Founder of Rat Sound, Dave Rat mixes FOH and supplies systems forthe Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose By the Way tour began in Aprilof last year.
What are some challenges in working with the RHCP?
The band soundchecks about once every six months. But the mainchallenge is maintaining a consistent sound, whether we're in CostaRica, Japan or the U.S. Carrying the same consoles, electronics anddrive gear hedges that in our favor.
What's in your toy box on this tour?
I have an Eventide H3500 dedicated to Anthony's [Kiedis] vocals,which I switch to using as a guitar effect at the end of the set. I runhim into my Lexicon PCM60 and that's shared as a tom reverb. Other thana Klark Teknik DN-780 on snare and a Roland SD3000 on one song, that'sit.
We've been using Audix OM7s on vocals. I use [Shure] SM98s on drums,except kick, which is an SM91 combined with an Audix D6. Bass has aclean DI, a dirty DI and an SM98. Guitar is 57 on the left rig, and a57 and 88 on the right rig.
Do you have any “must-have” gear?
My Sound Technology RTA4000 to either agree or disagree with myears. Between that, listening to the house and my Sony MDR-CD3000headphones, I'm set.
What do you do when you're off-duty?
Snowboarding, skydiving, scuba, mountain biking, anythingdangerous!