New York (August 2, 2006)–That perennial favorite of young punks and emo enthusiasts, the Vans Warped Tour, has been making the rounds once again this summer, and much as it has for the last decade, it is sporting the popular Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands stage.
The Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands truck on the Vans Warped Tour features a EV X-Array PA.Built into the back of a 40′ Peterbilt truck, the stage is the epitome of efficiency, a custom-designed workhorse that allows minimal setup and teardown time, not to mention a high degree of headache-free mobility. Bringing every torn vocal chord and guitar feedback squall to the masses at the stage is a pile of sound reinforcement equipment from longtime Battle sponsors EV, providing Midas Verona mixing consoles; Klark Teknik Square ONE Dynamics, DN500 compressors, DN370 and DN360 EQs and DN6000 analyzer signal processing; and EV X-Array concert loudspeakers and Precision Series amplifiers.
Ernie Ball’s truck has been so successful that another mobile stage for the 2006 Warped Tour has been built, using more equipment from EV, Midas, and Klark Teknik. Ernie Ball’s Ryan McLain explained, “This new full production truck is the Hurley Clothing stage; the truck was custom fabricated for every detail, from the leveling hydraulics to the ramp, stage and roof. The PA features 12 EV XLC127+ line array boxes, flown in a proprietary rolling rack we designed. The rack holds the grid from the top; the two arrays of six boxes can then be rolled forward to the edge of the stage, which really cuts down on setup time. It’s a serious system, yet it can be packed up in minutes.”
The Battle of the Bands gives unsigned acts a shot at fame and thousands of dollars in prizes; EV is also providing Showcase winners with the new RE-2 Series Wireless Microphone System and online winners with a selection of microphones.