BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV – Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifier/processors were selected for “The Sanctuary” art car at Burning Man. The rolling artwork features a cathedral theme. Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifier/processors were used by Skrillex, Zhu, Tokimonsta and other performers at Sanctuary, a Tier III sound car with a link to a San Francisco nightclub.
Sanctuary will be making appearances at other West Coast venues in the near future.
More details from Danley Sound Labs (www.danleysoundlabs.com):
Now over three decades old, Burning Man is an annual gathering of radical free-expression artists and counter-culturalists that descends on the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada every year in the waning days of summer. The organizers transform the desert into a temporary city of 70,000 inhabitants, and contributors fill the city with works of large-scale art for which words are seldom adequate. This year, “Sanctuary” made its debut, an art car fashioned in the spirit of a cathedral and replete with ornate latticework, complementary lighting, lasers, pyrotechnics, and a sound reinforcement system of incomparable quality. Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifier/processors delivered tasteful, high-impact audio for Sanctuary that legendary DJs – including Skrillex, Zhu, and Tokimonsta – put to excellent use.
“Although many Burning Man art cars focus on the visual aspect exclusively, Sanctuary is a cathedral-themed art car for which high-impact audio is essential,” explained Chase Putnam, who spent seventeen days in the Black Rock Desert overseeing the construction and performance of Sanctuary as a member of Tesseract, one of the firms commissioned to design and build it. “The client came to us with a truck already purchased and asked how far we could take it with the design, lighting, lasers, pyrotechnics, and sound. Since the client owns a club in San Francisco, sound was very important, and Sanctuary entered Burning Man as a Tier III sound car – the highest rating available. Other Tier III cars are mainly a mobile stage with line arrays on either side, but our client wanted something different. Instead, we were going for full visual art immersion with big (but hidden) sound.”
“Given our goals and the context of the art car and Burning Man, Danley was our only real choice,” said Randell Lamontagne, founder of Audiowaska. “Although I’ll confess to being a Danley fanboy – Danley provided my first religious bass experience, it’s also true that no other loudspeaker manufacturer comes close to Danley’s reference-quality sound, its uniform phase-coherent coverage within the pattern, and its steep drop-off outside the pattern. Having used Danleys successfully on other projects, we never really considered anything else for Sanctuary.”
Unlike a typical sound reinforcement application, Sanctuary required numerous zones in unusual places. The Tesseract team chose wisely from Danley’s deep catalog of point-source loudspeakers and subwoofers to meet the coverage requirements of each unique zone. The main “dance floor” zone in front of the car uses a stereo pair of Danley J1-94 Jericho Horns with a pair of Danley SH46 loudspeakers for center fill and stereo pairs of Danley TH812 and BC218 subwoofers for deep, honest lows. The upstairs deck is open to visitors and uses a stereo pair of Danley SBH20LF column-form, point-source loudspeakers and a stereo pair of Danley TH118 subwoofers. The DJ booth uses two Danley SM60F loudspeakers for “Texas headphones,” and Danley Nanos fill in the nooks and crannies throughout Sanctuary that are missed by their bigger Danley siblings. Except for the pair of Danley BC218s, every other loudspeaker is hidden behind sound-transparent fabric to maintain the cathedral aesthetic.
At four channels of 5000W each, eight Danley DNA 20k4 Pro amplifiers with onboard DSP and custom Danley presets deliver 32 channels of high-powered, high-fidelity audio. Moreover, Lamontagne implemented a completely digital Dante audio path from the mixer to the amplifiers, a feat he believes to be a first for an art car.
“We played by the rules and kept our SPL to 110dB at 100 feet, but everyone felt plenty of impact nevertheless,” Putnam said. “Danley’s natural sound – no shrill high end or warped mid range – gave the folks who were listening to the music everything they needed but still allowed other folks to have intelligible conversations without screaming. As for the overall success, Burning Man is a really hard situation to make waves in, but I think we stood out. I overheard a few people calling Sanctuary the ‘crown jewel’ of the playa, and I have to admit – even as a relatively detached ‘details guy’ – this one got to me. Walking through the crowd and feeling their reaction was a pretty reverent experience!”
Sanctuary is far from done and will be making appearances at other West Coast venues in the near future.
The original article can be found here: http://fohonline.com/newsroom/news/danley-sound-labs-gear-powers-the-sanctuary-art-car-at-burning-man-2018/
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