New York, NY (September 27, 2012)—Powered by its recent certified platinum single “Drive By,” and a strong-selling sixth studio album, California 37, Train has been making tracks across North America this summer, backed by Camarillo, CA-based Delicate Productions and a sizable Martin Audio MLA system.
Based in San Francisco, Train consists of a core trio comprising Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar) and Scott Underwood (drums). Over the years, the band has produced successful albums such as its eponymous debut, Train, with hits including “Free” and “Meet Virginia;” Drops of Jupiter, which yielded the Grammy award-winning title track; My Private Nation with a third Top 20 hit “Calling All Angels;” and Save Me San Francisco in 2009 with the ubiquitous, ukulele-based “Hey Soul Sister,” a quintuple platinum hit and Grammy Award winner.
The California 37 tour started in Canada and has ranged throughout North America in a variety of venues, including amphitheatres, arenas and theaters. Delicate Productions, which had already deployed an MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system with Selena Gomez, fielded a system for the tour that consisted of 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) enclosures per side and 12 MLX subs. These were supplemented with 16 Martin Audio W8LC and six W8LM cabinets for side and front fill.
“The tour is going well,” reported Delicate president Jason Alt. “Everything has gone very successfully with the MLA system. The only show where we had to add more boxes was Red Rocks where we went to 16 MLA per side instead of the usual setup because of the size of the venue. The MLA system actually performs really well on every level in every kind of venue that Train has played. All of the reports we’ve gotten back from our crew about reactions to the system from the band and their engineers have been extremely positive. Clients are starting to be very aware that the flexibility of the box and its controllability and rejection capability is what a lot of artists are looking for. With MLA, there’s not a lot of energy on the stage, which makes it better for performers and improves the audience’s listening experience.”
DiGiCo SD10 consoles can be found at the FOH and monitor positions, along with Martin Audio 5.2 amplifiers and Sennheiser G3 IEM personal monitor systems. The tour crew includes Train’s FOH engineer, Rob Thomas, and Monitor engineer, Rob Greene, along with system engineer Phil Reynolds and system techs Kenny Kaiser and Russ Cunningham.