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Aero 12A line array systems covers wide range of sound reinforcement applications


For the sound reinforcement professional, an outdoor concert featuring dub, funk, afrobeat and soul and an indoor concert featuring acoustic guitar, vocals, and orchestra are every bit as different from one another as apples and jackhammers. This is precisely what Auckland, NZ-based Edwards Sound Systems Ltd encountered on two recent sound reinforcement projects. So what did these two projects have in common? They both used the new Aero 12A line array system.

Edwards Sound¬ is a full service sound, lighting and audio visual company that offers both Commercial Sales and Rental/Event Staging. They recently took delivery of their new Aero 12A line array speakers, which are part of D.A.S. Audio's Aero Series 2 product line. These two very different projects were among the first applications for the company's new equipment, as Jonathan Hardie-Neil, Managing Director of Edwards Sound, described.

"On March 6, 2010, the Auckland Racing Club held its Cup Week Carnival, which included a feature concert that attracted roughly 5,000 people," Neil explained. "The stage for this event was in the middle of the race track with various DJ's performing between the horse races and then after the last race, the Black Seeds performed. We flew twelve D.A.S. Aero 12A's per side about 6 meters high on our purpose built speaker towers. Directly beneath the clusters, were four D.A.S. LX-218A subwoofers on each side. On stage we used SM-15A and SML-12A active wedges as well as an Avant 18A subwoofer with an Avant 15A full range loudspeaker for drum fill."

For the Topp Twins / Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra performance in the Auckland Town Hall,Edwards Soundgot the call at the eleventh hour. "Originally, they were going to use the house PA" Neil reports, "but during rehearsals, it became clear that something more was needed. We received the phone call at 5:10 PM and delivered twenty-four Aero 12A's at 8 AM the next morning! Once again, we flew twelve units per side, this time without subwoofers, since the Aero 12A extends down to 63Hz by itself. "We only had two setup techs that morning and even with the TV camera crews everywhere, our guys flew the two clusters and were ready to go in under 2 hours."

In each case, the D.A.S. Audio Aero Series 2 line array systems delivered exceptional sound and ease-of-use. "The equipment's self-powered design and integrated digital processing means that a relatively inexperienced crew can put the system together correctly," says Neil. The sound is very accurate, with flat response all the way to the top. There was more than enough built-in power to do the jobs for both projects, and when you put the LX-218A subwoofers underneath them, no-one can kick sand in your face."

Neil offered this closing assessment of his company's new Aero Series 2 loudspeaker system. "The D.A.S. Aero 12A line array will open doors you didn't know were there," he said. "Sound is top notch, they're easy to store, easy to set up, handle, and operate, and are competitively priced. With these speakers, you can give your customers something more than they expected, for a little less than they expected."

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