Miami, FL (February 16, 2007)–Interface Sound supplied audio for the halftime show at this year’s Orange Bowl football game, bringing Gladys Knight and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks to a capacity of crowd of better than 75,000 through a collection of loudspeakers from D.A.S.
Gladys Knight and Taylor Hicks on stage with the D.A.S. Audio SML-12A and Compact 015 monitors at the Orange Bowl halftime show.For the show, Interface Sound constructed an audio system consisting of 60 D.A.S. Audio Aero 38A powered, 3-way line arrays and 12 Aero 182A 2k powered subwoofers that surrounded the playing field and faced out toward the stands. At the center of the action, all on-stage monitoring was handled by D.A.S. SML-12A and Compact 015 powered stage monitors.
According to owner/operator Ralph Alvarez, “We had exactly three minutes to get everything into position, and we actually accomplished this in 2 minutes, 10 seconds-with only one rehearsal the day before. This included the 24 x 24-foot stage, which was on casters, as well as the dozen custom-made carts for the loudspeakers. We had 200 volunteers helping us with this task.”
The actual sound reinforcement system on the field consisted of 12 mobile carts that were pulled into place at halftime by a dozen golf carts. Each cart consisted of five Aero 38A line array elements and one 182A 2K subwoofer. There were four carts on each side of the playing field, along with two carts at each of the end zones. Connections were accomplished by two cables between carts (one each for lows highs and lows) plus a single phase, 60-amp Hubbell connector plate. To maintain signal strength and integrity, 24 channels of RDL line amplification were placed into service.
“This configuration worked really well for us,” noted Alvarez. “We were able to reach way up into the Level 400-sometimes known as the ‘nosebleed’-section. With D.A.S. Audio’s version of EASE Focus, we were able to configure our coverage quite easily and it all worked out really well. Frank Martinez, our Chief Engineer, handled all programming and signal routing for the project.”
FOH (front of house) responsibilities were handled by Danny Fernandez. For this event, dual Yamaha PM5D digital mixing consoles (one for redundancy) plus a M7CL digital mixing console were used.