DAS Audio drives Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration
WORLD: 7F Audio recently deployed a number of DAS Audio Aero Series 2 and Road Series loudspeakers for the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Described as the ‘largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation,’ approximately 75,000 believers attended the worship event, and as such, it required a sizeable quantity of loudspeakers.
‘This event was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos and, each year it attracts a huge crowd,’ said Luis Muñoz, 7F Audio owner. ‘The event was produced for the Knights of Columbus by Michael Macari from EVTV, which is based in Stamford, CT and locally, by John Semerdjian from Watermark Event Management.
‘Filling the LA Coliseum with clear, consistent coverage is no small task,’ he continued. ‘That’s precisely why we deployed a large number of Aero 50 three-way, large format line array enclosures, Aero 12A powered, two-way mid-high line array elements, as well as Road 12A monitor wedges.’
Mr Muñoz and his crew assembled a system comprised of 12 Aero 50 enclosures with three Aero 12As that served as down-fills for each side of the main stage. The primary out-fills comprised a further 16 Aero 50s configured eight enclosures per side. Additionally, eight Aero 12A units per side were deployed for secondary out-fills, and a six dual 18-inch enclosures served as subwoofers.
Onstage, there were four Aero 12A enclosures per side for side-fills and another four Aero 12As positioned across the front of the stage for front-fill. Eight Road 12A stage monitors were also deployed. Positioned approximately 100m from the main stage, 7F Audio placed two delay towers – each made up of eight Aero 50 enclosures driven by Crown Audio i-T12000 HD power amps.
‘I am continually impressed with the sound quality of the Aero Series 2 loudspeakers,’ said Mr Muñoz. ‘And for a venue the size of the Coliseum, the Aero 50s have great throw and broad horizontal dispersion. The system we built provided clear, natural sounding reproduction throughout the audience areas. I was also very impressed with DAS Audio’s customer and technical support services. Carlos Henao was a tremendous resource and actually came on site to help ensure everything went according to plan.
‘The event featured prayer, music and dance, as well as remarks from Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles and several other religious leaders,’ he added. ‘The music sounded terrific through the system and when people spoke, you could clearly understand every last word. The people who attended were really enthusiastic and complimentary about the quality of the sound they heard.’