05/05/2011 Installation
A Monumental Audio System – San Marco Church in Venice
At Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, a true treasure of history, art and faith visited every year by at least 1.5-2 million people from all over the world, an extensive new RCF sound reinforcement system was recently installed, with forty loudspeaker enclosures that include no less than ten of the new VSA 2050 digitally steerable vertical line arrays.
Many of the countless tourists visiting this marvellous example of Romanesque and Byzantine architecture also take part in the religious ceremonies held inside, so the audio system had to meet various requirements, as is explained by Marco Mazzon, founder of the company of the same name, based in Meolo (Venice), which installed the system: “The brief I got from the client was above all to ensure a considerable increase in intelligibility and flexible control of the various sectors - there are approximately thirty microphones used by officiates and singers in seven different zones of the church."
As he had detailed knowledge of the Basilica and its logistics, Mazzon designed the signal management system, whereas, for the actual acoustic design, he contacted RCF’s dedicated in-house division, in the person of Francesco Venturi, who presented a detailed report and acoustic simulation documentation along with the definitive design.
The main problem to be solved consisted in the different sound coverage required from the system (ranging from a few metres to thirty), which had to ensure considerable spl as well as extremely even distribution, achieving better intelligibility without increasing the reverberation problems typical of this type of location.
Due to the building’s architectural classification, each array had to have a colour that ensured it was almost invisible.
Mazzon enthuses: “The VSA systems provide the ideal solution to both these aspects, thanks to their remarkable sound pressure and precision and a ‘custom’ finish, which solved the aesthetic problems.”
The ten VSA 2050 arrays cover the “congregation” zone of the Basilica and are mounted on the church’s impressive columns, forming a main sound front made up of six systems covering the front area of the naves and the transept, while the other four are mounted twenty metres further forward and appropriately delayed, to cover the rear portion of the naves. Two compact RCF MR 33WT enclosures installed below the ambos optimize the coverage of the first rows of worshippers.
Thanks to the its powerful DSP circuit, connected directly digitally to the twenty Class D 50W amplifiers, the VSA 2050 processes the audio signal fed to each of its twenty loudspeakers to control their vertical dispersion, driving them with the necessary power for ensuring excellent dynamics and addressing the appropriate area to be covered.
Various other types of RCF enclosures were installed in the Basilica, both indoors and outside: seventeen two-way passive loudspeaker columns (versions CS 6940 and 6520) are installed in other seven zones if the huge church, including the entire area of the presbytery and the Pala d’Oro (the high altar’s splendid retable), the Baptistery, the chapel of St. Isidore and the narthex.
Three MR33T “service” enclosures are positioned at the two organs (as monitors for the organists) and in the vestry. On particularly important occasions, six H6045 fibreglass multi-cell long-throw exponential horn speakers, each fitted with four D5076 drivers, are mounted outside the basilica with special fast-lock hardware and cover the entire square.
When installation work was completed, RCF technicians took a series of measurements to ensure that the system’s performance perfectly achieved the acoustic objectives set by the client.
On Sunday, 8th of May at the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, the Pope will host the third Assembly of the Church of the Patriarchate of Venice arranged for the closure of the Pastoral Visit of the Patriarch and his main collaborators of the different parishes.
05/05/2011 Corporate
RCF appoints the Matrix Group to Commercial Audio & Forum Distributor in Denmark
The Matrix Group has recently been appointed as distributor of RCF Commercial Audio & Forum in Denmark. Matrix Group is based on three leading companies: Nordic Sales & Staging, Moto Audio Sales & Signal Audio. Together they have a strong presence in the Danish audio market segment.
“With the distribution of the RCF Commercial Audio & Forum we strengthen our portfolio of strong brands. We currently have 8 people working with Installed Sound and Commercial Audio sales, and certainly the RCF brand will add even more strength to this segment”, says Lars Bo Baadsgaard – CEO of Matrix Group.
Matrix Group has 3 locations in Denmark. Signal Audio & Moto Audio Sales in Copenhagen. Nordic Sales & Staging is based in Losning (20 minutes drive south of Aarhus).
Distribution of professional audio brands is one of the key areas in the Matrix Group and they have established a strong co-operation with dealers that work specifically within the MI, Sound Reinforcement, Pro Audio, Rental, and AV & Installation segments.
The Matrix Group is also a turnkey facility house that provides total solutions for all types of installations where audio products are needed.
This business segment is based on a large network in the industry and several projects are done every year. The reference installation list for the Matrix Group is growing and several bigger scaled projects such as The Royal Opera in Copenhagen, the Concert Hall in DR Byen (Danish Radio) are in the installation portfolio within the group.
“RCF welcomes Matrix Group to our distribution family and we look forward to expand our Commercial Audio & Forum business in Denmark and work closely together with the people in the company”, says Lars Yoshiyama – Sales Manager RCF.
Photo: Kasper Geels (Matrix Group), Lars Yoshiyama (RCF) & Rene Davidsen (Matrix Group).
More info about the Matrix Group:
Matrix Group Helge Nielsens Allé 5 8723 Losning DK - Denmark
Tel: +45 70 27 01 32
www.matrixgroup.dk
04/05/2011 Installation
El Kameha Grand Hotel en Bonn instala altavoces RCF
El Kameha Grand Hotel de Bonn es un hotel de cinco estrellas con la arquitectura más refinada, el diseño es de nuevas tendencias, y su estructura que se ha convertido en el nuevo 'Lieblingsplatz' situado directamente sobre el río Rhin. El Kameha Grand Bonn está diseñado para un estilo de vida ecológico y disfruta de unas vistas maravillosas de las montañas Siebengebirge.
Este edificio de nueva construcción redefine los conceptos de servicio, y en la atmósfera se sienten el color y el calor, y está equipado con muebles de lujo y tecnología de vanguardia.
En la Terraza Bar se han instalado 22 unidades de altavoces RCF MQ80P-S. El modelo MQ80P-S es IP55 y está especialmente diseñado para uso al aire libre. Están instalados en diferentes combinaciones: grupos individuales, dobles y triples. Los altavoces están instalados en columnas de acero inoxidable y queda cubierta la totalidad del Terrance Bar.
La empresa "Kuchem Konferenz Technik" de Königswinter se hizo cargo de la instalación, en cooperación con RCF Alemania que suministraron toda la documentación técnica y simulaciones del proyecto realizado con EASE. Los diseñadores de la construcción de la terraza del bar decidieron la colocación de las columnas de acero inoxidable. La simulación con EASE fue un instrumento necesario para garantizar que la instalación de los altavoces fuera en los sitios adecuados para cubrir toda el área del Terrance Bar y así obtener un resultado perfecto.
El Terrance Bar ofrece un buen nivel de audio y una excelente cobertura (aproximadamente el 90% de la superficie se encuentra entre 97dB SPL + / - 3 dB) y los 22 altavoces se adaptan perfectamente al ambiente de alta clase del Hotel Grand Kameha.
02/05/2011 Event
Experience, discover & network are the key words for this year’s InfoComm Show.
The InfoComm11 Show is taking place at the Orange County Conference Center in Orlando, FL. The conference program starts from 11th of June 2011 while the Exhibition is from June 15th to 17th 2011. The InfoComm Show will offer users a possibility to get a look into what the new trends are and what future directions the industry is aiming at.
Meet and greet with RCF US Team at the show and get a chance to hear and see more about the new products, about our innovative technologies and to learn more about the large selection of product ranges and solutions from RCF.
Come and visit us on Booth 169
28/04/2011 Event
La leyenda The Doors nunca muere.
Larga vida al Rey Lagarto! Con más de 90 millones de álbumes vendidos en todo el mundo su popularidad es todavía fuerte y generan nuevos fans cada día.
Después de la muerte del cantante Jim Morrison en 1971, The Doors continuó de gira como un trío, pero la banda se separó oficialmente en 1973, aunque su música nunca murió. La combinación de carismáticas letras entre salvajes y poéticas y su estilo de música sigue inspirando a las generaciones más jóvenes, su música está llena de una mezcla de rebeldía y Rock & Roll.
Manteniendo vivo el espíritu de The Doors, dos de sus miembros fundadores Robby Krieger y Ray Manzareck, siguen en activo y tocando las grandes canciones que les hizo ganar su lugar como una de las bandas más importantes de la historia del rock. Hoy en día giran bajo el nombre de Ray Manzareck y Bobby Krieger de The Doors.
Cuando The Doors visitaron México en su gira de conciertos de América Latina, uno de los conciertos principales fue la actuación en el Palacio del Arte en Morelia, Michoacán, donde la compañía Producciones Soundset estuvo a cargo de la producción y suministraron el sonido del evento con un gran Sistema RCF TT + con el apoyo de Hermes, distribuidor de RCF en México, y aseguró que todos los fans de The Doors encontrarían "Luz a su fuego" en este concierto.
Con el asesoramiento del especialista de producto de RCF, Oscar Mora y el Ingeniero de Sonido local Ángel Hernández, junto con Soundset Producción todos los asistentes fueron llevados al éxtasis total con The Doors..
El equipo RCF TT + utilizado durante el concierto fue crucial para el excelente desarrollo del espectáculo. El sistema principal frontal se basó en RCF TTL55-A (Line Array autoamplificado de tres vías de alto rendimiento diseñado para generar gran presión sonora en grandes espacios, tanto abiertos como cerrados) y RCF TTL33-A (El Ultra Compacto Line Array).
El sistema TT+ utilizado en el concierto de The Doors también incluyó varios Subgraves TTS28-A y algunas unidades de TT25-A.
El Ingeniero de Sonido fué el galardonado con un Premio Grammy Michael Dumas.
Composición del Sistema de Sonido del concierto:
Sistema Principal: 8 uni. TTL55A + 3 uni. TTS56-A por lado (Total: 16 uni. TTL55A y 6 uni. TTS56-A)
OutFill: 7 uni. TTL33A por lado (Total: 14 uni. TTL33A)
SideFill: 4 uni. TTL33A + 2 uni. TTS28-A por lado (Total: 8 uni. TTL33A y 4 uni. TTS28-A)
DrumFill: 1 uni. TT25A + 2 uni. TTS28-A
27/04/2011 Installation
The Keep Hold Studio facility in Alessandria, Italy installs Mytho 8 in their main mixing room.
Owner of Keep Hold Studio Andrea Fresu is working with several recording artists and also doing many productions for commercial and TV applications.
As a producer Andrea Fresu is working with the labels such as Avantgarde Music, Chiara Music, db One Music, Warner Music, EMI Records and Universal Music and is constantly working with new talents and established artists.
“For me the Mytho´s will give a new dimension to my mix. When I plugged them in for the first time I was already convinced that it was the right direction to take, and now after I have got them calibrated to my room they simply give me a new value to my work. They also look cool, the shape of the monitors is just the way I like it”, says Andrea Fresu.
The last couple of years Andrea Fresu have been busy with the Keep Hold Studio and lots of artists will record in the facility during 2011. The studio has been visited by: Tony Dallara, Aris & Rita, Fausto Leali, Luisa Corna, Alessandro Mara, Mariangela Argentino, Ale e Nico Banz, Kelly Joyce, Vincenzo Consilio, Radio Number One, Luca Barbarossa, Sirya, Stefano Salvi, Isabella Biffi, Mass Corfini, Finley, Riki Cellini, YuYu and others.
Read more about Mytho here.
27/04/2011 Event
Tony Liotta is recording new solo album with RCF Mytho
Touring and studio session drummer is recording and mixing his 5th solo album titled “Hot Potato” with Mytho 8.
Tony Liotta is a legend in the studios as "the first take drummer". He started his carrier in New York and New Orleans. He played at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Hall. His name stands for quality; he is an unbelievable "Workaholic-Man", passionate drummer, lover of real sounds and explorer in the world of rhythm.
More than 30 years he beats himself consequently up to the top: He focuses the fascination of drumming and rhythm that way u get a Complete-Groove-Sound-Work-Tony Liotta." The critics compare him with Miles Davis and Santana. Liotta is one of the prestigious drummers in music business. Last critics "WR" (Newspaper): "Liotta is not only tripping around the world, he is also the German answer to Billy Cobham." He is an inspiration to generations of musicians.
“When I first heard the Mytho´s I was blown away about the amazing sound. The music simply had a new depth and I was impressed straight away on the spot. The Mytho´s are now an important part of my tools when I record and mix, and I have already surprised many studio engineers when carry my Mytho´s with me”, says Tony Liotta.
Tony Liotta´s list of Credits and Collaborations is long. He has worked with:
Warner Chappel - Rocky Roberts - Bernard Purdie - Kenny Arranoff - Zoro - Mel Gaynor - Pete York - Fredy Studer - Dr. Gunter „Baby“ Sommer - Gianna Nannini - Young Generation - Chaka Khan - Angelo Branduardi - Carlo Cori - John C. Marshall - Steve Smith - Pete York - Jose' Cortijo - Hakim Ludin - Mani von Bohr - Omar Hakim - Akira Jimbo - Felix Sabal Lecco - John Blackwell - Mike Terrana - Pierre Belleville - Emiliano Turi - Pierre Desfray - Paco Sery - Christian Bollman - Carmine Appice - Cindy Blackman - Andrea De Paoli - Walfredo Reyes - Eric Thomas - Dirk Brand - Thomas Lang and others.
Liotta worked as freelancer with musicians of Weather Report, Earth Wind and Fire and producers like Tony Brown, Franky Valentin, Eddie Oliwa and many others.
Tony Liotta produces for Universal and Warner Brothers Italy.
His projects are varied. Even if he comes from a jazz background, he managed to work for world music, blues and rock. He always in a for a surprise. In 2008 he released a techno project for "Love parade" the biggest Techno event in Germany (more than 1,6 million people attended).
Read more about RCF Mytho here.
20/04/2011 Corporate
Damien Egan aka Phattbelly has been in the music field for over 15 years and has been working on many successfully projects.
Previous success includes:
UK No.1 hit record ”If You Come Back” for Blue signed to Innocent records.
Co-wrote 2 album tracks for the Artful Dodger ”All About The Stragglers” which sold over 500.000 copies.
Co-wrote the UK Top 20 hit Denada “Luv U Anyway”
Co-produced 5 tracks for the Kool & The Gang “The Hits “Reloaded album.
Working alongside artists like: Redman, Lauryn Hill, Blue and Liberty X. Have remixed Ciara, Glenn Lewis, Jagged Edge, 3LW, Macy Gray, Evi-dence and many more.
Beside the song writing and recording work Damien Egan is also host of several master classes about recording and mixing music.
Damien Egan is now working in the studio on several new projects using the RCF Mytho 8.
Read more about RCF Mytho 8 here.
15/04/2011 Installation
RCF VSA 2050 Installations in the churches St. Joseph, Siegburg, and St. Severin, Cologne
In November 2010 the over 30 years old PA system in the Catholic Church St. Joseph in Siegburg was completely renewed. After a parallel comparison of two steerable speaker systems for a few weeks, even during the church service, the congregation decided on the very similar sounding but more cost effective RCF solution.
For the first time in Germany the main PA system consists of two DSP controlled VSA 2050 vertical steerable arrays, which were placed on the left and right side of the altar to give a very clear and accurate sound of the speeches. For turning the columns slightly to the audience, the optional mounting brackets were used. The same system is also installed in the well-known church St. Severin in Cologne.
For that kind of wide-open church rooms like the 20 x 25m in St. Joseph, without any columns and flanking aisles, DSP controlled active speaker systems like VSA 2050 can be used in optimal ways. Because of the exact direction and alignment you can reach a very good speech transmission in the whole church, especially in the last rows.
Alongside the VSA-RC infrared remote control the new PC control software was used to set up the beam steering of the systems and to minimize the interference and the reflections from the back wall of the church. If needed, you can use up to seven full parametric filters to optimize the adjustment to the room acoustics.
For the special red-brown paintwork of the aluminium housings of the column speakers in front of the brick wall, the small systems with a wide of only 12,5cm and a depth of 10cm attract optically no attention and fit perfect into the surrounding area. To minimize the wiring works, the new systems are working with the old 100V cable network. Therefore the output signal from the new digital 100V mixing amplifier is used and a small transformer was mounted invisibly on the back of the DSP column to transform the 100V signal to a normal line signal.
Josef Schlechtriemen - responsible contact person of the congregation in Siegburg says: All members of the congregation confirm, that there is a very clearly audible improvement of the sound and everyone is very pleased with the investment in the new PA system.
13/04/2011 Installation
The recent audio visual installation at The Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster (more usually known as Westminster Abbey) includes 80 of RCF’s compact CS 6940 2-way cardioid column loudspeakers.
These provide coverage of the public areas and form part of an integration which includes speech reinforcement, induction loop and CCTV systems, along with video, audio and data distribution — designed by Audio & Video Systems consultants Michael Hyland & Associates.
The CS 6940 was designed specifically for speech reproduction with high intelligibility in acoustically difficult environments, both indoors and outdoors, and is also suitable for music. Featuring eight round extended-range speakers and a tweeter, each speaker comes complete with line transformer for directly connecting the speaker columns to 100V constant-voltage systems. All have been spray‑painted in RAL 7006 to match the surrounding stonework.
The coverage has been divided into 47 loudspeaker zones. A number of presets enable the appropriate zones for the regular services to be selected via the touch-screens, a page on which displays a mimic of the building.
The project was completed ahead of the thanksgiving service to mark the 450th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I granting a Royal Charter to The Abbey in 1560.
Installation of the systems was implemented so that there was no impact whatever on the building’s daily services and the various other events for which The Abbey is used. Also, steps were taken to ensure that the work did not disrupt the routines, which are in place to deal with the many visitors who tour The Abbey daily.
Winchester based Whitwam Ltd undertook the installation of the audio, video and control systems, whilst Thame based Albert Walker Electrical Ltd carried out the cable installation.
In fact a major part of the site work related to the cable requirements as new microphone, line level, loudspeaker, video and data circuits were installed throughout, with great care taken to conceal new cables and remove all redundant cabling where possible.
In order to reduce the length of the cable runs, equipment was de‑centralised and racks were installed at six key locations interlinked by a fibre backbone. In order to provide resilience and flexibility, two multi-core fibres are installed between all rack locations, forming two continuous rings.
Each rack contains a number of DSP units and control of the audio, video and related systems by the Vergers is by means of remote touch-screens.
In addition to the need for remotely located racks, limited space at ground floor level also had an impact. There are two user racks at ground floor level, located between The Nave and The Quire. A further two are at Organ Loft level, with a single rack in the South Transept and in the Nave Side Aisle — both at Triforium level. Smaller racks are located in the Henry VII Chapel and in The Cloister.
The system includes 32 cabled mic circuits set in key areas (identified via a building mimic on a separate page of the touch-screen) and six lapel radio mics, along with two stand‑mounted / hand‑held units.
A paging mic at the user rack enables ‘live’ announcements to be made throughout the building — the system also includes pre‑recorded messages, which take account of various emergency situations. Once the announcement is selected, it is automatically fed to all loudspeaker zones.
All seated areas of the building have induction loop coverage whilst CCTV coverage has been included by the use of pan / tilt / zoom colour cameras.
For major events, hired video monitors are temporarily installed to provide those in the side aisles and other areas with a better view of proceedings (these monitors are also used for events which are televised). In addition, at each location, there is an audio and a data circuit facilitating audio‑visual displays, inter‑active video, educational work‑stations and info display presentations.
Finally, the consultants’ design ties in ancillary areas to the core system such as the Ringing Chamber — whereby a local loudspeaker enables the bell ringers to listen to the speech and music elements of the services and a video monitor enables them to see the output of the CCTV cameras; The Cloister – where equipment in this area provides a relay capability from The Abbey, and conversely cabled and radio‑mic facilities enable Cloister‑based events to be heard in The Abbey; finally St Margaret’s Church, which stands between The Abbey and the House of Commons, contains an audio link to the church’s own local sound system, enabling the relay of Abbey services to the church (notably The Abbey’s hourly prayers).
The entire project was carried out under the supervision of The Abbey’s Clerk of the Works. Since being commissioned, the system has been in use for the regular services, along with concerts, drama performances, lectures and TV broadcasts.
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