New York (October 6, 2004)–Rod Stewart is returning to the road on his world tour, and is due to his Australia, New Zealand and Europe this month. Along for the ride this time is the next generation of the dbx Purple 162SL stereo compressor/limiter. A pair of 162SL units are now part of FOH Mixer Lars Brogaard’s PA system, along with another piece of dbx technology: Brogaard’s cherished dbx RTA1 real-time analyzer, which, after over 15 years of use, he maintains is still the finest room EQ analyzer in the world.
The dbx Purple Compressors will be available via inserts on vocals for Stewart and his backup vocalists. “I’ve always loved the way the classic dbx 160 handled vocals,” Brogaard noted. “It’s a very sensitive unit, and helps you shape the dynamics of live vocal performances in a way no other compressor can. Moving to the 162SL allows me to continue to associate myself with what I consider to be the very best equipment available.”
Brogaard is also fond of his vintage dbx RTA1 analyzer, which he has used on virtually every gig he’s mixed for well over a decade. “I swear by that system,” he affirmed. “I have all the new analyzers, and they have their points. But there is nothing that compares to the RTA1, even today. I use it to EQ the entire PA system. The dbx equipment has been part of my professional life for many years, and with systems like the 162SL, they’ll be part of it for years to come, as well,” Brogaard concluded.