Installation
Acoustic & Lighting System, RCF distributor in Malaysia, with Rental Company RetroAve, installed a complete RCF audio system for the entire building.
By Daniel Woon of Acoustic & Lighting
The newly-opened Hard Rock Hotel in Penang is practically a living museum of rock memorabilia. Rock legends and music icons are celebrated and their unforgettable tunes are played throughout the entire venue at all time.
Located by the breathtaking seaside on the coast of Batu Ferringhi, this 250-room hotel also houses the world famous Hard Rock Café, an all-day dining restaurant known as Starz Diner, a VIP lounge (appropriately named the King’s Lounge), a multi-purpose ballroom and a luxuriously stretched swimming pool.
While music is prominently referred to as its “heart and soul”, the whole sound system can be considered the hotel integral “spine and backbone”. Without it, the whole Hard Rock experience cannot be channelled out symbolically to its guests. Thus, it is integral for them to maintain and develop a good system to complete and deliver the whole Hard Rock experience.
“RCF sounds really nice and it is perfectly suitable for our hotel”, explains Mr. John Primmer, Hard Rock Hotel General Manager, “our sound and audio consultant from Bali, Vision One, recommended RCF to us. Once we tested the system, we knew that RCF is the one. With RCF, there is definitely no compromise in quality. Now, RCF is installed practically everywhere in this hotel”.
In the exclusive King’s Lounge, a different type of RCF system is installed. “There’s this amazing tiny speaker by RCF. This impressive tiny fellow can give quite a dispersion and good sound” With depth of 104 mm and width of 104 mm, the RCF HS 1026W can easily be mistaken as a ceiling ventilation hole. Mr. Sridevan Sriniwass, the Director of RetroAve (Rental partner of Acoustic & Lighting System), rained praises on it as well. “At the end of the day, we need to get the right kind of system in places for what is required. The HS 1026W is neat and lightweight. This coincides beautifully with the exquisite nature of the lounge”.
In the prominent Hard Rock Café, RCF Acustica Series were installed. Utilizing both the C 5215-W and C 3108 speakers, Hard Rock Café will never be short of power and performance. Usually a live band will perform there every night to live up the atmosphere of the entire dining experience.
In addition, the double storey café also houses the stylishly rocking souvenir shop, RockShop for guests to purchase a piece of tangible Hard Rock memory.
For the vast and spacious hotel lobby area, the powerful MQ 50C ceiling speakers were installed. Facing the beach and sea, the hotel lobby is also the perfect premise for concerts or showcases to be held. Abundant number of MQ 80 P speakers was installed around the pool area to provide soothing tune for guests to rejuvenate by the pool side. “The sound system complements the acoustic sound really well. It really brings out the tune and enlivens the entire atmosphere”.
The whole audio system integration took about a year to complete.
In a hotel where rhythm is its main heartbeat, one cannot help but wonder what will happen to a world without music. It is difficult to envision the world today if influential masterpiece like “Imagine”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or “Born to Run” were not recorded. They said, music is what feelings sound like. Judging by that phrase, I can “hear” the guests in Hard Rock Hotel smiling from their heart and having a time of their life.
Installation
By Daniel Woon
Want to have a dash of retro in the urban concrete jungle of Butterworth? Step inside the latest attraction of Juru Autocity, the Slippery Senorita. This club is a mixture of contemporary design with retro theme decoration. From outside, this hot spot literally stood out like an orange among the apples. Coated in a shade of tangerine orange, this club is a cheerful reminder of the happy and enthusiastic side of life.
Opened in September 2009, this popular spot is the brainchild of three long-time friends. Mr. Mark Siva, the Sound Engineer, is one of the pioneers of the club. Sitting before us, Siva is still as enthusiastic as ever when it comes to his club. “This is actually a sister club. As you know, there is one established Slippery Senorita in Georgetown (Located in the nightclub hotspot, The Garage). After contemplating, we find that Juru Autocity is also a very suitable location for us. That’s why we decided to go ahead with the decision”
Since both clubs are running a different concept (Autocity’s is taking an acoustic live band approach while Garage’s is leaning towards urban R&B beats), serious considerations need to be taken in the sound and audio aspect. “Let me put it this way. For this club (Autocity), I expect a system with clearer definition. We are dealing with live bands and acoustic music; we must have a clear and defined sound system. We really want to bring out the music and the raw energy of live performance. So, in more ways than one, RCF really fulfils all the criteria”
Coverage to the main dance floor is provided by a ceiling mounted FOH system comprising of four NX L23-A line array cabinets in each cluster. A further 4 units of NX S25-A and 2 units of NX S21-A were positioned on each side of the main stage. For processor, Siva opted for a DX4008 4 input and 8 output speaker processor. Two units of FLY BAR NXL23 suspending bar for array system support were also installed.
Besides looking for high definition in sound system, Siva is also vying for reliability. “We want a good system that does what it does best without constant maintenance. We can’t be expecting the system to break down all the time. Good quality consistency is also another key factor in our selection of sound system. Well, we must have certain degree of confidence in our system. In this case, RCF has so far performed splendidly. Plus I must add, this system is definitely value for money. It worth every penny I spend!”
Installed on a complex truss pattern that reminisced the intricate design of a spider web, this whole system proved to be a hit with the club goers. Siva feels that the sound quality is good and it enlivens the whole atmosphere of the club. “Feedback from the crowd has been positive so far. They love the sound quality and the clear definition. For me, I really like the way it brings up the spirits and the energy of the crowd. A bad sound system can drive the crowd away but a good one will make them stay”
Equipment list:
NX L23-A active two-way line array NX S21-A bass reflex active subwoofer NX S25-A bass reflex active subwoofer FLY BAR NXL23 suspending bar for NX23 array system DX4008 speaker processor
Installer: Acoustic & Lighting System Sdn. Bhd.
Installation
Citysound recently completed an installation of several Forum 6000 units in the Salon de Plenos del Ayutamiento de Calzada de Calatrava (Ciudad Real), in Spain.
Corporate
MYTHO 6 and MYTHO 8 are active two-way, nearfield reference studio monitors specifically designed for audio production applications where an accurate reproduction is required, such as professional recording studios, project or home studios.
The new Mytho Series is a new line of reference monitors that combine the legendary quality and reliability of RCF precision transducers with the latest development in digital amplification technology and acoustic design. Two models are presented: Mytho 6, with a 6” neodymium woofer design and Mytho 8, equipped with a 8” neodymium low frequency transducer.
Discover all the features of the Mytho Series.
Event
From the 24th to 27th of March 2010, RCF will be exhibiting at Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt.
Come and visit us in HALL 8, Booth G70
Corporate
UP 2162 es una etapa de potencia con 2 amplicadores digitales independientes de 160 W, cada uno con 2 entradas de audio, de las cuales una incluye función de prioridad, a través de un cierre de contactos.
La
UP2162 está equipada con una fuente de alimentación Digital (Clase D). Entradas de audio son balanceadas a nivel de "línea" para señales pre-amplificadas o de fuentes músicales. La segunda entrada está equipada con un atenuador y se puede utilizar como entrada estéreo desbalanceada.
Cada salida del amplificador está disponible para altavoces de baja impedancia (min. 4 Ω ) o salida tensión constante de 100 a 70 V.
En cada amplificador: - Entrada 1 pueden tener prioridad, que silencia la entrada 2, a través de un circuito externo conectado a la toma PRIORIDAD 1. - Entrada 1 puede ser silenciado a través de un circuito externo conectado a la toma MUTE 1.
Cada amplificador tiene controles de tono GRAVES / AGUDOS. Los LED del panel frontal indican el estado del dispositivo (ON), protecciones (PROT), la activación de prioridad (PRIOR) y la relación señal / nivel máximo (SIG / PK) del amplificador correspondiente.
Corporate
With more than 60 years of audio legacy, the Reggio Emilia, Italian based company RCF has provided the professional audio industry with many successful products and total designs of complex systems to commercial applications.
One of the key factors behind the company success is the continuing investment into the research and development team, and the many years in the industry has given the company a powerful knowledge and experience, all from the electronic side to the acoustics angle. RCF is also investing a lot into research of new technologies to continue to be a leader and a reference for audio technology business world.
With this background RCF has invested in a new facility, called the RCF Audio Academy, a complex of several demo facilities, classrooms and conference areas. At the Audio Academy there is also a “Room of Sound”, a big area were different applications of audio can be set up, from standard commercial system to complex DSP controlled solutions. The Audio Academy is a perfect place for system integrators, FOH sound engineers, installers, rental and “tomorrows engineers” to participate in courses and have the possibility to learn about new technologies or get updated with the latest developments and trends.
The RCF Audio Academy is based in Reggio Emilia, Italy very close to the RCF headquarters.
“Our goal with the RCF Audio Academy is to share our knowledge and skills to the industry, and the possibility of adding value with more into deep education, and technical training in audio technology and acoustics. We also want to work closely together with universities, to give the possibility of an education course. The RCF Audio Academy is an investment for us. We feel the needs for an Audio Academy and a tutorial system with a vision, and a step forward with providing professional education, and necessary since many applications today are more complex than it was in the past ” says Fausto Incerti, General Manager of RCF.
The RCF Academy is open for the audio industry and there are frequently courses and seminars in audio segments like: Indoor Acoustics, Conference Systems, Fixed Installations, Live Events, Sound Diffusion and EVAC Systems, Design and Installations etc. The RCF Audio Academy host lectures with professional teachers from the industry and organisations, and also events headed by RCF staff and R&D department.
Read more about the RCF Audio Academy at: www.education.rcf.it
Corporate
ART 725 is a passive two-way system with an accurate acoustic design for club installations and live music.
Thanks to the high quality compression driver with a 3” voice coil and the 15” woofer, the ART 725 delivers clear high frequencies, punchy bass and full and precise mid frequencies.
The new aluminium rear panel is equipped with Speakon in/out connectors.
FEATURES • 700 W power handling • 133 dB max spl • 90 x 60 wide dispersion constant directivity horn • 2” compression driver with 3” voice coil • 15” woofer, high power, 3.5” voice coil • LICC (Low Impedance Compensated Crossover) with aluminium housed resistors and integrated heat sink
Event
RCF will be exhibiting at the 2010 ISE, the largest European show for professional AV and electronic systems integration which will be held in Amsterdam from the 2nd to the 4th of February.
The show will be the opportunity for visitors to see the RCF products from the Commercial Audio and Installed Sound Speaker Systems lines.
RCF will show products from the MonitorQ and Acustica range of speakers, the DXT 7000 system, the complete line of Forum Congress systems, TT+ speakers and new AM and UP power amplifiers for installation.
Among the new products on display at ISE 2010, RCF will present a major implementation of the Forum 6000 Digital Congress System with the addition of the DEC 6104 Expander Board, the new ES 3323 is a 320 W CD/USB MP3 receiver amplifier which offers the capacity to manage paging and program sources into three separate audio zones and the multi-amplified vertical steerable column speaker VSA 2050, that represents one of the latest applications in terms of digital audio technology.
Come and visit us in Hall 3B, booth 126
Corporate
RCF have announced the appointment of Linton Smeeton within the UK Sales Organisation to strengthen the company’s Commercial Audio Division. Smeeton, who has worked for RCF previously, was a founding director of the UK Branch between 1990 and 2000.
Smeeton, who brings a wealth of experience to the post will concentrate mainly on the company’s commercial audio division.
Smeeton said “It’s great to returning to RCF, the brand has grown so strong over the past decade and I’m really looking forward to being part of it”
RCF’s Phil Price commented “We are all looking forward to having Linton back on board with us, with his experience in the audio market he’ll be a great addition to the team.” “During 2010 RCF will be introducing some major new products and systems to the Commercial Audio Catalogue which will allow us to grow our UK network of Solution Providers. Linton will be concentrating particularly in these markets”
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