Formed in 1986, Stager Sound Systems is a New York based company specializing in top quality professional sound systems for small to medium-large scale concerts and special events. The systems are unusual in their use of studio quality microphones and custom modular speakers systems built using the finest components money can buy. The sound is sweet and natural, and even at a very high volume they still sound clean and effortless.
We have systems suitable for all sorts of concerts and events short of arenas like Madison Square Garden. We are also able to fill last minute needs, as we did for a disco at the Javits Center and a New Years party for Diddy.
Following are a few examples - you'll find photos in another section of this website:
From 1995 to 2007 we had the pleasure of working on the summer classical concert series at Central Park and Lincoln Center for Naumburg Concerts, Inc. Stager Sound Systems provided all the equipment, set up and removed the equipment, and I mixed the sound for all the rehearsals and concerts.
Outdoor gospel concert at Madison Square Park; six vocals, drums, congas, bass guitar, two electric guitars, keyboards. Full monitor system.
I was called to provide the sound system and mixing services for Anoushka Shankar's concert at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, another extremely reverberant space requiring some very careful mixing to make the music sound clear and natural. In both the St. Johns and Met events I used top quality microphones (Sennheiser MKH-40, MD-421, MD-441, AKG 414-EB's, to name a few) to keep the sound as accurate as possible. We also did several jazz concerts for the Met at their auditorium.
Before WQEW changed format to a Disney station, this AM affiliate of WQXR was broadcasting live big band concerts from the Pennsylvania Hotel in the tradition of live radio in the Forties. Working with chief engineer Rodney Belizaire for the last five years these events took place, we brought in the mics and house system and a Sescom splitter to the broadcast mixer. We provided the live house and monitor sound. Of all the jobs I've been on, nothing was more demanding. There is no room for error in a live broadcast - and they all went off without a hitch. (1994-1998)
Peggy Lee at the New York Hilton, 1992 A historic month-long engagement, and a great honor for me to be involved with one of pop music's greatest artists. Here, again, I brought in some fine mics, including rare RCA BK5B ribbons for the bass fiddle and reeds, but used the house sound system. The music from the show was recorded by Chesky records after the engagement closed, same musicians and arrangements.
While these are standouts, I have been an audio engineer for more than 30 years, working with The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, The Coasters, Jay Black and the Americans, The Duke Ellington Band (with Mercer Ellington), Tito Puente, Barrry Harris. Also countless cabaret artists like Lanie Kazan, Ann Hampton Callaway, Harry Connick, Jr., Margaret Whiting, Steve Ross, Maureen McGovern, and many more. I've brought my sound systems in, and run the board at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and the grand ballrooms at the NY Hilton, and the grand ballrooms at the N.Y Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott Marquis. Also the Puck Building, Manhattan Mansions, Chelsea Piers, 21 Club, and The Four Seasons among many others. The music ranged from grand opera to reggae, jazz, klezmer, cabaret, oldies, and folk, as well as countless meetings and receptions.
All the above has referred to music amplification. We also provide systems for corporate functions, auctions, sales meetings, all sort of conferences and seminars. and consult on setting up permanent installations in board rooms and meeting spaces.
If there is a situation where you need a top quality sound system and/or a competent and highly experienced sound engineer with beautiful sounding equipment, please call for a quote and you will be rewarded with exceptionally good sound, regardless of the job.
Thank you for your time and attention,
Stager Sound Systems