Flaming Lips chooses EAW stage monitors
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-11-14)
When a band tours with a
stage show that routinely features confetti cannons, dozens of people
dressed as furry animals, a man-sized plastic bubble and other giant
props, it should come as no surprise that some of its audio equipment
is a little out of the ordinary. For the bands latest tour,
psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips requested a monitor speaker
system that included ten EAW MicroWedge Series MW15 Stage Monitors and
two MicroSub Stage Monitors custom-finished in bright orange, allowing
them to fit in perfectly with the onstage mayhem.
Of course, the Flaming Lips, who formed in Oklahoma in 1983, were
looking for more than just cosmetics. EAWs compact, low-profile
MicroWedges have become a popular choice among top touring artists for
a variety of reasons, including clear and consistent sound quality,
high power handling, exceptional gain before feedback, portability and
durability. The MicroWedge was co-developed by EAW and Dave Rat, owner
of Rat Sound.
According to the bands monitor engineer, Sam Cole, "I couldn't be
happier about mixing on the MicroWedges; they're loud, punchy and
crisp and don't require a ton of EQ to get that way. Plus, they don't
break my back when I try and carry two of them across a festival
The GRAMMY-winning band played festival shows in the U.S. and Europe
throughout the summer, including Bonnaroo in Tennessee and Bestival in
Spain, and in November will perform in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and
South Korea. The latest releases from the Flaming Lips include
Embryonic, released in October 2009, and a full-album reinterpretation
of Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon, released in December 2009.
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