Dan Healy (soundman)
|Associated acts||Grateful Dead|
Dan Healy is an audio engineer most famous for his work with the American rock band the Grateful Dead. 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 audience recording of live concerts 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. 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.