Cape Town, Cayman Islands – December 2014… Located due south of Cuba, the British Overseas Territory known as the Cayman Islands is not only well known as an offshore financial center, it’s equally regarded for its resort / tourism trade. And for the various concerts, festivals, and other special events that take place here, AI Rentals is the company to contact to handle the various logistical considerations. To ensure the best possible sound reinforcement for the myriad of projects that come through its doors, AI Rentals relies on its sizeable arsenal of loudspeakers drawn from the Event and Action Series catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.
Keith Tibbetts serves as the Managing Director of AI Rentals, an equipment rental company that handles power distribution, staging, trussing, lighting, pro audio, backline, video, and more for the special events market. The company owns a large assortment of D.A.S. Audio equipment, including 40 Event 210A 3-way active line array elements plus 24 Event 218A powered subwoofers. Additionally, the company owns several D.A.S. Action Series loudspeaker systems, including 12 Action 15A point source loudspeakers, 8 Action 12A enclosures, four Action 218A powered subs, plus four Action 118A powered horn bass systems. Tibbetts discussed his fondness for D.A.S. Audio products.
“We started using D.A.S. Audio products in April of 2014,” Tibbetts reports, “and we’ve been very pleased. The event line was exactly what we were looking for. These loudspeakers offer great sound in a compact form factor. Since these enclosures are all self-powered, system cabling is streamlined. We love the quality and the warmth of the sound the Event Line provides. I also like the fact that they require very little equalization. The Class D amplifiers in these loudspeakers require so much less power than comparable systems, which enables us to be much more efficient.”
“Build quality and rigging are both very important considerations and, again, the Event Series loudspeakers are first class,” Tibbetts added. “The units offer a very rugged design and build that stand up really well over time. The rain/weather protection system has proven to be a great feature. It has rained on multiple setups where we deployed the Event Line—allowing us to focus on covering/protecting other equipment and not having to stress about the line array. Further, the multi-configurable rigging/stacking designs provides for a solution to any type of event.”
Recently, AI Rentals used their D.A.S. loudspeakers at the 2014 Cayman Islands Pirates Week Festival. The event ran for ten days in November and featured music, street dances, competitions, games, a glittering parade, sports events for everyone, and fireworks galore. For this project, the main stage PA system consisted of two hangs of 8 Event 210A loudspeakers plus two more for infill—mounted on the subs. Those subs were 16 Event 218A enclosures positioned in a single line across the front of the stage and delayed to make a virtual arc. Outfills consisted of two additional Event 210A hangs. There was also a single Delay stack comprised of four Event 210A enclosures. Sidefills and drumfill consisted of Action 118A bass enclosures with Action 15A systems. Further, Action 12A enclosures served as stage monitors.
On the DJ stage, the AI Rentals crew deployed two hangs of six Event 210A and eight Event 218A subs. Two Action 15A enclosures were used for monitors. “What was particularly notable was the exceptional low frequency response,” Tibbetts says. “The system was very clean and natural sounding, with very accurate sound reproduction and high SPL. Everyone was really pleased with the system’s performance.”
Reflecting on the outcome of the Cayman Islands Pirates Week Festival, Tibbetts offered these parting comments, “D.A.S. Audio offers great value and very high quality products. The DSP limiters are very clean, effective, and transparent and the company’s customer and technical support services are terrific. As the D.A.S. distributor for the Cayman Islands, we take our role very seriously, so it’s important to provide our clients with the right tools for the job. D.A.S. Audio helps us do just that!”
For additional information about AI Rentals, contact the company via email at [email protected] or by phone at 345-916-0216.
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.
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