Vocalist/composer/performer Gerardo Ortiz, a stand-out artist in the Norteño-Banda, Corridos music genre, is currently on tour with a system supplied by Los Angeles-based International House Of Music that’s headed by D.A.S. Audio Aero Series 2 and Convert loudspeakers.
Specifically, the main system includes 36 D.A.S. Aero 50 3-way, large-format line array modules—powered by Lab Gruppen 10000Q power amplifiers—as well as 24 LX-218CA powered subwoofers. The system is augmented by D.A.S. Convert 15A powered multifunction loudspeakers, Aero 12A powered, 2-way, mid-high line array elements, and Road 15A 2-way powered stage monitors.
“Prior to the start of the Gerardo Ortiz Tour Mexico 2014,” explains Oscar Naranjo, Jr., who is serving as system tech and FOH engineer for the tour. “Mr. Ortiz had used a D.A.S. Aero 12A-based sound system for numerous engagements here in the U.S. and was very pleased with its performance. He wanted to ensure that, for the Mexico tour, he had consistent sound everywhere he was scheduled to perform. Hence he selected this large D.A.S. system.”
While the details of each setup vary from one venue to another, Naranjo reports the basic loudspeaker setup calls for 12 Aero 50 enclosures each for the left-right mains, which are augmented by six additional Aero 50 enclosures for the left-right out fills. If out fills are not required, the left-right mains then increase to sixteen Aero 50 boxes per side.
Four D.A.S. Aero 12A enclosures are utilized for front fills while the side fill setup consists of two D.A.S. LX-218CA subwoofers plus two Convert 15A loudspeakers. And for stage monitors, there are 24 D.A.S. Road 15A loudspeakers.
“We’ve been using a D.A.S. Aero 12 system in the US for a couple of years and have been very happy with its sound quality and ease of use,” Naranjo says. “We have also used D.A.S. Aero 50s at some events here in the States, so when the time came to design a system for the tour throughout Mexico, D.A.S. was at the top of our list. From the time the [lift] motors are ready, it only takes us about 45 minutes to have audio up and running for the entire system—thanks to D.A.S. Audio’s excellent flyware.”
The Gerardo Ortiz Tour Mexico 2014 launched February 22 at the Explanada de la Feria Leon Guanajuato and is scheduled to finish at Palenque de la Feria San Isidro, Metepec, Estado de Mexico on May 31.
“There is a lot of competition in Mexico when it comes to sound systems and Mr. Ortiz did not want to fall short in terms of the audience’s expectation for high quality sound, Naranjo concludes. “We are very happy with the system. To this day, we have not encountered a single issue and we’ve had more than enough loudspeaker performance to cover every venue. We’ve also done two 360-degree show setups with this system and, throughout every location, the D.A.S. equipment has delivered the goods.”