Memphis, TN (June 7, 2007)–The annual Beale Street Music Festival, took over 33 acres overlooking the Mississippi River this past May when it presented 45 national acts on three large stages, from Steely Dan to Corinne Bailey Rae. On the center stage, Godsmack, John Legend, The Allman Brothers Band with Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, and others were backed by loudspeaker systems from the Aero and Compact catalogs of D.A.S. Audio.
Godsmack performed at the Beale Street Music Festival via a D.A.S. PA. Smyrna, TN-based Allstar Audio Systems flew 10 D.A.S. Aero 38A self- powered, 3-way medium format line array modules with an additional four Aero 28A self- powered, two-way compact line array modules hung beneath the Aero 38A’s. Filling in the bottom end, each cluster was supported by an additional seven D.A.S. Compact 218 2K subwoofers aligned vertically beneath the flown rig. According to Tony “Coop” Cooper, Allstar Audio’s crew chief, “The entire system was self-powered, with the top Aero 38As flown 20 feet above the stage and the Aero 28A’s beneath serving as the nearfield enclosures.”
“With a total of forty-two enclosures on this stage alone,” continued Cooper, “the fact that the D.A.S. Audio system was self powered played an important role in this project. The system cabling was considerably easier and cleaner than one typically encounters with non-powered systems and the entire rig was much easier in terms of our truck pack, since we didn’t have to double up on loudspeakers and power amp equipment racks. With responsibility for three stages, the efficient design of the D.A.S. equipment helped this project immensely.”
Outdoor concert sound is a challenge in itself, and getting the weather to cooperate is yet another issue entirely. “The locals refer to Memphis in May as Memphis in Mud,” explained Cooper, “because it always rains at this time year. On Thursday, May 3rd, we had hung the system, powered up, and were ready to go just as a horrific storm blew in. The rain was falling with such force that it was practically horizontal, and at this point, the overhead cover had not yet been installed by the staging company, so the speakers took the full force of the storm. Much to our surprise, when the weather cleared and we were able to get back to work, we encountered no issue with the equipment once we powered it back up. You can always cover amp racks, but when you have fourteen self-powered cabinets per side in the air, there’s little you can do if something goes wrong. Not only did everything work as we had hoped—once we got the boxes back to the shop, we checked everything and found no damage whatsoever.”