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RCF brings big sound to the Big Banana
Sometimes claimed to be the first Big Thing in Australia, the Big Banana tourist complex is one of the main attraction of the New South Wales area - set amongst a banana plantation. Any Entertainment is a Coffs Harbour based production company specializing in touring, events and installation. The largest production company in the area, Any Entertainment makes use of a versatile RCF HDL 20-A setup, to meet their client’s needs across live music and corporate events audio.
The adaptability of the RCF’s medium-format array series has made it an industry-standard in mid-to-large productions, championed by its excellent sonic quality, high SPL and tunable directivity. The HDL 20-A unit is a highly efficient 700W (RMS) powered line array mid-high module, featuring 2 x 10” woofers, 1 x 3” and delivering a staggering 135dB max SPL.
Any Entertainment’s Production Manager, Nathan Holding, says since the company invested in the system, they have been very pleased with the results. The company makes use of 12 x HDL 20-A, 4 x SUB 8006-A dual 18” subwoofers and 4 x SUB 8004-A single 18” subwoofers; often servicing indoor concerts or outdoor festivals with 1000+ people. “With the HDL modules, there’s always enough power, no matter the gig; in fact, I don’t think we’ve ever seen the protection limiter LED trigger. We recently had the system setup for Australian electronic duo ‘Peking Duk’ in front of two thousand people, and whilst we did add two extra 8006-A subs, we found the system still had plenty of headroom to spare.”
"the real advantage for us here is low weight and compact format"
Nathan also admires the HDL series power-to-weight ratio- “it’s certainly great having a powerful PA, but the real advantage for us here is low weight and compact format; we can fit the whole system into a single Pantech-style truck. Logistically that just can’t be beaten.”
HDL 20-As have become a leading choice in line array technology thanks to their versatility and ultra-fast setup. “Depending on client requirements, we can build-up two entirely separate systems for different uses at the one event; and because it’s an Active system, there’s no need to split amp racks- you just roll out what you need and quickly connect it.” Any Entertainment has worked with a plethora of Australian talent, including The Living End, Jimmy Barnes, Pete Murray, Don Walker, and Ian Moss. Nathan says that whilst client feedback at concerts has been positive, it’s the response from other engineers that he’s been most pleased with. “When acts bring their own engineers to mix on our system, they’re usually happy when they see what they’re working with - it’s a setup many have used before and one that they trust.”