Viña Rock 2014

The power of D.A.S. sound systems once again rocks Viña Rock 2014






Once again D.A.S. Aero Series 2 line array systems were on hand to bring powerful sound to the 2014 Viña Rock Native Art Festival, held annually in Villarrobledo, Albacete. This year’s spectacular line-up included big names like the Reincidentes, Def con Dos, Sober and the unstoppable Rosendo, drawing in crowds of over 60,000 festival-goers a day who descended upon the festival’s three stages to hear their favorite performers.

The company Fluge was called in to handle the sound installation working closely with D.A.S. Audio and deploying D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems on the festival’s three main stages. Repeating the same stage configuration as previous years, the Negrita and Poliakov stages were set up side-by-side and used alternatively; here the sound technicians opted to install the sound for both stages in a central formation that was “shared” by both stages. Thus, the Negrita’s left PA formation was the right PA formation for the Poliakov stage during its alternative use.

An army of 36 large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 line array systems were rolled out for the left and right arrays of the two main stages. These systems were distributed in a classic L-R configuration along with the unique “shared” central array, each with 12 systems Aero 50´s. These systems were augmented by 36 D.A.S. high performance self-powered LX-218A subwoofer units for the crucial low frequency boost, ground stacking the systems under each line array in 12-unit blocks.

D.A.S. Convert 15A and Convert 12A systems handled front fill at this year’s Viña Rock. Side-fill duties were taken care of by three Aero 12A systems piled on two LX-218CA subwoofers, and the various artists that crossed the stage during the event had a battery 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 and the audience area going beyond 100 meters,  the team decided to install two relay towers 60 m out. Each tower was equipped with eight Aero 40A ALAS™ (Advanced Line Array System). Back for a second year after their live-event debut at Viña Rock 2013, these latest generation systems rounded out the sound on the Negrita and Poliakov stages to provide full coverage of the massive audience area.

Aero 50s were also brought in to handle the sound for the Doogee stage. Twelve of these systems were flown on either side of the stage in an L-R arrangement and were matched with 22 LX-218CA subwoofers. These were set up in two main blocks of nine units each on either side of the stage and a third block of four units ground stacked center stage. Front fill at the Doogee stage was handled by D.A.S. Convert 15A and Convert 12A systems, while side fill was taken care of by three Aero 12A stacked on two LX-218A subwoofers. The unbeatable Road 12A and 15A stage monitors rounded out the army of D.A.S. Audio systems that once again ensured superb sound at this year’s Viña Rock.

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