Dave Rat and Jeffrey CoxWhitinsville, MA (September 17, 2007)–Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has become the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of the MicroWedge Series of stage monitor products designed by SR provider Rat Sound Systems (Oxnard, CA). An earlier version of the MicroWedge series had been produced by Radian.
The agreement between the two entities calls for current products to be branded “EAW MicroWedge,” fully supported by the resources of EAW. Further, Rat Sound Founder Dave “Rat” Levine, will be working closely with the EAW Engineering Department on the development of new MicroWedge models as well as other EAW touring products.
“I think the Rat/EAW/MicroWedge agreement will be good,” Rat told Pro Sound News. “The contract with Radian ended and I have a patent on the MicroWedge shape, so EAW will be making the MicroWedges and Radian will most likely make some similar Radian-based product that will lack three things: 1) It won’t be called MicroWedge; 2) It won’t have a curved front with trapezoidal sides; and 3) It won’t have the connectors in the port. Radian and Rat Sound will continue to support the Radian MicroWedge and I will be pressing EAW for a retrofit kit that brings the Radian Micros to the new spec.”
Jeffrey Cox, Vice President of the EAW Brand Group, who reached the agreement with Dave Rat, remarked, “In securing this preeminent floor monitor line for our worldwide customer base, EAW is once again demonstrating its commitment to true performance audio by bringing the best in both design and talent to the EAW brand. We continually populate the EAW family and brand relationships with experienced, talented visionaries who combine their unique skills to push audio forward. Our partnership with Dave is a prime example of this philosophy.”
Rat responded, “Over the past 27 years, I’ve devoted a tremendous amount of effort to designing and building innovative products for real world, live performance audio, and this is exemplified by the MicroWedge Series. The new partnership with EAW is an exciting step towards realizing the product the way I have always envisioned it. The brilliance of the people, the culture of the company and the knowledge and desire to push audio to it’s highest level that is evident at EAW makes working with them a dream come true. I am excited as this alliance will allow MicroWedge and other designs that I have been working on for many years to finally come to fruition.”