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DAS Audio Gear Covers Big Jehovah’s Witness Gathering in Ecuador

by FOH Staff • in
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• Created: July 26, 2019

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador – The International Convention of the Jehovah’s Witnesses took place from June 14-16, drawing more than 53,000 attendees from around the world to Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha. Sound engineer Jorge Portilla worked with Fernando Nanao, tech-support for DAS Audio Latin America, to meet the event’s audio needs with DAS Audio’s Event Series components.

More details from DAS Audio (www.dasaudio.com):

More than 700 were baptized during the three-day event.

The project design for the Convention kicked off at the Miami office where the DAS Audio team decided to deploy the EVENT-212A system. Thanks to the line array´s performance and powerful DSP it was possible to optimize the system configuring the number of units and different throws for each cabinet in every zone, which led to the saving on wiring, processor outputs, installation time and optimization. Jorge Portilla comments that “the installation was easy and fast, as was the setup of the system”.

The configuration of the system included 65 cabinets of EVENT-212A rigged in 13 clusters of five EVENT-212A each, combining EVENT-212A (with 90° horizontal coverage) and EVENT-212.120A (with 120° horizontal coverage), along with two DSP 4080A. Portilla reports that “the EVENT line array ran smoothly and delivered quality sound throughout the stadium despite having a parallel system for the reproduction of simultaneous English”.

Sound was reinforced for the reproduction of the simultaneous translation distributing point sources in the corners of the stands. The objective was to obtain high intelligibility of the speeches and the music all over the audience zones, including those where the two languages overlapped. Portilla adds that “we were actually using the system at a level below its maximum capability and despite this, we obtained a powerful and clear sound throughout all the stadium”.

The engineer concludes “we were all very pleased with the results. The participants at the Convention and the organizing committee were impressed with the quality and high intelligibility of the sound. The clarity of the speech, the music and the videos could be appreciated from the stands up to the boxes.”

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