Viña Rock 2.013

The new D.A.S. Aero 40A systems make their debut at Viña Rock 2013





  The new D.A.S. Aero 40A line array systems recently made their live debut at the 18th annual Viña Rock Native Art Festival held in Villarrobledo, Albacete, in early May. The spectacular line-up included groups like La Pegatina, Obrint Pas, O’Funk’illo, Barón Rojo and Sepultra, who drew in crowds of over 60,000 fans a day over the course of the four-day spring festival.

Once again local company Acústica was called in to head the sound installation in close collaboration with D.A.S. Audio. The team decided to install D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems on three of the fours festival stages. Repeating the same configuration as last year, two of these stages, the #HazloLegendario and Ron Legendario, were set up side-by-side and used alternatively; here sound technicians opted to install the sound for both stages in the same central formation that was "shared" by both stages as last year. Thus the #HazloLegendario stage’s left PA formation was the right PA formation for the Ron Legendario stage during its alternative use.

A total of 36 large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 line array systems were deployed for the main PA. These systems were distributed in an L-R configuration of three linear set-ups of 12 systems each with the unique "shared" central formation feature. The team opted to use 36 D.A.S. high performance self-powered LX-218A subwoofer units for the crucial low frequency boost, ground stacking the systems in front of the stages in a cardioid arrangement.

Twelve powered D.A.S. Convert 1560A systems handled front fill at this year’s Viña Rock. Side-fill duties were taken care of by three Aero 12A piled on two LX-218CA subwoofers each side, and the various artists that crossed the stage during the event had an army of self-powered D.A.S. Road 12A and 15A stage monitors at their service.

With the control station set up 50 m from the stages, the team decided to install two relay towers 60 m out. Each tower was equipped with six large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 line array systems to cover the event’s massive audience area.

The hip hop-oriented Babilonia stage was the scene of the live-event debut of the D.A.S. Aero 40A ALAS™ (Advanced Line Array System) systems. Twelve of these Aero 40A systems were deployed on either side of the stage in an L-R arrangement and were matched with 12 additional ground-stacked LX-218CA subwoofers. Front fill at the Babilonia stage was handled by six D.A.S. Convert 12A systems. The debut of these new Aero 40As was a complete success and the high-performance systems clearly demonstrated their cutting-edge features, including the DASnet control and monitoring system.

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