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I have been a music disc jockey since my high school days, when I played the latest rocksteady records on the school’s record player and sound system. My favorite song at that time was “Six and Seven Books” by Maytals. Shortly after graduating high school, I started a mobile sound system named, “Hemi Disco”, after the fast Hemi car engines I grew so fond of. At the time I had a Sony 1130 amplifier and two small speakers. Today, my newest sound system name is “Hemi DJ”, including 5 McIntosh power amplifiers, sixteen 12 inches bass speakers in 4 boxes, 4 horns and 30 tweeters.
In 1975, I had the greatest pleasure that I can remember listening to a sound system named “Ecology Force Disco”, playing versus “Mello Canary Disco” at University of West Indies Mona. I remembered the year, because Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon tennis tournament that same year. The young men who owned Ecology Force, liked to experiment with new types of speakers and amplifiers, and had two McIntosh MC2300 power amplifiers which each puts out more than 600 watts RMS into 0.25 ohm, when bridged to mono, and they weighed 129 pounds each. They had 9 speaker boxes, each had two 18 inches bass speakers in a box, I remember clearly, because I lent them my first double 18 speaker box that I built, and went to this interesting dance hall, where half was open to the sky and had walls about 10 feet high. Some people on the outside could look in to see the people inside through various openings.
The time was about 10 PM, a big crowd of people were on the outside, and Mello Canary was still playing their sound system. Ecology Force was due to play next, but it was apparent that very few people wanted to pay to go inside. As soon as Ecology Force turned on their sound system, the heavy bass vibrated the ground, the ceiling tiles over the bar section started jumping out and falling down, and people began to feel the music pounding on their chests. Now the same people who weren’t willing to or couldn’t afford to pay to get into the venue, were now climbing up and over the very high walls, as the excitement of the people was intense, with sweet heavy bass coming from only 9 speaker boxes, compared to Mello Canary’s 15 speaker boxes. Mello’s music had light bass, so the power from Ecology’s system just drew my attention to their McIntosh power amplifiers. The crowd no longer wanted to hear Mello Canary play due the big difference in the quality, and the selection of the records played, such as “Country Boy” by Heptones and “Do It Anyway You Wanna” were icing on the cake for me, as I was swept into the sounds pounding through the speakers.
The Ecology Force was very good in sound quality, because they took a lot of time to setup and test their equipment, covering most of the equipment with bed sheets, from early in the afternoon. When Mello Canary came they were late setting up, did not do any testing, and about half of their speakers were not playing.
I feel that reggae music is truly special, because of the great drums and bass it has for foundation, with bass so rich that you not only hear, but feel the sweet round pulse moving through your whole body. This experience is mostly felt at live concerts, but a few sound systems still reproduce a good sound copy of the recorded music, and Ecology Force did for a long time, at the Tropic Club in Kingston, with open air seating under the stars, the sound quality so close to live music. They always used McIntosh power amplifiers, the best sound quality in the world since the 50s. Steve Jobs noticed the quality in the brand name, and paid McIntosh Labs to use the name Macintosh for his Apple computer.
I have designed and built my own speaker boxes, and power amplifier consoles, since the early 70’s. The double 18’s speaker boxes were my favorite design until I discovered that quad 12‘s sound better indoors, and have a more refined bass true to live music. This summer, I will be playing my sound system in the Miami, Florida area, and I am inviting all reggae music lovers to come and join us. The music selection is clean radio played reggae, and no slackness, for those who appreciate the classics and like good sound and good times. No drugs anywhere.
Michael Payton StewartAlpha Pulse Inc.