San Antonio, TX (November 11, 2011)—Espinosa Paz, known throughout Mexico for his norteña and banda (brass influenced) musical styles, is touring the United States with a D.A.S. Aero Series 2 loudspeaker system.
San Antonio, TX-based Global Productions handles all aspects of Paz’ staging considerations, including audio, lighting, and video. Adrian Gallegos, co-owner of Global Productions, serves as the tour’s production manager and performs double duty as the monitor engineer for the artist’s U.S. performances. To accommodate the various venues where Paz performs, Gallegos depends on a combination of D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A, Aero 8A, and Aero 50 line array loudspeaker systems, plus a contingent of LX-218A subwoofers.
“Our loudspeaker setups vary quite a bit,” says Gallegos, “depending on the nature of the venue. We go from arenas to theaters to nightclubs, so I have to be able to handle a wide range of performance spaces. Currently, we have 24 D.A.S. Audio Aero 12A powered line array elements that we frequently fly 12 units per side. These are accompanied by a dozen LX-218A powered subwoofers that we position six boxes per side. We’ve also been using large format, 3-way active Aero 50 line array enclosures for the largest venues like arenas and big theaters. When we use the Aero 50’s, we typically fly eight units per side and use the LX-218A subs for low frequency support.”
For smaller venues, Gallegos reports using eight Aero 12As per side in conjunction with the 21 LX-218A subwoofers. Frequently, he’ll use D.A.S. Audio’s Aero 8A ultra-compact line array enclosures for front fills.
Gallegos notes that it’s not uncommon to deploy a combination of the Aero 50 and Aero 12A enclosures. “On big arena jobs,” he explained, “I use eight Aero 50s per side (for a total of 16) and use a combination setup where the Aero 12A’s assume downfill and frontfill responsibilities. We also use the Aero 12A’s for the extreme sides in addition to the left-right house mains to ensure consistent coverage from one side of the space to the other.”
The self-powered design of the Aero 12A, Aero 8A, and LX-218A subwoofers carry significant advantages for Gallegos and his crew. “The fact that these loudspeakers are self-powered makes system cabling considerably easier,” he said. “Further, the DSP capabilities for loudspeaker management are excellent and since the power amps are built right into the rear of the enclosures, the end result is much faster and simplified setup and tear-down.”