EV Unleashes Gut-Churning SPLs at Sounds of the Underground!!!

August 15, 2006

This year’s SOTU tour features all manner of metal and hardcore heavyweights, including Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Cannibal Corpse, and many more. Special guests are, for the second year running, gore-rockers in-extremis GWAR. The tour is promoted by House of Blues, with audio equipment from db Sound.

“The X-Line is really proving itself on the outer limits of how loud a live show can be”
Upon admission, this is what you get, set after set: a menu of maximum SPL morsels that vary in flavor from loud and heavy to louder and heavier. It all adds up to an eviscerating sonic experience where “total immersion“ in sound is an understatement… and, though the crowd is literally swimming in high SPLs well into the 120dBA zone, things still sound good...

Good enough to warrant some more metaphors, even: The X-Line delivers a thick coating of sonic coverage, moving air with such force that your eyeballs dry up and your ears squint, but don’t hurt. Each break between bands is a brief respite from the relentless barrage of head-scrambling hammering kick drum and boiling tar-pit guitar/bass mayhem. Yes, it really does feel like that. But that’s a good thing, right?

“The X-Line is really proving itself on the outer limits of how loud a live show can be,“ reported Jeremy Smith, GWAR’s FOH Engineer and a longtime user and advocate of EV products. “To be distortion free at these SPLs is not only remarkable, it’s a necessity for health reasons! The fact that we have tons of headroom to spare is a little scary! X-Line works powerfully and perfectly, night after night, and simply sounds amazing. Its reputation for unsurpassed “punchiness’ really makes it ideal for this tour: This is extreme, heavy music, and we have the system to accommodate it.

“And, of course, I’m using my tried and tested EV mics for the GWAR show - one of the highpoints of the SOTU tour. I defy any other touring pro to put his mics through such a mess and still have them work perfectly. The same RE-1 handheld has held up for years now, and the heads just need a quick clean now and then to remove the gallons of fake blood and gore GWAR use during the show. I’m also using the new EV/Blue Cardinal large diaphragm condensers as drum cymbal overheads, and the definition is awesome-I’m looking forward to putting those in front of the guitar cabinets. At the moment I’m using EV RE1000 condensers on the guitar cabs-what a fantastic mic... a classic. I wish EV would reintroduce them, hint, hint! There are EV mics everywhere on stage when I mix: nothing I’ve tried sounds better, and they survive the trials of touring. They keep on working, and that’s why I use them.“


Electro-Voice (EV), is a professional audio brand of Telex Communications, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sophisticated audio, wireless, multimedia, aircraft, broadcast and communications equipment for commercial, professional and industrial customers. Telex Communications markets its products in more than 80 countries under the brands EV, Telex, RTS, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik and others.

Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582


James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582


Equipment List

Dynamic Cardioid Instrument & Amplifier Microphone

Premium Dynamic Vocal Microphone

Dynamic Cardioid Kick Drum Microphone

Premium High SPL Dynamic Vocal Microphone

RE-1 Bodypack
CSB-1000 RE-1 Bodypack Transmitter

RE-1 Handheld
CSH-1000 RE-1 Handheld Transmitter

RE-1 Receiver Dual
CDR-1000 Dual RE-1 Receiver

Dual-18“ Subwoofer Element

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