On The Road With The Boss; The System & Crew For Bruce Springsteen’s Latest Tour Appearing in Europe and North America, the system approach is virtually identical on both sides of the Atlantic
Jul. 23, 2009, by Jeff MacKay
A closer look at the JBL VerTec line arrays flown in force for the current tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Closer View, Line Arrays, Credit: Roy Timm
Touring in support of the new album,“Working On A Dream,” Bruce Springsteen and the venerable E Street Band are once again utilizing the services and systems provided by Audio Analysts. With North American dates throughout the spring and late summer and European dates in between, the approach is virtually identical on both sides of the Atlantic.
Front of House Engineer John Cooper worked with Albert Lecesse, Co-Owner and President of Engineering for Audio Analysts, in putting together the main system for the tour. “Albert and I are constantly in discussions about how best to proceed with the PA touring plan,” explained Cooper.
“We opted for JBL VerTec because it’s versatile – a customizable PA solution to tour with.” Cooper mixes on a Digidesign Profile digital console, which he chooses over anything he’s tried. “I’m fortunate to be able to use whatever I want to use. At this point, the Profile has proven to be very reliable.”
Front of House System Engineer Brett Dicus details that the VerTec Series line arrays are powered by Crown I-Tech and I-Tech HD Series amplifiers under the control and monitoring of Harman HiQnet System Architect technology.
“In any given show,” he elaborates, “We have 10 hangs of PA, primarily using the VT4889 and VT4880 for the main hangs and then VT4888 for the additional outfill/delay and rear hangs, with VT4887 for frontfill surrounding the stage.”
The VerTec line arrays are easy for the crew to set up, taking approximately six hours to get fully into place. “Our setup in the field is also made very easy by the system design by Albert and Audio Analysts. The packaging, the cabling, and the prep is a very important part of the system,” Dicus adds.
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