Event
The first Red Bull Soundclash in Greece recently was supported by a TTL+ active line array system from RCF — provided as part of a complete sound, lighting and visual package across two identical stages by Greek production company, Kariotis Meletios Events Productions.
This unique band competition, famous throughout the world and held for the first time in Athens’ Building 56, saw a battle between Greek bands Vegas and Melisses.
With two identical stages installed opposite each other in the same venue the concept of the competition was that the audience would vote vocally for the best group after each of the songs (Melisses recording 124dBA on the decibel meter to emerge as victors).
Sound reinforcement for the event included four arrays of four TTL55-A active line arrays and a TTS36-A flown subwoofer, with four stacked arrays of two TTS-56A subs, divided equally cross the two stages. In fact the presence of the TT 55-A was its first official outing in the country.
With RCF TT+ product specialist, Emanuele Morlini, providing on-site support to help set up and optimise the system — controlled and monitored by RCF’s advanced remote control system, RD Net — the TTL solution offered an ultra dynamic and high energy live experience to the audience and delivered a continuous 120dB free of distortion over the entire period.
Kariotis Meletios had been awarded the contract by Red Bull’s American-based events company, Eleven Productions. Explaining the concept, Pandelis Kariotis said that the two famous bands participating on the two stages represented different genres. “A db meter mic was installed measuring the volume of the crowd screaming right after each performance and displaying the results on two big LED screens at the back of the two stages.”
The Greek production company had around 16 technicians working three days for the preparation of this project in order to manage the installation of the trussing and staging, the installation of the sound, light and LED displays, with soundchecks on the third day. MTV Greece, who hosted and broadcast the event, then moved in with a production crew, ten cameras and a OB van, while Eleven Productions managed all structures for Red Bull as well as crowd control.
The RCF system received a highly positive reaction all round. “The fact that the performance of TTL was state of the art was recognised immediately by the sound engineers of both groups,” confirmed Mr. Kariotis.
“The USA production company was also delighted with our standard of organisation, state of the art equipment and the expertise of our technicians.”
Installation
Dominated by its dramatic ceiling, featuring nearly 3,000 diamond-shaped pieces of LED-lit cut crystal, London West End membership nightclub Jalouse recently underwent a complete audio revamp as part of a general structural refurbishment, to prepare the award-winning luxury venue — owned by Moruf Yoozooph and Freddie Achom — for its next phase.
The three-year old club had never been entirely happy with its original sound system. Brought in with the task of upgrading the system and resiting the DJ console, Cosmic Electronics opted for an RCF dancefloor solution, redeploying the existing system to peripheral bar and lounge infill duties. At the same time they carried out some digital rewiring, and placed the crystal ceiling under computerised lighting control.
“We have worked a lot with RCF over the years and it was only when we became involved in another club project recently that we realised just how powerful and compact the new generation of products were,” stated Cosmic Electronics MD, Keith Damon, who managed the project.
Wrapping the clientele in an improved, and more potent dancefloor sound are two pairs of RCF C5215W's — containing15” high-output LF transducer with 3” voice coil — facing each other across the dancefloor. At the same time the existing subwoofers have received further LF extension with the addition of an RCF S8015 single 15” high output unit, which is sufficiently compact to recess neatly under the existing seating with 1mm tolerance. Capable of delivering 1kW of power (RMS) and maximum SPL in excess of 135 dB, this leaves plenty of headroom for the DJ (and trouser flapping for those seated above).
Finally, in order that the DJ can monitor his own output, a tiny powered RCF TT051A (with 5” woofer and 1” dome) has been flown above the console.
With an eye on the budget, Cosmic UK has continued its optimization programme by completely re-configuring the existing Crest amplifiers and reprogramming the gain structure of the BSS Soundweb DSP.
“The result,” says Keith Damon, “is a clean, warm sound, rich in bass, which envelops the entire club.”
The Mayfair club’s elegant interior, which originally cost £3.5m to build, was designed by Mark Humphrey London. And having been voted best new club at the London Bar and Club Awards in 2009 and Best Club at the same awards last year, Jalouse’s new RCF sound system is perfectly placed to keep its clientele on the dancefloor for the foreseeable future.
Installation
A Casteldelfino, piccolo borgo antico in Provincia di Cuneo, a 1.296 metri sul livello del mare, ogni giorno a mezzodì suonano 12 rintocchi ORIGINALI del Big Ben, il famoso campanile di Londra.
Forse ci dareste dei visionari, ma l’affermazione risponde alla pura verità. A Casteldelfino il Big Ben suona le ore di metà giornata, così come, alle otto del mattino, un allegro e squillante canto di gallo dà il buongiorno ai cittadini; e alle quattro del pomeriggio il cinguettio dell’uccellino della Rai e la marcia alpina dei Coscritti Piemontesi scandiscono “l’ora della memoria”, mentre alle otto di sera la buona notte viene augurata con il suono spiritoso e rasserenante dell’orologio a cucù, e con il coro della Madama Butterfly di Giacomo Puccini.
Al sindaco di Casteldelfino, Domenico Amorisco, va attribuita l’idea di questo interessante esperimento di diffusione sonora, che colloca il paese all’avanguardia in Italia. L’impianto, realizzato dalla ditta F.P. Impianti con apparecchiature targate RCF, coinvolge l’intero centro storico del paese: piazza Valentino, via Roma, via Pontechianale e piazza del Municipio. L’intento, secondo le parole del sindaco, era quello di offrire al visitatore “una giornata che si può vivere solo a Casteldelfino.”
L’impianto di diffusione sonora che copre l’intera area è composto da 21 diffusori RCF Monitor MQ 80P-B da 30W l’uno (per un totale di potenza dell’impianto di 500W) dislocati nel paese in due “dorsali” da 11 apparecchi, una per ogni metà del borgo. A servire gli altoparlanti, 730 metri di cavo. Il cuore pulsante dell’installazione è un rack che contiene tutte le apparecchiature necessarie a diffondere messaggi e musica, un lettore CD/MP3 e sintonizzatore radio FM, un amplificatore AM2320 da 320W, una unità di potenza UP 2321 da 320W per annunci e diffusione musicale. Insomma, un lavoro tutt’altro che banale, corredato poi da un’apparecchiatura Chorus Fulgor: solitamente installata nei campanili per automatizzare la diffusione di suoni o messaggi, in questo caso è stata utilizzata per gestire l’impianto di diffusione audio che copre capillarmente l’intero paese.
L’installazione ha avuto luogo nel corso del 2011, e ha richiesto una decina di giorni. Il 9 aprile 2012, lunedì dell’Angelo, l’impianto è stato inaugurato. Adesso funziona principalmente durante le manifestazioni o le feste di paese, per la diffusione di musica o messaggi, ma è in realtà attivo 24 ore su 24: i quattro “appuntamenti” con il Big Ben, il canto del gallo e l’orologio a cucù sono quotidiani e, dal 9 aprile di quest’anno, scandiscono la vita di Casteldelfino.
Corporate
Promising to standardise on RCF components after purchasing a major Theatre & Touring (TT+) system nine months ago, Yes Events Ltd this month remained true to their word when they added a second tranche of the Italian manufacturers’ products to their hire fleet from this increasingly-popular range.
This time they have bought an eight-enclosure TTL33-A compact, 3-way active line array system and two further TTS28-A subs to add to the four they already have. In addition, they have invested in six TT25-SMA touring 15in stage monitors and RCF’s proprietary RDNet system software, to integrate with the TTL33-A.
According to Yes Events director, Tom Chennells, the underlying reason for the latest round of spending was to service the assault on 30 shopping malls simultaneously by Rock Choir’s infamous Flash Mob on Sunday, March 25th.
Rock Choir is the biggest contemporary choir in Britain. With a burgeoning repertoire of rock, pop and gospel music, a soloist turned up at each of the selected destinations, armed with a radio mic and backing tracks, to kick start the ‘choir’ of shoppers in each location.
As a preferred supplier Yes Events were contracted to handle sound reinforcement at many of the sites — all with RCF components. Their new TTL33-A line array was immediately shipped down to Bristol’s new £500m Cabot Circus, operating two elements per side and showing all the benefits of their wide dispersion. Elsewhere, they fielded other RCF components, including their existing TT25-A active two-way monitors, compact ART 722-A active full range enclosure with ART 905-AS active 15in bass bins and the 4PRO series, with 4PRO 8003-AS active 18in sub.
Explained Tom Chennells, who runs the business with Nick Ratcliffe, “We are big fans of the Touring & Theatre range. We topped up our inventory with the Rock Choir event coming up but really purchased the new SMA stage monitors because we have won the contract to look after 25 outdoor community festivals this summer, generally featuring smaller acts and tribute bands.
“As the TTL33-A is compatible with the RDNet control and DSP input cards we can be specific about how it throws the sound — which is vital at sites where containment is an issue. This is a unique feature and one of the reasons why we chose the TTL33-A.”
As if that wasn’t enough Yes Events have also purchased their own stage roof, so can now provide a one-stop shop. And as for the foreseeable future, Tom predicts, “We will continue to expand with RCF.”
Corporate
RCF has confirmed the sale of its first D-Line HDL 20-A active line array system in the UK to Leicestershire-based Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting Ltd.
Given the vast spectrum of events for which the company provides production support, Stewart Duckworth’s long-standing sales, rental and installation operation sensed the time was right to invest in its own line array system after previously hiring in. As a result, this month they took delivery of an initial 12 HDL 20-A full range enclosures and four SUB 8006-AS subwoofers from RCF UK — and believe this is just the beginning.
Based in the East Midlands — in heart of the country with excellent transport links — this self-described “jobbing PA company” says the HDL 20-A ticks all the boxes — particularly with the busy summer season approaching, when their workload spans the spectrum of village galas right through to full-blown music festivals as well as theatre shows.
RCF was already a brand long respected by Stewart Duckworth. “I have been working with RCF components since the mid-1970s, when we were building our own enclosures for local bands, and this continued when we set up Chameleon in 1979,” he says.
Having been exposed, through hiring in, to most of the crop of current line array systems, he was looking to combine performance and budget within a small footprint and reasonable weight to output ratio, with all the amplification and DSP onboard. The polypropylene enclosures also give him a lightweight option. “The cost is exceptional, it’s all contained in a moulded composite box, with internal amps and preset DSP settings which simplifies everything. It’s ideal for what we want.”
Nevertheless, the Chameleon MD first needed proof of concept and hired a local theatre for a full listening test assessment. He rigged the D-Line in two hangs and with the assistance of a percussionist colleague miked up a full drum kit and alternated different source feeds (from snares, cymbals etc) with some of his preferred reference CD tracks. “Without any outboard processing, just using the EQ on the board, we could achieve all the variation in drum sounds regularly required" — proving the flatness and balance between the boxes to be just right.
“That told me everything I needed to know,” he continued. “The system produces excellent sound quality and at the same time will comfortably meet customers’ budgets. With the 2in horn on a waveguide and two 10” drivers, the top box could be used in its own right due to its broad frequency range.”
Duckworth also pinpointed many other positives. “More and more outdoor trailer stages are now being built with rigging points, which means that with the low weight mass —less than 30kg per box — we will generally be able to fly these using the enclosure’s simple three-point rigging hardware".
“The flybar will support up to 16 enclosures and HDL 20-A’s also provide a weather proofing solution, which is essential. Because we service a number of outdoor events on this type of stage for one day events we can easily and safely get a system rigged and running in a short space of time, either flown or ground stacked as the flybar acts as ground support and actually attaches into the subs for stability.”
The new RCF system debuted at the end of the month on local and national Diamond Jubilee celebrations which then extend into June. It is then earmarked for duty at The Feast of St. Peter in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, staged by the local council and now attracting up to 10,000 people.
In conclusion he states, “RCF have come up with an elegant solution and it’s clear that a lot of research has gone into the design".
“RCF’s Shape Designer software provides full optimisation and in terms of transportation, we have developed an efficient flight case solution which — unlike with passive systems — will enable us to carry production in smaller 7.5 tonne trucks and three and a half tonne vans.”
Further information from: Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting Ltd. Scotlands Industrial Estate. London Rd. Coalville Leics
LE67 3JJ 01530 831337
www.chameleon-pa.co.uk
info@chameleon-pa.co.uk
Event
RCF's TT+ Line Array technology makes it's major Japanese festival debut at the Big Beach Festival '12!
The Big Beach Festival has been voted the best dance-music festival in Japan for the past three years in a row and the TTL55-A is the perfect companion for this premiere musical event!
With over 17,000 people in attendance last year, past BBF events have included such big name artists as Fat Boy Slim, Carl Cox, DJ Sasha, Groove Armada, and has featured fireworks presentations, Red Bull Air Race Flight performances and even a special appearance of a Grand Prix winning F1 race car!
This year's headline acts are Chemical Brothers, Sven Vath, John Digweed and beat-box sensation Beardyman!
With all three stages powered exclusively by RCF, all musicians are sure to be in for a pleasant surprise. Never before has such a high-definition system been provided and everyone is highly anticipating this TT+ debut.
The RCF TT+ system that will be employed is as follows:
28 x TTL55-A 12 x TTS56-A 16 x TTL36-AS 8 x TTL31-A 8 x TTL33-A 4 x TT22-A
Plus all stage monitoring, utilizing:
6 x TT25-SMA 2 x TTS28-A 4 x ART415-A 2 x ART722-A
And VIP coverage with:
10 x ART410-A 2 x TT052-A
This will be a great showcase of RCF's latest products and will provide the high-definition musical energy required to power what is widely considered to be the best dance-music festival in Japan.
Installation
When the Greek Orthodox Church of Evangelism of Holy Mary in Pili Dervenohorion was seeking a sound system that would give them greater intelligibility in a highly reverberant environment, installers Kariotis Bros Co turned to an RCF solution.
As the Italian manufacturer’s distributor in Greece, Kariotis knew that a combination of eight L2406T compact three-way column arrays would deliver the spoken word with crystal clarity while the slim column profile would not intrude on the church’s murals and frescos. At the same time they chose eight elements of RCF MQ-100L columns for use in the church’s secondary annex.
Kariotis had already made a sound study of the church two years previously … but unhappy with the solution provided by the competitive bidder on that occasion the church called Kariotis back in and asked them to design a superior reference sound system.
Since Orthodox churches reproduce only the spoken word and choral music, rather than recorded sounds or musical instruments Kariotis turned to high quality supercardioid mics for the cantors and highly sensitive mic caps for the priest — reinforced with high standards of power amplifiers, dynamic vocal processors, feedback eliminators, sound mixer and of course RCF L2406T columns for the main temple and RCF MQ 100L for the secondary room. A further point in favour of the RCF solution was that the priest was already familiar with the brand.
“Royal cathedral churches in Greece historically have a huge problem with echo reproduction and so the most important issue was to get the clearest sound reproduction of the voices in all spaces, as well as zero feedback from the speakers,” said Pandelis Kariotis, the installation company's general manager. “Automatic correction of any bad sound effect was the criteria of our installation.”
He said that the RCF L Series had ticked all the boxes. “It not only suited the architecture but the L2406T is a very efficiency column array speaker. The vertical dispersion can manage coverage over huge heights such as this; also the reproduction of vocals is very dynamic and clear.”
Equally successful was the installation of the eight MQ 100L 3-way column elements — again meeting the critical acoustical criteria and managing the architectural constraints, with its wide horizontal coverage angle of 180° and vertical dispersion of 60° filling the wide space.
Pandelis Kariotis himself designed the RCF solution, based on careful analysis, while sales manager and technical supervisor, Giannis Stathis took responsibility for the filtering systems and selection of the preamps, mics and mixer.
In conclusion, Mr. Kariotis said, “In the two or three days after replacing the old sound system the church was constantly full of worshippers. So I guess that says something.”
Event
From March 21 to 24th 2012 the audio and light industry will be gathered in Frankfurt and the Messe Halls will be filled up with all the latest products and technologies.
Prolight + Sound will offer users a possibility to get a look into what the new trends are and what future directions the industry is aiming at.
RCF will follow up on previously year’s success with new products, innovative technologies and will offer visitors the chance to get a “hands-on” experience with a large selection of product range and the possibility to meet the RCF staff.
Come to visit us in HALL 8 – booth G70
Event
RCF TT+ demo at the Asakusa Jazz Contest
RCF, Japanese distributor Ballad Co. Ltd. recently did a RCF TT+ demo at the 31st Annual Asakusa Jazz Contest in Asakusa, Tokyo.
“The customer was very impressed with the sound. He said that he was blown away by the clarity in the mid-high range and had never gotten an acceptable piano sound in such a short time before. He also commented that it was so easy to hear the different characteristics of each microphone he used on the various instruments. This is something fairly unique to the TT+ range in my opinion as well. He also used the TT052 along with the TTL33-A for in-fills”, says Zach from Ballad Co. Ltd.
Installation
RCF Di Co Sys conference system at Nikaia Municipality
TNM Projects, one of the RCF commercial audio installation partners in Greece has recently completed the supply, installation and fine tuning of a RCF Di Co Sys conference system in the town council room at Nikaia – Renti Municipality, Greece.
The RCF Di Co Sys conference system is extreme flexible, easy to use and install. A system that is very suitable for any small hall and council chambers.
TNM Projects is specialized in turnkey solutions and one of their key statements is to supply high quality equipment for all kind of installations.
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