Edwin “Haviken Hayes” Guerra. Photo courtesy of Lee Holt and CHoSEN Technologies
Miami, FL – March 2015… Founded by former U.S. Navy SEALs, the BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series is an intense obstacle course race for all ages inspired by the challenges Navy SEALs face every day in training. BattleFrog transforms every race venue into a demanding obstacle course designed to test the strength, skill, and determination of any athlete. On February 28th and March 1st, Miami area participants brave enough to take the challenge gave it their all on the BattleFrog 15K, BullFrog 5K, BullFrog Mile, and TadPole Dash 400M courses. Being able to clearly hear the instructions of the staff and others requires first-rate audio quality and, for this, sound reinforcement technology from Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio was placed into service.
Edwin “Haviken Hayes” Guerra is the Production Coordinator for BattleFrog Series, Miami and Director of Operations for Kenote Entertainment of Hollywood, FL. Working alongside festival directors Alex Cruz and Frank Mendez, Guerra served as the DJ/MC for the Miami main stage area in addition to being responsible for coordinating all production aspects of those areas requiring amplified sound. D.A.S. Audio Event and Action Series products were deployed at two sites. Guerra discussed his experience with the D.A.S. equipment.
“On the main stage, our current configuration uses two stacks of five Event 208A dual 8-inch line array cabinets over two Event 218A dual 18-inch subwoofers running through a DSP-2040A multi-channel digital signal processor,” Guerra explained. “We also use two Event M210A dual 10-inch stage monitors, which I (as the DJ) and other people scheduled to speak use during the event. At the start line, we use two Avant 215A dual 15-inch full-range loudspeakers and two Action 118A single 18-inch subwoofers plus two Action M12A stage monitors for our start line MC/Coach Pain Dewayne.”
When queried about those D.A.S. Audio attributes that make this choice of equipment ideal for the BattleFrog Series, Guerra emphasized the systems’ speech intelligibility, dispersion, and power. “My voice has never sounded better,” he says. “You can see the audience react immediately when I make announcements about their heat’s start time. And the sound projects evenly across the entire area. The entire festival area was covered—without ever sounding harsh or fatigued. I’ve also been impressed with the equipment’s ease of use. This enables me to easily manage the rig even when skilled labor is limited or unavailable. The rigging is user friendly and flexible. With 18 races this year, we needed something that can handle the road while also having a low power draw. The Event series was the solution.”
With all this equipment, knowing there is competent and responsive customer and technical support available is a big consideration, as one never knows when questions may arise. Here too, Guerra was very complimentary of D.A.S. Audio. “We experienced a lot of rain on Saturday and one of the start line monitors became partially submerged under water. The Miami-based support team got the enclosure back to me that week in time for our next race. I’ve never received anything back that quick—even for minor problems—from other manufacturers. They really look out for us. I couldn’t ask for more.”
The new D.A.S. Audio loudspeakers are proving to be ‘just the ticket’ for the rigors of the BattleFrog Series. This equipment represents a tremendous upgrade from our previous system, which couldn’t even compare,” Guerra reports. “We’ve received numerous compliments from both event attendees and BattleFrog employees. Our D.A.S. loudspeakers really ignited our festival area, which is such an important part of the customer’s overall experience. Not everyone knows good sound, but they certainly know when it’s bad—and with our D.A.S. equipment, those issues are a thing of the past. My bosses were extremely pleased with the performance of our D.A.S. gear and that, of course, pleases me.”
To learn more about the BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series, visit the company website at http://battlefrogseries.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.