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Gas Monkey bar N' Grill in Texas has installed D.A.S. professional sound systems

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Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill, Big D is rockin’ more than ever. This state-of-the-art dining and music venue, developed by Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman, the hosts of Discovery Channel’s car show Fast N’ Loud, delivers on its promise of loud music, cold beer, and plenty of burgers and BBQ. The new venue features sprawling patio decks, an expansive 19,000 square feet of dining space, and both indoor and outdoor stages. Music is a pivotal part of the venue’s attraction and the owners made a major investment in the venue’s sound reinforcement capabilities with the purchase of loudspeakers drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

Sound reinforcement equipment was purchased through the Dallas office of GC Pro, the professional division of Guitar Center. GC Pro Dallas Senior Account Manager Jeffery McDaniel coordinated the purchase of equipment, with the aid of D.A.S Audio Sales Manager, Carlos Henao. McDaniel discussed the project.

“The Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grille is, in many ways, much like the Hard Rock Café and House of Blues. The gear needed to be world class, as the performers range from local acts to national and international artists. The performance of the equipment and its ability to be accepted by a wide range of artists was key to the success of this project. There isn’t much space on the property suitable for housing racks of amplifiers and the decision was made to focus on powered loudspeakers to save space and streamline the installation.”

The outdoor main stage has the distinction of being the first installation of D.A.S. Audio’s new flagship line array loudspeakers, the Aero 40A. There are ten Aero 40A, divided into two flown clusters of five elements each (left / right). These are accompanied by six D.A.S. LX-218CA powered, high performance subwoofers, arranged in a staggered center configuration housed underneath the front of the stage. For monitoring, there are six D.A.S. Road 12A and two Road 15A monitors.  Side fills are comprised of D.A.S. Compact 115 enclosures sitting atop Avant 118A subwoofers.

Management wanted to ensure consistent coverage throughout the space. Hence, four D.A.S. WR-6412 weather resistant enclosures were used to cover the Balcony area. These loudspeakers are attached to the lighting grid, and aimed slightly upwards toward the balcony.

The smaller indoor stage faces into the bar and dining area. Here, D.A.S. Audio Aero 8A powered line array elements are used for the mains. There are a total of eight enclosures—four units per side. Low frequency support is provided by four D.A.S. LX-215A powered subwoofers in a left-right configuration. For monitoring, there are four D.A.S. Action M12A powered floor wedges. A single Action 15A powered enclosure is used for drum fill.

In the few months the Gas Monkey has been open, it’s been making strong impressions with management, the performing acts, and patrons alike. “It’s been a really big success story,” says McDaniel. “We’ve received nothing but rave reviews from the production staff, the general manager, the various bands that have performed there, and from owner Richard Rawlings. The Gas Monkey is one very impressive venue and I’m quite confident you’ll be hearing more and more about it.”




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