Before the dawn of the mainstream, there was the desert underground. The highly passionate, non-commercial Moontribe Collective has been convening since 1993 when a handful of people gathered in the Southern California wilderness to share their affinity for electronic music, community and love of the desert. An original precursor to larger, more famous desert gatherings, the Moontribe Collective recently celebrated its 22nd year and now attracts between 500 and 3,000 participants at its gatherings, which take place quarterly under the light of the full desert moon.
Bringing Durability into the Desert
As Diaz’ sound company grew, he began investing more heavily in premium audio equipment. After specifying Powersoft on several high profile, award-winning installations around the United States including the legendary Sullivan Room in NYC, he acquired several Powersoft K Series amplifiers for his own rig. In the true communal spirit of Moontribe, it wasn’t long before Diaz shared his recent sound investment with his fellow desert dwellers at a Full Moon Desert Gathering event.
Whump Sound’s Moontribe setup consists of a five way sound system comprising of subs, mid bass, mids, high mids and highs, each corresponding to a specific amplifier. “For Moontribe we use Turbo Sound floodlight rig with Danley Sound Lab Dual 21 subs,” Diaz explains. “For the 21s, we use a single K10, two K6s for the bass, then we are using K3s for the mids and the highs.”
Electronic Music Under the Desert Moon
In the desert, perhaps not surprisingly, power can be scarce — so efficiency is the name of the game: “Having control of the voltage, the amperage and everything coming in and out of the K Series is so much more efficient than anything we’ve used,” says Diaz, who adds that this efficiency does not have to come at a price: “With Powersoft, the sound quality is excellent. The amplifiers have plenty of power, and it is never lagging.”
Diaz says that the dampening is a unique and important feature on Powersoft amplifiers. “The dampening is how fast the amplifier is able to control the speaker itself, and with Powersoft, we have a lot more control over this,” he says. “Typically, once you follow the amplifier to cable to the speaker itself, you actually lose power. But on the Powersoft, you can actually control your response time to the cone. I don’t think there is another amplifier that does that.”
“The sound is one of the most important elements of the show, and we really notice when we are playing on a fantastic sound system,” said Treavor Moontribe, who performed at Moontribe’s 22nd Anniversary through the system, driven by Powersoft K Series amplifiers. “I played a six hour set at that party and I felt really comfortable the entire time in the DJ booth. Everything sounded very balanced and we weren’t getting too much of any single frequency range. When you have a really powerful sound system that is tuned really well, the crowd is definitely more responsive.”
Just as Moontribe Collective is passionate about music and desert gatherings, Whump Sound is passionate about delivering pristine audio quality — efficiently and reliably. “We are a two person company and very passionate about what we do,” concludes Diaz. “We are more about audio quality, and for me, at the end of the day, it is all about the music.”
For more information on the Powersoft K Series, please visit http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/touring/k-series/ - K10.