At the Gobi tent, Rat Sound FOH engineer Hoover manned a Yamaha PM5D, one of 19 at the recent Coachella Festival.By Steve Harvey
Indio, CA (May 5, 2008)–Indio, CA–Rat Sound was once again the sound provider for all five stages at the recent Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
The company’s efforts included fielding 19 Yamaha PM5D consoles for use at front of house and monitors at each location. The company supplied four stages with L-Acoustics speakers, including a surround sound setup on the main Coachella Stage for the headlining performance by Roger Waters, plus a proprietary Rat Trap 5 system on the fifth and smallest stage.
Rat Sound provided a pair of Yamaha PM5D consoles at both FOH and monitors at the Coachella Stage and the Outdoor Theatre, together with a single console at each position in the Sahara, Mojave and Gobi tents. An additional pair of PM5D consoles was on hand for use by Portishead on the Coachella Stage and for Love and Rockets on the Outdoor Theatre stage, where a single PM5D was also provided for Mark Ronson.
From the main stage, the FOH position and L-Acoustics delay/surround towers were silhouetted against the mountains at the recent Coachella Festival. “We decided to use digital across the board so that engineers could send in their files ahead of time and have their show come up easily,” said Jon Monson, Rat Sound’s head of shows and touring. “For other analogue users, we had Midas Heritage 3000s on hand.”
Additionally, two Digidesign Profile desks were set up for Jack Johnson at the Coachella Stage.
The Coachella Stage PA comprised 42 L-Acoustics V-Dosc and 18 dV-Dosc speakers together with 48 Rat Sound dual-18-inch subwoofers, with a further 48 V-Dosc, 18 dV-Dosc, six Arc and 12 Kudo units in the delay/surround setup. The Sahara tent, which primarily presents dance music, housed 44 V-Dosc and four-dozen dV-Dosc plus 56 Rat subs.
Also of note was the festival debut of EAW’s new 12-inch MicroWedge monitors, developed by Dave Rat. A total of 32 were split evenly between the Sahara tent and the Outdoor Theatre, where an additional eight were provided for use by Love and Rockets.
Rat Sound Systems, Inc.