Indio, CA (April 25, 2014)—SoundTools put a prototype to the test at the recent 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival earlier this month, when Rat Sound fielded the CAT Snake, a four-channel, analog snake that can alternatively carry up to four AES/EBU digital feeds utilizing common CAT5 wire.
“The CAT Snake is a wonderful solution for the analog lines we run to delay clusters at Coachella,” said Dave Rat, president of Rat Sound Systems, the primary audio vendor for the event. “We literally entrench thousands of feet of analog and digital audio cable that invariably gets destroyed during load out. By switching to the Cat Snake for analog backup lines, we can just leave the shielded CAT5 in the ground and the cost per foot is so affordable, it’s easy to replace.”
The application of the CAT Snake at Coachella showed its possibilities for live sound and its potential use in recording, commercial, and home projects. Bryant Poole, lead engineer on the project, explained, “You can run four lines of audio down a simple shielded CAT5, CAT5E, or CAT6 cable. It’s a passive unit that provides the added versatility of having an EtherCon input or feed through connection on either side.”