When Tom Chennells merged his previous company Wavelength Entertainments into Yes Events back in 2011, he brought with him a clutch of RCF 905AS and ART 722AS loudspeakers. But he could little have realised that seven years later he would be operating three divisions from a 13,000 sq. ft purpose industrial unit, housing £2m of sound, lighting, staging, rigging, video and power equipment — including more than 200 loudspeakers from RCF (his sole speaker supplier). 

Yes’s recent addition of 24x HDL 6-A composite line array enclosures is the latest stage on a journey that took them from those early ART boxes to TT+ (TT25-A, TTS-28-A, TT 08-A lightweight monitors), and into the new technology of the Bluetooth enabled EVOX JMIX8.

With the company now split into three sections — Yes Events, Yes Production and Yes Hire — Chennells realises the value of having access to a product catalogue that covers all bases, and meets all budget requirements.

With a background in high-end DJ work he also sensed the value of being able to offer a turnkey infrastructure, while his love for RCF had blossomed during those earlier days when he was running pole-mounted ART series speakers with his roadshow.

Once he had merged Wavelength with Nick Ratcliffe’s Yes Events he was soon buying bigger TT+ systems, such as the TTL33-A, and today points to client requirements for more sophisticated production as the reason for his 20-30% growth in turnover during the past three years to a multimillion pound annual operation.

Why such a large RCF inventory? “You start by purchasing a few pieces of a certain product, and when you see such great results it’s an easy decision to keep adding further stock. Every box has a purpose — from the simpler standalone point and shoot boxes such as HD10-A, HD12-A and the very cost effective ART3 and EVOX ranges which make a great choice for wedding and rental customers.

“The rental stock extends through to a large amount of the premium industry leading TT+ and HDL. We should give special mention to the little TT052-A. It is so discreet that it is easy to hide away on corporate events at places such as The Shard and equally at home as lip fill in large shows.”

In the corporate world Yes Events has had the privilege to work with many A-list acts, Elton John, Beverley Knight, Duran Duran, Tony Hadley to name a few, along with corporate giants such as Disney, while they have provided PA for many sporting events right across outdoor venues and arenas the UK.

Aside from budget considerations, and RCF’s legendary matched componentry of their active systems, what other compelling reasons are there? “Simple,” says Tom. “You don’t need to do much to the systems on set up. 99% of the time you just plug in, stand back and it sounds great.

With limited set-up times at some shows this is a massive attribute. There is also a good rental network of RCF users now and great support from RCF UK … it’s a nice relationship.” Anyone who attended the recent RCF Open Day at G-Live in Guildford will have noted how Tom Chennells evangelised the HDL6-A (hence Yes’s recent investment). “The cost and weight are amazing for what it can deliver and it’s a great way to get people into a focused sound system with so much control over directivity. At G-Live we put up eight [elements] with a flybar per side; this system comfortably throws 50 metres and yet it weighs less than 100kg a side, which is amazing.”
RCF will highlight a vast range of new products at this year’s BITAM Show. The new RCF product line features innovative solutions, design upgrades and exciting new advances in audio technology. Following the HDL 30-A philosophy, RCF officially launches the two-way bi-amped line array HDL 28-A, featuring RCF’s proprietary RDNet Networked Management in a lightweight cabinet featuring high accuracy on voice intelligibility and the ubiquitous FiRPHASE.

Widely appreciated, and globally used as the primary portable system for on-the-go musicians and DJs, the EVOX speaker series showcase its new twin brothers, EVOX J8 and EVOX JMIX8. Built on the high-quality analog path found in the RCF professional E series, the new F Series mixing consoles comprises four fully-featured mixers from six to 16 channels, offering multi-FX, Single Control Compressors, and Recording capabilities.

The RCF booth will further exhibit the new range of touring TT+ speakers such as the TT 10-A, TT 08-A II, the double 8” low-profile wedge monitor TT 20-CXA and the innovative TTP/TTL 4-A. Because of the innovative rigging concept and a rotatable/swappable waveguide, the TTP/TTL 4-A is a brand new speaker concept worth a visit.

FiRPHASE processing drives all the new self-powered RCF speakers, allowing 0° phase compatibility between the entire RCF speaker range, delivering transparent sound, absolute clarity, and perfect sonic image to the listener. 

The RDNet Networked Management sees improvements with the 3.2 release, such as real-time air compensation, the inclusion of the Shape Designer, the RCF two-dimensional simulation software and the new Bass Shaper function, to achieve the desired timbre on low frequencies and maintain the desired tonal balance across the entire system.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend our product demos as shown below.

BITAM VI Edition
November 20th, 21st and 22nd 2018, Madrid (Spain)
Pabellón de Cristal, Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo de Madrid


Tuesday 20th: 1st: 11:10 – 2nd: 13:15 – 3rd: 17:10
Wednesday 21st: 1st: 10:25 – 2nd: 12:30 – 3rd: 16:25
Thursday 22nd: 1st: 11:45 – 2nd: 13:35
Après une restauration intérieure complète de l’intérieur de son tour bus italien, et des aménagements pour accueillir un système RCF HDL 6-A, petit mais costaud, Red Bull Music a fait le tour de la péninsule italienne avec le festival itinérant LIVE IT. 

Le tour bus, un Fiat 309 des années 60, est devenu la résidence temporaire, la salle de répétition et la scène des artistes en compétition, pour une tournée qui comptait 24 dates de concert, soit 112 000 spectateurs. Ils étaient accompagnés par 25 techniciens, sept ingénieurs du son et un responsable du tour bus, plus un autre tour bus transportant 35 artistes – soit un total de 156 artistes invités pendant les festivals. 

À l’issue d’une transformation rapide, le toit du bus devient une scène en quelques minutes. Des structures métalliques prennent alors place à l’avant et à l’arrière, supportant les éclairages et le line array RCF. Dix modules line array HDL 6-A, complétés par quatre caissons SUB 8004-AS, forment un array de plus de cinq mètres de haut, capable de couvrir des zones étendues.

Daniele Giraldi, ingénieur du son et propriétaire de SPS Audio a utilisé le système pendant L’Umbria che Spacca, un festival qui "utilise déjà des systèmes similaires avec SPS Audio", explique-t-il. "Nous n’avions pas le moindre doute sur le HDL 6-A."

"Le HDL 6-A est un système polyvalent, et ses composants légers assurent d’excellentes performances en termes de niveau de pression acoustique. Les caissons SUB donnent des graves puissants et ronds ; le système réagit bien à la réserve dynamique de la table de mixage et possède un son clair et puissant."
Le premier mai est traditionnellement une occasion de fête prolongée, mais cette année, BRINGS, le groupe de rock de Cologne avec à sa tête les deux frères Brings, Peter et Stephan, ont porté ces festivités à un niveau jamais atteint avec la May Polka Party.

Ils ont organisé un concert « intime » avec 13000 fans et quelques célébrités et ont fait vibrer l’arène Lanxess de Cologne pour un spectacle-marathon de plus de quatre heures, le 1er mai. Et pour les irréductibles fêtards, ceux qui ont horreur de rentrer chez eux, trois heures de fête supplémentaire ont également eu lieu.

TSL Productions a déployé la technologie RCF pour assurer un son parfait pour l’occasion. L’installation principale comptait 32 line arrays actives HDL50-A (2x12", 4x6" et 2x1,4") à trois voies couplés avec 20 enceintes de graves dual-18" SUB 9006-AS. Ces derniers consistaient en la combinaison d’enceintes de graves en configuration cardioïde par crans et en bout de ligne. Le RD-Net RCF connectait les groupes d’enceintes de graves individuels dans un arc de graves avec delays programmés pour fournir un fond de graves continu.

L’équipe technique a déployé 36 des nouvelles unités top actives de line arrays RCF HDL30-A (2x10" et 1,4") en quatre ensembles pour les côtés de la salle et les gradins. C’est la première fois qu’ils étaient déployés en association avec 16 enceintes actives 18" VIO S118 de la branche dBTechnologies de RCF Group dans une configuration cardioïde pilotée. 18 autres modules de line array dual-6" HDL-6" ont contribué à fournir presque toute l’installation.
(Edison, New Jersey)
When Montana Pro Audio was called on to replace a 15-year-old sound system at the Beaverhead County Fair Rodeo Arena, they faced a scenario that limited their installation options leaving them to search and source the right product to both provide the coverage they needed and endure the outdoor elements of the rodeo arena. “The only placement options for the bleacher seats were light poles which are irregularly spaced with respect to the bleachers,” notes Montana Pro Audio Integration Manager Ryan Johnston. Plus, “the existing speaker wire to the far side of the arena was buried and would have to be reused for the updated system,” leaving them with pre-specified speaker positions. With that in mind, “We needed to select a loudspeaker system that would withstand the weather with fairly high output and low power ratings. We also needed a series that had different horn patterns that we could deploy based on throw distance, as due to the bleacher/pole layout we had to vary between shorter and medium distance throws.” Johnston continues, “We were also looking for a bracket mount option to simplify rigging and supply a stable mount for the speakers. “Plus the far side speakers would have to be powered with a 70-volt amplifier and stepped back down using an autoformer at the speaker end to maximize the amount of power we could send over the long, smaller gauge wire runs from the existing infrastructure.”
Serving an international fellowship of Christian students, the University of the Nations was born out of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a highly decentralized international movement of Christians from many denominations. Their history dates back to 1978 when Pacific & Asia Christian University in Kona, Hawaii was founded. As their teachings spread to other campuses throughout the world, now with over 600 locations in 160 different nations, they have since adopted the new moniker University of the Nations. The 40-acre Kona campus is home to some 700 students offering Associate Degrees ranging from the arts to counseling and early childhood education to biblical studies. The campus is also home to the Aloha Lanai Cafeteria, Hawaii’s largest dining facility with a capacity of 3500. Nearly a decade ago Orlando, Florida-based Owens Audio Video Design was called on to implement a new system for their Ohana Court, an outdoor Worship area & basketball Court Being an open-air facility, that system was exposed to nature’s elements and getting tired. Over the years, and with advancements in loudspeaker technology, with the long-time relationship the university has with the integrator, they called upon Owens once again to refurbish the facility, this time specifically requesting a line array solution.
RCF has added Watford, UK based hire company, Just Smile to its growing number of HDL 30-A line array customers around the world.

The events specialists, who service a wide portfolio of projects — ranging from corporate events to Jewish weddings and national sporting fixtures — purchased a 16-box HDL 30-A rig, with six complementary SUB 9006-AS subwoofers. This will not only service their large roster of summer events, including their own promoted BushFest festival, but also the many fireworks spectaculars they undertake towards the end of the year.
Berklee et l’une des plus prestigieuses universités d’études musicales au monde, dont le siège principal se situe à Boston, avec également une antenne à Valence, au cœur de la Cité des Arts et des Sciences.

La classe 2018 de l’université Berklee s’est diplômée lundi 9 juillet. Pour célébrer cette étape importante, les étudiants issus des quatre programmes de maîtrise de l’université Berklee de Valence ont organisé un concert spécial samedi 7 juillet, sur une scène équipée par RCF, en face de l’édifice futuriste Hemisferic et en collaboration avec la Cité des Arts et des Sciences.
At QC Terme Resorts, elegant spaces combine harmoniously with the latest technologies. Through skilful design, realisation and management of these spas and wellness centres, the "Salus Per Aquam" wellbeing philosophy of ancient Rome is brought back with a modern twist. Evolution over time has transformed the spa into a multi-sensory experience in which to indulge in pleasant moments of total relaxation. QC Terme's cutting-edge centres are located in Bormio (Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchi), Pré-Saint-Didier, Milan, Turin, Rome and San Pellegrino, with prestigious new locations current under construction in Italy and worldwide.

One of the most recent to open, at the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site, a QC spa immersed in the unspoilt nature of the Val di Fassa. QC Terme Dolomiti slots into the landscape with maximum respect for this natural setting. The Ladin culture is revived in the spaces of the spa, through typical furnishings of the local artisan tradition. Three levels of wellbeing, for a total of 4300 square metres, plus swimming pools and outdoor areas that allow you to enjoy the benefits of "forest bathing", immersion in nature as preventive medicine. The sauna also transforms into a cinema: the Sauna Chèder is the first to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy short films dedicated to nature.
The curtain has fallen on the Eleventh FIDS Italian Dancesport Championships - Federdanza, 2018 edition. 20,000 athletes competed, with four esteemed judges who literally conquered the audience and athletes alike: Carla Fracci, Kledi, Garrison and Renato Greco. 159 couples took to the floor for the GrandSlam contests: 92 Standard and 67 Latin from a total of 22 different countries. Six themed arenas - 4 pavilions of 3 thousand square metres each and 2 one thousand square meter theatres, all set up with RCF audio - with a total attendance of over 220 thousand and an average of 20,000 spectators daily. Just over 500 judges and approximately 3500 medals awarded, with golds, silvers and bronzes for singles, couples and groups.
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