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Rat Sound Manages Festival Sound With Outline’s Newton

Dave Rat and crew support the Coachella Music and Arts Festival with Newton 16+8 audio processing units as central hub in front of house racks.

By PSW Staff April 19, 2019

Rat Sound’s Jon Monson and “Pickles,” Dave Rat and “Bones,” J2/Outline US Jason Farah and “DB,” and Jeffrey Cox

Rat Sound Systems of Camarillo, California, now in their 19th year of providing audio sound reinforcement at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, debuted the Outline Newton 16+8 audio processing units as their processor of choice.

Newton manages audio systems by combining new filter technology, multi-format audio signal routing, multi-format standards conversion and digital signal synchronization all in a single 1RU networkable chassis.

It’s not by happenstance that Rat Sound deployed Newton at Coachella. Considered perhaps as one of the most challenging audio signal processing and distribution events worldwide, Newton provides multi-platform solutions in the festival and touring arenas.

Rat Sound New Standard Rack including Newton and Dashboard on the screen

Newton is poised and in position as Rat’s front of house, the “Hub” in other words, through which each mixing console is connected and then capable of addressing the myriad of digital and analog connectivity options. Final mixes from front of house and Newton now are delivered directly to each of the stage’s PA’s or out to the delay tower systems that populate each of the 7 stage locations.

“The Newton 16+8 coupled with our Dashboard software is a dream come true in technical innovation and flexibility,” states Jason Farah, J2/Outline US, North American Sales. “Newton offers smart, real-time technical solutions to many of the ongoing problems Rat Sound Technicians experience, and the industry as a whole, for that matter.”, Jason explained. “A festival the size and scope of Coachella requires front of house agility with each artist’s mixing console technical needs. Now Rat Sound can simply ask how they would like their signal sent?”

Jon Monson, head of touring for Rat Sound led an extensive charge both in-house and at live gigs testing and analyzing Newton’s capabilities and concluded that “This is the solution that we have been waiting quite some time for, the innovative technology coupled with dependability is unparalleled in the industry and it is now used in each of our Standard Drive racks because of its flexibility.”

Rat Sound’s own Dave Rat adds, “We’re extremely happy with the capabilities of Newton now, and we have been contributing ideas, requests for future capabilities and Jeffrey and Jason have been extremely focused on seeing that our input is included in the relevant development roadmap for Newton.”

Outline Newton 16+8 FPGA-based processor

“We knew what an asset Newton could be to Rat Sound’s portfolio of products and services,” states, Outline US’s Jeffrey Cox, North American Sales, J2/Outline US, “the collaborative efforts between Jon, Dave and the Rat Sound family of technicians and engineers has been a rewarding and productive enterprise. Rat’s input has been invaluable in allowing us to further Newton’s technical capabilities now and with a nod to the future.”

On hand for the entire festival is front of house system technician, Bjarne Hemmingsen. He is responsible for the Main Stage and became extremely familiar with its software called Dashboard and could see the capabilities of Newton and its software platform, going forward.

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