2013 Dortmund Supercross

D.A.S. Audio revs up at the 2013 Dortmund Supercross


For 30 years the Dortmund Supercross has been a can’t-miss for European motorbike lovers, drawing thousands of fans each year to one of Germany’s top racing events. Organized by the ADAC, the floor at the Dortmund’s Westfalenhallen exhibition center is transformed into a huge dirt track complete with jumps and obstacles to test the skills of the international teams who come to compete. A massive light and sound set up is required for the upwards of 10,000 fans who pack the venue each day, and this year ADAC once again trusted longtime partner Lasertec Showlaser GmbH, Bochum to design the sound solution. With the help of D.A.S. Audio Rental Network partners in Germany the sound team rolled out an army of D.A.S systems to provide clear, powerful sound for the 3-day event.

Lasertec faced two significant challenges when designing the sound solution for the Supercross: the systems needed to provide 360º coverage and completely uniform sound around the entire hall and be robust enough to be heard over the ambient noise created by the roar of the crowd and the ten motorbikes racing at a time. Lasertec designed a sound set up drawn from the D.A.S. Audio catalog and called in D.A.S. Audio Rental Network partners Soundart GmbH, Bochum and HWS Veranstaltungstechnik, Bönen to help with the install. D.A.S. systems were rigged alongside the four huge LED screens in the center of the Westfalenhallen to handle a constant stream of live sound, race commentary, music clips, and announcements without obstructing the spectators’ view of the screens.

The sound team decided to deploy 24 D.A.S. Audio Aero 50 line-array systems flown in four clusters of six systems each at the corners of the LED screens in the center of the hall; these Aero 50s packed the short-distance power and precision and clear speech intelligibility required. Four clusters of eight D.A.S. Audio Aero compact line arrays were also flown closer to the audience area, and these full-range systems handled the long-distance sound for fans seated farther from the track.

To reach the seats located under the Westfalenhallen’s balcony the sound team opted for 20 Variant 25A systems. These compact speakers, fixed at different points under the balconies, ensured superb sound for every seat in the house. The sound system was rounded out by four Lake LM 26 and three of the versatile D.A.S. Audio DSP 4080 digital signal processors that monitored and controlled the entire network.

All those involved in the 3-day show, from the sound team and event organizers to the racers and fans, were pleased with the success of the Dortmund Supercross’ 30th anniversary event. D.A.S. Audio sound systems gave a convincing performance and stood up to the roar of the crowds and motorbikes to provide clear, 360º sound. Dates have been set for the 2014 event and European motorbike-racing fans are already making plans for another weekend packed with top-of-the-line racing, jumps, lights and sound.

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