Modest Mouse Float On with Soundcraft
Thursday, 23 February 2023
modest-mouseFOH Engineer Peter Thompson utilised Soundcraft audio control solutions
USA - For Modest Mouse’s recent Lonesome Crowded West Tour, FOH Engineer Peter Thompson utilised Soundcraft audio control solutions.
Founded in Issaquah, Washington by singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy, Modest Mouse is an influential indie rock band. While best known for their crossover hit Float On, the band has built a reputation for experimentation and overhauling their sound across every album, evolving from a post-grunge trio of high schoolers to a five-to-seven-piece band of violins, horns and percussionists.
For long-time fans, however, the band’s sophomore album The Lonesome Crowded West - a ramshackle collection of songs about the struggle for self-understanding in an increasingly urbanized, consumer-driven and chaotic world -remains their definitive work to this day.
To celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary, Modest Mouse embarked on the Lonesome Crowded West Tour in late 2022. Performing as a four-piece for the first time in over a decade, the band played the 1997 album in its entirety and in order, along with an encore of older fan favourites.
Given the band’s back-to-basics approach compared to their recent tours, the live sound in turn required a simple yet reliable setup to ensure a balanced and impactful mix for every show. To meet these requirements, Thompson enlisted a Soundcraft Vi7000 digital mixing console with a Vi Stagebox and Realtime Rack Core.
“Modest Mouse was a seven-piece during my first run with them last summer,” said Thompson. “This Lonesome Crowded West tour was a four piece and all guitar amps, no digital profilers or anything, so the whole setup was very analogue. With that, the only challenge was battling the ambience of the stage, getting the guitars to project and still have room for vocals.
“I've been using Vi consoles for a long time, since 2007 or so, and I’ve used them with Steely Dan and Bob Seger and several other old-school acts using amps and monitors. So I took it to the front-of-house for this tour because it's my go-to desk.”
Equipped with up to 128 inputs, 32 mono/stereo busses and enhanced 96kHz 40-bit floating point digital audio processing, the Vi7000 was designed to facilitate a straightforward and intuitive live mixing experience. At the heart of the Vi7000 is the Vistronics hybrid interface, which combines the best features of analogue hardware and digital software to achieve streamlined controls and unrivalled versatility.
“The Vi7000 addressed how I like to work,” explained Thompson. “I've done several different kinds of things with the Vi setup and it is so easy, simple and fast. The biggest plus is that it's very quick to navigate. Like when I needed to do quick panning and whatnot for certain songs, I program the pan knob to be right there in front of the faders. The ergonomics of the desk is really nice—and it's not that I don't use other desks as well, but I still keep coming back to the Vi.”
In addition to the Vi7000, the Soundcraft Vi Stagebox provided Thompson with an extra 64 mic/line inputs and 32 analogue line outputs for even greater flexibility and routing options.

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