Corporate
RCF has appointed Freund Elektronik A/S to handle all their voice alarm products in Denmark.
The new partnership was confirmed, with immediate effect, by Jørgen Freund, director of the Danish company, and Phil Price, who has taken on a new role heading up Voice Evacuation, Commercial Audio and Installed Sound for RCF in Europe.
Founded in 1981 to supply the country’s wholesalers and electricians with high quality products, Freund Elektronik A/S has been specialising in the sale of Voice Alarm systems for the past ten years.
States Freund Elektronik technical consultant, Thomas Knoth, “We researched the market, and realising that RCF was the industry leader, we approached them at ISE 2015.
“With the new and high demands of voice evacuation equipment we were pleased to discover that RCF had EN54 compliance on all their VA products, combined with easy installation.”
He added that with the company’s heritage in supplying fire alarm and fire protection equipment the partnership with RCF was a natural fit. “With the RCF VA systems portfolio we will be able to offer customers product that fits perfectly within their field of specialisation,” he said.
In reply, Phil Price added, “RCF has been involved in PA/VA for over 15 years and this marries well with the our general pro audio heritage, stretching back 66 years.
“However, with the new EN54 legislation we decided to make a major investment in our in-house technology by mounting a strategic and ongoing R&D programme.
“In some instances this has required a channel to market that differs from our traditional routes, and in identifying suitable partners in the fire and voice alarm sector, I met Freund Elektronik. I was very impressed with the technical support they offer customers and their ethos of long-term after-sales support — and this made me realise that they were a partner we could work with.”
Pic (left to right): Jørgen Freund, Thomas Knoth, Phil Price and Kenneth Freund
Installation
Seven years after the grandeur of Harrogate’s iconic Royal Hall was restored following an £8m grant-assisted investment, the theatre has installed a digitally steerable RCF column PA system.
With its spectacular décor, the Grade II*-listed 1000 seat multipurpose theatre not only forms part of the large Harrogate International Conference Centre (HIC) but significantly is one of the few surviving Frank Matcham-designed theatres from the Edwardian era. Among its many technological breakthroughs, it remains the last surviving Kursaal, a genre which was particularly popular in spa towns, offering a 360° ambulatory for visitors.
Originally designed 115 years ago, the venue is focused on a wide range of performance, from the three-week International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival to a myriad of community activities. Therefore, the new sound system needed to be versatile and distribute sound evenly across the three tiers, while the heritage listing meant that the system needed to be free standing and easily demountable.
The house’s technical manager, Ross Simpson, and in-house sound engineer, James Burn, pointed out that a raked stage further compromised placement of the PA – and a flown system was not an option.
“Technology has evolved a lot over the past four or five years since we first went digital with our new mixing desk,” said Simpson.
When local rental and installation company AV Matrix hired in their lightweight and steerable active RCF TTL11A-H/TTL11A-B columns — mounted on TTS26 subs — to reinforce last year’s Tour de France opening dinner they believed they had found the solution.
And by the time the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival took place at Harrogate later that summer an identical system had been installed by Mark Parker’s company, along with a pair of NX L-24A active processed columns on each side of the balcony, to delay the sound firing into the upper tiers. The top speakers are inverted for improved acoustic coupling while a loudspeaker management system controls the delay times and preset parameters.
The sophisticated 96 Khz, 32-bit DSP-controlled column speaker array system, composed of two modules — one for the mid-high and one for the bass frequencies — is vertically steerable down to -10° (in 1° increments), either manually or via RCF’s proprietary RDNet software, and delivers 90° horizontal coverage. With the addition of the new TTS26-A subwoofer, the TTL11A system becomes a powerful, compact and high definition live sound system.
James Burn is in no doubt of the benefits the RCF solution has brought, although HIC Yorkshire auditioned several top-line systems before making their decision. “The TTL11-A is a small footprint system, visually unobtrusive, but sufficiently potent to encourage incoming productions to use the in-house set-up. And because we are able to steer the sound dispersion electronically we can achieve even distribution, with far greater intelligibility than what we had previously.
“There’s also better isolation on stage than the previous system. For performers wearing lapel mics the feedback rejection is so much better and we can avoid radio mic feedback when we bring the system forward, if the stage needs to be built out.”
He concluded, “The RCF system delivers even coverage for conference, speech, music, CD playback and awards ceremonies. The sound now gets to the back quite easily and by monitoring the consistent SPL in the control booth we also know it’s not deafening the front rows.”
Event
Luciano Ligabue, einer der bekanntesten Musiker Italiens, feierte sein 25-jähriges Bühnenjubiläum vor über 150.000 Zuschauern in einem dreistündigen Konzert. Franco Comanducci zeichnete für die Show, die mit wirkungsvollen und innovativen Lösungen realisiert wurde, als Produktionsleiter verantwortlich, unterstützt von bekannten Größen der Event-Industrie.
Ligabue und das Management haben sich dabei bewusst für ein RCF Audio-System entschieden. „Die Zusammenarbeit mit RCF begann bereits in 2012“, erzählt Claudio Maioli, der sich gut an die Konzerte in der Royal Albert Hall in 2012, an die Arena Verona in 2013 und and die Stadion-Tour in 2014 erinnert. Speziell für das Jubiläum in 2015 hat man gemeinsam mit RCF ein Beschallungskonzept mit zwei Megawatt Leistung konzipiert, welches optimale Abdeckung für diese enorme Zuschauerzahl auf mehr als 120.000 Quadratmetern leistete.
Das beeindruckende Set-Up der Main-PA bestand aus zwei Clustern mit je 24 geflogenen TTL55-A Drei-Wege-Aktiv-Modulen und zwei geflogenen Clustern von je 12 TTL36-AS Aktiv-Subwoofern. Insgesamt 72 TTS56-A Subs in Cardioid-Clustern wurden zur Bassverstärkung vor der Bühne platziert, 20 TTL33-A Module kamen als Front-Fill, 20 TTL55-A als Side-Fill zum Einsatz. Auf der Bühne wurden TT45-SMA und TT25-SMA als Monitoring eingesetzt.
Die Abdeckung der Fläche von der Bühne bis in die letzte Publikumsreihe, in ca. 300 Meter Entfernung, stand laut der RCF-Ingenieure im Vordergrund des Beschallungskonzeptes. Dabei wurde der Zuschauerbereich in vier Areale eingeteilt, um ein bestmögliches Beschallungsergebnis in punkto Sprachverständlichkeit und Schalldruck zu erreichen. Dabei wurde das Areal vor der Bühne von der Main-PA abgedeckt, die weiteren Areale von drei Delay-Linien.
In der ersten Delay-Line wurden sechs Cluster von je 16 TTL55-A eingesetzt. In der zweiten Delay-Line, in 120 Metern Entfernung von der Bühne, 7 Cluster von je 12 TTL55-A und je vier TTS56-A Subwoofer zur Verstärkung der Basswiedergabe. In der dritten Delay-Line, beachtliche 170 Meter entfernt von der Bühne, kamen sechs mal 12 TTL55-A sowie je vier TTS56-A Subwoofer. Das RDNet Monitoring System erlaubte es den RCF-Ingenieuren den System-Status in Echtzeit anzupassen.
FOH Engineer Alberto Butturini war sehr angetan von dem System:“ Enorme Leistung und perfekter Sound für ein Konzert, bei dem der Gitarrensound im Vordergrund steht“, kommentiert er, „aber auch ebenso hervorragende Ergebnisse im Bereich der Stimme, die ausserordentlich klar und durchsetzungsfähig im Mix mit der großen Anzahl an eingesetzten Instrumenten wiedergegeben wurde.“ Butterini ergänzt:“RCF-Systeme zeigten sich in der Vergangenheit schon als immer außerordentlich leistungsfähig, gerade in akustisch schwierigen Locations wie Sportstadien.
Willy Gobelin, mit über 30 Jahren Erfahrung und Inhaber der Rental Company Novo Service verweist noch auf einen weiteren Vorteil der RCF Systeme: der kompakten Bauweise und der Aktivtechnologie, die das Gesamtgewicht und Größe der Systeme extrem positiv beeinflusst. Gubellini ist darüber hinaus von einem weiteren Faktor angetan:“ Einen großen Anteil an dem außerordentlich erfolgreichen Konzert ist die sehr gute Zusammenarbeit mit dem gesamten RCF-Team, die uns mit hoher Kompetenz und Leidenschaft für dieses Projekt unterstützt haben.“
FoH N. 48 TTL55-A main N. 40 TTL55-A side-fill N. 24 TTL36-AS subwoofer N. 72 TTS56-A subwoofer N. 20 TTL33-A frontfill
1° DELAY: 6x16 TTL55-A, 2x4 TTS56-A 2° DELAY: 7x12 TTL55-A, 7x4 TTS56-A 3° DELAY: 6x12 TTL55-A, 6x4 TTS56-A
Monitors N. 6 TT45-SMA monitor N. 6 TT25-SMA monitor
Event
Das Musikevent des Jahres ist das Ergebnis einer 100-prozentigen Zusammenarbeit in Reggio Emilia: Künstler, Location und ein hochmodernes Soundsystem mit einer Gesamtleistung von 2 Millionen Watt.
Reggio Emilia bereitet sich für das große Fest am Samstag den 19. September vor. Fans aus ganz Italien werden auf das Campovolo strömen, um an dem voraussichtlich längsten Konzert in der Karriere von Ligabue teilzunehmen: ein spektakuläres Event zum 25-jährigen Jubiläum der Karriere des Rockmusikers aus Reggio Emilia.
Ein Künstler aus Reggio Emilia, eine Location in Reggio Emilia und auch ein Soundsystem aus Reggio Emilia. Für die Gesamtfläche des Konzerts von rund 240.000 Quadratmetern wurde von RCF ein Beschallungssystem mit einer beeindruckenden Reichweite entwickelt. Es werden 2 Millionen Watt Leistung benötigt, um dem Publikum eine hervorragende und homogene Klangqualität bis in die letzten Reihen zu garantieren, wie uns die Techniker versichern, die seit Tagen am Campovolo arbeiten, um den vollen Erfolg des Events zu sichern.
Die gewählten Lautsprecher sind aus der Serie Touring and Theatre (TT+), dem Flaggschiff der RCF: es sind innovative Produkte mit High-Definition-Sound, die unter Verwendung modernster Audiotechnologie entwickelt wurden. RCF, im fernen Jahr 1949 in Reggio Emilia gegründet, macht die kontinuierliche technische Innovation zu seinem Schlachtross in der wettbewerbsstarken italienischen und internationalen Szene und ist in seiner Branche ein führendes Unternehmen. Wie auch Liga ein ruhmreiches Unterfangen aus Reggio Emilia.
Diese Zusammenarbeit zwischen zwei „Mitbürgern“ ist mittlerweile eine langjährige Geschichte, unterstützt durch den fundamentalen Beitrag von Willy Gubellini der Rental Company Nuovo Service, der erstklassige Produktionsstandards garantiert. 2012 begleitete RCF den Sänger in die renommierte Royal Albert Hall in London für eine Konzertreihe, die im folgenden Jahr wiederholt wurde. 2013 trat Liga in Verona bei den unvergesslichen und bezaubernden „Sette Notti in Arena“ (7 Nächte in der Arena) mit Unterstützung der Lautsprecher der Serie TT+ auf. Eine weitere Zusammenarbeit gab es 2014 während der Tournee „Mondovisione“, die von RCF bei allen Terminen in Italien beschallt wurde. Das Management und der Künstler haben uns gebeten, das Aussehen der Lautsprecher anstatt mit dem üblichen Schwarz individuell zu gestalten.
Am Samstag den 19. September werden die Tore um 8:00 Uhr morgens geöffnet, der Beginn des Konzerts ist für 20:30 Uhr geplant. Große Emotionen begleiten das Event, nicht nur von Seiten der Fans, sondern auch seitens aller, die mit ihrer Arbeit an der Realisierung dieses großen Festes beigetragen haben. Bleibt uns nur, allen viel Vergnügen und Ligabue einen glücklichen 25. Jahrestag zu wünschen.
Event
RCF’s digital audio system for the management and diffusion of background music, evacuation and emergency announcements in accordance with EN 54-16 norms were installed in around 10 pavilions at Expo Milan and in the common areas of the Children’s Park and Open Air Theatre, where the spectacular opening ceremony took place on May 1st.
The DXT 9000 system, consisting of a configurable digital matrix with 8 routed inputs towards any output chanel, is in place in the Belgian, Chilean, French and German pavilions. With 2500 W installed capacity, the German pavilion hosts the most important RCF installation at Expo 2015. The Open Air Theatre, the large space dedicated to concerts and open-air shows, with a capacity of around 11 thousand chose the DXT 9000 for the evacuation of common areas and dressing rooms.
The Swiss pavilion and the Children’s Park were equipped with the DXT 7000 system, that is particularly suitable for them thanks to its digital matrix with 8 amplifiers at 80 W each. The Children’s Park is a large outdoor space where kids can play and explore while familiarizing with the themes of Expo 2015. RCF HD 21EN horn loudspeakers were installed in the colourful and spectacular playground because they represent the most suitable solution for outdoor installations, as demonstrated by the IP 66 protection marking.
The DXT 3000 system – the most recent among RCF’s digital matrices for voice evacuation – was used in the pavilions of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Principality of Monaco, Austria and Vietnam. The system’s peculiarity lies in its suitability for wall-mounting, that makes it the ideal solution for small-and-medium-sized installations with 250 W rated audio power.
All matrices installed in the pavilions’ technical rooms allow to make either separate calls for independent areas or general voice announcements in the whole pavilion, in Italian and English. The evacuation messages compliant with the EN 54-16 norms are programmed to be automatically broadcasted in the whole area in case of need, triggered by the fire alarm system. The two power supply units compliant with EN 54-4 standards (models PS 4048 and PS 6048) ensure the smooth functioning of the DXT 9000 and DXT 7000 matrices even during power cuts, thus meeting the industry regulation’s requirements. DXT 3000, being a fully integrated solution, has the back-up EN 54-4 power supply facility integrated on-board.
The RCF team supplied the service of customized activation of the matrices, with the possibility to include additional specific requirements such as background music or creation of independent areas, always in compliance with UNI ISO 7240-19 system norm.
Event
For more than 100 years the family-run Tennants Auctioneers have been hosting international sales from three dedicated rooms at Leyburn in Yorkshire.
But several years ago company chairman, Rodney Tennant, the third generation of the family, decided to expand the operation into a world class events centre by adding a wing that would give the building, set in spacious grounds in the Yorkshire Dales, three times the capacity (and cost £9m to realise).
In addition to the multipurpose 550-capacity Garden Rooms that could serve as a banqueting, concert and theatre space, the new wing would also incorporate new restaurants, lecture and seminar rooms and exhibition space.
He contacted Mark Parker of AV Matrix, based at nearby Wetherby, who knows the building implicitly after fitting out the original building when with his previous company. As on that occasion, he managed to source most of his loudspeaker requirements from the catalogue of RCF, one of his preferred long-term suppliers.
“I was conscious of budget, and the price to performance ratio had to be exactly right, and the speakers unobtrusive,” he said. Ticking those particular boxes he was able to specify RCF’s powerful C-series Acustica for the main ballroom/function room and between 70-80 PL 8X 8” + 1” flush mount coaxial ceiling speakers on a distributed system through many of the 16 zones into which the venue is divided.
While the sweeping staircase leads upstairs to viewing areas, a mezzanine gallery and three first floor meeting/seminar rooms, a roof terrace, private dining room and viewing gallery, downstairs are a dedicated restaurant, café and original sale rooms. However, the piéce de rèsistance is The Garden Rooms. With the partitions removed, this can open out into the adjoining Fountain and Versailles Rooms when the space can function in full concert mode.
In specifying a full sound, stage lighting and video package, with a contract value of £130K, Mark Parker knew that each of the many rooms had to communicate with any other, and that any signal source had to be routable via the processor to any destination.
“We worked with the M&E consultants and put a full cable spec together, including coax, SDI, 4-way audio and two CAT5 to every room and every TV position,” he explained.
To serve the many functions scheduled for The Garden Rooms are two pairs of RCF Acustica Compact C5212-64 (60° x 40°) and eight C3110-96 wall mounted distributed delay speakers and two S8018 MkII single 18in Acustica subs — part of an industry standard concert spec. Driving this system are RCF HPS 1500 (2 x 750W) and HPS 2500 (2 x 1400W) amplifiers.
Meanwhile, two RCF L-Pad 12CX 12-channel portable mixers (with effects) have been built into portable racks for manual mic mixing around the facility.
Up on the new outside terrace AV Matrix have installed eight of RCF’s IP55-rated indoor/outdoor MQ80P Indoor/Outdoor 2-way horn loaded speakers for background music and public address.
Explaining his choice of RCF products, Mark Parker states, “We’ve used Acustica many times over the years and installed them successfully in nightclubs and cabaret clubs. It’s a small footprint product for the sound it produces and it’s important that in addition to their excellent active speakers, RCF still offers a good quality passive solution — and one that is significantly less expensive than comparable models.
“The ceiling speakers offer extremely good value and the exterior speakers are simple and unobtrusive.”
The entire installation operates under Philips Control 4 with individual room touch control via iPod Touch — which enabled the installer to simply reconfigure the room settings as required.
Summing up, RCF’s Northern Sales Manager, Mick Butler says, “The quality of AV Matrix’s work is exemplary, and the profile this gives to RCF cannot be overstated.”
Adding his own endorsement, Rodney Tennant stated, “We never had any doubt that Mark and his team from AV Matrix would provide us with sound and light systems of the highest standard.
“The space we designed had all the potential to be a top venue but this only became a reality with AV’s input throughout the design and build process. The sound and lighting systems that they have installed are so complex that they have taken the space from a ‘good’, to a top class venue suitable for international musical and stage productions.
“AV Matrix have been an integral part of making The Garden Rooms at Tennants what it is today and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Going forward, the new-look facility will now be administered by the fourth generation of the family, as Rodney Tennant has passed the operation down to this three daughters, Caroline, Alison and Jane.
Event
For more than 100 years the family-run Tennants Auctioneers have been hosting international sales from three dedicated rooms at Leyburn in Yorkshire.
But several years ago company chairman, Rodney Tennant, the third generation of the family, decided to expand the operation into a world class events centre by adding a wing that would give the building, set in spacious grounds in the Yorkshire Dales, three times the capacity (and cost £9m to realise).
In addition to the multipurpose 550-capacity Garden Rooms that could serve as a banqueting, concert and theatre space, the new wing would also incorporate new restaurants, lecture and seminar rooms and exhibition space.
He contacted Mark Parker of AV Matrix, based at nearby Wetherby, who knows the building implicitly after fitting out the original building when with his previous company. As on that occasion, he managed to source most of his loudspeaker requirements from the catalogue of RCF, one of his preferred long-term suppliers.
“I was conscious of budget, and the price to performance ratio had to be exactly right, and the speakers unobtrusive,” he said. Ticking those particular boxes he was able to specify RCF’s powerful C-series Acustica for the main ballroom/function room and between 70-80 PL 8X 8” + 1” flush mount coaxial ceiling speakers on a distributed system through many of the 16 zones into which the venue is divided.
While the sweeping staircase leads upstairs to viewing areas, a mezzanine gallery and three first floor meeting/seminar rooms, a roof terrace, private dining room and viewing gallery, downstairs are a dedicated restaurant, café and original sale rooms. However, the piéce de rèsistance is The Garden Rooms. With the partitions removed, this can open out into the adjoining Fountain and Versailles Rooms when the space can function in full concert mode.
In specifying a full sound, stage lighting and video package, with a contract value of £130K, Mark Parker knew that each of the many rooms had to communicate with any other, and that any signal source had to be routable via the processor to any destination.
“We worked with the M&E consultants and put a full cable spec together, including coax, SDI, 4-way audio and two CAT5 to every room and every TV position,” he explained.
To serve the many functions scheduled for The Garden Rooms are two pairs of RCF Acustica Compact C5212-64 (60° x 40°) and eight C3110-96 wall mounted distributed delay speakers and two S8018 MkII single 18in Acustica subs — part of an industry standard concert spec. Driving this system are RCF HPS 1500 (2 x 750W) and HPS 2500 (2 x 1400W) amplifiers.
Meanwhile, two RCF L-Pad 12CX 12-channel portable mixers (with effects) have been built into portable racks for manual mic mixing around the facility.
Up on the new outside terrace AV Matrix have installed eight of RCF’s IP55-rated indoor/outdoor MQ80P Indoor/Outdoor 2-way horn loaded speakers for background music and public address.
Explaining his choice of RCF products, Mark Parker states, “We’ve used Acustica many times over the years and installed them successfully in nightclubs and cabaret clubs. It’s a small footprint product for the sound it produces and it’s important that in addition to their excellent active speakers, RCF still offers a good quality passive solution — and one that is significantly less expensive than comparable models.
“The ceiling speakers offer extremely good value and the exterior speakers are simple and unobtrusive.”
The entire installation operates under Philips Control 4 with individual room touch control via iPod Touch — which enabled the installer to simply reconfigure the room settings as required.
Summing up, RCF’s Northern Sales Manager, Mick Butler says, “The quality of AV Matrix’s work is exemplary, and the profile this gives to RCF cannot be overstated.”
Adding his own endorsement, Rodney Tennant stated, “We never had any doubt that Mark and his team from AV Matrix would provide us with sound and light systems of the highest standard.
“The space we designed had all the potential to be a top venue but this only became a reality with AV’s input throughout the design and build process. The sound and lighting systems that they have installed are so complex that they have taken the space from a ‘good’, to a top class venue suitable for international musical and stage productions.
“AV Matrix have been an integral part of making The Garden Rooms at Tennants what it is today and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Going forward, the new-look facility will now be administered by the fourth generation of the family, as Rodney Tennant has passed the operation down to this three daughters, Caroline, Alison and Jane.
Event
Der Vienna City Marathon ist mit mehr als 42.000 Läuferinnen und Läufern die größte Sportveranstaltung Österreichs. Sie führt die Teilnehmer entlang der eindrucksvollen modernen und historischen Sehenswürdigkeiten von Wien. Für die Beschallungstechnik an Start und Ziel, sowie entlang der 42km langen Strecke, zeichnete die Firma Yoursolutions aus Wien verantwortlich. Yoursolutions setzte dabei voll auf Produkte aus dem Hause RCF.
Der Vienna Marathon startet zwischen den Wolkenkratzern der UNO-City, dem Sitz der Vereinten Nationen. Die Teilnehmer überqueren unmittelbar nach dem Start die Reichsbrücke über die Donau. Der Lauf führt am Riesenrad vorbei durch das Parkareal des Praters. Weiter geht’s entlang der Wiener Ringstrasse, vorbei an der berühmten Oper, durch das Wiental hinaus zum Schloss Schönbrunn und zurück vorbei am Wiener Rathaus bis zum Burgtheater und der Wiener Universität.
Start und Ziel wurden mit den RCF TT+ High Definition Line Array beschallt, bestehend aus je sieben TTL55-A und 24 TTL33-A Modulen, sowie sieben TTS36-A Aktiv-Subwoofern. Auch entlang der Strecke kamen Produkte der RCF TT+ Serie zum Einsatz – neben TTL31-A Line-Arrays auch die Zwei-Wege-Systeme TT22-A und TT1-A, sowie TTS36-AS und TTS18-A Subwoofer. Darüber hinaus kamen über 50 ART312-A Zwei-Wege-Boxen zur Beschallung entlang der Laufstrecke zum Einsatz.
„Wir setzen seit 2007 vertrauensvoll auf Produkte aus dem Hause RCF“, sagt Yoursolution Inhaber Heinrich Schiller. „Daher war der Einsatz für uns auch auf dieser Veranstaltung gesetzt. RCF bietet eine große Anzahl Beschallungslösungen für eine Vielzahl an Anwendungsmöglichkeiten mit ausgewogenem, klaren Sound und bester Zuverlässigkeit.“
Installation
RCF D Line speakers were installed in the recently opened Epica nightclub in Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It is warm all year round and attracts thousands of visitors each year thanks to its subtropical climate, green islands and touristic attractions. It is also an influential economical and industrial area for the whole country. Epica Okinawa nightclub opened in the prefecture’s capital city Naha in summer 2015. It is one of the largest nightclubs in the area, with a dancefloor more than 1000 square meters large, and strategically located only a few steps away from the famous sightseeing spot of International Street. The nightclub usually hosts about 1000 visitors per night during the weekend. Customers enjoy a cutting-edge interpretation of the latest trends in video and lighting, a large-sized LED screen and gorgeous VIP rooms. Several famous DJs, artists and entertainers were invited to the opening event starting from July 18th and lasting for 10 days. More than 2200 people attended the opening night on the first day.
The newly installed audio system includes 6 units (per side) of RCF HDL 20-A active line array in flying configuration on stage, and 4 stacked HDL 18-AS subwoofers per side. For an enhanced reproduction of low frequencies 2 additional HDL 18-AS subwoofers were installed under the bar counter right in front of the stage, on the other side of the dancefloor. Finally, the DJ booth is equipped with an RCF NX 12-SMA stage monitor and a NX S21-A active high-power subwoofer.
Despite its compact appearance, the HDL 18-AS is an extremely powerful subwoofer and left the artists very satisfied after the opening of Epica. The NX-12 SMA stage monitor and NXS 21-A subwoofer were praised by local DJs for their acoustic pressure and easiness of monitoring.
Epica Official Website: http://epica.okinawa.jp/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clubepicaokinawa
Corporate
With over 40 years’ experience in providing technical services for the Irish market and beyond, Nolan Sound & Lighting recently extended its four year relationship with RCF by investing in the company’s HDL10-A compact line array.
Company director, Alan Nolan, has sold various brands of loudspeaker over the many years that he has worked in the business. But in RCF he has at last found a brand that is sufficiently versatile to suit all his clients. “The quality and convenience of RCF’s products, particularly the HDL10-A, is what makes them so great,” he says.
Based in Co. Westmeath, the company made its first investment in RCF’s stylish, composite enclosures back in March 2015, purchasing eight elements with a view to using the new rig as a four a side system for small/medium sized shows. They subsequently added a further eight HDL10-A enclosures, which they run with four SUB 8006-AS subwoofers.
“With this configuration we are covered for the majority of shows we do at this time of year,” states Nolan. However, the system size is set to increase further enabling them to have 16 boxes a side, accompanied by further SUB 8006-AS LF enclosures.
The HDL10-A was originally bought specifically due to the increase in attendance at shows by a group for which Nolan Sound provides full production. “Another reason was that it could be broken down in various configurations in order to fit the particular needs of different shows — such as two a side (pole mounted), four a side ground stacked and four to eight a side flown etc.”
Housing two 8in woofers, 2in compression driver, 1400W peak 2-way digital amplifier and powerful DSP processing, the ultra-compact size, unique composite cabinet design and fast rig/derig characteristics, make the HDL 10-A ideal in live sound reinforcement and reliable installed situations.
Aside from the quality of the product, the outstanding relationship that his company has with RCF was a further factor in the decision, he said. “The idea was that we would use and promote RCF as we are a registered supplier of RCF products in the Republic of Ireland.”
However, the use of RCF products by Nolan Sound & Light extends beyond the HDL10-A, as Alan Nolan explains. “Since our affiliation with RCF, we have used different RCF systems, the most recent being RCF TT25-A high power active system with TTS26-A subs.
“This system is ideal for 600-800 people in a concert setting — and it was the quality of this that convinced us to add the larger RCF system to our hire inventory.”
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