Richard Long & Associates

Richard Long & Associates The Worlds Leading Custom Designed Sound Systems

In the disco era, the initials RLA loomed large for top-tier DJs and industry insiders. Richard Long & Associates were renowned as the premier designers of dance-club sound systems, but Long wasn’t just a technician, he was an artist, whose designs and installations helped make the disco scene of the '70s and '80s what it was. The hottest discos in New York — Paradise Garage, Studio 54, Regine’s — all sported RLA sound systems, but so did cutting-edge clubs all across the globe. Long’s right-hand man, Kenny Powers, recalls one of his first jobs upon joining RLA in 1980. “I ended up going to Venezuela with Richard," he remembers, "we built a nightclub in Caracas called Le Parnasse, we built a system over about two weeks. From ’81 till Richard died in ’86…we did a bunch of clubs; a lot of stuff in Europe. We did one job in Germany, one job in Egypt…we did a job in St. Thomas, which was part of Regine’s. She [Regine] was franchising, trying to open up a chain of nightclubs.” The reason RLA became a worldwide name was that each of their systems was thoughtfully and painstakingly tailored to the individual needs of the space. The process was somewhere between that of a high-end tailor crafting a bespoke suit for a VIP customer and a specially commissioned artist painting a portrait of an esteemed patron. The results won Long not only the awed admiration of DJs and club owners, but honors like the Billboard award for Best Disco Sound Design. Powers says part of the reason for RLA’s success was their willingness to work with their competitors rather than try to blow them out of the water. In an interview given last year, he recalled, “In the old days, I would do my systems, Alex Rosner did his systems…nobody was badmouthing anybody’s work. Richard went into [legendary NYC nightspot] The Loft, Rosner was involved in the Loft — you had two competitors that were working on the same system together. You never get that anymore, everybody’s got to claim all the glory. It compromises what’s going on.” After Long’s death, Powers continued to carry the RLA torch forward. As an integral part of the RLA audio empire, he was the best choice to take the reins – it’s no coincidence, for instance, that the hallowed London house music haven Ministry of Sound was outfitted with an RLA system including a bass box named Puissance (French for “power”) in honor of Long's colleague and successor. Heading up the company, Powers kept the same lofty level of work going all the way into the 21st century – just last year, he was at the helm of the creation and installation of a system for one of New York’s most hotly anticipated new venues, District 36. For Powers, it’s been a long, fruitful sonic sojourn. “In the early '70s I started doing car stereos, and I did my first club in about ’74,” he recalls. And these days, believe it or not, in addition to his RLA duties he keeps an ear out for the sounds of the river lapping against the sides of his ship, as the real-deal captain of a ferry boat for New York’s Harbor Experience line. Presumably, the folks at NYHE figured that if Powers could survive the disco era unscathed, he’d have no trouble keeping his head above water.

Mission: Dedicated to the reproduction of sound.

02/05/2018
09/28/2017

Chef Jose Andres is on the ground there (Puerto Rico) running a large scale feeding operation started a few days ago for 5k people and scaling up each day with a number of restaurants/chefs/venues/etc. They need FOOD. And have the capacity to receive/store/process/cook/serve/distribute/etc.

Perdue has committed to us 100,000 pounds of food ready to go NOW. And we have tens of thousands of other pounds of food from other purveyors. We need cargo shipping ASAP. The food is currently in Virginia but can get anywhere within 1.5-2 days. Thoughts?

09/09/2017
Midnight Pulp

Yes.

Mr. Rogers is the homie.

Oldie but a goodie.

04/24/2015

RLA Website coming soon

06/28/2014

Let's see the flow chart for your studio/home/mobile system....?

06/24/2014
FOUNDING FATHERS narrated by Chuck D

We're re-posting this info upon request... Enjoy.

A factual report about unsung DJ's who contributed to the foundational principals of the music know today as Hip Hop. This documentary transports you to a jo...

06/07/2014

OhK... The Limited edition RLA T-shirts have our classic branding on the front and our legendary, audio flow chart on the back, making it a two-sided printed tee.

Domestic shipping is included for your 31 bucks. If you live outside the U.S. be prepared to pay for any additional shipping charges

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06/03/2014
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Our friends at MasculineUs are making this pretty easy for you guys/gals to support...
Now we have a couple of ways to support this project..
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06/03/2014

If you would like to grab one of our Tee Shirts send [email protected] a request and they'll send you an invite.

What have we been up to?Printing our limited edition Tee"s They look awesome by day and glow/reflect light in the dark.....
06/03/2014

What have we been up to?
Printing our limited edition Tee"s
They look awesome by day and glow/reflect light in the dark...
How cool is that?
All proceeds from the this T-Shirt goes to a not-for-profit, human rights project! Email your request to [email protected]

Kenny Powers, Richard Long & Associates.I documented the RLA/GSA installation for District 36 in New York City.I'll post...
05/19/2014
KENNY POWERS

Kenny Powers, Richard Long & Associates.
I documented the RLA/GSA installation for District 36 in New York City.
I'll post more as soon as I can pull the files.

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05/05/2014
FOUNDING FATHERS narrated by Chuck D

Thanks for sending this over. We will share.

A factual report about unsung DJ's who contributed to the foundational principals of the music know today as Hip Hop. This documentary transports you to a jo...

04/30/2014

Richard Long & Associates T-Shirts? Let us know if your interested In wearing the brand that is dedicated to the reproduction of sound.

Something to do
04/08/2014

Something to do

If your in the NYC, Tri-State area, look up Sheba Legend.Sheba has a project that includes documenting creatives, dedica...
04/08/2014

If your in the NYC, Tri-State area, look up Sheba Legend.
Sheba has a project that includes documenting creatives, dedicated to art of sound reproduction.

Are you an active creative?
Do you have any projects that you'd like to talk about with Sheba Legend for her 15 Minutes Project?
We document Artists who contribute to creative change
Our next "live" broadcast airs, APRIL 23, 2014 @6p so, reach out to us, let us know who you are and what your doing.
We'll put you in the chair for your 15 Minutes!

One of the best things about RLA technology is that you can't get it from a book.  The genius part of RLA application pr...
03/25/2014

One of the best things about RLA technology is that you can't get it from a book.
The genius part of RLA application process is the practice of a master audio engineer, build a masterpiece from a creative space... not from information written on a piece of
paper.

Waiting for the feature film.... yes!
03/06/2014
15 Minutes Project

Waiting for the feature film.... yes!

"An ongoing documentation of Artist contributing to creative change"

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02/20/2014

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If your interested in some basics... Former AREA, Palladium, NYC Resident DJ Cinematographer/Content Developer Sheba Leg...
02/20/2014

If your interested in some basics...

Former AREA, Palladium, NYC Resident DJ
Cinematographer/Content Developer Sheba Legend

#Sound is an extremely powerful tool that can either make or break your short/feature film or television show. Our two-day intensive #Audio #Editing with #Audition course will cover importing and layering audio files, basic editing techniques and effects, as well as how to export a finished project to a video editing platform. Only 3 spots left! http://BRICartsmedia.org/community-media/BRIC-media-education/audio-editing-with-audition

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01/08/2014
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If you have a story to tell us about your love of audio ... we want to hear it! Please email [email protected] Sheba Legend has been documenting artists for one of her ongoing projects. You may even be featured in a segment for her Brooklyn-based bi-weekly broadcast.
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10/31/2013
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Timeline Photos
09/05/2013

Timeline Photos

08/25/2013

Headed to Atlanta next week.... looking for the best sound,on location or @ the club.
First stop is GRANT PARK
We'll be in the area for 10 days listening and we'll share what we find with you.

Any suggestions?

Untitled Album
08/22/2013

Untitled Album

Timeline Photos
08/22/2013

Timeline Photos

05/10/2013

Question?
Anyone out there still using Vinyl only?

05/10/2013

Really happy to hear from all of you.
We'll give you some suggestions to your questions as soon as we take care of some site concerns. Thanks everyone.

12/22/2012

Please everyone have a safe holiday season.
Much love, respect and good fortune to all of you in the coming new year.

My ear remains loyal to the reproduction of sound...
08/21/2012

My ear remains loyal to the reproduction of sound...

Richard Long & Associates's cover photo
03/10/2012

Richard Long & Associates's cover photo

01/01/2012

Happy New Year to all our Friends,Family and Fans around the World!

12/09/2011

Let us all say a prayer today in the memory of Richard F Long!

For those of you who have never viewed this! It was a very warm feeling the day Richard handed me his card in Studio 54'...
12/09/2011

For those of you who have never viewed this! It was a very warm feeling the day Richard handed me his card in Studio 54's DJ Booth

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