New Years Day Lead singer Ashley Costello performs through the evolution D1 wireless while on Vans Warped Tour.
New York, NY (September 2, 2015)—Punk rock has always had a gritty, DIY aesthetic, but it still needs to sound good. With that in mind, this summer’s Van Warped Tour brought 80 bands per day onto nine stages at 40 cities across the U.S., and many made use of Sennheiser’s new evolution wireless D1.
“We put the D1 through some tough trials and it has held up well and sounds great,” says Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour Producer and CEO. “The equipment is being used by multiple bands, 12 days in a row at a time, and in all kinds of weather: we’ve been hit by thunderstorms, high winds and 117-degree heat indexes.”
The evolution wireless D1 system was the primary wireless set-up on three different stages: the Journeys Stage, the Beatport Stage and the Warped Comedy Tent. New Years Day, an alternative pop-punk band led by frontwoman Ashley Costello, churned through over 50 performances on the Journeys stage using the D1 handheld transmitter coupled with a Sennheiser e835 dynamic cardioid capsule.
Cory Johnson, FOH Engineer for New Years Day on the Vans Warped Tour, noted, “Once we made it through the first set I knew I would be OK,” he continued. “I ended up using the evolution wireless D1 for 53 days straight, and never once experienced a drop out,” Johnson says. “Also, the battery life was astounding. At one point, I did a three-day stretch without ever changing the batteries with no issues.”
Kevin Lyman reflects on the importance of audio quality: “We don’t use lights on this tour,” he says. “The one thing that stands out is the sound, and giving these bands the best possible sound, particularly with the D1, is what it is all about. By having a brand like Sennheiser on board, we are bringing high-quality sound to a new generation of artists and engineers.”
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