The Groove Cruise
The Groove Cruise 2012 deploys several D.A.S. professional sound systems
Involving 2,200 people, 40-plus artists, two islands, plus a massive cruise ship-with everything taking place over a period of 72 hours, the Groove Cruise is one of numerous vacation packages offered by Miami Beach, FL-based Whet Travel. With crowds like these, the sound reinforcement systems need to pack plenty of punch. That's why several systems drawn from the catalog of D.A.S. Audio were out in full force.
Miami-based Master Sound Productions, handles the technical aspects for Whet Travel's Groove Cruise. Frank Gonzalez, Master Sound's Sales and Production Manager, discussed his decision to deploy several D.A.S. Audio sound systems for this event."We had four systems on the ship-one for the main stage, another at the pool, plus two mobile setups. The fact that every system on this project was self-powered was a crucial factor in the success of this effort, as it simplified setup times. Some of the shows begin well before the ship sets sail, so simplified cabling and the fact that there's no need to transport racks of heavy power amps is an important consideration in this type of environment."
The largest D.A.S. loudspeaker setup occurred on in the Stardust Theatre. Here, the Master Sound crew deployed ten D.A.S. Aero 12A powered, line array modules-five elements ground stacked per side. Each ground stack sat on top of two D.A.S. LX-218CA powered subwoofers. Two additional LX-218CA subs were placed on the ground in front of the stage. Avant 12A on tripods were used for DJ Monitors, as they were for every system on the ship.
At the pool stage, the technicians placed a combination of Aero 12A enclosures, Avant 12A enclosures, Avant 215A loudspeakers and Avant 118A subwoofers. These enclosures were arranged two Avant 118A subwoofers per side, with two Avant 215A's stacked on top. The Aero 12A's handled long throw coverage. Avant 12A's were used for DJ Monitors here as well.
Gonzalez offered these final comments, "The D.A.S. equipment performed beautifully and the DJ's were very impressed with the sound quality of the D.A.S. systems. Several of the performers were especially taken with D.A.S. Audio's low frequency response, which is critical to the nature of their music."
Jason Beukema, owner of Whet Travel, was equally complimentary about the D.A.S. Audio loudspeaker systems onboard the Groove Cruise, "We were very impressed with overall performance of the D.A.S. equipment. The sound was big and it had the level and consistent coverage to keep the crowds in the party spirit."