18 June 2009, United States
In one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, Audio Analysts and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers are now on the road with Bruce Springsteen. Currently Springsteen and the E-Street Band are in the middle of a 45-show U.S. tour to promote his new album, Working on a Dream. Audio Analysts is one of the first tour sound companies to make use of I-Tech HD amps for a full-scale tour and provide tour sound reinforcement for some of the biggest names in music.
Audio Analysts’ relationship with Crown began almost four decades ago beginning with the classic DC300 amp. While other brands have been tried and tested, Audio Analysts has continuously come back to Crown.
For the tour, Audio Analysts has deployed 36 I-Tech 5000HD and 18 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers. “The new I-Tech HD has a lot of great features that make this the ideal tour amplifier. It starts with the reliability, which we have always got from Crown since we starting using their amps in the early 1970s. Plus, with the I-Tech HD the next generation DSP is perfect for more precise algorithms for system EQ and tunings,” stated Albert Leccese, Vice President of Engineering for Audio Analysts.
“We are proud to say we have been working with Bruce for the last 17 years. Bruce works very hard to deliver an exciting, high-energy performance and he has the highest expectations for his band and everyone else involved in the show’s production, including his sound company. The Crown I-Tech HD is a testament to this attitude, which validates our continued support for our clients. Audio Analysts strives for innovative technologies that reinforce our efforts to supply our clients with the best equipment at a fair price,” added Leccese.
“Bruce Springsteen’s music has long evoked the passion, challenges, and perseverance of American life. He has been a true innovator across a range of genres and is a global icon for high-quality music. At Crown we salute Audio Analysts and we are proud to share in the company’s continuous goal of striving for innovation in our field,” stated Brian Divine, director of marketing for touring and installed sound for Crown.
I-Tech HD features a new user-inspired DSP engine co-developed with BSS called OMNIDRIVEHD. The new processing engine features Linear Phase FIR filters that offer unrivaled crossover performance for sonically pure tunings. The OMNIDRIVEHD processing engine also features an innovative new suite of limiters called LevelMAX™. Harman HiQnet™ System Architect ™ mirrors the typical browser navigation interface to provide tour sound and contracting professionals with a familiar interface to access a host of power configuration and control functions.
The I-Tech HD amplifiers power 64 JBL VerTec VT4889’s large-format line array elements, 32 VT4880 arrayable subwoofers, 56 VT4888 mid-size line array elements and six VT4887 compact line array elements for front fill. “When you’re out on tour, different venues present random and often challenging acoustics. VerTec is light weight and therefore gives you a lot of rigging options, plus you get great sound,” stated Leccese.