Orange Bowl 2015
D.A.S. Audio systems at 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl Halftime Show
The 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl football game took place at Sunlife Stadium between the Clemson University Tigers and the University of Oklahoma Sooners football teams. As is the case with all big, season-ending games, the halftime show at this 82nd annual event was nothing short of spectacular. In recent years, the artist roster has included Taylor Hicks with Gladys Knight, ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers, Kool and the Gang, and Train, to name just a few. This year’s headliner was the legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist John Fogerty. With 68,000 spectators in attendance and millions more watching on television, the halftime extravaganza required a massive sound reinforcement setup with top-notch performance. To ensure the show went off without an audible hitch, loudspeakers from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio were placed into service.
ACT Productions of Miami Beach, FL, which handles staging, lighting, video, film, and audio services for the special events market, was tasked with coordinating the logistics for this year’s halftime show. Carlos Henao, Technical Director for ACT Productions, was responsible for overseeing the implementation of all audio, lighting, video, and staging for this year’s event. To ensure the proper number of D.A.S. loudspeakers required for a project of this magnitude would be available, Henao arranged for product to be drawn from the inventories of Miami’s Interface Sound and Dynamic Productions of Hallandale Beach, FL. He discussed the project and its various challenges.
“For this year’s show, we deployed a total of twelve equipment carts outfitted with the various D.A.S. loudspeakers,” Henao explained. “Each cart consisted of one UX-221A powered, ultra-low subwoofer accompanied by four Aero 40A powered, 3-way line array elements or, alternatively, four Aero 38A powered, 3-way line array systems. Along each side of the football field’s length, we positioned four of these carts facing into the spectator areas. Similarly, we also placed two carts in each of the field’s end zones—facing out toward the spectators. We essentially had a 360-degree setup with each cart in the system positioned approximately 20 yards apart. On the stage, eight DAS Road 12A enclosures were used for monitors, along with three Aero 8A line arrays and one CA-215A subwoofer per side, for high output, compact side fills.”
The D.A.S. Audio UX-221A subwoofer as well as the Aero 40A and Aero 38A line arrays are all powered loudspeaker systems. Powered loudspeakers carry numerous advantages such as streamlined system cabling and power that is optimized for each type of enclosure. While these attributes certainly benefitted Henao and the crew responsible for deploying this huge system, there was one additional benefit of these powered loudspeaker systems that really came into play on the Orange Bowl project.