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D.A.S. Audio Shines at Star of the Desert Arena Concerts

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SOURCE: D.A.S. Audio � POSTED: 10/03/07

Aero CA-28A and Aero 48 enclosures a favorite with acts and engineers alike

PRIMM, Nev. -- For those southern Californians who can’t seem to wait until they reach Las Vegas’ gaming and entertainment action, there’s Primm, Nev. This small desert enclave 35 miles south of Las Vegas on I-15 at the California/Nevada state line boasts a number of properties under the Primm Valley Casino Resorts umbrella. At Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino, the Star of the Desert Arena is where all the concert activity takes place, and recent events included performances by country artist Clay Walker and Mexican-American comedian Paul Rodriguez. For these and other events, the sound reinforcement system of choice is a four-cluster setup consisting of Aero CA-28A and Aero 48 line array elements from the D.A.S. Audio catalog.

Las Vegas-based H.A.S. Productions Inc., a provider of live event services, including concert audio production, lighting, staging, and backline, was contracted to handle sound for the Walker and Rodriguez concerts. With a capacity of 6,500 seats arranged in three tiers — floor, mid, and upper levels — the Star of the Desert Arena is what some concert veterans might refer to as an "intimate" space. Making certain that the venue receives clean, even coverage throughout the entire arena is, nonetheless, a task that requires knowledge and experience. For H.A.S. Productions, which routinely provides sound for the venue’s numerous and varied events, the decision to deploy their D.A.S. Audio rig met with resounding approval.

H.A.S. Productions handles roughly 400 to 500 shows per year. To accommodate a busy schedule like this, the company has a 40-box D.A.S. line array rig as one of its two primary systems. For the Walker and Rodriguez concerts, on September 21 and 22, the H.A.S. crew flew four D.A.S. clusters. The two main left-right stage clusters each included 10 D.A.S. Audio Aero 48 line array elements plus an additional two Aero CA-28A self-powered elements that served as “downblowers” for the first several rows in the house. Augmenting these clusters was an additional two hangs — positioned further out to the left-right sides — each consisting of six Aero CA-28A line array enclosures. These outside clusters covered the immediate left-right outside sections of the arena. Power for the Aero 48s was provided by a series of Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers.

According to Larry Hall, CEO of H.A.S. Productions, “We had been using our other system in the venue for the past six months, and it sounded fine, but we felt that the Aero 48s had a much beefier lo-mid sound that would enable us to use fewer subwoofers. The D.A.S. rig is a heavier sounding system. Since Clay Walker is more of a modern country act, we wanted to have more output and flexibility. The D.A.S. setup met those requirements perfectly.”

“With the combination of Aero 48s and CA-28As for the left-right mains,” continued Hall, “we didn’t have to worry about any shading of the boxes because the two downblowers covered the first six to eight rows without knocking people’s heads off. Since the Aero CA-28A horn is the same as that used in the 48, it creates a seamless cluster. It wasn’t like we had two different types of boxes hanging.”

Hall reports that both the acts and the house were very pleased with the system’s performance. “The FOH engineer for Clay Walker was astonished by the sound quality of the D.A.S. rig,” said Hall. “He had previously worked on a smaller D.A.S. array, but this was his first experience with the Aero 48s. He was really blown away by it. Further, by request of the venue, the D.A.S. system is being left there for the next wave of upcoming shows. In my mind, that pretty much says it all.”

About the D.A.S. Audio Aero 48 and CA-28A Line Array Elements

The D.A.S. Audio Aero 48 is an externally powered, high efficiency, 3-way line array module. The rugged, trapezoidal enclosure is easy to transport thanks to the front located dolly panel. The Aero CA-28A is a self-powered, bi-amplified, 2-way compact line array module. With both models, the enclosure’s trapezoidal shape and rear located splay angle adjusters maintain consistent front spacing — providing these arrays with a “seamless” front baffle for improved array performance.  For additional information about H.A.S. Productions, visit www.hasaudio.com.

About D.A.S. Audio

Headquartered in Valencia, Spain and having additional offices in Miami, Fla., Frankfurt, Germany and Singapore, D.A.S. Audio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. For more than thirty years, D.A.S. Audio products have been found on tour with the world’s greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information, visit www.dasaudio.com.