Singer/songwriter Gabe Kubanda (pictured) and two other unsigned artists, Lost In Atlantis and School Boy Humor, co-founded the Epic Proportions Tour and played 15 dates at military bases, high schools and colleges throughout the summer. “Epic Proportions is a new and different approach to touring,” Kubanda says. “The idea is to get great live bands a lot of exposure without a lot of financial risk.
“Instead of getting a dozen or so people to see us in a club, we play free shows for large crowds, often in the thousands,” Kubanda explains. “Kids love to hear new bands, and this is a great way to start a buzz, meeting them after the show, getting social media connections. That starts a cyclical process of getting more fans and more industry notice. Everybody gets paid, and it also enables us to partner with some really great charities like the Keep A Breast Foundation, and do some good in this world. That’s what it’s all about.”
Kubanda says the new Line 6 StageSource L3t loudspeakers played a key role in the tour. “I first saw the Line 6 StageScape M20d mixer and StageSource L3t speakers demoed at the NAMM Show this past January, and I was just blown away. I thought they would be great for the tour,” says Kubunda. “So when the speakers came out, we bought three of them—two for main P.A. and one for use as a monitor. They worked out great!”
Asked why he opted for the L3t, Kubanda points to the self-contained nature of the tour. “We can’t afford to bring a full-fledged sound engineer with us, so the L3t speakers were a perfect fit for our situation. First, the sound quality is awesome—nice and crisp, with none of the muddiness you get from a lot of regular P.A. speakers. Then they have different modes for P.A. and monitors, which is incredibly helpful. They’re smaller and lighter than a lot of other products, and very durable. And they have plenty of output, so we could play to crowds up to 2,000 with no problem.”
Kubanda mentions the 2-channel onboard mixer and effects contained in each L3t. “When it’s just me playing solo, I play directly into those and have full feedback suppression, acoustic modeling, reverb, EQ and everything else. Also, when you lay the speaker down, there’s an accelerometer inside that converts it from P.A. mode into a monitor and actually adjusts the frequency response and the output. I thought that was insanely unique and helpful.”