BattleFrog 2015 Miami
D.A.S. Audio helps keep the energy hig at BattleFrog obstacle Race
Founded by former U.S. Navy SEALs, the BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series is an intense obstacle course race for all ages inspired by the challenges Navy SEALs face every day in training. Miami area participants brave enough to take the challenge gave it their all on the BattleFrog 15K, BullFrog 5K, BullFrog Mile, and TadPole Dash 400M courses. Being able to clearly hear the instructions of the staff and others requires first-rate audio quality and, for this, sound reinforcement technology from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio was placed into service.
Edwin "Haviken Hayes" Guerra is the Production Coordinator for BattleFrog Series, Miami and Director of Operations for Kenote Entertainment of Hollywood, FL. Working alongside festival directors Alex Cruz and Frank Mendez, Guerra served as the DJ/MC for the Miami main stage area in addition to being responsible for coordinating all production aspects of those areas requiring amplified sound. D.A.S. Audio Event and Action Series products were deployed at two sites. Guerra discussed his experience with the D.A.S. equipment.
“On the main stage, our current configuration uses two stacks of five Event 208A line array cabinets over two Event 218A subwoofers running through a DSP-2040A multi-channel digital signal processor,” Guerra explained. “We also use two Event M210A stage monitors, which I (as the DJ) and other people scheduled to speak use during the event. At the start line, we use two Avant 215A full-range loudspeakers and two Action 118A subwoofers plus two Action M12A stage monitors for our start line MC/Coach Pain Dewayne.”
When queried about those D.A.S. Audio attributes that make this choice of equipment ideal for the BattleFrog Series, Guerra emphasized the systems’ speech intelligibility, dispersion, and power. “My voice has never sounded better,” he says. “You can see the audience react immediately when I make announcements about their heat’s start time. And the sound projects evenly across the entire area. The entire festival area was covered—without ever sounding harsh or fatigued. I’ve also been impressed with the equipment’s ease of use. This enables me to easily manage the rig even when skilled labor is limited or unavailable. The rigging is user friendly and flexible. With 18 races this year, we needed something that can handle the road while also having a low power draw. The Event series was the solution.”