FLASHBACK | Abe Jacob and UPA-1 Reinvent Theatre Sound

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This vintage advertisement takes us back to the early days of Meyer Sound's 30-year history. The UPA-1, which revolutionized theatrical audio, was originally designed for legendary sound designer Abe Jacob best known for his Broadway credits including Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, HAIR, Pippin, Chicago, Cats, and Evita. The UPA-1 was released in 1980.

Considered by many to be the "godfather" of contemporary theatre sound design, Jacob got his start in San Francisco mixing sound for 1960s rock stars including Jimi Hendrix and the Mamas and the Papas. He also designed the sound system for the Monterey Pop Festival.

The UPA continues to provide sound for some of the best shows on Broadway, including the recent US touring productions of Hairspray, My Fair Lady, The Producers, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, and The Wizard of Oz. By introducing the UPA into theatrical productions, Jacob helped make the UPA ubiquitous on Broadway, the West End, and in theatres around the world.

March, 2009

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