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EAW Adapts For Blink-182 North American Tour

Rat Sound deploys Anya and Anna columns with Otto subwoofers for sold-out shows nationwide to promote the band's latest album, “California.”

By PSW Staff November 21, 2016

EAW Anya and Anna columns, backed up by Otto subwoofers, reinforced Blink-182's sold out North American tour.

Blink-182 utilized an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Adaptive sound reinforcement system for their North American tour, which played sold out shows nationwide to promote their latest album, “California.”

Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound provided sound reinforcement for the popular punk rock band, which they have done since the band’s rise to fame in the early 1990s.

“Because we played a variety of venues from large clubs like The Joint in Las Vegas to amphitheaters and arenas, we needed to travel with a PA that was versatile and easily configured to cover any venue size,” says Jason Decter, who has manned front of house for Blink-182 since 2009. “I have been involved with EAW’s Adaptive system since it was introduced and felt it not only provided the sonic quality the tour demanded, but was flexible enough to adapt to different venues.”

The Blink-182 tour inventory consisted of 60 Anya and six Anna enclosures supported by 32 Otto subwoofers. Typically, a show would deploy a center cluster of six Anna modules flanked by Anya columns hung stage left and right. Because both Anya and Anna modules hang straight, the system was easily scaled for venues that required wide horizontal coverage.

Decter pursued using the Anya system for the Blink-182 tour after mixing Bassnectar on an Anya system at Red Rocks and Alabama’s BJCC Legacy Arena. 

“I typically looking for clean, high SPL and good, fast, transient response,” says Decter. “Pop Punk music is very fast with a high beat count per minute. I needed a system that can take those hits and recover while maintaining fidelity. I’m very impressed with the tonality of the boxes, and the adaptability of the system was exactly what we needed for the tour.”

By using EAW’s Resolution software, the system can automatically define the coverage area after the arrays are hung or identify problem areas in real-time. Once the audience area is defined in the software, the DSP on board each loudspeaker adapts the array’s response to precisely direct the energy of the array for coverage.

“It was very important that we reproduce the band in a way the fans expect – while still providing them with an experience they won’t forget,” says Decter. “The response from the band, crew, friends of the band, and fans, was overwhelmingly great. We accomplished what we set out to do.”

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