The ability to set-up and pack away equipment quickly has been a critical part of the process, as president Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney have been making numerous quick stops in ‘swing’ states such as Florida.
Scott Shryock, president of MTI Sound, specified a combination of DAS Audio Aero 12A powered two-way, mid-high line array modules, LX-218CA powered subwoofers, and Road 12A powered stage monitors for these projects.
“We frequently get the call for these campaign stops at the last minute,” Shryock explained, “so the ability to move the equipment as well as set it up and break it down quickly is critical. All our DAS equipment is self-powered, which simplifies cabling and goes a long way toward making an efficient set-up. Equally important, the Aero 12As rigging hardware is all self-contained, so this, too, makes truck pack easier and simplifies the process of flying the loudspeakers. We’ve done several of these events recently and I fully expect we’ll do several more before Election Day.”
For a recent visit by president Obama in Melbourne, Florida, the MTI Sound crew deployed 16 DAS Audio Aero 12As, four LX-218CA subwoofers, and a dozen Road 12A stage monitors.
“We flew five Aero 12As on each side of the stage for the left-right mains,” Shryock said. “These were augmented by left-right delay stacks – each consisting of three Aero 12As and two LX-218CAs. The delay stacks were positioned roughly 100 feet out in front of the house mains. Our Road series monitors served multiple purposes. President Obama had one by his side as his stage monitor and the rest were used for fill purposes in order to maintain a low visual profile. Two Road 12A’s were used for front fills while the rest were deployed in the bleacher areas to the sides and behind the president.”
“We’ve used this basic set-up for all the campaign stops,” Shryock added. “Depending upon whether these are outdoor or indoor events – where crowd control limitations are considerably more restrictive – we’ve been seeing crowds ranging in size anywhere from approximately 3,000 to 12,000 people."
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