Colombian Festival in NYC

Culture, traditions, and music prevail at New York City festival


The Colombian Independence Day Festival 2009, one of the oldest and best-established festivals in New York City, had its 25th anniversary outing at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. To help ensure a festive mood, the Colombian Civic Center wanted a potent sound system. They got their wish-with a sizeable setup based on components from the D.A.S. Audio. AVS Production Group, formally known as Abe V Systems (AVS), a Bronx, NY-based production group was contracted to provide sound reinforcement for the annual festival. Abraham Viera, AVS President, discussed the challenges of the event.

"The Colombian Independence Day Festival attracts a big crowd," said Viera. "While various conditions such as the economy, weather, and concerns about a flu epidemic curtailed some aspects of this year's event, it nonetheless attracted roughly 50,000 people. That's a huge crowd and a sound system for a group this large needs to have a lot of power, long throw, and broad, even coverage across a wide area."

To address these issues, the AVS crew deployed a large sound system from the Aero Series 2product line. The main loudspeaker system consisted of twenty-four Aero 50line array enclosures-flown 12 per side at a height of 32 feet for the top enclosure. These loudspeakers were driven by Lab Gruppen PLM 10,000Q Series power amplifiers with Lake processing technology. In addition to the main left-right speaker clusters, the AVS team also erected two delay towers. Each tower consisted of six D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A self-powered array modules.

Low frequency support was equally compelling. For this, the AVS crew ground stacked twenty-four D.A.S. Audio LX-218A high performance, powered subwoofers. These sub bass enclosures were positioned 12 enclosures per side, arranged 3 enclosures wide and stacked 4 rows high. "These subwoofers pack quite a punch!" said Viera. "The LX-218's move a lot of air."

While pleasant weather prevailed on the actual day of the festival, the days leading up to the event were not so cooperative-making system setup a positively delightful affair for Viera's crew. "The Aero 50 is a big enclosure," Viera notes.

"Fortunately, D.A.S. Audio's rigging hardware is very well designed. Because of this, we were able to fly the system quickly and easily, and make the necessary adjustments to provide the proper coverage for the area."

Viera acknowledged that, with the Aero 2 system being new to his organization's loudspeaker arsenal, there was some need for D.A.S. Audio's technical support, which he reports is both responsive and very capable. "Fernando Garcia, one of our lead technicians, was in regular touch with D.A.S. Audio's Ramon Franco," said Viera. "I'm pleased to say that Fernando found the D.A.S. team very supportive. They listened to our concerns and responded politely and quickly. It's been a very good experience."

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