New York (July 30, 2004)–With a total of 49 dates in under two months and up to 14 bands per show, the 10th anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour is undoubtedly one of the most grueling tour schedules on record. So when Ernie Ball needed quality processing for its Local Heroes stage on the tour, the company got its hands on TC Electronic M3000, M-One XL and D-Two units.
Ernie Ball’s Local Heroes Mobile Stage is home to the Battle of the Bands which showcases some of each location’s very best local bands. According to production manager and chief engineer, Ryan McLain, TC’s M3000 is used specifically for vocals along with the D-Two, and the M-One XLs are used on the drum mix. “We’re very pleased with the TC processors. This year our system sounds so much better,” said McLain who has been the man behind the tour for the last four years. McLain is aided by John Riddle, assistant engineer.
“It’s a tough schedule with so many dates and so many bands per show. We’ve become very efficient and at this point we can get up and running in less than 40 minutes,” related Ryan. “We’ve got a full-blown FOH and separate monitor rig completely self-contained within a 40-foot semi.”
Ernie Ball’s Local Heroes Stage is equipped with a 24,000 watt sound system and has featured over 5,000 unsigned bands, including national acts Bowling for Soup, Nonpoint, and Story of The Year.