CHICAGO, Illinois - October 2002 -- Frank Cavanaugh of the band Filter has become the latest high-profile bass player to endorse Crown International's K2 power amplifier as a live performance tool.
The bassist, who has been with the band since its inception, takes an austere approach to his signal path. An Ampeg SVT-4PRO head is used as a preamp feeding into the Crown K2 for power, which, in turn, drives an Ampeg SVT-810E enclosure.
The concept of using a pro audio power amplifier in his rig first struck Cavanaugh while Filter was touring with White Zombie several years ago. "Sean (Yseult) used a Crown power amp with her Ampeg and it sounded awesome," he says. "Later on, Staind went out on the road with us and Johnny April also had a Crown in his rack. Johnny and Kevin Briers, the bass tech we both use, showed me how much more ballsy my sound could be with a Crown so I decided to put a K2 between my head and cabinet.
"I'm really liking the K2. It's made my bass sound so much more stable. I've always tried to go for that piano string tone. But when you beat on an instrument like I do, I've found that the sound typically tends to fart out the harder you play. No more. Using the Crown, my sound is rock solid. It's also cool that the K2 is only two rack spaces high, which allows me to fit both my A and B rigs into a single rack."
Filter is currently out on the road in support of its third Reprise album, The Amalgamut, which hit store shelves on July 30.
In addition to his Crown and Ampeg gear, Cavanaugh also endorses his new signature series Washburn M13 bass.
The Crown K2 is an extremely powerful workhorse amplifier capable of delivering 800 watts per channel into 4 ohms in stereo mode and a staggering 2500 watts into 4 ohms in bridge-mono mode. Featuring a damping factor in excess of 3000 from 10 to 400 Hz, the K2 is widely praised for its sonic accuracy and exceptional low-end control.
Thanks to Crown's patented BCA® technology, the K2 is also tremendously thermally efficient, generating just one-tenth the heat of a conventional amplifier. Because of this, the K2 requires no internal cooling fan (read: no noise) and features a sealed chassis that is immune to dust, cigarette smoke, stage fog and spilled liquids. Practically maintenance-free and boasting a reliability that's all-Crown, the K2 is additionally backed up by the manufacturer's unprecedented 'Three-Year, No-Fault, Fully Transferable Warranty.'
Crown International, a Harman International company, manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana, USA.
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