Persian New Year

D.A.S. systems for the Persian New Year celebrations in Germany


The Nowruz celebrations mark the beginning of the New Year for Indo-Iranian cultures, which follow the solar calendar. Oberhausen arena hosted its 15th Nowruz celebrations this year - the largest of their kind in Europe – and the top-class line-up reflected the full spectrum of the Persian music world, from traditional folk music to pop and disco beats.

Soundart GmbH & Co. KG from Bochum has been responsible for the technical side of this festival for several years. Preparation is always highly complex in when it comes to meeting the artists' technical requirements: the final design involved a set-up in which the changeover time between bands, sometimes with dancers, and an onstage pyrotechnics and laser show, could be carried out in just five minutes including reorganisation time.

The sometimes very elaborate instrumentation of the bands, some of whom had large numbers of acoustic string and percussion instruments, in addition to the complex language used by this particular cultural group, placed major demands on the PA system. All of the artists' technical stage directions asked for audio systems produced by world-renowned manufacturers.

Soundart, as part of the D.A.S. Audio network in Germany, and working closely with both artists and technicians, deployed the Aero 50 line array system and Aero 12A and LX218A bass amplifiers in the Oberhausen arena. These systems were tasked with the challenge of withstanding the major endurance test that the Nowruz celebrations posed.

The PA system was designed by Lars Schnier, D.A.S. Audio System Technician for Germany. He used 12 Aero 50 on each side for a classic left/right main PA arrangement paired with eight Aero 12A as lateral out fill. The 24 self-powered LX 218A sub-woofers were set up as five end-fire arrays. The signal distribution to all of the components and the equalisation of the self-powered systems was carried out using three D.A.S. DSP-4080 processors. 

The result was a convincing PA concept, a sensibly implemented bass array design and the consistent, full-frequency coverage of the entire audience area. Previously critical guest technicians were won over by the performance of the system. The Aero 2 product line adds a convincing system solution to the D.A.S. Audio portfolio for both medium and large-scale PA tasks.

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