Latino Heritage Festival

D.A.S. Aero Series 2 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomed back the Latino Heritage Festival, an annual event that celebrates the rich Hispanic culture and its musical traditions. Held on the outside plaza of the Rock Hall the event featured performances by Hector Tricoche, Sammy De Leon y su Orquesta, the Latin Soul Ballroom Dance Company and others. To ensure the event remained lively, a potent sound system consisting of Aero 12A line array enclosures from D.A.S. Audio was placed into service.

Cleveland-based Vertical Sound, a sound services firm with a focus on the special events market, was contracted to provide sound services for this year's festival. Richard Masarik, owner / operator and one of the firm's chief engineers, commented on the project and his decision to deploy the D.A.S. Aero 12A line array system.

"The plaza outside the Rock Hall spans an area approximately 120 feet long by 100 feet wide. Event planners were expecting somewhere between 1,000 - 1,200 people, so we wanted to ensure the system we ran would have plenty of juice to properly cover the area without being undermined by the surrounding city noise. By going with our self-powered D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A loudspeakers and their excellent flyware, we were able to get the system up and running and, later, break it down-quickly and easily, which was a huge benefit for us".

The loudspeaker system deployed consisted of twelve D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A line array elements-flown six enclosures per each side of the plaza's stage area. The subwoofers and stage monitoring equipment used for this event is proprietary to Vertical Sound.

Power at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is rather limited and, as such, presented its own set of challenges, according to Masarik. "The power at the Rock Hall is a bit odd in that it's all 110V circuits, which can easily present its fair share of difficulties when you're trying to run a big sound system. In this case, the problems were almost entirely eliminated because the D.A.S. system has surprisingly low power draw-roughly 2 amps per loudspeaker-so I could run all six enclosures per side off of a single circuit".

"The system is extremely musical and speech intelligibility is first rate. I'm also very fond of the included EASE Focus acoustic modeling software. This software is very easy to operate and is a tremendous tool for properly positioning the loudspeakers for optimum coverage. The sound quality was so good that our mix engineer-who was situated about 80 feet from the stage (and right in front of the Johnny Cash tour bus)-found himself routinely distracted by people coming over and paying him compliments!"

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