For the first time in 20 years an NHL hockey team has won all their consecutive NHL home games during the playoffs. That team – the Nashville Predators. The venue – Bridgestone Arena. The excitement is building for the team, and much of it is being related to the fan experience at the facility. “AV is an integral part of that experience,” notes the arena’s Senior Director of Technical Operations Ben Bosse. “More than integral, it is an essential item,” attributing the music and video as a big part of the “total game experience” relating both pre-game and post-game productions and inciting the crowd during in-game breaks in the action.
According to an ESPN Ultimate Standings fan survey from this past fall, “The Bridgestone Arena topped the charts in stadium experience, and it seems like it will only continue to improve,” as management had already announced plans to improve the arena.
Into the mix comes Durrell Sports, a Nashville-based sports stadium consultant.
“Bridgestone has always been a home town favorite to our company,” says Durrell principal John Horrell. “We have been connected to them, as being their main sound consultant, lessor of audio equipment, provider of Media Services and supplied audio technicians for the past twelve years. Watching the success of the building (rated in the top five most used stadiums in the country 10 years running) and the success of the Predators team have been exciting to say the least.”
Durrell was involved with the selection of the original system 12 years ago. Recognizing that system was showing its age and in need of repairs, and with the commitment from the facility management for needed upgrades, Horrell started to explore new solutions.
Full audio visual service company, Polygone Equipement, were recently brought in to provide auxiliary sound reinforcement for the prestigious European Athletics Team Championships at the 18,000-seat capacity Lille-Métropole Stadium. Formed in 1994, Polygone Equipement has been an RCF partner for most of that time, and working on the event for the first time they had no hesitation in picking a combination of high premium TTL33-A active line array and HDL20-A, RCF’s popular and huge selling composite system to supplement the stadium PA. They used 12 of the TTL33-A, supported by eight elements of HDL20-A, underpinned with four TTS28-A subs, while a pair of TT25-A were detailed for monitoring purposes for the official speaker out on the central field. The TTL33-A’s were arrayed in four main stacks, spaced around the stadium, each containing three enclosures plus a TTS28-A sub. Four additional stacks of dual HDL20-A line array modules were deployed with appropriate tilt angles for optimum coverage of the tribune seating. The FOH mixing console provided sources from CD players and jingles, while the five wireless mics offered long distance capability. All sound was processed through BSS Omnidrive and broadcast splits were sent to France Television for live transmission. According to the installation team the set-up had been straightforward because of the ground stacking design, while the RCF active line array solution proved a big advantage when it came to cabling issues. “The system sounded great, with plenty of power and perfect intelligibility and clarity,” stated Polygone Equipement’s Gerard Coucke.
RCF partners, Dipsonic, have equipped a number of beach rescue centres on the north coast of France with HD6045EN fibreglass long-throw multicell horns, which are designed to withstand the most adverse weather conditions. Le Touquet-Paris-Plage is the highest profile resort to receive the rescue voice application but others nearby include Stella Plage, Merlimont Plage and Sainte-Cécile Plage. The work was commissioned by Citeos, VINCI Energies’ Lighting and Urban Equipment brand, and the RCF solution was specified by M. Lefebvre from locally-based Dipsonic. His selection was based on the fact that the HD6045EN, rated at 133dB@1m, offered the highest SPL available for such a horn enclosure. In terms of design, two of these horns are pole-mounted and set side by side in a ‘V’ configuration, facing out in front of the central beach. At Sainte-Cécile they are directly fixed on the Rescue Centre wall itself. At Le Touquet-Paris-Plage an additional 25 RCF HD3216/T compact, lightweight and watertight horn speakers, will complete the installation along the 500-metre long sea wall, to increase the paging coverage at medium throw distance. The horns are powered from RCF’s UP 8000 series amplifiers, suitable for 70V/100V applications via the PR4093 9-in/3-out pre-amp, which has been purpose designed to provide a flexible solution for paging and music application in PA systems of this nature. All the RCF Resort Centre installations have replaced previous voice evacuation systems.
During Infocomm, RCF will showcase its latest innovations in sound reproduction and amplification. The RCF’s new product line will feature improvements, design upgrades and exciting new technologies, like the new FiRPHASE processing, on-board on an extended range of loudspeakers. Follow RCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don't miss the occasion to attend our product demos as shown below. HDL 6-A DEMOS Daily June 14-16 Demo Room W230A 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 11:00 - 12:00 a.m. 01:00 - 02:00 p.m. 03:00 - 04:00 p.m. RCF's big-selling HD-Line series, spearheaded by the HDL 20-A, welcomes the RCF HDL 6-A: an ultra-compact bi-amped 2-way active touring system for small to medium events, both indoors and outdoors. Despite the size and the ultralight-weight, the playback clarity is incredible, thanks to the built-in 1400W, 2-way class-D amplifiers and the FiRPHASE DSP processing. DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO VISIT US AND DISCOVER OUR ENTIRE PRODUCTS RANGE! BOOTH 6953 June 14-16 Orlando, FL
Hockeycomplex ‘Oosterplas’, Hertogenbosch (Netherlands)- The field hockey club which is also known as HC Den Bosch, recently underwent a complete new sound system installation, turning to RCF for the solution. RCF’s weatherproof IP55-rated P-series is no stranger to stadia and arenas throughout the world and has frequently been the architectural choice both for indoor installations in tough environments as well as outdoor applications such as stadiums and arenas. With three sides of the field open, all 20 of the P 3115-T, run 100V line, are distributed evenly along the roof of the single tribune, which also includes a central cluster. The full range, wide-dispersion, coaxial two-way loudspeaker system provides substantial power and efficiency. The HF section is a constant directivity CMD horn loaded to a 1” RCF Precision compression driver with a 1.5” diaphragm assembly. The LF transducer is a 15” woofer with 2.5” voice coil and the selectable line transformer makes is suitable for 70-100 volt applications. Commenting on the installation, Henri van Bergen, of RCF Netherlands, stated: “The most important consideration in stadiums like these is the Speech Transmission Index (STI), as well as fact the that the system must also sound great with music. “The client realised, during the final stages of decision making, that the RCF P-series gave them the best of both worlds.”
JANDAKOT (PERTH), AUSTRALIA: After operating from hired premises for many years, the board at Good Success Church (formerly Mighty Living Waters Life Fellowship) made the decision to develop a permanent home. A new building in Jandakot, south of Perth was chosen and so the journey began. The committee at Good Success Church contacted AVL consultant Rob Scott of Trans Media Alliance (TMA). Rob’s business is reasonably unique in that Rob had spent many years in the AVL industry and many as a committed church member. Rob started life as a professional musician and these credentials have given him the background to consult and design audio, lighting,and vision systems for churches, large auditoriums and performing arts centres. Good Success Church required a sound and lighting system appropriate for dynamic live services which at the same time were suitable for television program recording and live media projection. Five companies were invited to tender on the TMA specifications, which Kosmic Sound and Lighting won due to price, experience and professionalism. Kosmic worked closely with Group Technologies to present a tender-winning speaker system for the building which is 30 metres wide yet only 20 metres deep. The RCF HDL 20a active line array system was chosen. Each hang consisted of three full-range line array elements coupled with additional LF on the ground. Additionally,two boxes of HDL10a were used as centre fills. A Xilica Uno processor was used to process the system. Xilica’s high audio quality and powerful DSP platform allowed for everything from simple system tuning to pre-set system configurations depending on the size and scope of any event in the space. TMA consulted with both the architect and acoustic consultants to match the room acoustics to the performance of the RCF system. Roof heights were changed along with a custom design for the walls, ceiling panels and diffusers. The resulting room sound is spectacular. “It makes such a difference to the outcome when I am consulted before the project is built.” Rob Scott TMA We found the Kosmic team professional and flexible to work with during the building and fitout process…. Kosmic also provided training and after completion support for transition to the new system. The result achieved with the acoustic treatments and audio system are ideal “ Pastor Rajan, Snr Pastor, Good Success Church. Recognising that LED technology has reached a stage where it's possible to present a modern professional stage lighting system without dimmers and tungsten fittings, TMA were able to design a lighting system suitable for live performance, television recording and multimedia projections while reducing ongoing power operating costs. “This is an exceptionally professional AVL integrated system installation, indeed a reference model for the new modern systems using line array and LED technology. Congratulations to Good Success Church for your foresight, and Kosmic for your professionalism” Rob Scott, Consultant www.rcf.it www.kosmicsound.com.au www.transmediaalliance.com.au
The new Audio Academy, dedicated to the culture of sound, will be situated in a new building at the RCF headquarters in Reggio Emilia. Set on pitched floor, and with 46 upholstered seats, the classroom has also been acoustically treated, while a natural/artificial mixed lighting system provides maximum comfort. Finally, the classroom is equipped with audio-video systems and includes a spacious foyer for reception and refreshments. RCF Audio Academy will continue the series of state-of-the-art seminars hosted by the RCF product specialists, teachers and engineers both in the new HQ and laboratories. Since 2010, 127 courses have been organized, welcoming more than 2,200 participants, 381 indoor product demos and 374 outdoor. The new venue will also host the Sound-Engineering University Course, organized by the Department of Science and Methods of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with RCF, now in its sixth edition. In professional fields such as audio recording and live, through to commercial audio and integrated systems, a complete and thorough knowledge of the subject is the most effective way to use technology at its best. Thanks to its many achievements and strong technical pedigree, RCF has contributed in large part to the history and development of sound. Today, after nearly 70 years, RCF continues to play a major role in the hi-tech advancements of the international electroacoustic industry. Since 1949 this knowledge sharing has been promoted, thanks to the experience and expertise of our engineers in training, seminars, and demos, at the same time providing enormous internal support to help the customer in the design of complex systems. The topics of the courses embrace all the areas of audio signal processing and amplification. The updated list is available by clicking here or accessing the Education section of the site www.rcf.it. Map: goo.gl/maps/8XJQGTVdL5m Directions:www.rcf.it/it_IT/education/locations www.rcf.it/education