Gearshack in Africa

World-class sound with consistent dispersion ideal for numerous SR applications


As a leading provider of live sound reinforcement for the concert and special events markets, Johannesburg-based Gearshack Event Services is tasked with providing audio for many of the region's most notable events. The company recently completed a series of projects for the University of Johannesburg, a pre-party event for the 2009 South African Music Conference, as well as a concert date with Hip-Hop artist "The Game."

The University of Johannesburg, the Youth Day Commemoration attracted over 1,500 attendees and included performances by the University's choir, along with several guest speakers-among them Ms. Wendy Luhabe, Chancellor of the University. For this prestigious affair, Gearshack erected a sound system consisting of twelve D.A.S. Audio Aero CA-28A self-powered, 2-way line arrays stacked six modules per side atop three double 18-inch bass bins.

Shifting gears to something a bit more upbeat, the Gearshack crew also provided live sound for the 2009 South African Music Conference's pre-party. Held June 28th at the Jack Buddha night club in Pretoria-immediately following the FIFA Confederations Cup where the Brazilian soccer team made a last minute, stunning victory over the United States-this crowd was ready to party. Once again, the D.A.S. Audio Aero CA-28A's were the go-to loudspeakers. Eight CA-28A's, stacked four per side atop two double 18-inch bass bins, provided the pulse pounding adrenalin that kept revelers going strong 'till the wee hours. Two additional subwoofers were placed behind the artists. Performers included DJ's Charisma, Ralph Gum, Vinnie Da Vinci, and DJ Claude.

On July 19th in Manzini, Swaziland, the Gearshack crew, with the help of Randburg, South Africa-based Show Equip Productions, provided sound services for Hip-Hop artist "The Game" as part of the performer's "LAX World tour." Held at the Mavuso Trade Centre Stadium, Smith and his crew deployed a combination of 32 D.A.S. Audio Aero CA-28A powered loudspeakers and CA-28B non-powered loudspeakers. The main left-right hangs each consisted of twelve enclosures per side-with six CA-28A's on top and six CA-28B's below. Low frequency support was provided by 20 double 18-inch bass bins. Rounding out the setup, eight D.A.S. Audio CA-28B loudspeakers were deployed as sidefills-four modules per side.

""We've been positively thrilled with the performance of our Aero CA-28A's," remarked Martin Smith, Director of Gearshack Event Services. "Everyone in attendance, including the Game's sound engineer, was very happy. Filling an area approximately 70 meters long by 50 meters wide, level was consistent throughout the stadium. Our D.A.S. gear does a great job for us everywhere we use it, and that translates to solid return on investment."

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