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D.A.S. Audio helps MII Sound find success on the campaign trail


President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, made numerous campaign stops to bolster voter support—particularly in the critically important ‘swing’ states such as Florida. Given the mercurial nature of politics, these visits are often last-minute decisions. For Sanford, FL-based MTI Sound, the campaign stops have led to numerous live sound reinforcement projects. The success of these affairs and a big part of that success has been the ease of working with his D.A.S: sound system.

Scott Shryock, President of the full service sound, lighting, staging, video production, and installation company MTI Sound, has specified a combination of D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A powered line array modules, LX-218CA powered subwoofers, and Road 12A powered stage monitors for these projects.

“We frequently get the call for these campaign stops at the last minute, so the ability to move the equipment as well as set it up and break it down quickly is critical. All our D.A.S. equipment is self-powered, which simplifies cabling and goes a long way toward making an efficient setup. Equally important, the Aero 12A’s rigging hardware is all self-contained, so this, too, makes truck pack easier and simplifies the process of flying the loudspeakers.”

For a recent visit by President Obama in Melbourne, FL, the MTI Sound crew deployed sixteen D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A’s, four LX-218CA subwoofers, and a dozen Road 12A stage monitors. “We flew five Aero 12A’s on each side of the stage for the left-right mains. These were augmented by left-right delay stacks—each consisting of three Aero 12A’s and two LX-218CA’s. Two Road 12A’s were used for front fills while the rest were deployed in the bleacher areas to the sides and behind the President.”

“We’ve used this basic setup for all the campaign stops,” Shryock added. “Depending upon whether these are outdoor or indoor events (where crowd control limitations are considerably more restrictive), we’ve been seeing crowds ranging in size anywhere from approximately 3,000 to 12,000 people. “To ensure optimized positioning and angling of the loudspeakers, I model the setup using EASE Focus loudspeaker aiming and acoustic modeling software. The results have been very impressive. The system has been providing consistent coverage throughout all audience areas and both speech intelligibility and music reproduction has been first-rate.”

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