setup. Music comes from the stage, both sides, and one set of speakers from the back, as someone mentioned earlier. He said people hear music in front of, to the sides, and behind them. Not from front and back left and right corners. Makes sense to me.

    When I saw the 2006 Dark Side tour, Waters had cones in Madison Square Garden that shot the sound in different directions. This worked great if you were on the floor, which is what I noticed at his tour of The Wall in 2010 in another indoor arena in Houston. In 2008, he played an outdoor amphitheater shed, with the diamond arrangement of speakers surrounding seating area where I sat, and another one for the lawn seats. It worked better than the cones in 2006 since at that time I was sitting in the back middle rows. The effects simply got louder rather than creeping behind me. But when I sat in front of the mixing board for The Wall shows, the cones worked very well, and it was stunning.
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    I was sitting leaning against the goalpost in the old Tampa stadium listening to PF. I got chills listening to the "dogs" moving around the stadium. IIRC, the speakers were set up not in corners but to either side and rear (and of course front) of the stadium. They played Animals and WYWH. Of all the concerts I went to over the years, this one had the best, most appreciative audience. A wide aisle running lengthwise down the field was left open so folks could come and go without trampling over each other.
    A much worse experience was had there years later when Led Zeppelin played a few songs and left without telling anyone (it was raining). I got out just as the police were gathering outside to run everyone off with nightsticks bouncing off bodies.

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    My thread about the '06 Waters Tour. Post #11 is a short review of the show.

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    I saw Alan Parsons with a surround set on his tour sponsored by DTS.
    As a big fan, I always made sure I was on the first row of every concert I attended and this one was no different.
    Surround sound in concert is only acceptable when you're in the "sweet spot" ....
    Imagine me being on the first row, I could touch the shoes of the guitarist, but his sound came from 20 meters behind me....
    Not very natural if you ask me.
    I think the only system to do justice live will be Ambisonics............

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