QSC Audio welcomes Shadows Fall bass player and music educator Ed Lanouette into the K for Musicians family, which is made up of users of the company’s K Series loudspeakers.
Lanouette first experienced K loudspeakers in Odessa, TX while on tour with Shadows Fall. Playing at a small venue where there was no room for bulky cabinets, the house sound engineer offered him QSC KW loudspeakers as stage monitors for bass.
“Of course I didn’t think that the self-powered KWs would keep up, as many self-powered cabinets are a disappointment,” says Lanouette. “I was quickly put in my place with the QSC’s, and humbled. I knew right then and there that I wanted them – period! I was so done trying all the boutique bass amps, and believe me, I have had them all. I’m over it.”
On stage, Lanouette is currently using a KW152 and a KW181 with a Bass Pod xt Live to drive them. “The KW Series are amazing in that they are perfectly transparent; from the bottom to the top they are clean and accurate,” adds Lanouette. “The power is awesome and I have plenty of headroom for those situations you run into in larger venues where they seem to gobble up the volume.”
He’s not normally a fan of effects on bass because he feels that most bass rigs don’t project effects well live, is also rethinking this now because he ‘s using the the KW Series. “You can stomp on the pedals all day and most people have no idea you’re even are using an effect!!” he adds. “The clarity of the KW’s solves this issue and has me rethinking my approach to effects. The KW sSeries are amazing in every way including articulation and punch.”
Lanouette is also committed to the education of bass players, and established www.ebassonline.com, a free website for musicians to be inspired, explore theory, learn improvisation techniques and broaden their abilities.
“I’ve had guitar players, horn players and of course bass players asking me about theory and how to use it. So I created ebassonline.com in an effort to help players who are looking to grow musically,” he says. “I love music and I do this for the love of music. It’s my way of giving back to something that has afforded me some of the most amazing experiences in my life.”
Lanouette is currently writing and producing a project called “Midnight Whiskey Worship” with Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall drummer) and Steve Etzel, which has says is “a chance for all of us to breathe as musicians and to express ourselves.” And, he’s working on a variety of freelance recording sessions and touring as the schedule arises.
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