Italian loudspeaker manufacturer RCF has entered into a strategic alliance with Henderson, Tennessee-based tour audio provided 242 Concepts to showcase the RCF HDL20-A line arrays and SUB-8006AS subwoofers on the 2014 George Thorogood and The Destroyers 40th Anniversary Tour. “We excited to have a lightweight, fantastic sounding box that is self-powered, and can fit into the vast array of venues we encounter,” notes Production Manager/FOH Engineer Jeff Pitt. The band first got the opportunity to use the system at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. “We had awesome coverage, and a great evening mixing on the boxes,” said Pitt.
For George Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – their 40th anniversary is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. Over the course of sixteen studio albums (including six Gold and two Platinum), they would storm the charts over their illustrious career with a catalog of iconic hits that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter to Thorogood. The tour coincides with the release of the George Thorogood & The Destroyers ICON album and the Eagle Rock Entertainment live DVD Live At Montreux. For the tour, 242 Concepts is taking 24 HDL20-A along with 12 SUB-8006AS subwoofers for use dependent on size of venue. The RCF HDL20-A is a 1,400-watt two-way line array cabinet with two 10” low frequency/mid frequency transducers coupled with a 3” high frequency compression driver capable of achieving 135 dB max SPL. The SUB-8006AS is a 5,000-watt dual 18” subwoofer able to achieve 141 dB max SPL.
Ultimately, the 40 Years Strong Tour is 50% celebration, 50% declaration and 100% Thorogood throwdown. But after four decades as one of the most consistent – and consistently unique – careers in rock, can a guitar-slinger still at the top of his game choose a moment that sums it all up? “Stan Musial was once asked, ‘What was the greatest day of your career?’ And Stan said ‘Every day when I walk onto the field is the greatest day.’ I feel the same way,” George says. “Every night when I walk out on that stage is the highlight of my career. I hit that first chord, the band kicks in, and we hear the audience respond. That’s the rush. 40 years into this, and every night, that's still the only moment that matters.”
For George Thorogood & The Destroyers – and for rock & roll – it doesn’t get stronger than that. And their choice to make it happen – RCF. Tour dates and information are available at www.georgethorogood.com
Here’s the image of a true mobile DJ – the Mix on Wheels self-contained mobile DJ entertainment experience. After touring with a major soft drink company and working with Central Florida theme parks, DJ Charles Miles became inspired to create a self-contained mobile entertainment experience by building a complete system on wheels.
The success has been overwhelming, and Orlando, Florida-based Mix on Wheels now offers three system packages – one built into a Hummer H3, one in a Honda Element and one in a Mini Cooper Clubman. By designing the vehicles with a blank canvas exterior, clients can use for their own brand marketing with magnet signage or wraps rather than a billboard for a DJ company. The DJ system is self-contained, there’s onboard LCD screens for custom media playback, LED light effects and Lamborghini doors trick out the vehicles. The gear of choice – RCF loudspeakers for the PA and Pioneer gear for the DJ gear onboard. Why? “The stuff just doesn’t fail,” says company owner Charles Miles.
Once parked, the speakers are placed on a custom designed flat all-steel roof rack. Mix on Wheels choice of speakers include active RCF ART-725 15” 2-way cabinets or HD32-A 12” 2-way cabinets, depending on the vehicle. They simply plug into an input box on the roof panel, with the vehicle capable of generating its own power for outdoor events (and are certified for indoor events as well). With a high dispersion output, Miles sums up the sound of RCF – “they scream!” He notes he seldom has to add a subwoofer, even when playing EDM or Hip Hop music. “We find we don’t have to adjust EQ because of how the cabinets are tuned, getting the most out of the boxes without needing to add a subwoofer in the system. And we always get compliments on our sound,” Miles adds.
“We like the RCF boxes because they are so efficient they don’t pull a lot of power,” going on to note, “they are the only speakers that never shut down when it gets hot. We do a lot of outdoor events on the beaches and in the parks, and it gets hot in Florida. We’ve never had one ever go into thermal load.” A unique approach to the mobile DJ market, Mix on Wheels (www.mixonwheels.com) was named Best Industry Innovation Esprit Award from the International Special Events Society, as well as a Gala Award nomination as Best New Innovative Event Technology by Special Events magazine.
The german RCF subsidiary will resume providing in-house customer service for all RCF products as of Monday, February 17, 2014.
Commenting on this development, General Manager and Sales Director Arne Deterts says, "There were just as many good reasons to bring the service unit back home now as there were to outsource it to an external provider a few years ago. From 2014 forward, we'll be taking customer service and after-sales support for our brands to a whole new level, and bringing the service department back home and having total control over is it a big part of that. For one, we're making this move to respond to a market where things like service, trust and good business relationships are becoming increasingly important alongside the actual product. For the other, we're optimizing our position in the professional rental and install business, which now accounts for a significant share of our activities."
Germany's other General Manager Thomas Kuck adds, "We want to thank Triplex for their good and professional collaboration over the past few years . At the same time, we are delighted that we were able to bring aboard employees Andrew Cullen, Alessandro Angeli and Victor Tolstich, who have many years experience to draw on and what it takes to meet our customers' expectations for our internationally renowned brands. We see this move as another important building block of our customer-centric outlook as we will now be able to offer even better and faster service."
The new service team can be reached as of February 17, 2014 by calling 0 22 03/ 9 25 37 50 or sending an email to service@dbtechnologies.de.
From left to right: Victor Tolstich (Service), Thomas Kuck (Management), Andrew Cullen (Head of Service), Arne Deterts (Management), Alessandro Angeli (Service)
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The course is organized by the Department of Science and Methods for Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in cooperation with RCF SpA, a leading international manufacturer of professional sound products and systems.
The primary goal is to provide engineers with a specific knowledge of the state-of-the-art technologies related to sound, transducers and speaker systems and their applications in the professional market. The course is organized in modules taking the participants through a learning process from the basis of electro-acoustics components like transducers, amplifiers and digital processors till the design of a complete audio project based on a real case study. An international reference project carried out by RCF engineers will be used as a studying guideline to be followed during the course.
The learning topics are grouped into four modules as follows:
1) Environmental Acoustics in open air and inner spaces including design and simulation methods. 2) Transducers and speaker systems including clusters, arrays and point source configurations. 3) Electronics including circuit analysis, filters, amplifiers and DSP. 4) Sound systems design including practical experiences in measurements, listening tests and tuning.
The technical contents provided in this University course will be completed by the direct experience of RCF laboratories, since 1949 involved in the design, manufacturing and market applications of professional products and systems for theatres, concerts, auditoriums, airports, cruise ships, shopping malls, cinemas, stadia.
Organization: • Department of Science and Methods for Engineering University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, www.dismi.unimore.it • RCF SpA, via Raffaello 13, Reggio Emilia, Italy, www.rcf.it
Course director: Prof. Luca Larcher, Department of Science and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Date and time: 120 hours, divided in a five week period, from Monday through Friday. Starting date: May 5th, 2014. Finishing date: June 6th, 2014.
Language: The course will be held in English.
Location: RCF Audio Academy premises, located in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Number of participants: 10-20 people, selected by the Course committee on the basis of CV and information provided.
Requirements: Degree in Engineering or similar educational background, good English knowledge.
Costs: Participation fee will be covered by sponsorship of RCF SpA. Enrolment fee: 300,00 Euro (+ application taxes). Special conditions for lodging expenses in Reggio Emilia will be available to the participants. A limited number of scholarships will be assigned by RCF SpA as a contribution to the lodging expenses.
Contents: The course is comprised of four modules: Environmental acoustics, Transducers and speaker systems, Electronics, Sound systems design. The complete program is available on request.
Candidates’ applications: You will be requested to send your personal data and CV including studies and professional experience if any before March 28th, 2014.
Contacts: For more information and assistance please contact:
Prof. Luca Larcher E-mail: larcher.luca@unimore.it Phone. +39 0522 522625 - Fax +39 0522 522609
Find out what the students have to say about the “First edition 2012” at this link
The Cannstatter Wasen may well be one of the fairest of fairs and it is certainly among the world's biggest. Every year more than three million people come to enjoy a wealth of offerings extended by 320 exhibitors and caterers in and around the large beer tents.
The Göckelesmaier tent, a historic venue with a rich heritage, holds over 3,800 people in its main seating area and VIP boxes. Measuring 70 by 42 meters, it treats audience to culinary delights and varied entertainment. All kinds of events and live acts figure prominently on the stage, including performances by famous bands and artists.
A program as varied as this poses some daunting acoustical challenges. Stringent noise pollution regulations certainly do not make things easier. Soundline, a company from Untermeitingen, stepped up to develop and implement a very special solution for the tent.
The greatest challenge was satisfying the demands of the venue's operator while covering different zones within the tent. Although this does not sound like much of a feat, the situation was tricky. For one, the PA would have to provide uniform SPL and coverage all across the main seating area at very different volumes dictated by the level of crowd noise. The volume for the VIP boxes would have to be individually adjustable by the head waiters to cater to the wishes of the guests in the boxes. Finally, it all had to be incorporated into a noise management plan required by the operator to ensure that the volume outside the tent would not exceed a mean level of 80db (A). So a great deal of planning effort was required to keep from jeopardizing the tent's operating permit.
Once again, Soundline owner-operator Robert Reichle relied entirely on RCF to get the job done. Ease data are available for these systems. They were loaded to Ease and Ease Focus II to generate an accurate 3D simulation and compute the levels for the tent. The outcome provided the basis for the overall sound reinforcement plan, which was then submitted for approval.
"The fact that we had Ease data available for all TT + speakers (RCF Touring & Theatre Series) made it so much easier to prepare the sound reinforcement plan and put it into action. We have been thoroughly satisfied RCF users for years now, and I knew straightaway that we would be able to work out a suitable concept with RCF products," says Robert (Robby) Reichle.
Eight TTL33-A MKII enclosures were deployed for the front-of-house PA. Two TT1-A units served as a front-fill. Six each TTL31-A MKIIs covered the sides, and six TTS-56As and six TTS 36-As were configured in a cardioid set-up. The VIP boxes were equipped with TT08-As and TT052-As.
"It all worked wonderfully. I was very much looking forward to how the Stihl Timber Sports Event would work out with 70HP chainsaws roaring away while speakers the presenters spoke and music was piped in. My expectations, which were very high, were exceeded by a considerable margin," adds Robert with a smile.
Following a successful Sonar meeting in Malaysia last year, RCF recently hosted a two-day meeting in Bali for its distributors in the region. ‘We like to think that we’re a big family and feel that these meetings help to strengthen our relationships,’ explained RCF’s Asian Pacific sales manager, Lars Yoshiyama.
Distributors from as far afield as New Zealand and Japan came to Bali to better understand the latest RCF technologies and products, including the TT+, Media and Acustica loudspeakers, Ayra monitors, IPS amplifiers, Forum conferencing solutions, RDNet 2.0 software, together with the digital AX/MX matrix and DXT evacuation systems.
The new Livepad mixers on display at the Hotel Magani certainly took the eye of all those who attended. The four new models represent a new market for RCF and fill a much-needed gap in its product catalogue as a complete solution provider in addition to providing increased brand visibility. The aggressively priced LivePad mixers feature USB interfaces, three-band equalisers, 99 pre-sets, 4-6 microphone inputs in addition to an MP3 recorder, Bluetooth and Player cards.
‘By having full control of the signal chain, the LivePad mixers are compatible to our other products and are more dedicated to our speaker designs,’ commented sales director Alberto Ruozzi.
Mr Yoshiyama shed further light into the investment taken by RCF in hosting such an event. ‘Sales increased by over 30 per cent in the region last year, so we need to work more closely with our partners. You cannot really achieve that during a trade show such as Frankfurt Pro Light + Sound. On one hand, it is good for us as a manufacturer to spend two days explaining our products in greater detail, but on the other hand it is equally important for us to better understand how their markets work. At the same time, we encourage group discussions between different partners in a relaxed setting in which they can share their experiences and learn from one another. For example, some partners are stronger in the live than the fixed installation markets, so they can relate to one another and learn from each other’s experiences.’
Following the first day’s activities, the delegates spent the evening on a sunset cruise off the Bali coast.
"Nell'anno del Centenario del Festival lirico mi hanno invitato all'Arena per un'altra esperienza con l'orchestra... impossibile dire di no".
Con queste parole il rocker reggiano Luciano Ligabue ha calcato il palcoscenico più prestigioso d'Italia per sei magiche serate live. E per farlo ha scelto un compagno di viaggio non solo conterraneo, ma anche concittadino: RCF, l'azienda reggiana con sede a Mancasale (RE), che si è occupata di amplificare la musica del Liga per tutta la durata dell'evento scaligero, nella splendida cornice dell'Arena.
L'evento ha avuto inizio lunedì 16 settembre e, come c'era da aspettarsi, lo show è stato un vero trionfo. Il Liga sale sul palco assieme alla Simphony Orchestra diretta da Marco Sabiu e, dopo pochi minuti, anche la band si mette in primo piano assieme all'artista. L'impatto con il pubblico è immediato e la musica del Liga travolge l'arena.
"Il nostro obbiettivo è stato ampiamente raggiunto" spiegano i tecnici di RCF "abbiamo studiato a lungo come sviluppare la configurazione ideale che potesse far sì che la musica raggiungesse anche lo spettatore più lontano dal palcoscenico con la stessa energia, la stessa intensità e la stessa qualità audio."
Ognuno dei 64 elementi della Symphony Orchestra poteva vantare una straordinaria presenza sonora e tutti gli strumenti potevano essere distinti nei minimi dettagli con estrema chiarezza e precisione. Lo stesso discorso vale per la voce del Liga: distinta e chiara durante le canzoni e di estrema limpidezza e comprensibilità durante gli intermezzi di parlato.
RCF si è presentata in Arena con un Live Equipment di tutto rispetto e il risultato lo dimostra.
Per la copertura sonora del front field sono stati utilizzati due line array da 18 moduli TTL55-A e due line array da 8 TTL 36-AS, il tutto rinforzato da 18 subwoofers TTS56-A in configurazione cardioide. Inoltre, due array da 10 moduli TTL-55A sono stati dedicati alla copertura delle zone più laterali rispetto al palco e 6 moduli TTL 33-A, appoggiati al palcoscenico, contribuivano a dirigere il suono in direzione della platea. Per la copertura sonora sul palco sono stati scelti 3 moduli TTL33-A e 2 Sub TTS28-A per ogni lato. In più, 4 stage monitor TT45-SMA erano dedicati esclusivamente al monitoraggio per l'artista.
Il sistema principale e' stato controllato tramite RDNet, la rete proprietaria di RCF. "RDNet ci ha permesso di settare il sistema in brevissimo tempo" afferma un tecnico del suono di RCF "Mi sono spostato all'interno dell'arena con il mio laptop per dettare tutti i parametri e l'equalizzazione di ogni singolo speaker. In questo modo ho potuto compensare l'acustica dell'ambiente per realizzare una sonorità complessiva creata ad hoc per l'Arena".
This summer’s Ultra Europe Festival in Croatia saw a massive show of strength from RCF’s flagship TT+ line array system.
Zagreb-based production company, Promo Logistika provided a mighty 72 of the high premium TTL55-A and 42 TTS56 subs — more than enough muscle and rumble to satisfy the stream of international DJ’s performing on the main stage.
The global event itself took place in Europe for the first time over the first two days at the Poljud Stadium in Split, with 40 DJ’s appearing on three stages, before relocating to Hvar Island for the final VIP day with a single stage by the pool of the Hotel Amfora.
With 35,000 people attending each of the first two days, the event will now remain exclusively in Croatia for the next five years under the licence of Ultra Miami.
With wide experience in technical production for major events, concerts and festivals — such as Big Beach, Umagination and Discotheque Riva — Promo Logistika were entrusted with providing the technical infrastructure.
“We were very proud to be involved,” stated director, Zoran Biškupić, whose company was working under the technical supervision and guidelines of the Ultra Miami production director. “We proposed RCF to the technical director who immediately approved, and they were more than happy with how the system sounded.”
Promo Logistika has been steadily building up its RCF inventory over a four year period — but such was the requirement at this event that Audax Audio in Germany also assisted from their own stock.
The speakers were designed into two main L/R hangs of 18 TTL55-A, with eight further elements on each side of the stage as outfills. Two delay towers were set further down the field, each with ten TTL55-A enclosures. The subs were positioned in a straight line in pairs (at 2 meter distance) and were electronically curved through RDNet, in order to control the directivity and widen the coverage.
In addition, the DJ’s were well serviced with reference monitoring in the shape of four HDL 20-A’s and two HDL 18-AS subs per side.
In conclusion, Zoran said, “Everyone was satisfied with the sound, and the technical director told us the system delivered more than he had expected."
“For us the advantages of the TTL55-A were that the system was easy to assemble, it produced a really good output and offered great control through RDNet, RCF’s dedicated, integrated networking board."
“We were very proud to have been owners of this RCF sound system and since the event have been suggesting this solution to all our clients and partners who are engaged in holding large-scale events and festivals.”
As the largest football stadium in the German Bundesliga, with a capacity of over 80,000, Signal Iduna Park — home of Borussia Dortmund (BVB) — recently sanctioned a radical upgrade to its public address system. Their aim was to achieve higher intelligibility, even pattern control (with extended low frequency capability) and unobscured sightlines — but most importantly to link the voice evacuation and stand systems into a unified network, that could be monitored, error- and health-checked remotely. The solution was provided by RCF.

The deployment of 14 RCF clusters of 14 TTL33-A MKII line array elements (with a TTS26-A sub at the base of each), will futureproof the famous stadium for decades to come. But the most remarkable aspect is that this is an entirely active solution, wrapped around the beams to keep the sightlines intact. Loaded with RCF’s proprietary RDNet DSP and additional electronics for monitoring it is this inherent software that has been programmed to integrate the new PA/VA evacuation system — thereby fulfilling the EN 60849 standard for performance requirements.
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