Fireflight on Tour

Newest Aero ystem the right choice for daily setup and tear-down


Running sound for the touring concert crowd is a tough business-set up early, mix the show, tear everything down, move to the next location, and repeat it all over again according to the tour itinerary. That's why Waverly, OH-based JSL Productions, who recently provided live sound reinforcement for the Christian rock band Fireflight, used their Aero Series 2 sound system from D.A.S. Audio.

JSL Productions, a full service audio and lighting production company that handles concerts, special events, equipment sales and rentals, as well as running an installation division, provided sound and lighting for Fireflight's recent Hope Tour, which included stops in Salt Lake City, UT, Dallas and San Antonio, TX, as well as Las Vegas, NV. With new shows almost daily, Fireflight performed at churches, conference facilities, and concert halls, along with the occasional outdoor venue or arena concert. Jason Runkle, Operations Director with JSL Productions, discussed the challenges of the project.

The Fireflight concerts were all one-nighters, so we needed a sound system that travelled well, flew easily, and had reasonable weight", reports Runkle. Our new D.A.S. Audio Aero Series 2 system, which included a dozen of the company's Aero 12A powered line array modules plus six LX-218A powered subwoofers, was the perfect choice for this project. The fact that the entire sound system is self-powered was a huge benefit because we had less weight to haul since there were no amp racks. Equally important, the truck pack design of the system is first-rate."

Runkle was equally impressed with D.A.S. Audio's rigging hardware. The system's rigging is fast and easy," says Runkle. "We frequently used a fair amount of volunteer assistance and, as a result, there was a daily training process to teach the volunteers how to help us pin the system. It's quite surprising how quickly people get the hang of the D.A.S. hardware."

In terms of sound quality, Runkle is very impressed with the Aero Series 2's performance. "Doing little more than setting the basic delay between the subs and the arrays each night, we still achieved amazing sound quality and even, consistent sound dispersion throughout the hall. Speech intelligibility was excellent and the system was very musical."

Before re-directing his attention to more pressing matters of the day, Runkle offered this closing assessment of JSL's new Aero Series 2 sound system and D.A.S. Audio's support services. "We've been very pleased with our new purchase," Runkle said. "The D.A.S. customer and technical support staff has been extremely responsive and has been a pleasure to deal with. As for the sound system, it has been everything we had hoped for and more. In a few instances, we were uncertain whether or not the system would be able to accommodate the size of the hall. Once everything was fired up, however, we were pleased each and every night."

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