EAW MicroWedges rock Coachella 2009
14 May 2009
USA - The tenth Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April saw hundreds of performers across five stages, with a wide range of artists include Sir Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, The Cure, The Killers and hip hop pioneers Public Enemy, among many others.
More than 50 EAW MicroWedge Series MW12 stage monitors were employed over four Coachella stages by sound reinforcement vendor Rat Sound Systems. To date, this was the largest outlay of MW units ever for a single event, according to Rat Sound president Dave Rat, who was the co-designer of the MicroWedge 12 (along with the EAW engineering team). For the last 18 months, the MicroWedge Series has been exclusively manufactured and distributed by EAW, under license from Rat Sound Systems.
Covering Coachella took a lot of monitors and a lot of manpower. A 30-member crew from Rat Sound was employed to ensure that the concert's sound was flawless day after day, night after night. The MicroWedge was a key component of the sound reinforcement system. "The MicroWedge is a great monitor under any circumstances, and I'm proud to have been intimately involved in its design," stated Rat. "It especially offers an advantage for festival sound because it's plug-and-play. And the sound is great - it's full range."
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