50 Years of Maximum Rock n' Roll

50 Years of Maximum Rock & Roll is a podcast hosted by Dave Hines and features concert sound pioneer Bob Heil. Hear stories from his days touring with The Who, Humble Pie, the James Gang and others, to the development of the Talk Box made famous by Peter Frampton. The show will feature special guests who were "in the trenches." Bob will also talk about his current cutting edge microphone designs. Take a look back - and forward - at the inner workings of Heil Sound by the man who created it all.
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Feb 4, 2016

Topics: Talkbox, Dunlop, Bon Jovi, Slash, Tool

Bob Heil is perhaps known best for developing the Talk Box, the renowned device that has been used by rock guitarists for decades to produce a variety of unique sounds. But you might be surprised to learn that the Talk Box didn’t originate in a recording studio or electronics shop.


In this episode, Bob shares the entire history of the famous Talk Box, which has been featured in music by Peter Frampton, Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Tool, and many others. You’ll hear how Jim Dunlop, George Harrison, and even World War II pilots figure into the history of this iconic device. You’ll also learn why Marissa, Illinois was the rock ‘n roll capital of the world in the early 1970’s.


Prepare to be inspired and amazed at the fascinating history of the Heil Talk Box, a little device that has had a huge impact on modern music.


Links & Resources


Heil Sound


Heil Talkbox


Peter Frampton and Bob Heil conversation


Joe Walsh


Peter Frampton


Guns N’ Roses


Bon Jovi



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