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Kanye West Tour Using Summit AudioSummit Audio?s TLA-50 tube-leveling amplifiers (February 01, 2006)
As anyone who has ever been to a hip-hop concert can attest, the most critical aspect of the mix is the clarity and intelligibility of the vocals. And considering the size of Kanye Wests rising star and his larger-than-life 2005/2006 American tour, it was imperative that front-of-house engineer Phil Strong make absolutely sure that Kanye could be heard clearly as he traveled the United States. So, he chose Summit Audios TLA-50 tube-leveling amplifiers to keep the hip-hop sensations voice bright and shiny on top of his mix.
?Originally, I got [the TLA-50] when I was working with [hip-hop star] Common, because I wasnt getting a consistent P.A. every night, says Strong, who has also worked with Jurassic 5 and the Black Eyed Peas. ?I wanted something that could help pop the vocals out and clear them up. I knew I wanted a tube system, and the TLA-50s have a nice transparent sound.
The TLA-50 is a single-channel, tube-leveling amplifier designed to warm signals without coloring the audio. The unit also features side-chain access, stereo linking with another TLA-50, switchable attack and release times, fully adjustable gain and gain-reduction control, and accurate VU metering with OL indication.
About Summit Audio, Inc.:
Founded in 1979, Summit Audio, Inc. has always strived to develop innovative pro audio products that were carefully designed and constructed with the end-users need in mind. The Gardnerville, NV-based companys first product, the TLA-100, evolved into its flagship TLA-100A, which has been utilized on countless songs and albums over that past 20 years. Today, Summit Audio continues to craft sonically brilliant products to the most exacting standards, utilizing expert human ears and the best-available test equipment.
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