Rat Sound Newsletter December 1999
OK, so it has been a really long time since the last Rat Newsletter and a lot has been going on.
First and foremost, we are proud to announce that Rat Sound is now the proud owner of a legendary PA system (http://ratsound.com/pictures/harwell.jpg). Recently at an auction of sound and light equipment we were extremely fortunate to acquire 10 stacks of Tasco/Harwell PA. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this equipment take a look at these sizes:
Trap 5 - dual 15, dual 10, 2, 1 occupies 9.5 cu ft of truck
That is over 10 times the truck space!
Unbelievable, unequaled and some say is the loudest PA ever. The Harwell System is the PA that embraces all the theories we sought to disprove and here we are 19 years later owning one. We have given up and are throwing in the towel, we sold out. Well, actually we are enjoying dismantling it and are selling off the components, except that we intend on hanging on to two complete stacks for historical and sentimental value. The idea is to have these ominous monoliths as working gargoyles to ward off the evil PA spirits when and if we ever get a new shop.
Tours and Shows:
Used equipment We have lots of JBL bullets, EV 12s and JBL 2s. We also would like to sell 4 Crown PSA2s. If you are looking for PA gear to buy or trade, email me and I will get you some info.
The Rat Cable Testers are done and I have a final production model (http://www.audiocontrolindustrial.com/cabletesters.htm). They are being manufactured and sold by Audio Control. You should find info, prices and ordering info there. They are really cool and I forgot how useful they are (I keep giving away all the prototypes so I never have one). I was able to test an entire (extremely faulty) snake system at a show in Mexico, in 15 minutes. Just phantom every channel on the house console and in a few minutes you can check every XLR on the main splitter. Then do the same from the monitor console and tape off all the bad channels. Bye bye nightmare and hello everything works.
V-Dosc has been doing great. Beck and Offspring have been using it and it has been going out on tons of sub hires to ATK and Promix. It is doing exactly as we had hoped in bringing new attention and appreciation for the merits of the Rat Systems as well as supporting itself. There are many companies out there that after purchasing a V-Dosc their existing system was so overshadowed that it became obsolete and the company migrates toward being entirely V-Dosc. The Rat system not only compares favorably to the V-Dosc but remains the dominate system in our inventory.
We bought a new Midas Heritage console and it is out with Beck.
We kinda ran out of money in the last phase of the Rat Cube prototyping. We have two working designs and are working out the fly system. It will be still be a while before it is finished, the exciting thing is that some awesome new wedge designs have evolved from our testing.
Two new wedge designs:
The MicroWedge 12 utilizes a new finish and new look that is unlike anything we have designed or seen before (http://ratsound.com/microwdg.htm ). We had 8 of them at the Hollywood Bowl for the summer and they are slated for upcoming Beck and Offspring tours.
The Macrowedge 15 is a larger version and is a 15/Tad 2 design that focuses on being ultra Hi-Fi. It incorporates our new connectors on the bottom idea. No exposed connectors for the band to trip on or audience to unplug. There are pictures of the wedge at http://ratsound.com/pictures/macro15.jpg.
New amp rack design Utilizing the new finish, we designed and built a new modular amp rack system that is the beginning of an entirely new packaging of the Rat System. Check out the picture at http://ratsound.com/pictures/racks.jpg.
We had a DSL connection put in the shop and it is so nice to have speedy Internet. The main reason for the long delay in this newsletter was that my AOL account would not let me send email out without showing everyone's email address and AOL blocked me using our web hosting server because they thought I was sending SPAM.
The web page has been updated. With some new info on tours, designs, pictures and some bugs fixed.
Rat Sound and Industrial Sound are continuing to work together. We have been referring numerous local shows back and forth and we are continuing to grow a positive friendship and cooperation between the 2 companies. It rules to have friends.
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