Indio, CA (June 30, 2016)—Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound has provided sound systems for numerous stages at the annual Coachella Festival for years. The perennial must-see festival, held across the sprawling Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA garners the better part of 200,000 people every year. Covering those who stopped in at the 18,000-square-foot Gobi Tent, Rat Sound used an Eastern Acoustics Works Adaptive system to cover the crowd.
The tent had a lineup this year that included Volbeat, Chris Stapleton, Pete Yorn, Goldroom, The Vandals, Go Go Penguin, The Dead Ships and more. Two Anya arrays, made up of 8 Anya modules each, were hung to the left and right of the stage, while delay was provided by two Anna arrays each made up of three modules. Outfill was handled by two more Anna arrays, this time made up of two modules each. Low end was delivered by 24 Otto subwoofers, twelve per side stacked two by six.
“Everyone was extremely happy with the coverage and the sound,” said Jayson Pietri, FOH tech for Rat Sound. “Bernie (Broderick) did an excellent job tuning the system. I think the visiting engineers were very pleased with the room.”
President Dave Rat remarked, “The adaptive control of the system allows us to minimize reflections off of the walls of the tent which keeps the sound really clean. This year we used the entire Adaptive family – Anya and Anna line arrays supported by Otto subwoofers and we were very happy with the results.”