Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are out on tour to support their latest album The Rising. The first leg of the tour runs until mid-December, with more dates to come next year. As usual, Audio Analysts is supplying the main P.A. for the tour: 80 JBL VerTec line array cabinets flown in a 360° configuration, plus 32 VerTec subwoofers. The various P.A. zones are fed via eight matrix outputs from a Yamaha PM-1D digital console, which FOH engineer John R. Cooper uses to mix about 60 inputs from the stage. Cooper makes use of the PM-1D’s onboard DSP for most of his dynamics control and delay effects, but he also uses a Midas XL42 preamp/EQ, a BSS-901 and a Summit DCL-200 on Springsteen’s vocal channel. Vocal mics are all Audix OM-3s. “This is one of the first major tours I’m aware of that is using all digital consoles,” notes Cooper; two more PM-1Ds are being used to mix monitors.