New York, NY – November 2015… Presented by Food and Wine in conjunction with the Food Network, the New York City Wine and Food Festival is an invaluable funding resource that benefits the Food Bank for New York City and the No Kid Hungry® Campaign. The event pays homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world while fighting to end hunger. It is the only Festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs. This year’s event, held October 15 – 18, was once again a tremendous success. To ensure all announcements and music were delivered clearly, the festival relied upon the exceptional audio performance of loudspeakers drawn from the Aero Series 2 catalog of D.A.S. Audio.
Orangeburg, NY-based Dynamic Productions USA, an event services production firm that provides top-quality production support for tours, concerts, meetings and special events, was contracted to provide sound reinforcement for this year’s festival. Brian Rosenblum, Director of Operations for Dynamic Productions USA, oversaw all technical aspects of the project. He discussed his decision for deploying Aero 40A and Aero 20A line array enclosures, along with LX-218CA powered subwoofers from D.A.S. Audio’s Aero Series 2 product line.
“This year’s festival took place at Pier 92, which is a trade show and special event venue in the heart of Midtown Manhattan,” Rosenblum explained. “Being outdoors, it was critically important that we had a sound system that could compete with the ambient noise of the city while also being able to deliver both speech and music clearly and with sufficient level. The equipment was to be used for both festival announcements and music reproduction, so speech intelligibility and music both need to be clear and natural sounding. We’ve had excellent results with the D.A.S. Audio Aero Series 2 line array systems, so they really were the ideal choice for this project.”
“The setup consisted of two tents and a courtyard,” Rosenblum explained. “In the first tent, there were four Aero 20A¹s and one LX-218CA subwoofer per side. In the second tent, there were four Aero 20A¹s on each side of the stage, with four LX-218CA¹s across the front of the stage. This setup also included a delay stack consisting of four Aero 20A¹s each with LX-218CA¹s deployed throughout the 350-foot long tent. In the courtyard, there were four Aero 40A¹s and two LX-218CA¹s next to the stage, as well as two Compact 2 powered, 3-way point source enclosures and two LX-218CA¹s. Road Series stage monitors were also used in this location.”
When queried about those features that made the D.A.S. loudspeakers the ideal choice for this particular project, Rosenblum offered the following thoughts. “The fact that all these enclosures are self-powered is a huge benefit,” he said. “First, this eliminates the need to transport racks of heavy power amps—and then find space for them at the venue. By using powered systems, we have optimized power amplification with easier system cabling, and it definitely streamlines truck pack efficiency. The Aero Series 2 line arrays also provide broad horizontal dispersion and excellent throw, so it’s much easier to achieve consistent coverage throughout the entire area.”
With today’s sophisticated sound system setups, questions inevitably arise from time to time. Here too, Rosenblum reports that D.A.S. Audio customer and technical support services are very responsive. “If we have questions, it’s easy to get knowledgeable support without wasting time. We’ve been very pleased.”
With the 2015 installment of the New York City Wine and Food Festival now completed, Rosenblum reports this year’s event was hugely successful. “Our customer was very impressed with our ability to take the look and feel of past years’ events and improve upon and elevate this standard,” Rosenblum reports. “In the past, sound was always the largest problem, but we were able to use D.A.S. equipment to provide coverage that was even, smooth, and not blaring in anyone’s ears. The equipment really delivered for us.”
To learn more about the services of Dynamic Productions USA, visit the company’s website at www.dynamicprodusa.com.
About D.A.S. Audio
Celebrating 40 years of innovation, Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. D.A.S. Audio products are found on tour with the world’s greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information about D.A.S. Audio, visit the company online at www.dasaudio.com.