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D.A.S. “Live”

Introduction

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D.A.S. “Live”

Introduction

The D.A.S. systems continue their unstoppable ascent in live sound. From massive music festivals to major sporting events, clients around the world have put our systems to the test. Throughout endless hours of operation, in adverse ambient conditions and in countless operations of set-up and tear-down, D.A.S. systems have proven to be a very wise investment. Exceptional performance, high reliability, quick rigging and a space saving truck-pack are just a few of the reasons that have made them the choice of professionals demanding impressive sound and road worthiness. We’ve been alongside our clients and their sound systems. D.A.S. engineers have travelled the globe to provide technical support or when needed, just a helping hand. They’ve used their in-depth knowledge of live sound and their unique insight of D.A.S. products to make sure that each and every event has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Supporting our products and the professionals who use them is a significant attribute and we realize its importance in forging long-term relationships. “D.A.S. Live” highlights the events and the people who have made them a reality. We sincerely appreciate their commitment, their loyalty to D.A.S. and above all, their passion for live sound. We thank them for their generosity in giving us the opportunity to be a key part of the “great moments” in live sound.

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Viña Rock / Albacete (Spain)

Photos courtesy of Roberto García / Diego López

Native Art in Albacete D.A.S. was back for the second year running at Viña Rock in Albacete with its Aero systems, which performed flawlessly throughout the inclement weather to bring the festival’s loyal fans an unforgettable festival experience.

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The name Viña Rock was created in 1996 when a group of young music lovers met with Villarrobledo’s Culture Councilor to organize a local “native-art” music festival, basing the name on the area’s over 32,000 hectares of vineyards. For 16 years the Annual Viña Rock Native Art Festival in Villarrobledo, Albacete, has served to bring together different cultures and groups with a range of musical styles in an event that highlights an eclectic mix of artists and performers. Rock and reggae met metal and electronic over the course of this year’s four day festival, and more than 200,000 spectators descended on Villarrobledo this year to enjoy the explosive line-up, which included national and international headliners like Barricada, Ojos de Brujo, Rosendo, Huecco and the legendary Barón Rojo.


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Viña Rock / Albacete (Spain)

The Equipment LEGENDARIO AND VILLARROBLEDO (side by side stages) PA Tops: 36 Aero 50 line arrays in 3 hangs of 12 units each.

Side Fill: 3 Aero 12A powered line arrays stacked on 2 LX-218A powered subwoofers, per side.

PA Subs: 36 LX-218A powered subwoofers, 3 stacks of 12 units in a cardioid configuration.

Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage montors.

Front Fill: 10 Convert 12A powered systems + 4 Action 12A.

Delay: 2 delay towers 18 Aero 50 line arrays each tower. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080.

Creative Setup Sound reinforcement company Acústica teamed up with D.A.S. Audio for the sound installation. The team opted to install D.A.S. systems on the two main stages, Legendario and Villarrobledo. Because of the stages’ side-by-side setup and their alternate use, sound technicians got creative and installed the sound for both stages in a rarely used configuration. Setting up a central formation to be “shared” by both stages, the Legendario stage left PA formation was the right PA formation for the Villarrobledo stage during its alternative use. Spectators could thus enjoy their favorite artists with powerful, resounding and clear sound (despite the inclement weather), provided once again by D.A.S. professional audio systems.

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Altavoz / Medellin (Colombia)

Something for Everyone in Medellin D.A.S. Systems played a key role in making Altavoz, one of Columbia’s biggest festivals, into a huge success. Festival organizers were completely satisfied with the results, the bands were pleased with the performances and top quality sound, and the crowd loved every minute of the three day festival.

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Music enthusiasts of every popular genre had the opportunity to enjoy live performances of their favorite artists at Colombia’s Altavoz festival, which celebrated its eighth anniversary this year. Roughly 80,000 fans packed Medellin’s Estadio Cincuentenario - a large multipurpose arena and surrounding grounds that serves as home to a variety of sports and entertainment events - to see their favorite performers live and up close. The lineup included Mexico’s alternative rock band Plastilina Mosh and Latin Grammy Award-winning rockers Molotov, the English punk band The Adicts, as well as Argentina’s Bajo Fondo Tango Club. The three-day festival made Medellin history as more than 35 bands crossed the stage to bring the crowds the best in alternative rock, hip hop, heavy metal and punk. Entrance to the event was completely free and the entire festival was a huge success for organizers, bands, and the thousands of fans.


D.A.S. “Live”

Altavoz / Medellin (Colombia)

The Equipment PA Tops: 32 Aero 38A powered line arrays, 16 per side. PA Subs: 12 Aero 182 subwoofers + 12 LX-218A powered subwoofers in stacks of 12 per side. Front Fill: 4 Aero 12A powered line arrays. Side Fill: 10 Aero 12A powered line arrays. Monitors: 10 Road 15A powered monitors. Delay: 2 delay towers with 4 Aero 50 line arrays + 3 Aero 182 subwoofers each tower.

Massive Response The sound reinforcement system assembled for the huge crowd was no small undertaking. Medellin-based Hangar Musical—whose technical producer Santiago Velez headed the installation at Altavoz—deployed a sizeable loudspeaker setup consisting of units from the D.A.S. Aero and Aero 2 series. “The greatest difficulty with a festival like this is the variety of genres the system had to accommodate—not to exclude the requirements of the various artists,” Velez reported. “This is where a flat, well balanced system is essential in order to please everyone. This is precisely why the DAS Audio system was a perfect choice.”

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Primavera Sound / Barcelona (Spain)

Coherence, Eclecticism and Innovation Festival lovers know that when the weather starts to get warm it’s time to get ready for Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, a series of pop, rock and dance music concerts that the city holds each Spring. This year, new sound limitations highlighted the versatility and adaptability of the D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems.

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Barcelona has hosted the Primavera Sound Festival since 2001. Venues are set up across the city – from the central Arco del Triunfo to the beachside Forum – and for five days Barcelona converts itself into the epicenter of spring music festivals. More than 100,000 music lovers descend upon the Mediterranean city for this “must attend” event that promotes coherence, eclecticism and innovation, and the stages set up at the Arco del Triunfo and the Forum see constant traffic over the course of the festival. Thousands of fans packed into these two outdoor venues to see 2012 headliners like Nacho Vegas, Black Lips or Richard Hawley (Arco de Triunfo) or Absynthe Minded, Astro or Lovely Bad Things (Forum).


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Primavera Sound / Barcelona (Spain)

Limited But Unmistakably “Live” D.A.S. Audio Event Engineer and head tech for the event Joel Damiano ran the sound installation at the Arco del Triunfo and Forum stages this year. Adaptability was crucial: the sound system had to work for performances ranging from rock and indie pop to jazz and electronic music. New sound laws created an additional challenge for the sound technicians, who knew that they couldn’t let the limitations affect sound quality. D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems met the rigid requirements perfectly, providing superb sound quality and keeping that “live” feeling, while working within the restrictions of the new law. As Damiano reflected, “the technicians adapted better than what was expected, as they are all aware that avoiding hazardous sound pressure levels is good for everyone.”

The Equipment ARCO DEL TRIUNFO STAGE PA Tops: 24 Aero 50 line arrays, 12 per side. PA Subs: 18 LX-218CA powered subwoofers, 9 stacks of 2 units configured as an electronic arc. Front Fill: 6 Convert 12A powered systems. Side Fill: 3 Aero 12A powered line arrays stacked on 2 LX-218A powered subwoofers, per side. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage montors. Delay: 2 delay towers with 12 Aero 50 line arrays each. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080. ADIDAS ORIGINALS STAGE

PA Tops: 16 Aero12A powered line arrays, 8 per side. PA Subs: 12 LX-218A powered subwoofers, 6 stacks of 2 units. Front Fill: Aero 8A powered line arrays. Side Fill: Aero 8A powered line arrays. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Procesing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080.

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India Festivals / Pune (India)

Photos courtesy of Navin Devnani / Kunar Kakodkar

The Best of the Best in India Thanks to top-notch production quality and an exciting lineup, artists and audiences agree that India’s three-day Bacardi NH7 Weekender and the Eristoff Invasion Festival are two of the best festivals around.

The second edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, voted “India’s best music festival” by CNNGo, was celebrated for three days at the Lawns near Magarpatta City, Pune. Five stages and a host of other attractions brought in over 25,000 fans who packed into the seven-hectare space for this year’s festival. Basement Jaxx and Imogen Heap headlined an impressive lineup that represented some of the best in rock, metal, indie and ethnic fusion. At Amanora Park Town, the second installment of this year’s Eristoff Invasion Festival took place with one the world’s foremost music makers, DJ David Guetta, as the show’s headlining act. Bakshi (aka Dualist Inquiry) started the festival off right with his opening set, which gave the artist a chance to expose his music to newer audiences in India. But it was Guetta who made the night with his chart-topping hits like When Love Takes Over, Gettin’ Over You and Sexy Bitch that had the festival’s capacity crowds celebrating in a big way.

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India Festivals / Pune (India)

A Perfect Match Both festivals were organized by Only Much Louder, who contracted Sound & Light Professionals (SNL Pro) of Mumbai—a major provider of sound reinforcement systems—to provide the sound system for both events. The sound team decided to deploy D.A.S. Audio Aero 50 large format line array loudspeakers; rugged and adaptable, the Aero 50s are the ideal choice for huge outdoor venues like the Lawns and Amanora Park Town. “This is the best D.A.S. System I have heard and you can quote me on that,” reported Hassane Es Siahi, an audio engineer and FOH system operator for David Guetta at the festival.

The Equipment BACARDI NH7 WEEKENDER PA Tops: 16 Aero 50 line arrays, 8 per side. PA Subs: 12 LX-218A powered subwoofers, 6 units per side, stacked. Side Fill: Aero 28A powered systems. ERISTOFF INVASION PA Tops: 24 Aero 50 line arrays, 12 per side. PA Subs: 28 Aero 218 Sub subwoofers, 14 units per side, stacked. Delay: 2 delay towers with 6 Aero 50 line arrays each.

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BamaJam / Alabama (United States)

BamaJam 2012 Thrives With Major Headlining Performers Allstar Audio Systems meets this year’s logistical and technical challenges head on for this massive sound project and three-day show that was created to celebrate the human spirit through music

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For three wild days and nights in June BamaJam 2012 fired up the area just north of Enterprise, Alabama with an impressive display of lights, video and music. The multi-genre festival is held on the 1,600 acre grounds of BamaJam Farms, where over 35,000 music enthusiasts from all over the south eastern United States converged to revel in the sounds of more than 50 of the biggest acts in the industry that included the Zac Brown Band, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. Despite the inclement weather on opening day fans packed the huge festival grounds at night to rock to country music headliners Tim McGraw and Eric Church. With three stages spread across the festival grounds—one of which was a double stage that alternated acts on each half—along with a wealth of lighting and video displays, the logistical and technical aspects of bringing BamaJam 2012 to life were nothing short of massive.


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BamaJam / Alabama (United States)

Large-Scale Collaboration Smyrna, Tennessee-based Allstar Audio Systems, Inc. President and founder Mike Borne was hired as production manager to handle all staging at BamaJam: sound, lighting, video, cameras, loading docks, technicians, stage crew, and backline. Backed by the professionals at MSR - Mobile Stage Rentals, 14 trucks of stages and production equipment were rolled in to make the festival happen. “Numerous people on the crew were impressed with D.A.S. Audio’s hardware,” Borne continued. “The line arrays’ hardware is all fully integrated, so not only did the systems go up and tear down quickly, they also conserved space and made for very efficient truck pack. This entire show was a huge undertaking and yet we erected everything, including stages, in three days and it came down in one.”

The Equipment MAIN STAGE (side by side stages)

C STAGE

PA Tops: 28 Aero 50 line arrays, 12 per side with a center cluster of 4 units.

PA Subs: 8 Compact 218A powered subwoofers.

PA Subs: 24 LX-218A powered subwoofers, 12 units per side stacked. Front Fill: 20 Aero 8A powered line arrays systems.

PA Tops: 20 Aero 38A powered line arrays, 10 per side

D STAGE PA Tops: 8 Aero 28A powered line arrays, 4 per side. PA Subs: 4 Compact 218A powered subwoofers.

Side Fill: 16 Aero 12A powered line array systems stacked on subwoofers.

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FIB / Benicasim (Spain)

Photos courtesy of Iñigo De Amescua / Maraworld

A Perfect Cocktail of Sun and Fun Four days, four stages, and more than 100 artists have turned the Festival Internacional de Benicasim (Benicasim Music Festival), better known as FIB, into one of the best summer music events on Europe’s festival circuit.

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Though especially popular among British fans, the FIB festival brings in “fibbers” from all corners of the world with its perfect combination of sun and fun: four nights of concerts top nine days of camping at a festival that includes not only music but art, theatre, cinema and dance that spill onto the streets and beaches of the Benicasim. Upwards of 40,000 fans descended upon the idyllic Mediterranean venue for this year’s festival, where notable artists and groups like Dave Clark, La Habitación Roja and Damian Schwartz played at the huge Trident Senses stage, while groups as diverse as Howler and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs rocked fans at the FIB Club stage.


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FIB / Benicasim (Spain)

Close Collaboration While Benicasim may be synonymous with FIB, large music festivals are quickly becoming synonymous with D.A.S. Audio Aero Series 2 line array systems. Sound at both the Trident and FIB club stages was handled by sound reinforcement company Acústica, with close collaboration from Joel Damiano, D.A.S. Audio Event Engineer and the company’s head tech at the FIB. The team knew that the Aero Series 2 systems, the top choice for artists and technicians at large events like FIB, could stand up to the festival’s rigorous schedule. The systems deliver powerful, superb sound with huge throw capacity, ideal for events like these that draw in crowds by the thousands.

The Equipment TRIDENT SENSES STAGE PA Tops: 28 Aero 50 line arrays, 14 per side. PA Subs: 16 LX-218CA powered subwoofers, 8 stacks of 2 units configured as an electronic arc. Front Fill: 6 Convert 12A powered systems. Side Fill: 3 Aero 12A powered line arrays stacked on 2 LX-218A powered subwoofers, per side. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080. FIB CLUB STAGE PA Tops: 20 Aero 50 line arrays, 10 per side. PA Subs: 12 LX-218A powered subwoofers, 8 stacks of 2 units configured as an electronic arc. Front Fill: 6 Convert 12A powered systems. Side Fill: 3 Aero 12A powered line arrays stacked on 2 LX-218A powered subwoofers, per side. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080.

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ADAC Supercross Championship / Dortmund (Germany)

Decibels, Jumps and a Passion for Motorcycles European Supercross fans descended on the German city of Dortmund to attend an event that has become a classic in the gripping world of motorsport. D.A.S. products were able to provide powerful sound and perfect word intelligibility even amidst the roar of the motors.

Over the course of the championship more than 28,000 visitors packed into the Westfalenhallen exhibition center in Dortmund, which was transformed into a complicated track designed to showcase the world’s best Supercross racers as they made the complicated look easy. It was an exciting weekend that combined the hard-core competitiveness of Supercross with freestyle acrobatics. The covered elliptical-shaped pavilion was filled with close to 10,000 spectators each day. Fans could watch the track racing in close detail thanks to an array of LED screens hung in the centre of the venue as well as enjoy musical clips, announcements, commentary, information, interviews and the awards presentation that closed each show. The quality of sound, noted by organizers and spectators alike, was made possible by Lars Schnier, who worked hand-in-hand with Soundart GmbH & Co KG, LasertecShowlaser and HWS Veranstaltungstechnik.

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ADAC Supercross Championship / Dortmund (Germany)

The Challenge of Dortmund The engineers that worked in the German city faced no easy task: their challenge was to achieve completely uniform 360º sound coverage, taking into account that the distance of the spectators varied from 20 to 45 metres. But the most important thing was to ensure that the amplified sound could be heard over the roar of up to 10 motorcycles competing simultaneously and the cheers almost 10,000 enthusiastic fans.

The Equipment Main PA: 24 Aero 50 line arrays in 4 clusters of 6 units. 16 Aero 12A powered line arrays in 2 clusters of 8 units and 16 Aero 28A line arrays in 2 cluster of 8 units. Under Balcony System: 24 Variant 25A distributed around the balcony perimiter. Digital Processing: 4 Lake LM 26 processors and DSP 4080.

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Low Cost / Benidorm (Spain)

Photos courtesy of Low Cost Festival

72 Hours of Non-Stop Entertainment Benidorm’s Low Cost Festival is the party of the summer in Alicante. Bookended by the Opening Beach Party and Closing Beach Party on Benidorm’s Levante beach, this four-day rock, pop, indie and electronic music festival was non-stop fun for the thousands of festival-goers who descended on Benidorm this past July.

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For the third year running the Benidorm Low Cost Festival has combined all the ingredients that make for an incredible festival experience: affordable tickets, three days of incredible live music, free parking, beach access, nearby camping, even a VIP Pool. The festival has quickly gained in fame, becoming Spain’s fourth largest festival in just a few short years. Over 18,000 fans flocked to Benidorm’s Ciudad Deportiva Guillermo Amor this year to see the more than 30 artists representing the best in rock, pop and electronic music. For their only concert in Spain, British rock band Suede headlined on Low Cost’s opening night, while a host of bands and DJs—including British rock bands Placebo and Kasabian, the world-renowned Belgian pair 2ManyDJs, and up-and-coming group Citizens!—kept the party going until the early hours of the morning.


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Low Cost / Benidorm (Spain)

The Equipment BUDWEISER STAGE PA Tops: 24 Aero 50 line arrays, 12 per side. PA Subs: 24 LX-218CA powered subwoofers, 12 stacks of 2 units configured as an electronic arc. Front Fill: 12 Aero 12A powered line arrays. Side Fill: 5 Aero 12A powered line arrays flown, 2 LX-218A powered subwoofers, per side. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080 LOWER STAGE PA Tops: 24 Aero 50 line arrays, 12 per side. PA Subs: 24 LX-218CA powered subwoofers, 12 stacks of 2 units configured as an electronic arc.

Music for All Tastes and Tendencies Benidorm’s Low Cost Festival presented a unique set of challenges for the sound team. An event and audience of this magnitude couldn’t be contained in just one area, so two stages were set up on the venue’s grounds. Each stage required at least five different sound setups each night, and it was here that the D.A.S. Audio systems really showed their chops. Thanks to the easy handling and adaptability of the D.A.S. Aero 50s sound techs were able to keep the setup between performers down to a minimum, guaranteeing that the party never stopped for Low Cost’s tens of thousands of fans.

Front Fill: 6 Aero 12A powered line arrays + 6 Aero 8A powered line arrays. Side Fill: 3 Aero 12A powered line arrays stacked on 2 LX-218A powered subwoofers, per side. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080.

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Cosquin / Cordoba (Argentina)

D.A.S. Audio Systems at the Cosquín Folk Festival for the Sixth Year Running 11,000 fans attended Cosquín’s annual Folklore Festival, where large format D.A.S. Aero 50 systems shared the stage with a range of the industry’s most important artists and performers.

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This year marked the 52nd annual celebration of Argentina’s Cosquín National Folklore Festival, and D.A.S. professional sound systems were once again on hand to provide top notch sound for the spectators who packed into Latin America’s most important folk festival. Renowned artists including Jorge Rojas, Soledad Pastorutti and León Gieco took the main stage at Cosquín’s Próspero Molina plaza over the course of Cosquín’s nine “lunas” (moons), as the festival evenings are called. Marti Audio once again headed the sound installation for the event for the sixth year running and, as in previous years, D.A.S. line array systems were selected for the project. The pressure was on: the festival is broadcast live both nationally in Argentina as well as in neighbouring countries. To guarantee flawless sound the huge 50-metre wide stage and surrounding plaza was fitted out with an army of Aero 50 line array systems.“Since we had such great results we repeated the same set up as last year,” added Ariel Marti, company director who designs the distribution of the equipment used at Cosquín every year.


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Cosquin / Cordoba (Argentina)

The Equipment PA Tops: 24 Aero 50 line arrays, 12 units per side PA Subs: 24 LX-218R subwoofers flown 12 per side. Front Fill: 12 Aero 8A powered line arrays. Out Fill: 12 Aero 50 line arrays. Side Fill: 12 Aero 12A powered line arrays. Drum Fill: Compact 115 + LX-215A powered subwoofer. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Processing: Dolby Lake Processor.

D.A.S. Road Series: An Instant Hit A new addition this year was the Road Series monitor in 12” and 15” models, which, as Ariel Marti attests, were a big hit: “We had a great reaction to the Road Series; the artists demonstrated their enthusiasm for the system, and this is music to our ears.” Putting on the Cosquín National Folklore festival every year requires a combination of technical factors that depends on many people, with shared responsibilities and loads of teamwork. Ariel Marti himself summed it up: “Each year presents us with a new challenge. We have the advantage of already being familiar with the festival, but we still work hard to improve each year.” 21


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Rototom Sunsplash / Benicasim (Spain)

Photos courtesy of David Sandoval / Grego Acebedo / Luca D´Agostino / Rototom

A Multi-Cultural Celebration: 25,000 People a Day from 96 Countries Rototom Sunsplash is one-of-a-kind. Europe’s largest reggae festival with an incredibly diverse international following has only taken place three times in Spain, but pulled in a more than 25,000 festival-goers a day for over a week in August.

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The 19th Rototom Sunsplash, Europe’s largest reggae festival, returned to Benicasim in August to offer reggae, ragga and dancehall music over a jam-packed eight days that included much more than just concerts. A diversified supporting program of internet and social networking, an open-air market, camping, an international selection of food and drink, beach access and open-air workshops was enjoyed by the thousands of fans that descended on Benicasim from 96 different countries around the world in an astounding display of diversity and global spirit. The festival has served as Europe’s extension of the traditional Jamaican Reggae Sunsplash since 1994 and over a hundred international artists brought Caribbean flavor and beats to the Mediterranean venue this year. Concerts started at sunset when the five different areas—a Main Stage, Dancehall, Dub Station, Ska Club, and Freeyard— not only welcomed the most important names in reggae but gave up-and-coming talent a chance to shine.


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Rototom Sunsplash / Benicasim (Spain)

The Equipment PA Tops: 24 Aero 50 line array, 12 per side. PA Subs: 24 LX-218CA powered subwoofers, 12 stacks of 2 units. Front Fill: 4 Aero 12A powered line arrays. Side Fill: 3 Convert 15A powered systems stacked on 2 LX-218A subwoofers per side. Drum Fill: 1 Aero 12A line array stacked on 1 LX-218A powered subwoofer. In Fill: 3 Convert 15A powered systems. Monitors: Road 12A, Road 15A powered stage monitors. Digital Processing: DSP-2060A and DSP-4080

Hundreds of Artists for Thousands of Fans With artists hailing from countries as diverse as Jamaica, Japan, Spain and Puerto Rico, Rototom posed the daunting task of having to adapt to a multi-genre artist lineup that reached into the hundreds. Additionally challenged with the festival’s multi-venue setup, sound techs opted for D.A.S. Audio to bring perfect, precise sound to this multi-cultural, multi-genre festival for the first time. The robust D.A.S. systems easily withstood the relentless Mediterranean sun, providing superb, consistent sound for Rototom artists and concert-goers.

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Dortmunder Music Week / Dortmund (Germany)

Legendary Acts Rock Dortmund Dortmund, Germany’s 8th largest city, in an ideal place for a music festival. Known as the municipal territory’s “green metropolis” with its abundance of waterways and green spaces, the city also boasts the Westfalenhallen multi-purpose exhibition hall, site of this year’s Dortmunder Music Week.

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For six days in July, Dortmund hosted an international roster of some of the biggest acts in rock for the second annual Dortmunder Music Week. A different band was featured each night in a lineup that included such legendary names as the American groups Manowar and Incubus, England’s Mike & the Mechanics, and Germany’s own Adoro. Just weeks before the opening night organizers were scrambling to find the event a home: originally booked at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park football stadium, last minute scheduling conflicts resulted in an urgent search for venues. Yet the late change to Dortmund’s iconic Westfalenhallen 3A multi-purpose exhibition hall did little to deter thousands of concert-goers from descending on the city to see their favorite bands perform live.


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Dortmunder Music Week / Dortmund (Germany)

Providing the sound for the World’s Loudest Band-Manowar Established rental company Headroom Media Service headed the sound equipment supply and setup for the Dortmunder Music Week. Led by Andreas Adelhofer, the sound team relied on D.A.S. Aero systems to meet Manowar´s distinct need for power and versatility, ensuring the packed Westfalenhallen 3A venue a one-of-a-kind musical experience. On hand to provide factory technical backup was the D.A.S. Audio Deutschland Support team with Beni and Hauke Hartmann providing their vast experience with D.A.S. Aero systems.

The Equipment PA Tops: 14 Aero 50 line arrays, 7 per side PA Subs: 18 LX-218A powered subwoofers, 12 stacks of 2 units. In Fill: 3 Aero 12A powered line arrays. Monitors: Road 15A powered stage monitors.

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The Stars of Live Music

The stars of live music These systems have been put to the test in venues the world over withstanding the sun, rain, humidity and long working hours with unwavering performance. Truly peerless, designed to dominate the world of sound touring, they have proven time and time again that the new generation of Aero systems is unstoppable.

the unstoppable line array

With extraordinarily compact cabinets, this entire series is manufactured in birch plywood and finished with the durable Iso-Flex paint. The trapezoidal cabinet design provides a “seamless” front baffle for improved array performance and the rigging system makes it easy to achieve a wide range of curvatures. Aero 8A, the most compact of the series, permits easy handling, yet these units are easily configured into powerful arrays.

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Aero 12A, our medium-sized format, offers an unprecedented level of features, including digital signal processing and a high level of acoustic output in a cabinet designed for ultimate convenience. Aero 50, the large format line array system is externally powered and offers the utmost efficiency, combining low, medium and high frequencies transducers in the same unit. Robust and powerful at the same time, ready to kick off the tour!


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The Stars of Live Music

Road Series

The ultimate on-stage performer The Road stage monitors have been created with maximum convenience for the performer in mind. They have a twoway, powered configuration and have been designed to be compact and discreet without sacrificing power or sound quality. The Road 12A model has a 12” speaker and the Road 15A has a 15” speaker.

Convert Series

;OLHK]HU[HNLZVMÅL_PIPSP[` Combining performance and reliability, the versatility of these powered units lies in their capacity to be deployed as a main system or as support equipment in a wide range of applications. The on-board amplification, complex waveguide design and advanced digital signal processing provide both the power and control required for all types of sound installations.

Subwoofers LX Resounding bass in two formats

The powered versions with double 18” and 15” (models LX-218CA and LX-215A, respectively) have been deployed extensively in live events. The “R” version is equipped with a rigging system so that units can be suspended frontwards or backwards, facilitating cardioid configuration.

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