Pete Townshend is All Ears with Crest

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Tue Jul 17 16:32:56 CDT 2007 

Pete Townshend is All Ears with Crest

Legendary British rockers, The Who, played a mighty one-and-a-half hour Greatest Hits set beneath an equally epic British downpour to close out Glastonbury, choosing to end on a thoroughly British note with the track Tea and Theatre. The Glastonbury gig fomed part of a major world tour that has been on the road since June 2006 and drew to a close on July 9th at Finland's Hartwell Arena in Helsinki. A crucial part of guitarist Pete Townshend's stage set-up is a Crest XR-20 rack-mount mixer which has performed every show with him since the beginning of the tour.

Dick Hayes of Entec Sound an Light, long-time suppliers of audio equipment to The Who, explained that Townshend uses the XR-20 to do his own band mix onstage. "It receives sub mixes from the main FoH and monitor consoles and then Pete takes it from there. I'm pleased to say that, contrary to our initial expectations it does an extraordinarily good job, and we've all been forced to eat our words!"

The XR-20 features 12 mono and four stereo inputs, all with mic preamps, individual 48V phantom power switches and 4-band EQ. The mono input channels offer 18dB per octave hi-pass filters as well. There are six aux busses, which are selectable pre-or post-fader in pairs. The main outputs use XLR jacks and are switchable between mic and line level.

Hayes continued: "I confess that we were sceptical in the beginning. No-one thought it would see out the rehearsals, let alone stand up to going out on tour, but the XR-20 been as good as Crest promised it would be, and more. It's compact, versatile, reliable and it sounds good. What's more, Pete loves it. He's got a duplicate rig for back-up purposes, and he's constantly ribbing the monitor engineer saying, 'Look, I can do monitors – it's easy. Don't know why we pay you all that money!'"

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