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Earlier this year, RCF announced the expansion to the popular HDL Series with the new high-powered, large-format HDL50-A line array system. First to take delivery of the product in the United States is Wisconsin-based JEM Productions.
“We have deployed various RCF gear for events from literally five people to over 15,000 and have always been able to perfectly flex our systems to meet the demand of the venue,” says JEM owner Joe Ellis. “When it came time for us to enter the large format market earlier this year, the timing was perfect with the release of the new HDL50-A and SUB9007-AS, and once we heard it we knew our future included this system.” JEM relied on RCF partner Soundworks Systems (www.soundworkssystems.com) to coordinate a product demonstration and purchase of the system.
The HDL50-A is an active three-way line array module, designed specifically for large events — both indoors and outdoors - equipped with two 12” woofers, four symmetrical 6.5” midrange transducers and two 2” high frequency compression drivers driven by onboard 4400-watt RMS digital amplifiers. The system is completed with the SUB9007-AS, an active 6800-watt dual 21” subwoofer.
JEM Productions was founded in 2011 initially to support local bands. At the time, owner Joe Ellis was an airline pilot with the sound company being a part-time operation. “After medical issues forced me out of the sky in 2012,” says Ellis, “and demand grew from other bands and venues for our services, we focused our energy on expanding into the market full time.” JEM now services clients across the country providing audio, lighting, staging and transportation for events ranging in size from small meetings to multi-day, multi-stage festivals. “Crystal clear, tasteful sound reinforcement is what built our company and what anchors our reputation as a first class provider of professional production,” notes Ellis on the philosophy of the company.
Aside from the sound, another major reason JEM Productions chose RCF is because of the support. “Whether a very small or very large system, it is critical to our success to fully support our products,” says Ellis. “Nothing helps us do that better than having a great support network behind us – like RCF.
One of the first concerts using the system featured six-time Dove Award winner Francesca Bettinelli performing in an outdoor event at the Thrivent Celebrates Hope concert in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin. For support with the new system RCF sent in Product Specialist Oscar Mora to assist in deploying the system in its inaugural run. “It was a very acoustically challenging venue with a Grammy nominated artist performing a free concert for a record breaking audience,” notes Ellis. “Mora’s aid in training and operation of the system is exactly what helps us maintain our reputation as a partner our clients can absolutely count on to exceed their expectations.”
One of the first major events JEM put the system to use was at the three-day Sub Octave Music Festival at the Outback Ranch in Minnesota. The event featured over 40 bands of various genres from electronic dance music to art-rock to the weekend of camping, music and arts.
“With the launch of the HDL50-A system and us being one of the first in the U.S. to purchase, we had a timing conflict with our first large festival slated for the system and having enough inventory physically in the States,” says Ellis. “RCF was amazing and sent us the supplemental boxes and transport carts we were missing from their own demo system so we could get the job done!” For the festival, JEM had two hangs of 8 HDL50-A complemented by 12 SUB9007-AS, plus some additional RCF HDL20-A and NX12-SMA monitor cabinets.
What was truly amazing says Ellis, “is that with a 28 box system absolutely cranking EDM, we were clamping peaks of less than 30-amps of power! Unbelievably efficient.”
Installation
Finland’s new Imatra Stadium, located in the Ukonniemi recreation area of the city, is described “as an international standard baseball-, ski-, roller ski- and biathlon stadium” with a web of cross-country snow ski trails connected to the facility.
By relocating the former baseball stadium from the city centre and combining it with the ice rink (and the other winter sports pursuits), the city of Imatra has set a high benchmark. And with many different world-class events scheduled to take place here, a cutting edge communication infrastructure — with both state of the art audio and visual components — was essential to reflect this.
A tender document was prepared by AV consultancy, Ramboll and electrical contractors, Etec Automation enlisted the help of technology specialists Audico Systems, as according to their project manager Ilkka Hilden, the AV requirement was extremely challenging.
The contracts were split into sound and video, and to meet the audio requirements Hilden specified 30 RCF P-series wide dispersion two-way coaxial weatherproof loudspeakers.
The product selection, Hilden said, had been relatively straightforward. “We had been using RCF P-series for many outdoor applications and knew that they are capable of handling high output and producing very high quality sound. As we are situated in Finland, and the weather conditions are quite harsh, it is a very demanding environment for speakers, and so we specified P3115-T for the audience areas and P6215 for the field, as the distances are bigger.”
Henry Tapiola, from the Stadium’s development company, Imatra YH, had foreseen the difficulty in providing even sound coverage for a pair of uniform size football pitches, and both covered and uncovered seating, which would be expandable when needed. And the biggest challenge faced by Ilkka Hilden and his team, as would be expected, was finding the best way to achieve optimum intelligibility throughout the large stadium. “Also, because the speakers had to be placed in so many different locations, the delay settings had to be carefully considered. We then had to make the whole system easy to use by non-AV specialists.”
Audico faced challenging time scales, since the installation had to be completed and commissioned in time to host a major skiing championship. “We were not sure whether we could get the speakers fast enough and I have to pay major respect to RCF — as those guys must have been working extra hours to make sure we got the speakers just in time!”
Summarising the elements of the fit-out that gave him most satisfaction, Ilkka Hilden says, “The best part of the project was to have designed a system that perfectly suits the stadium, and which the customer finds extremely easy to operate.
“The level of clarity and intelligibility from the public address system is extremely good and we have received lots of excellent feedback from it.”
Henry Tapiola also confirmed that he had received nothing but positive feedback from visitors. "The sound is perfect for the audience in every corner of the stadium and across the entire site. Both the speech and music stand out thanks to these very modern speakers and the sound is in a different class to that which external sports facilities have previously been accustomed to previously.”
Installation
Un total de 23 plantas, 190 habitaciones y suites, 760 m2 de salas equipadas para reuniones y congresos, 3 bares, 3 restaurantes, un moderno spa, todo ello en una posición privilegiada en el centro de la capital: el Hotel Plaza, el nuevo 5 estrellas de Tirana, la capital de Albania, es sin duda un lugar de referencia en los Balcanes. El moderno rascacielos, inaugurado en 2016, brinda alojamiento a turistas y personas en viajes de negocios, pero es también uno de los escenarios más valorados para ceremonias lujosas, suntuosos refrigerios y reuniones. De hecho, el Hotel Plaza dispone de hasta cuatro salas de conferencias, una de las cuales, la Queen Geraldine, puede acomodar hasta 350 personas.
El nuevo hotel ha cuidado con la máxima atención hasta el mínimo detalle. El sistema de alarma vocal y difusión musical, diseñado por RCF e instalado por la empresa local Al Vision, no es una excepción. Por petición expresa del cliente, el nuevo hotel ha personalizado distintos aspectos del sistema, entre ellos una aplicación para el control del sistema desde el iPad.
La piedra angular de la instalación es el sistema de matriz digital DXT9000. Certificado según la norma EN54-16, además de distribuir la música ambiental, cuenta con consolas microfónicas para la emisión de comunicados vocales y gestiona los mensajes automáticos de evacuación. El sistema se ha subdividido en 12 zonas, y se ha estructurado de manera que permite un control dinámico y plenamente versátil de la música de fondo, área por área: salas de conferencias, bar lounge, pasillos, oficinas, habitaciones, aparcamientos, spa, gimnasios, etc.
La interfaz para el control de la música de fondo es una aplicación para iPad configurada por el Equipo de Ingeniería de RCF expresamente para el cliente. “El funcionamiento es realmente simple,” nos explican los ingenieros que se han encargado de la configuración. “La cobertura WiFi integral permite intervenir en el sistema en cualquier área del hotel. Una vez seleccionada la zona en la que se desea intervenir, el usuario puede habilitar o deshabilitar la difusión musical, regular el volumen, seleccionar la fuente de escucha, etc. Pero eso no es todo: se han implementado otras funciones adicionales que permiten la gestión avanzada de “room-combining” de las salas de conferencias: cada una de ellas está dividida en varios sectores que pueden utilizarse por separado o combinarse dinámicamente según las exigencias de la clientela y del tipo de evento”. Por otro lado, además de las fuentes de sonido generales, el programa musical del bar lounge se puede transmitir a todas las áreas del hotel, incluidas las salas de reuniones, si así lo solicita el cliente. Además, el uso de la interfaz iPad asegura la máxima versatilidad para todas las exigencias de los huéspedes. En el bar lounge y en las dos principales salas de conferencias se han instalado monitores de la serie Q de RCF con la finalidad de aumentar al máximo la calidad acústica en armonía con el diseño del interior.
Las funciones de alarma vocal están cubiertas por un lado con los mensajes automáticos de evacuación almacenados en una memoria diagnosticada y, por otro, con las consolas microfónicas BM9804 y BM9804FM con extensiones BE9808 certificadas de acuerdo con la norma EN54-16 y con supervisión integral del recorrido crítico de la señal.
Todo el sistema está centralizado en la sala técnica del hotel y contenido en tres armarios-torre. Además de la matriz digital MU9186, el sistema incluye amplificadores multicanal UP9504, UP9502 y UP9501 utilizados según las zonas de cobertura y también certificados según el estándar EN54-16. Completan el sistema los difusores PL68EN, DU50EN y BD5EN, certificados según el estándar EN54-24.
Event
From 27th to 30th September the security and fire prevention industry will be gathered at the Security Essen trade fair.
RCF will be part of the Security Essen show with new products and innovative technologies. Visitors will have the possibility to discover our latest evacuation system and speakers at Hall 3, Stand A 43.
Explore RCF’s EN54-compliant products here or visit the Security Essen website here.
We look forward to meeting you! The RCF Team
Installation
The J Medical health center, recently inaugurated in Turin, Italy, was born from an idea of the Juventus soccer team and Santa Clara Group. The J Medical is a highly advanced structure of more than 3500 msq, providing high-quality health services not only to the Juventus team athletes, but to all citizens. The venue includes 19 doctor’s offices, 2 gyms, pools and areas equipped for physical therapy and rehabilitation.
The whole building’s evacuation and background music transmission system was provided by local company SIELT with RCF’s products. In 2011 RCF had amplified the nearby Juventus Stadium with an innovative customized audio installation project. This time, the products chosen for the J Medical center belong to the EVAC product portfolio – audio systems for the control, management and diffusion of music and paging that comply with EN 60849 standards.
Among RCF’s vast portfolio the choice has fell upon the DXT 9000 Series: it is a distributed system where each component, including the speakers, has its own address and can be monitored according to EN 54 standards. The multizone system at the J Medical center is managed by the MX 9504 master unit, linked to the UP 9504 amplifier. This configuration allows the expansion of the system in order to create 8 zones of 125 W each.
The system includes three BM 9804 multi-zone paging microphones, one for each reception desk, equipped with BE 9808 additional selective call paging microphones. Models PL 68 (ceiling speakers fire domes) and DU 60 EN (wall/ceiling universal steel speakers) are installed in all areas of the health center. All abovementioned products are by RCF.
The SIELT company has been working with RCF since the Eighties and has a trust relationship with it. RCF provided its support for the commissioning. The system is used both for evacuation and paging; in some areas, such as waiting rooms, it is also used for background music.
The excellent results and high quality of certified products has left the health center’s management greatly satisfied. The J Medical center was inaugurated in March 2016 and expects several thousands of visitors per year.
Event
Hailed as an R&B supergroup, New Edition has embarked on their 2016 tour. Nearly 40 years since they first formed, the original six members are once again out on the road. Production for the tour is being handled by Georgia-based Atlanta AV with the assistance of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Alpha Productions. For the tour, they are relying on an RCF TT+ system. Included are 32 TTL55-A three-way line array modules for primary coverage, 12 TTL33-A three-way line array modules for outfills and 18 TTS56-A dual 21” subwoofers set up in cardioid configuration to control low frequencies.
During a recent stop at the Barclay Center in New York with New Edition and Babyface, the RCF live sound team was on hand to provide assistance. “We are happy to assist one of our longest standing touring partners Atlanta AV at one of the country’s premier concert venues,” commented RCF National Sales Manager Tarik Solangi. “This was a very exciting opportunity for RCF, and we appreciate the chance to support these legendary acts.” RCF System Engineer Oscar Mora oversaw the setup, design and system processing. With the 18 TTS56-A, they were positioned in six clusters of three each, creating a cardioid configuration which covered that large arena perfectly while keeping the low frequencies off the stage.
New Edition rose to fame in the early 80s at the forefront of the boy band craze with hits including “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”. The group went on hiatus in the 90s with the various members embarking on solo careers as well as other projects including Bell Biv De Voe and Heads of State. They re-united in 2011. The tour continues through the end of summer.
Corporate
RCF UK has announced the appointment of SigNET (AC) Ltd, leaders in life safety audio communication (voice alarms), as its Specialist Distributor in the United Kingdom for the DXT 3000 Emergency Evacuation System.
In addition to the Italian manufacturer’s EN 54-16 certified DXT 3000, SigNET will also be able to offer sales of RCF’s associated EN 54 certified Voice Alarm products into the Fire Alarm and Security Systems market within the UK. These were shown for the first time on stand G140 at FIREX International 2016 (London ExCeL, June 21-23).
The DXT 3000 system integrates amplification, control, routing, line monitoring and power supply in a compact, wall-mounted cabinet for single- or multi-zone applications. A wall-mounted emergency microphone and controller are also available, as is a desk-mounted paging microphone.
Stated Phil Price, RCF’s International Sales Manager for Voice Evacuation Systems, and Commercial Audio/Installed Sound, “SigNET is well known for its AFILS hearing loop systems but also has a strong track record supplying Fire Alarm and Voice Alarm systems, which gives a considerable advantage in this strategic market. SigNET will offer full trade distribution and excellent technical support facilities for RCF in the UK.”
SigNET’s Sales Manager, Tremayne Crossley, confirmed this and added, “SigNET has considerable experience in supplying and supporting Voice Alarm systems ranging from shops with a single evacuation zone through to airports with more than 200 zones. We are very excited that this, combined with the innovative design and competitive pricing of the DXT 3000, will allow us to provide the Fire Alarm market with a simple, effective, fully-compliant voice alarm solution.”
Installation
Nine years after his death, Luciano Pavarotti still attracts thousands of fans and followers. The residence of the Master in Modena, Italy, was turned into a Home Museum and inaugurated during last year’s Expo in Italy. Now it has become a permanent project, joining the vast patrimony of Italian cultural and artistic attractions.
A few kilometres from the city of Modena, the ancient villa represents an important part of the tenor’s life and it contains a vast collection of personal items, souvenirs and scene costumes that Pavarotti was particularly fond of. Unreleased pictures and videos are projected in the rooms where the Master spent his last years, and constitute a great opportunity to get to know more directly the artistic and human heritage of the tenor.
The quality of the audio system is a key feature of the Home Museum. Mr. Willy Gubellini, a sound professional who has worked on all editions of the famous charity project Pavarotti & Friends, was charged with providing the audio in the villa’s interiors. RCF’s Ayra studio monitors and EVOX two-way arrays were installed in the Home Museum under his guidance.
“We are using two EVOX 5 systems for the rooms where unpublished works and clips of the Master’s life are projected,” Willy explains. “It is a portable compact two-way system, with two 2’’ drivers and a 10’’ woofer. The speakers can easily be moved should it be required. Another important feature is that they were designed with particular care to vocal frequencies, in order to amplify them with the utmost accuracy and precision; this ensures excellent reproduction of the masterpieces sung by Luciano Pavarotti.”
The Ayra studio monitors are installed in several rooms of the Home Museum and their positioning guarantees the best audio coverage, while minimising the visual impact. Models chosen are eight units of Ayra 5 and Ayra 4, the smallest of the series, together with two Ayra 10 active subwoofers. Willy Gubellini stated: “Ayra studio monitors allow precise detail on all frequencies, and the use of subwoofers has strengthened low frequencies. We managed to obtain an exceptional quality of sound, comparable to a recording studio.”
Event
Una multitud de más de 10.000 personas con ganas de fiesta se reunieron el pasado 5 de mayo en el Stoppelmarkt de Vechta, Alemania, para asistir a la primera edición del festival de música electrónica "Tante Mia tanzt" ("La tía Mía baila"). Presentado por primera vez por la agencia local plus2event, el festival tenía intención de ser un evento muy especial desde sus inicios, con un elenco lleno de estrellas, un escenario muy particular, efectos espectaculares y un refuerzo sonoro de primer orden para todas las zonas.
Los ambiciosos objetivos de los organizadores llegaron a buen puerto, a juzgar por las entusiastas reacciones de los asistentes. El increíble cartel, con actuaciones como Lost Frequencies, ganadores de un premio Echo, Headhunterz (BE) o el colectivo estadounidense The Chainsmokers ciertamente cumplieron con su parte sorprendiendo al público, así como el escenario principal, diseñado en forma de una enorme radio portátil. Este excepcional diseño fue el producto más notable de los esfuerzos de Thomas Wernikowski y su equipo, pero su extremada atención al detalle pudo observarse en cada rincón de este festival, rigurosamente planificado y ejecutado.
Acoustic Sound, otro grupo local de Vechta, se ocupó de la parte técnica con igual aplomo. A este efecto el proveedor de los servicios de sonido decidió implementar sistemas de RCF completamente nuevos.
El equipo optó por dotar al escenario principal, apodado "El jardín de baile de la tía Mía" por los organizadores, de dos grupos de 12 HDL50-A, altavoces de formación en línea activos de tres vías, y 18 sub-bajos dobles SUB9007-AS, de 21", en grupos de dos. Ha sido la primera vez que se montaba una construcción de este tipo en Alemania. Las cajas de fuente puntual TTP5-A, de la serie de productos para giras y teatro (TT+ series), sirvieron como apoyo para el interior mientras que se utilizaron módulos de formación en línea TTL33-A (de la misma serie) apilados para el frente de escenario.
Racimos dobles suspendidos de unidades TTL6-A, otro flamante nuevo altavoz de línea activo de tres vías, cubrían el espacio conocido como "Vestíbulo de la Tía Mía", la carpa del festival. También se usaron módulos de formación en línea TTL33-A para apoyar a los TTL6-A. Seis grupos dobles de TTS56-AS, sub-bajos dobles de 21", se ocupaban de los graves.
Los DJ pudieron disfrutar de un sistema de monitorización compuesto de fuentes puntuales TT25-SMA y TTP5-A para el refuerzo lateral. Los artistas solo tuvieron elogios para el rendimiento de este sistema, y su sonido claro y directo en las diversas áreas del público también obtuvieron increíbles críticas.
Más información sobre el HDL50-A en http://hdl50a.rcf.it/
Event
La productora audiovisual Nitelites tuvo que enfrentarse a uno de sus retos más inusuales y exigentes cuando los ocho mejores equipos de las finales de la Serie 1 de los Esports Championship se presentaron en el SSE Arena, Wembley, frente a multitudes entusiastas de jugadores.
Por suerte había adquirido recientemente el buque insignia de RCF, la formación en línea activa TTL55-A, incrementando todavía más su amplia lista de sistemas de este fabricante italiano. Y tras demostrar su poderío en diferentes escenarios durante el reciente festival We Are FSTVL, estaban listos para integrarlo en el famoso recinto londinense durante los tres días que duró el evento, puesto en marcha por el mismo productor, Simon Barrington de la productora Sibar.
Según el director de Nitelites, Andy Magee, cualquier duda sobre si el sistema de tres vías y alta potencia podría cumplir las expectativas se disiparon en cuanto el sistema recibió entradas del juego de guerra Counter Strike a través del ordenador principal. "El sistema de RCF era tan potente que, si no hubiéramos utilizado una fuerte compresión, el sonido de disparos nos habría aplastado contra la pared", afirmó. "Pero la definición del sistema en los transitorios para sonidos como por ejemplo tiroteos violentos era increíble."
El otro reto consistía en trabajar con la disposición especial del SSE Arena, que incluía una amplia zona de bastidores con unos 40-50 ordenadores, un área de calentamiento y todo un grupo de comentadores con micrófonos de diadema. "Se había montado con todo el espectáculo propio del fútbol americano y además se retransmitía en directo a través de la web", dijo.
Esto imposibilitaba colgar soportes laterales, por lo que el sistema de refuerzo sonoro compuesto por una parte izquierda y una derecha orientados hacia delante tenía que ofrecer una cobertura total, abarcando hasta 50 m de la parte trasera del auditorio y alcanzando además a los espectadores laterales fuera de eje; una proeza que realizó maravillosamente durante los tres días.
Junto con Mike Platt, mezclando en sala, Nitelites diseñó el sistema con 16 elementos TTL55-A en cada lado, más 6 TTL36 suspendidos detrás del soporte central para una extensión de los graves. "Funcionó muy bien a la hora de producir tiroteos realistas, y además extendía el rango de frecuencias por debajo de los 30Hz con las diversas explosiones". También se utilizaron algunos de los módulos de formación en línea TTL33-A de RCF, de los que ya disponía Nitelites, como refuerzo hacia el interior.
También fue muy satisfactoria la experiencia con los comentadores, situados en posiciones tipo sala de redacción, que actuaban conjuntamente con los presentadores que daban la espalda al sistema de refuerzo sonoro. En palabras de Mike Platt, "a medida que iba aumentando el volumen del público, me veía forzado a reforzar a los comentadores alrededor de 12dB, pero pude hacerlo sin que se produjera ningún acoplamiento.”
En general el sistema se ecualizó de manera bastante plana, exceptuando un par de filtros tipo shelving. "Ajusté la ecualización del sistema al timbre de los micrófonos de los presentadores", comentó. "Quedé muy impresionado con el grado de control que podía tener sobre el sistema."
El montaje de Nitelites también logró satisfacer a los jugadores en sus cabinas insonorizadas del backstage, posicionando todos los sub-bajos en una configuración lateral cardioide inversa. Esta incluía 12 sub-bajos de 21” TTS56-A, dispuestos en dos grupos a cada lado del proscenio, con dos de los elementos de cada grupo orientados hacia atrás para cancelar los graves extremos y que no se transmitieran a las cabinas insonorizadas.
Por último, en palabras de Andy Magee, poder contar con RDNet, la plataforma de control y monitorización patentada de RCF, fue otra ventaja clave. "Los múltiples presets para distancia de tiro y demás eran fantásticos, y pudimos usar los ajustes integrados de ecualización, retardo y configuración cardioide."
Así que no todos los elogios se los llevó la enorme pantalla de LED extremo a extremo, y con una distancia pequeña entre píxeles. Además de este sistema de sonido ejemplar, Nitelites proporcionó también sistemas de montaje y más de 200 aparatos de iluminación para este evento.
En resumen, concluyó: "este evento supuso un buen entrenamiento de este sistema - el impacto producido por los TTL55-A y los bajos suspendidos TTL36-A fue increíble. Se ha probado que el sistema es idóneo para este trabajo y, dado que encaja dentro de los presupuestos de producción, ya está resultando una inversión inteligente."
De hecho, la empresa ha tenido tanto trabajo que, en un día cualquiera del último mes, había por lo menos 288 altavoces de RCF fuera del almacén cubriendo distintos eventos.
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