Gerardo Ortiz Mexico
D.A.S. Audio the driving audio force on tour with Gerardo Ortiz in Mexico
Though he was born in Pasadena, CA, vocalist / composer / performer Gerardo Ortiz was reared in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. These days, Ortiz is recognized as a stand-out artist in the Norteño-Banda, Corridos music genre and, in 2011, he dominated the Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Ortiz has been on tour in Mexico and, to ensure the best audio fidelity with consistent coverage, he relies on loudspeakers drawn from the Aero Series 2, Convert, and Road catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.
Los Angeles-based International House of Music, Inc. (IHOMI), a full service music and audio equipment supplier, recently sold the Ortiz tour a large D.A.S. Audio sound reinforcement system. Presently, the mains system includes thirty-six D.A.S. Aero 50 large-format line array modules powered by Lab.gruppen 10000Q power amps and twenty-four LX-218CA high performance powered subwoofers. Additionally, D.A.S. Audio Convert 15A powered multifunction loudspeakers, Aero 12A powered, line array elements, and Road 15A powered stage monitors augment the system.
Oscar Naranjo Jr, the system tech and FOH engineer for Gerardo Ortiz, discussed the system and its benefits. “Prior to the start of the Gerardo Ortiz Tour Mexico 2014, Mr. Ortiz had used a D.A.S. Aero 12A-based sound system for numerous engagements here in the U.S. and was very pleased with its performance. He wanted to ensure that, for the Mexico tour, he had consistent sound everywhere he was scheduled to perform. Hence he selected this large D.A.S. system.”
When queried about those attributes that made the D.A.S. Audio equipment ideal for the Ortiz tour, Naranjo offered the following thoughts. “We’ve been using a D.A.S. Aero 12 system in the US for a couple of years and have been very happy with its sound quality and ease of use. We have also used D.A.S. Aero 50s at some events here in the States, so when the time came to design a system for the tour throughout Mexico, D.A.S. was at the top of our list. From the time the [lift] motors are ready, it only takes us about 45 minutes to have audio up and running for the entire system—thanks to D.A.S. Audio’s excellent flyware.”
The Gerardo Ortiz Tour Mexico 2014 launched in February at the Explanada de la Feria Leon Guanajuato and is scheduled to finish at Palenque de la Feria San Isidro, Metepec, Estado de Mexico in May . Naranjo offered these final thoughts, “There is a lot of competition in Mexico when it comes to sound systems and Mr. Ortiz did not want to fall short in terms of the audience’s expectation for high quality sound. We are very happy with the system. To this day, we have not encountered a single issue and we’ve had more than enough loudspeaker performance to cover every venue."