Las Vegas, NV – January 2011… Located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Tropicana Hotel has a storied history that dates back to 1957. Over the years, the â€˜Trop', as it's known, has been spotted in films such as Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas and the James Bond 007 hit Diamonds Are Forever. The hotel's Tiffany Theater—once home to the Folies BergÃ¨re production show—now serves as a venue for a wide variety of headline shows and other entertainment. To ensure the best possible sound in the venerable room, an upgraded loudspeaker system consisting of products from the Aero and Avant Series catalogs of D.A.S. Audio was recently placed into service.
Las Vegas-based A.D.D. Productions, a part of Eagle Group Holdings, manages all aspects of entertainment at the Tiffany Theater as well as the hotel's forthcoming Las Vegas Mob Experience attraction. A.D.D. Productions General Manager David DeLeo, who oversees all aspects of the company's operations, selected a sizeable D.A.S. Audio loudspeaker system consisting of an impressive Aero Series 2 line array setup for the house mains—accompanied by Avant Series loudspeakers for monitors. He discussed the challenges of the project.
“Upon examining the room,” DeLeo explained, “we discovered that it was not symmetrical and, hence, had numerous issues in terms of consistent coverage. As a result, we wanted a sound system that would facilitate changes easily and a line array system was a great choice because—depending upon how you had the individual modules within a cluster pinned—coverage could be very finely tuned. The D.A.S. Aero line array was the perfect solution since the integrated hardware is so adaptable. This feature enabled us to carefully adjust the angles of the individual enclosures to ensure even dispersion throughout.”
The Tiffany Theater's new D.A.S. loudspeaker setup consists of fourteen Aero-12A powered, 2-way, mid-high line array modules—placed seven elements per side. Four D.A.S. Audio Aero-8A ultra-compact, 2-way powered loudspeaker elements are evenly distributed across the front edge of the stage and serve as front fill for the seating area immediately adjacent to the front of the stage. Low frequency support is supplied by a combination of four D.A.S. Audio LX-218A and two LX-215A high performance subwoofers. Twin LX-218A enclosures (stacked atop one another) are positioned at floor level on each side of the stage and are vertically aligned with the overhead Aero-12A loudspeaker clusters. The dual LX-215A subwoofers are positioned in the center area of the stage at floor level.
D.A.S. Audio's Avant Series loudspeakers handle a variety of monitoring functions. Depending upon the requirements of any given act, eight Avant-12A powered, multipurpose loudspeakers are available to serve as floor wedges. The drum monitor setup consists of a D.A.S. Avant-15A full-range loudspeaker used in tandem with an Avant-118A subwoofer. An additional two Avant-15A enclosures serve as sidefills.
DeLeo was extremely impressed with D.A.S. Audio's customer/technical support services, which played an integral role in the success of the project. “D.A.S. Audio's contribution was invaluable,” notes DeLeo. “Carlos Henao, D.A.S. Audio's U.S. Accounts Manager, worked closely with us. Carlos assisted every step of the way and was a tremendous help. He modeled the room with EASE Focus and made several recommendations on how to best install the system. Installation took place in mid October and the system was used almost immediately afterwards on October 31st.”
In addition to headline acts such as Charlie Daniels and Jon Secada, the Tiffany Theater is currently home to the extreme martial arts show Sideswipe, the Yesterday, The Beatles Tribute, and Recycled Percussion, which uses a wide variety of unusual objects as instruments. In addition to the upgraded sound system, the Tiffany Theater is expected to receive a substantial refurbishment in 2011.
Reflecting on the success of the Tiffany Theater's new sound system, DeLeo offered a few closing thoughts, “Our new sound system is absolutely fantastic. We coordinated this deal through D.A.S. and Guitar Center Pro and, between the two firms; they took really great care of us. They kept the entire project on schedule and within the budget. We recently finished a concert with the Charlie Daniels Band and the sound was phenomenal. Hilario Gonzalez, our sound engineer, reports that system operation and maintenance has been a breeze. Everyone is really pleased and we couldn't be happier.”
For additional information on A.D.D. Productions, contact David DeLeo at 702-739-2372. To learn more about the Tropicana Hotel, go to www.troplv.com.
About D.A.S. Audio
Headquartered in Valencia, Spain, D.A.S. Audio is one of the world's leading manufacturers of loudspeaker systems, power amplification, signal processing, and related components. For better than thirty years, D.A.S. Audio products have been found on tour with the world's greatest performing artists and installed in many of the most prestigious facilities. For additional information about the company, visit them online at www.dasaudio.com.
Photo info: Image of the Tiffany Theater at the Las Vegas Tropicana Hotel.