It's the pause before the storm as
we approach another touring season and
so much has changed in the industry. Big companies are buying each other, small companies are getting absorbed
and we find ourselves, more than
ever, competing against huge corporations. Sometimes I wonder if the live production industry
will go the same way as the computer industry went and if one big "Microsoft Sound" will control all. Oh
wow, how great would that be if sound systems were as reliable as
Windows. As we enter our 20th year the continuing challenge of adapting,
competing and offering the best systems and service keeps us motivated
and still going strong.
TheNexo Alpha Systemwe
have been offering (in cooperation with SSE Hire, UK) has been a wonderful complement to our V-Dosc and Rat Trap 5 Systems. The Nexo
Alpha is an extremely compact horn loaded system that is quickly becoming
an industry standard. The V-Dosc is the world renown system that paved
the way for many imitations by utilizing line array technology for live
reinforcement. The Rat Trap 5 remains the most compact, high density,
direct radiating, touring system available.
Our new industrial space in Oxnard is bigger and much nicer and our roommates,Ed and Ted's Excellent
Lighting, are awesome.
Two separate companies, working together in our individual specialties,
sharing ideas and bringing the quality of our services to a new level. The
bands we work with gain all the advantages of the option to hire
sound and lights from a single location, without the compromises associated
with a sound company trying to do lights or visa versa.
The MicroWedge 15 has been recently
released. The MicroWedge series of monitors was designed by Rat Sound
to create the ultimate stage monitor. Small, loud, arrayable and extremely
HiFi, these wedges were so well received that we ended up patenting the
design and licensing it Radian Audio to manufacture. We work closely
with Radian Audio on all aspects of the design and they have done an excellent
job of manufacturing a true, world class stage monitor. Currently there
is a MicroWedge 12 and MicroWedge
15 on the market with two more designs on the horizon.
Over the years as a sound service company we have established
dealerships with many top
audio manufacturers. If you are looking for audio gear please give us
a call. It helps us maintain our dealerships and we sell equipment at
considerably lower rates than street prices.
We now accept Visa and MasterCard over the phone or from the web page.
The Rat Sniffers. If you work
at all with XLR cables or snake systems, try one, if it is not the most
dependable and easiest to use tester you ever had, send it back and we
will refund your money.
Updated the "Reviews" section, adding more
articles on Rat Sound
The "Evolution" section has
been cleaned up improved if you are curious about how Rat Sound grew from
a backyard sound company to the international touring company we are today.
A "Sales" section. We have
a few items up now and soon we will offer a complete complement of touring
supplies. If you have suggestions of things that you think would be a
good thing to add, email me and I will see what we can do. We will overnight
ship anywhere in the US and plan on keeping everything in stock.
Greatly expanded "Tours" section with JPEGs of tour
laminates, itinerary covers, more tour dates and tour personnel
If you would like a link to your site from the Rat
Sound Site, email me at dratratsound.com.