Corporate
RCF has confirmed the sale of its first D-Line HDL 20-A active line array system in the UK to Leicestershire-based Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting Ltd.
Given the vast spectrum of events for which the company provides production support, Stewart Duckworth’s long-standing sales, rental and installation operation sensed the time was right to invest in its own line array system after previously hiring in. As a result, this month they took delivery of an initial 12 HDL 20-A full range enclosures and four SUB 8006-AS subwoofers from RCF UK — and believe this is just the beginning.
Based in the East Midlands — in heart of the country with excellent transport links — this self-described “jobbing PA company” says the HDL 20-A ticks all the boxes — particularly with the busy summer season approaching, when their workload spans the spectrum of village galas right through to full-blown music festivals as well as theatre shows.
RCF was already a brand long respected by Stewart Duckworth. “I have been working with RCF components since the mid-1970s, when we were building our own enclosures for local bands, and this continued when we set up Chameleon in 1979,” he says.
Having been exposed, through hiring in, to most of the crop of current line array systems, he was looking to combine performance and budget within a small footprint and reasonable weight to output ratio, with all the amplification and DSP onboard. The polypropylene enclosures also give him a lightweight option. “The cost is exceptional, it’s all contained in a moulded composite box, with internal amps and preset DSP settings which simplifies everything. It’s ideal for what we want.”
Nevertheless, the Chameleon MD first needed proof of concept and hired a local theatre for a full listening test assessment. He rigged the D-Line in two hangs and with the assistance of a percussionist colleague miked up a full drum kit and alternated different source feeds (from snares, cymbals etc) with some of his preferred reference CD tracks. “Without any outboard processing, just using the EQ on the board, we could achieve all the variation in drum sounds regularly required" — proving the flatness and balance between the boxes to be just right.
“That told me everything I needed to know,” he continued. “The system produces excellent sound quality and at the same time will comfortably meet customers’ budgets. With the 2in horn on a waveguide and two 10” drivers, the top box could be used in its own right due to its broad frequency range.”
Duckworth also pinpointed many other positives. “More and more outdoor trailer stages are now being built with rigging points, which means that with the low weight mass —less than 30kg per box — we will generally be able to fly these using the enclosure’s simple three-point rigging hardware".
“The flybar will support up to 16 enclosures and HDL 20-A’s also provide a weather proofing solution, which is essential. Because we service a number of outdoor events on this type of stage for one day events we can easily and safely get a system rigged and running in a short space of time, either flown or ground stacked as the flybar acts as ground support and actually attaches into the subs for stability.”
The new RCF system debuted at the end of the month on local and national Diamond Jubilee celebrations which then extend into June. It is then earmarked for duty at The Feast of St. Peter in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, staged by the local council and now attracting up to 10,000 people.
In conclusion he states, “RCF have come up with an elegant solution and it’s clear that a lot of research has gone into the design".
“RCF’s Shape Designer software provides full optimisation and in terms of transportation, we have developed an efficient flight case solution which — unlike with passive systems — will enable us to carry production in smaller 7.5 tonne trucks and three and a half tonne vans.”
Further information from: Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting Ltd. Scotlands Industrial Estate. London Rd. Coalville Leics
LE67 3JJ 01530 831337
www.chameleon-pa.co.uk
info@chameleon-pa.co.uk
Event
RCF's TT+ Line Array technology makes it's major Japanese festival debut at the Big Beach Festival '12!
The Big Beach Festival has been voted the best dance-music festival in Japan for the past three years in a row and the TTL55-A is the perfect companion for this premiere musical event!
With over 17,000 people in attendance last year, past BBF events have included such big name artists as Fat Boy Slim, Carl Cox, DJ Sasha, Groove Armada, and has featured fireworks presentations, Red Bull Air Race Flight performances and even a special appearance of a Grand Prix winning F1 race car!
This year's headline acts are Chemical Brothers, Sven Vath, John Digweed and beat-box sensation Beardyman!
With all three stages powered exclusively by RCF, all musicians are sure to be in for a pleasant surprise. Never before has such a high-definition system been provided and everyone is highly anticipating this TT+ debut.
The RCF TT+ system that will be employed is as follows:
28 x TTL55-A 12 x TTS56-A 16 x TTL36-AS 8 x TTL31-A 8 x TTL33-A 4 x TT22-A
Plus all stage monitoring, utilizing:
6 x TT25-SMA 2 x TTS28-A 4 x ART415-A 2 x ART722-A
And VIP coverage with:
10 x ART410-A 2 x TT052-A
This will be a great showcase of RCF's latest products and will provide the high-definition musical energy required to power what is widely considered to be the best dance-music festival in Japan.
Installation
When the Greek Orthodox Church of Evangelism of Holy Mary in Pili Dervenohorion was seeking a sound system that would give them greater intelligibility in a highly reverberant environment, installers Kariotis Bros Co turned to an RCF solution.
As the Italian manufacturer’s distributor in Greece, Kariotis knew that a combination of eight L2406T compact three-way column arrays would deliver the spoken word with crystal clarity while the slim column profile would not intrude on the church’s murals and frescos. At the same time they chose eight elements of RCF MQ-100L columns for use in the church’s secondary annex.
Kariotis had already made a sound study of the church two years previously … but unhappy with the solution provided by the competitive bidder on that occasion the church called Kariotis back in and asked them to design a superior reference sound system.
Since Orthodox churches reproduce only the spoken word and choral music, rather than recorded sounds or musical instruments Kariotis turned to high quality supercardioid mics for the cantors and highly sensitive mic caps for the priest — reinforced with high standards of power amplifiers, dynamic vocal processors, feedback eliminators, sound mixer and of course RCF L2406T columns for the main temple and RCF MQ 100L for the secondary room. A further point in favour of the RCF solution was that the priest was already familiar with the brand.
“Royal cathedral churches in Greece historically have a huge problem with echo reproduction and so the most important issue was to get the clearest sound reproduction of the voices in all spaces, as well as zero feedback from the speakers,” said Pandelis Kariotis, the installation company's general manager. “Automatic correction of any bad sound effect was the criteria of our installation.”
He said that the RCF L Series had ticked all the boxes. “It not only suited the architecture but the L2406T is a very efficiency column array speaker. The vertical dispersion can manage coverage over huge heights such as this; also the reproduction of vocals is very dynamic and clear.”
Equally successful was the installation of the eight MQ 100L 3-way column elements — again meeting the critical acoustical criteria and managing the architectural constraints, with its wide horizontal coverage angle of 180° and vertical dispersion of 60° filling the wide space.
Pandelis Kariotis himself designed the RCF solution, based on careful analysis, while sales manager and technical supervisor, Giannis Stathis took responsibility for the filtering systems and selection of the preamps, mics and mixer.
In conclusion, Mr. Kariotis said, “In the two or three days after replacing the old sound system the church was constantly full of worshippers. So I guess that says something.”
Event
From March 21 to 24th 2012 the audio and light industry will be gathered in Frankfurt and the Messe Halls will be filled up with all the latest products and technologies.
Prolight + Sound will offer users a possibility to get a look into what the new trends are and what future directions the industry is aiming at.
RCF will follow up on previously year’s success with new products, innovative technologies and will offer visitors the chance to get a “hands-on” experience with a large selection of product range and the possibility to meet the RCF staff.
Come to visit us in HALL 8 – booth G70
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RCF TT+ demo at the Asakusa Jazz Contest
RCF, Japanese distributor Ballad Co. Ltd. recently did a RCF TT+ demo at the 31st Annual Asakusa Jazz Contest in Asakusa, Tokyo.
“The customer was very impressed with the sound. He said that he was blown away by the clarity in the mid-high range and had never gotten an acceptable piano sound in such a short time before. He also commented that it was so easy to hear the different characteristics of each microphone he used on the various instruments. This is something fairly unique to the TT+ range in my opinion as well. He also used the TT052 along with the TTL33-A for in-fills”, says Zach from Ballad Co. Ltd.
Installation
RCF Di Co Sys conference system at Nikaia Municipality
TNM Projects, one of the RCF commercial audio installation partners in Greece has recently completed the supply, installation and fine tuning of a RCF Di Co Sys conference system in the town council room at Nikaia – Renti Municipality, Greece.
The RCF Di Co Sys conference system is extreme flexible, easy to use and install. A system that is very suitable for any small hall and council chambers.
TNM Projects is specialized in turnkey solutions and one of their key statements is to supply high quality equipment for all kind of installations.
Installation
RCF TT+ Line Array System on board Viking Line M/S Rosella
Viking Line commenced service in 1959, when the S/S Viking began sailing between the Finnish mainland, the Åland Islands and Sweden. Today Viking Line has seven vessels, which sail between the Finnish mainland, Åland and Sweden as well as between Finland and the Baltic states. Operations include passenger services, recreation and cargo carrier services.
After renewing M/S Rosella’s dance restaurant to the height of two floors, Mr. Jouni Sironen, the AV Manager of Viking Line, was looking after the Line Array set, which could support live music and entertainment. After few demo listenings, RCF TTL 31A was chosen for the new system.
The system consists of rigged TTL 12AS and (4) TTL 31A per side and TTS 28A subs in the center ground stack to produce the perfect bass coverage. (4) RCF C 3108W delay speakers fill the back parts of low height first floor.
RCF’s Finnish distributor Noretron Communication Ltd supplied the equipments and the installation was carried out by the Viking Line’s own technical team and Noretron’s personnel. Two days in Estonian dockyard and the installers and the users were more than satisfied with TT+.
Installation
RCF TT+ System Provides Support For Philip Glass Ensemble.
The Philip Glass Ensemble along with the New York Philharmonic orchestra and the Collegiate Choir recently performed Philip Glass's powerful music for the 1982 Godfrey Reggio film "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out Of Balance" at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. The landmark film was projected on a large screen above the stage throughout the performance.
Simon Nathan, owner of Audio Production Services of Amawalk, NY, worked closely with Dan Dryden, FOH engineer for the Philip Glass Ensemble, to design the sound system for the event.
"Because Avery Fisher hall is home to the Philharmonic, it doesn't have an in-house system that could handle this performance," explains Nathan. "We were asked to provide a high quality system that could cover the entire hall without impeding any stage site lines and provide clean, consistent sound throughout the room."
The choice was the compact RCF TT+ Series, with single arrays each comprised of 10 TTL31-A modules flown left and right, attached to the overhead stage grid.
"When specifying systems for the ensemble I'm looking for smaller line arrays with flat frequency response," explains Dryden. "These were perfect. The low-mid frequencies are rich and warm, and the coverage was excellent.”
The overall footprint of these arrays was relatively small, measuring just less than two feet wide by only about 10 feet deep. The self-powered, 2-way active line array modules are outfitted with a single-8-inch cone driver and three compression drivers feeding a horn with horizontal dispersion of 100 degrees. They proved capable of covering all four levels of seating (main and three balconies) as well as boxes.
"When specifying systems for the Ensemble I'm looking for smaller line arrays with flat frequency response," explains Dryden. "These were perfect. The low-mid frequencies are rich and warm and the coverage was excellent. I was very pleased with the result."
The mains were joined by four TTS56-A dual 21-inch subwoofers, two side-by-side on each side of the stage, and each of these sub sets hosted a single TT25 compact powered loudspeaker supplying in fill presence, particularly for higher frequencies. The house loudspeaker complement was completed with front fill via four TT052-A low-profile 2-way loudspeakers deployed evenly along the front lip of the stage.
"The hall seats 2,800 with 3 balconies and box seats – it is a very large room," adds Nathan. "The arrays had no problem throwing all of the way to the back row of the top balcony without any need for delay fills. We had plenty of power for the space."
"This system was right up there with its more well-known competitors," Dryden concludes. "I will be adding it to my riders for future Philip Glass Ensemble events – I would definitely use it again."
Corporate
The new RCF Media Series presents a 360º approach to the Sound System Design. With the addiction of new Media small sized models the RCF Installed Sound Catalogue offers a complete portfolio, a complete package, to the Audio System Engineer and with this RCF becomes a single source, trusted partner, from the smallest to the most complex audio project.
The new Media Series features 5 models, from the smallest 5” to the larger 2 x 6”, and is the ideal solution for small to medium sized projects, for distributed systems, perfect complement to the RCF Compact or H Series Models.
CONSISTENT LOOK AND INSTALLATION The design and look of the Media Series is consistent with the higher power Compact and H Series models, the new Media Series offer various installation options, from an elegant swivel bracket to easy to install wall mounting U brackets. The steel front grilles are protected with robust double mesh polyester clothing. The front RCF logo is easily rotatable.
All models presents quick lock audio input and link output connectors.
CONSISTENT PERFORMANCE AND SOUND The Media Series products are “medium power” designs based on Compact Series designs. Media Series models offer a consistent RCF sound quality; the usual controlled bass response joins incredible vocal clarity and high frequency definition.
See information about the complete Media Series product line here
Corporate
RCF revealed the new Line array HDL 20-A at the NAMM Show 2012
Through the decades, RCF helped to shape the development of professional speakers with product lines such as: Art, 4Pro, Acustica, NX, TT + becoming one of the major players in the audio industry and very popular amongst end users.
RCF is one of the few loudspeakers companies worldwide that has the ability to completely design and manufacture transducers, speaker systems, and amplification, cabinets and control electronics. Three R&D departments – acoustic, electronic and mechanical – work closely together to offer innovative projects paying attention to each single detail.
Thanks to the well known transducers technology RCF has an enormous advantage in developing a complete speaker systems achieving the perfect match between transducers and electronics, focusing more and more on the digital technology.
With heavy investment in innovation and development the company constantly works on new projects and product designs and now RCF is pleased to introduce into the market a brand new speaker series called D LINE.
HDL 20-A Active Line Array Module
The careful acoustic design, no compromise transducers and a unique, composite cabinet, design makes the HDL 20-A the preferred tool for many professionals. Perfect in live sound reinforcement and reliable installed situations.
The HDL 20-A is the ideal choice when line array performance is needed and a fast and easy set up is a must. The system is powered from a 1200 Watt Peak Power 2 way digital amplifier, sound is processed from a powerful DSP. The processing includes cluster and HF projection correction and special new presets for indoor and high curving situations.
The system features state of the art RCF transducers, two powerful 10” for a solid bass reproduction and a large format 3” voice coil compression driver to deliver vocal clarity and high definition with an incredible dynamic.
The large format compression driver RCF CD 850 is a key advantage of the HDL20-A. All the vocal range is reproduced from this driver. Superior efficiency and clarity, higher pressures and a better coverage.
The HDL20-A features configurable mechanics, angles between cabinets are selectable with 2 degrees resolution. In comparison with many competitors’ products with fixed curving, with HDL20-A is possible to create real J-shaped or spiral arrays.
LEGENDARY RCF TRANSDUCERS The RCF Precision transducers equipping D LINE have been representing for decades the ultimate performance, the highest power handling and the most advanced technology in the professional and touring industry.
The high power woofer delivers extremely accurate punchy bass; the custom-made compression driver offers a transparent midrange and extreme fidelity.
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