EV Remembers Touring Sound Pioneer Stanley Andrews
Stanley Andrews designed, built and supplied some of the earliest stadium-worthy sound reinforcement rigs, being a prime mover as the industry gathered steam in the late “60s and early “70s. Andrews was a pioneer in designing and building cutting edge sound systems for touring musical groups. In the early days of arena concerts, when house sound systems were inadequate and the larger alternatives were too cumbersome and expensive, Stanley’s company, Portable Audio Systems, filled the void with highly efficient and compact systems that could fulfill the requirements of the exploding concert touring industry. Portable Audio came up with many of the methods that (subsequent) sound companies follow to this day.
Stanley launched his company, Portable Audio Systems, in Sturgis, Michigan. In 1967, Portable Audio Systems moved up to, and was based in, Whitmore Lake, 20 miles north of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stanley designed, built and supplied sound systems for many of the top regional Detroit/Ann Arbor area bands including the MC-5, TED NUGENT and the AMBOY DUKES, IGGY and the STOOGES, and others. His business expanded to design, build and supply sound systems for some of the earliest national arena rock concert tours for GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, STEVIE WONDER and many others.
Stanley worked closely with Electro-Voice in nearby Buchanan, Michigan, throughout his career in sound reinforcement, and was pivotal in helping establish EV equipment as a world-touring standard. He also worked with EV helping to develop the SRO series of musical instrument speakers. Stanley made many friends at EV, and will be fondly remembered.
As one of his final wishes, Stanley’s body was donated to science for cancer research. If desired, the family suggests memorials be made in memory of Stanley to West Michigan Cancer Center, 200 N. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.