D.A.S. Audio systems at the Moscow-hosted Race of Champions Biathlon
|D.A.S. Audio professional systems were recently at Moscow’s spectacular Race of Champions Biathlon competition. One of the indisputable stars of the event, D.A.S. systems brought the race to life at the Russian capital’s Olympic Stadium, the start and finish line for this urban race. The army of D.A.S. systems installed at the stadium provided crystal-clear sound over the noise of the shooting range and cheers of the 60,000 spectators who packed the venue over the course of the competition.
Perm-based lighting and sound company Lightmaster was contracted to head the sound system design and installation for the event. The sound technicians were faced with the challenge of designing a system that would stand up to the power and magnitude of Moscow’s massive Olympic Stadium. After studying the particular features of the venue Lightmaster opted to fly the entire system from a truss in the center of the stadium.
The veritable army of D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems that the sound team rolled out for the event included a total of 24 large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 line arrays. These powerful and robust systems were brought in for the main PA and were rigged in two linear formations of 12 units per side. The Aero 50s were augmented with an additional 30 Aero 38A self-powered line array systems, also divided into two linear arrays of 15 units each. These Aero 38A were angled to provide coverage for the lateral bleachers farthest from the center of the stadium.
To boast the low frequencies the Lightmaster team deployed high-performing D.A.S. LX-218RA powered subwoofers. Twelve of these units were flown in two arrays of six subwoofers each and flown directly between the Aero 50 and Aero 38A systems at the same height.
This 4th annual Race of Champions Biathlon brought together the top 16 competitors from last year’s race, specifically the best eight athletes from both the men’s and women’s category. This traditional season-ending biathlon exhibition event kicks off at the Olympic Stadium and runs through the streets of Moscow to culminate back at the legendary venue.
The Biathlon is a unique winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The origins of the sport date from the need for northern-European hunters to use skis to hunt. Improved performance in both skiing and shooting also came about as a result of armed conflicts in the northern parts of Europe and Canada, home to the sport’s leading athletes.