Daly City, CA â€” Stone Temple Pilots, reunited after an eight year hiatus, are currently engaged in a 64-date summer tour across North America with dual DigidesignÂ® VENUE systems for both FOH and monitors.
Front of House engineer Eddie Mapp is mixing the band on a D-ShowÂ® Profileâ„¢ console, while monitor engineer Andy Ebert is driving a D-Show at stage side. Mapp, whose live credits also include Evanescence and Zakk Wylde, reports the VENUE system has been a major asset for the tour.
â€œI came on board with only a few days before the tour commenced,â€? he says. â€œThese guys have a very large repertoire, but theyâ€™re really tight and totally professional, and I was able to just record a full-set rehearsal and use the VENUEâ€™s Virtual Sound Check feature to work on cues and set up snapshots.â€?
Mapp, a Pro Tools veteran, is already conversant on the VENUE system, having trained under Robert Scovill at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science. â€œRobert brought one of the early VENUE systems to the Conservatory, and I was fortunate to learn a lot from him,â€? he recounts. â€œIâ€™ve watched the system evolve, and Digidesignâ€™s engineers have done an amazing job. Theyâ€™ve created a system thatâ€™s exceptionally intuitive, and sounds great as well. VENUE is really the most powerful live mixing tool available. It does everything I need it to do.â€?
VENUEâ€™s worldwide compatibility is also an asset, Mapp observes. â€œWhen I was on tour with Evanescence, it was great to know that anywhere we were in the world, we could count on VENUE consoles to be consistent. Iâ€™m able to carry my set on a small USB drive, plug in to any VENUE and be up and running immediately.â€?
He cites VENUEâ€™s deep integration with Pro Tools TDM plug-ins as another important feature. â€œBeing able to use the same plug-ins Iâ€™m familiar with and use every day in my own studio is extremely empowering. I can experiment with different plug-ins and settings at home and then translate them directly to â€˜real worldâ€™ applications.â€?
The STP dates include several summer festivals, as well as a number of arenas in major cities. â€œWeâ€™ve got a great group of people out here who are ready to rock, so it should be a fun summer for everyone,â€? he concludes.
For more information about the Stone Temple Pilots tour visit www.stonetemplepilots.com.
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