Rat Sound Systems Inc., of Camarillo, California, now in its 19th year of providing premier audio sound reinforcement at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, debuted Outline’s Newton 16+8 audio processing units as its processor of choice.
Newton combines new filter technology, multi-format audio signal routing, multi-format standards conversion and digital signal synchronisation all in a single 1RU networkable chassis.
Newton is in position as Rat’s Front of House, through which each mixing console is connected and then able to address the various digital and analogue connectivity options. Final mixes from FOH and Newton are delivered directly to each of the stage’s PA’s or out to the delay tower systems that populate each of the seven stage locations.
“The Newton 16+8, coupled with our Dashboard software, is a dream come true in technical innovation and flexibility”, stated 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. A festival the size and scope of Coachella requires FOH 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 analysing Newton’s capabilities, concluding: “This is the solution that we have been waiting 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 added: “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.”
“We knew what an asset Newton could be to Rat Sound’s portfolio of products and services,” stated 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”.