After 12 years of reconstruction and renovation works, the beautiful Sarajevo City Hall and National Library finally re-opened in May 2014. RCF took part in the process of giving new life to this antique edifice of great artistic and historic value, providing a complete audio solution for conference rooms and banquet halls with Forum 9000 and Forum 6000 systems, L-PAD 12CX mixing console and CS 3082 slim-line column speakers.
Sarajevo City Hall, locally called “Vijecnica”, was first opened in 1896 as the seat of the National Library. The architectural project is a reflection of the city’s history and atmosphere, with Eastern and Western styles blended together in a unique and intriguing outcome, as often occurs in the Balkans – an area that is particularly rich in cultural and artistic variety, with influences from many different traditions resulting in a fascinating East-meets-West feel. The National Library was burned to the ground in 1992, causing the loss of rare books and antique manuscripts of priceless value. It was then re-built as similarly as possible to the original construction, both in terms of architecture and interior design, and finally re-opened in 2014 with full functionality. Today it serves as the City Hall and seat of the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosting major institutional events and representing one of the main touristic landmarks in a country where tourism is growing steadily.
The City Hall’s acoustics is quite complex and full of reverberation, due to the its unusual architecture – it has a triangular ground plan and a main central area of hexagonal shape. Being the seat of two prominent national institutions, the building had to be provided with a high-reliability cutting-edge AV solutions, that were set up by Haris Sadikovic of Rasa company. Products chosen were RCF Forum 9000 and Forum 6000 conference systems, L-PAD 12 CX mixer and CS 3082 slim-line column speakers. Sadikovic, that has been working with RCF products for more than 15 years, explains the reasons behind the products’ choice: “The City Hall required a reliable system that could be adapted and customized according to the varying needs of each meeting, so we chose Forum 9000 because of its functional richness and operational stability. We equipped the central conference room with 71 microphones, plus the software for conference management. We also installed the RCF digital voting and recording softwares, that allow to set the voting parameters in totally personalized ways, and have several additional functions.” Indeed, thanks to Forum 9000 the city council members can put each speaker’s intervention on digital record, broadcast audio files, enjoy simultaneous translation and multiple streaming. All microphone sets feature a well-advanced neodymium loudspeaker that is automatically attenuated in volume whenever the neighbouring mics are turned on, thus reducing acoustic feedback and providing the council chamber with exceptional sound clarity.
A secondary conference room, where smaller meetings are held, was equipped by Rasa with 41 units of Forum 6000 microphones, a system designed to provide excellent versatility for small-to-medium council chambers. The City Hall’s banquet room also needed an audio solution, but, as Sadikovic explains, “In this case it was not just a matter of acoustic quality, especially in terms of speech reproduction, but also of aesthetic result. We chose RCF CS 3082 slim-line column speakers because they have a discrete visual impact that blends perfectly into the room’s thick multi-coloured pictorial decoration. I would say that they are almost invisible. At the same time they provide a clear and intelligible sound, and very natural reproduction.” Finally, a L-PAD 12CX mixing console was included in the system in order to handle multiple signals.
RCF has been often the AV choice of city councils and local governments. The company’s solutions satisfy the needs of congress halls, parliaments, boards of directors and conventions regardless of their size, with dedicated product lines for small, medium or large conferences, and the highly specialized guidance of the internal Engineering Support Group. Local authorities in the UK have also recently introduced the company’s digital conferencing and voting systems into their council chambers, praising Forum 9000 for its flexibility, cost-effectiveness and easiness of streaming.
When the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Lincolnshire took the decision to invest in a permanently installed active line array system for its 399-seat auditorium, it opted for an RCF HDL10-A from locally based LUX Technical.
The Theatre, which was built within the shell of the original Corn Exchange Hall in the Victorian era, needed a versatile system to handle its varied programme ranging from stand-up comedy to local am-dram and full blown rock concerts. LUX Technical bid successfully for the contract which was issued by Theatre Manager Judith Mackie. Having experience LUX Technical’s larger HDL20-A rental system on many occasions, her team had been fully aware of the system’s coverage capabilities.
“We decided to install a permanent system because when touring companies arrive with their own production they often carry enormous speakers. We wanted to make it easier and quicker to load in and load out by providing a flexible house system and encourage them to play through that,” she said.
And it has clearly been working, as according to the Corn Exchange’s assistant tech, Jack Milligan, “Everyone who has heard the speakers says what a difference they have made — they sound absolutely brilliant.”
The Theatre also needed to achieve best value as it is run almost entirely by volunteers, and since the start of the new millennium has been administered under a charitable company (Corn Exchange Theatre Company) — set up to support the arts in Stamford.
The journey to discover the best solution had been driven largely by the Corn Exchange Theatre’s technical director Roger Bradshaw. In conjunction with technical manager, Robert Mackie they evaluated a ground-stacked version of RCF’s popular D-Line series and gave it the thumbs up.
With its onboard 1400 Watt Peak Power 2-way digital amplifier and powerful DSP, the HDL10-A not only met the criteria — but also provided a more manageable and less obtrusive piece of real estate to fly over the proscenium arch. Three HDL10-A elements have been hung each side along with an HDL15-AS flyable sub.
Providing front row infills are a pair of RCF’s TT052-A. Equipped with two 5” neodymium woofers and a 1” compression driver, these are ideal where the audio beam needs be directed towards a specific area, such as the front row seating.
According to LUX Technical’s managing director, Peter Gibbons, his company has been a fan of RCF’s D-Line composite line arrays since taking over Stewart Duckworth’s Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting Ltd (who had been first UK customer for the HDL20-A).
“We have done many shows with the HDL20-A but the smaller HDL10-A is also a super system, offering flexibility and great value for money. We were confident in this solution and it has fitted perfectly into the acoustic space, and packs a real punch.
“It’s a nice and easy system to install and operate, with the flying hardware and the advantage of being able to fly the sub; it’s also very lightweight considering it has all the amps on board. Overall, it’s a superb piece of kit.”
The HDL10-A rig is the centrepiece of a larger audio fit-out and Peter Gibbons observes that because it is a modular system, when additional bass is required, the theatre can simply add a couple of additional HDL matched subs from LUX Technical’s hire stock.
Quando il team di progetto di RCF è arrivato per la prima volta in Azerbaigian, nel novembre del 2014, i lavori di costruzione del nuovo stadio erano già in fase avanzata. Lo Stadio Olimpico di Baku, che vanta un’architettura di grande impatto e una capienza di 68 mila spettatori, è stato costruito per diventare uno dei punti di riferimento della capitale dell’Azerbaigian. E’ stato inaugurato ufficialmente nel marzo del 2015 e ospiterà i primi Giochi Europei in giugno.
L’Engineering Support Group (ESG) di RCF, il reparto R&D e il partner locale Asimetrik hanno lavorato insieme per un anno, allo scopo di sviluppare la migliore soluzione audio per l’impianto. Dopo l’approvazione finale del progetto e le prove di accettazione in fabbrica (FAT) nell’aprile 2014, con la visita del contraente principale, del subappaltatore e del distributore locale al quartier generale di RCF, l’installazione ufficiale del sistema acustico è iniziata nel novembre 2014 con il primo viaggio del team a Baku.
“Abbiamo usato ben 270 unità personalizzate di TTL55-A per 1 MW totale di potenza audio. Si tratta di una delle maggiori installazioni permanenti che abbiamo eseguito fino ad oggi” dichiara RCF. “E’ stato un progetto molto sfidante, perché abbiamo dovuto modificare e personalizzare il nostro line array standard TTL55-A attivo a tre vie, soprattutto per ciò che concerne la meccanica e il sistema elettronico”. RCF è stata all’altezza del progetto grazie alle competenze acquisite con le esperienze precedenti, come il Signal Iduna Park a Dortmund, ma anche molti altri stadi internazionali. “Abbiamo fatte diversi viaggi a Baku per fornire istruzioni specifiche riguardanti il montaggio. L’intero processo di installazione è stato poi supervisionato e controllato da remoto dalla nostra sede in Italia, attraverso il software RDNet” aggiunge RCF con evidente soddisfazione.
I moduli TTL55-A sono stati scelti per la loro chiarezza vocale e l’elevata pressione sonora di oltre 120 dB. Queste erano infatti due delle principali richieste del committente, poiché parte del pubblico è seduta a grande distanza dai diffusori (fino a 63 m). La configurazione finale è composta da 20 gruppi che coprono perfettamente tutte le tribune, divisi in dieci gruppi da 17 moduli e altri dieci da 10 moduli, per un totale di 270.
Un line array attivo è stato la scelta ideale per questo progetto, perché permette un cablaggio semplice e discreto con solo due cavi di segnale, uno per l’audio e uno per il sistema di controllo digitale. Malgrado la sua dimensione imponente, il sistema ha un cablaggio decisamente snello e facile da gestire.
Il design del progetto acustico dello Stadio comprende inoltre anche 64 unità di P2100 (diffusore coassiale impermeabile a due) per l’area sotto le balconate e 12 unità di H1315 (diffusore compatto a tre vie) per l’area di gioco.
L’uso di fly-bars standard è stato escluso sin dall’inizio. Al loro posto è stata sviluppata una speciale struttura metallica. L’obiettivo era quello di montare i line array parallelamente al suolo, sopra le tribune, per assicurare una perfetta copertura sonora all’intero pubblico. “Abbiamo imparato davvero tanto da Dortmund” dichiara RCF. Una società di engineering tedesca ha creato la struttura ad hoc fatta con elementi di montaggio in acciaio inox e rinforzi interni con 16 punti di fissaggio, ideale per la configurazione sospesa. Tutti i moduli TTL55-A sono stati personalizzati da RCF con supporti interni e rinforzi di metallo per garantire maggiore sicurezza e fare in modo che il peso del line array sia sostenuto dalla struttura in acciaio e non solo dal legno dei moduli.
Ogni singolo modulo è accessibile facilmente grazie alla presenza di due motori indipendenti, in grado di abbassare la struttura a livello della tribuna. Una volta in posizione, tutte le strutture sono saldamente fissate al tetto con ganci ed elementi specifici in acciaio inox.
L’impianto audio nello Stadio Olimpico di Baku deve resistere all’esposizione all’aria aperta 365 giorni all’anno. Per questo motivo i moduli sono stati sottoposti a uno speciale trattamento impermeabile, che consiste in una finitura in poliurea sia all’interno che all’esterno e nell’uso di acciaio inox per l’intera struttura di montaggio. I diffusori sono ulteriormente rinforzati da un film isolante e da diversi strati di finitura sulla griglia, altamente resistente all’umidità, ma trasparente al suono.
Il team di ingegneri di RCF, il reparto R&D ed Asimetrik hanno inoltre sviluppato una soluzione su misura che consente il pieno controllo del sistema, rendendo semplici il monitoraggio, il montaggio e la manutenzione, malgrado le grandi dimensioni della struttura. Ogni modulo TTL55-A è dotato di un dispositivo di rilevazione dei problemi e il reporting avviene tramite il sistema di controllo RDNet.
Il GUI (Graphic User Interface) di RDNet permette un controllo a colpo d’occhio dell’intero sistema, inclusi i trasduttori, gli amplificatori, l’approvvigionamento di corrente e tutte le connessioni. L’unità GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) segnala in tempo reale ogni incongruenza rispetto alle impostazioni desiderate in termini di sicurezza e performance acustica, comunicando lo status di ogni singolo punto. Nel caso in cui venga indicato un problema, può essere facilmente indagato da computer tramite il GUI di RDNet.
“Lo Stadio Olimpico di Baku ha superato le aspettative del committente da molti punti di vista, non solo in termini di ottima intelligibilità anche quando lo stadio è vuoto, ma anche per l’alta pressione sonora del sistema. Tutto l’impianto è progettato nel rispetto della più recente legislazione internazionale. Oltretuttol’impianto rispetta lo standard EN 60849 per sistemi elettroacustici in situazioni d’emergenza, un altro settore dove RCF vanta una notevole esperienza. Ora non resta che aspettare i Giochi Europei in giugno” concludono i membri del team.
Come ogni anno il 1 maggio porta con sé una miriade di eventi musicali grandi e piccoli in tutta la penisola. Giunto ormai alla terza edizione, il concerto di Taranto è uno dei maggiori spettacoli di quella data, che ha radunato oltre 100 mila persone attorno al palco situato all’interno del Parco Archeologico delle Mura Greche, per uno show iniziato alle 2 di pomeriggio e durato ben dodici ore.
L’impianto audio firmato RCF è stato costituito da 12 moduli di TTL55-A a ogni lato del palco, affiancati da ulteriori 6 moduli per lato come side-fill. La riproduzione delle basse frequenze è stata gestita attraverso 18 subwoofer TTS56-A, ideali per spazi molto ampi, con configurazione in straight line cardioide e curvati virtualmente.
Il team della rental company Provinciali srl è stato sul posto per il set-up del sistema e durante l’intero concerto. Il responsabile tecnico Pierluigi Provinciali ha saputo garantire un perfetto svolgimento dello show insieme ai collaboratori Luca Scornavacca, Simone Losito e altri. “Dal punto di vista acustico la peculiarità di questa installazione è data dalla dimensione dell’area” spiega. “Si tratta di un parco davvero vasto, perciò abbiamo esteso la copertura con linee di ritardo che hanno compreso tutta l’area sul piano orizzontale, garantendo un’ottima qualità dell’audio anche sui lati e non solo al centro.” Le linee di ritardo erano costituite da 4 cluster di 6 TTL55-A ciascuno, per estendere la copertura fino alla distanza di 150 metri.
Un ulteriore fattore di criticità che ha caratterizzato l’installazione è l’inusuale collocazione del palco, non in posizione centrale rispetto al pubblico, a causa della conformazione del Parco Archeologico. “Il supporto tecnico di RCF in fase di progetto si è rivelato fondamentale” aggiunge il team di Provinciali srl. Il controllo dell’intero impianto è stato effettuato tramite il software RD Net, grazie a cui sono state gestite tutte le fasi di equalizzazione, allineamento di fase e gestione dei ritardi.
Sul palco si sono esibiti Subsonica, Marlene Kuntz, Caparezza, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, Roy Paci Aretuska Allstars, Velvet, Francesco Baccini, Mama Marjas, Officina Zoè, Iosonouncane, Andrea Rivera, Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni, Brunori Sas, Diodato, LNRipley, Il Muro del Canto, Mannarino, Fido Guido, Bestierare. Un programma davvero ricco ed eterogeneo, che include svariati generi musicali, all’insegna di quella vivacità che caratterizza la scena musicale pugliese da alcuni anni a questa parte. Oltre ai grandi nomi si sono esibiti numerosi artisti emergenti da tutta Italia, scelti attraverso una serie di audizioni durante gli scorsi mesi, dando la possibilità anche a volti meno noti di suonare in un evento di grande portata.
Speriamo che vi sia piaciuto tanto quanto a noi.
Ecco alcuni momenti salienti della fiera:
Esibizione di un duo live che ha suonato ogni giorno nella nostra sound room Debutto delle cuffie Iconica Lancio ufficiale dei mixer digitali TM08 e TM18 Live dei TTL6-A nella Sound Arena. Sono la più recente aggiunta alla linea TT+ Lancio ufficiale dell’HDL50-A. Siamo pronti a ridefinire il concetto degli array di grande dimensione Presentazione dell’EVOX 12. E’ il più potente fra i sistemi di rinforzo sonoro di tipo compatto Demo dei prodotti per tutto l’arco delle giornate Siamo molto soddisfatti per il successo ottenuto e per l’opportunità di mostrare i nuovi prodotti a partner, giornalisti, amici e amanti della musica da tutto il mondo. Condividere la nostra passione è sempre un piacere.
RCF è presente allo show di Francoforte sin dall’inizio degli anni Novanta e l’entusiasmo che mettiamo nella partecipazione a questa fiera, una delle maggiori nel settore della tecnologia per eventi, aumenta con gli anni. L’edizione 2015 sancisce il raggiungimento di numerosi obiettivi e rappresenta un ottimo trampolino di lancio per l’anno che viene.
Grazie ancora per aver visitato lo stand di RCF! Speriamo di vedervi nel 2016 nella nostra nuova location (hall 3.1). Potete contattarci per qualsiasi richiesta di informazioni.
Local authorities around the UK, faced with providing an ever increasing number of services from diminishing budgets, have been introduced to an elegant integrated ‘one button’ webcasting and audio/videoconference facility by Jon Hunnisett of technology specialists, Sound Advice PA Installation Ltd.
In designing a system that enables separate video and audio streams to be combined, councils can engage more with their constituents by allowing sessions to be web-streamed and viewed over the internet.
At the heart of his solution is RCF’s intuitive Forum 9000 digital conferencing and voting system, and Sound Advice has now built up a portfolio of 14 councils who have been eager to adopt this platform.
It was the versatility of the system that first caught the attention of Jeremy Luckett, Business Analyst at Wiltshire Council Unitary Authority, after five councils had been consolidated into three hub locations as part of the Council’s Transformation Programme Wiltshire.
This included a refurbished council chamber at County Hall, Trowbridge which contains 113 RCF microphone terminals for 98 members, plus support and smart cards embedded in each of the RCF mics (which allows the upload of data) along with two multi-function push-to-talk buttons. With the RCF camera facilitating automatic webcasting, this has opened up vast possibilities, which Wiltshire has wasted no time in exploiting.
At the client’s request, Sound Advice set up a Vaddio AV Bridge, with the ability to integrate audio and video equipment into a Microsoft Lync (Skype for Business) environment, thus enabling online meetings and general sharing capabilities. “The Council simply takes the video feed off the follow cameras and integrates it with the Lync video conferencing,” explains Hunnisett. “The RCF Forum channels audio and video in such a manner that bridges between a conference system and web casting — and the RCF system identifies who is speaking at any time via the smart card.”
At the same time the Lync video conferencing facility can also be used for other meetings and events hosted in the chamber (although not the formal council meetings).
Sound Advice had worked closely with Jeremy Luckett and Wiltshire Council’s ICT team, to create this single structured system, which can be shared by all public sector agencies, knowing that once set up the RCF Forum 9000 would run automatically.
“Jeremy had some innovative ideas,” acknowledged Hunnisett. “As for RCF, they have a proven track record of camera follow and webcasting, and we can pipe AV between the chamber and remote viewer bi-directionally over the internet. It’s highly cost-effective.”
Hunnisett describes the RCF software as the most intuitive and customisable on the market. “With councils unable to employ the personnel necessary to run camera follow, voting and agenda separately, the fact this can now be done with one easy-to-operate button on the Forum 9000, with a large amount of automation available behind it, is perfect — both from an operational and cost perspective.”
RCF’s flagship system controls four dome cameras — one fixed and three pan/tilt/zoom — in Trowbridge. Designed to meet the IEC 60914 standard, up to 240 FMS 9411-S consoles can be connected to the main FMU 9100 unit in this expandable system.
At the same time, Hunnisett observes that aside from the superior audio quality of the Forum 9000 “the electronic voting system in the chamber can cut meeting times down by at least half an hour when compared to the old manual hand count.”
Another feature is that the RCF system has also helped make the chamber paperless. Each station is designed so that the mic console is raised on a bracket and the councillors’ tablets can be neatly tucked under it. Running a Democratic Services System App on their iPads, agendas, minutes and reports can be automatically downloaded to an individual’s computer, and integrated with webcasting.
Summing up, Jeremy Luckett states, “We have succeeded in enabling this excellent system in an extremely cost-effective manner.The Forum 9000 provides far more than just a push and talk set-up, and we get a lot for our money. All the meeting facilities are now fully utilised and in addition to webcasting, it has helped us with staff training.”
The Chamber install forms part of a bigger package of innovative AV technology that Luckett has delivered for Wiltshire Council, covering meeting room booking, presentation equipment, digital signage and video conferencing.
As for the Forum 9000 this continues to help Sound Advice win a large percentage of tenders. “It hits the price point, is easy to operate straight out of the box, it’s flexible, cost effective and interacts with other systems … and all over a single CAT5 cable,” says Jon Hunnisett.
Finally, in addition to its local authority applications, the Forum 9000’s Simultaneous Interpretation features have also been used to good effect by Sound Advice at the University of Ireland School of Languages in Galway (among other establishments). In order to accommodate a course for Interpreters specializing in Gaelic, Sound Advice designed and installed the suite that provides 12 interpreters stations with 12 delegates units and a teacher’s master station, all digitally recorded.
Come and visit RCF at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, where we will present the brand new M Digital Mixers.
Some notable features of our M18 and M08 Mixers include 2 contemporary amp modelings, integrated dual band Wi-Fi and premium reverbs. Your music has never sounded better.
Where: Hall 8, stand G70 When: everyday from April 15th to 18th (presentation & live demo of M Digital Mixers: 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm)
We look forward to meeting you!
When Konya was under consideration as one of the host cities for a future European Championships to be held in Turkey, construction of a brand new UEFA-compliant stadium was proposed.
While original plans set a capacity of around 33,000 seats, this was later upgraded to 42,276 seats — divided over two tiers, with an additional 50 VIP boxes — and the new facility, based in Selçuklu, will now provide the club Konyaspor KR with a state-of-the-art stadium for home matches.
Asimetrik, the Turkish-based distributors and AV system integrators, were awarded the contract to provide a network-based professional grandstand PA system, as well as broadcast infrastructure system, not only compatible with UEFA requirements (but also FIFA and IAFF). They also designed and supplied a PA/VA emergency evacuation system, C.I.S. infrastructure as well as full conference and visual presentation tools for conference, press and meeting rooms. All design, supply, installation and commissioning were undertaken by Asimetrik, who turned to RCF’s Acustica H Series as their primary sound source.
To ensure such seamless acoustic design and installation, Asimetrik worked alongside main contractor, Saridaglar Construction Company and engineers from the Konya Municipality from the very beginning to design a seamless acoustic environment. Led by their project manager, Burak Bayrak, they designed a number of unique solutions, using EASE Simulations to visualise the optimum distribution of sound to the seating areas, using the predictive software to set correct splay angles of the RCF loudspeakers and predict the performance with absolute precision.
Turker Baran, Asimetrik’s Acoustical Design Engineer, and Burak Bayrak knew that the RCF solution was a proven model, having been inspired by the installation at Juventus Stadium in Torino. “The H Series is also a perfect fit for this stadium — in terms of both power and dispersion,” says Mr. Bayrak. “RCF’s technical project team partnered us to design the system for Konya. RCF is a unique and well-established brand with a very strong history, and as a partner for 14 years we are delighted to be their distributor.”
RCF Acustica H1315 WP loudspeakers were used for the network-based professional grandstand address system. Asimetrik specified 96 pieces of RCF Acustica H1315 WP loudspeakers, a three-way full range loudspeaker that incorporates a 15in LF transducer, a 10in cone MF transducer and 1.4in exit titanium compression driver. These are mounted in double clusters across 48 rigging points, with a 12-metre distance between each cluster.
But installing the speakers on the catwalks had been something of a challenge. “We worked in coordination with the roof design officials to ensure safe installation and weight distribution, and we installed the clusters beneath the catwalk,” continues Mr. Bayrak.
The stadium exceeds the minimally required SPL set out by UEFA. Burak Bayrak stressed, “Our standard is based on the UEFA 2020 criteria for this stadium. Konya Torku Arena has an STI value of 0.8 — which is an excellent speech transmission index value.
After installation, NTI Audio XL2 Hand Analyzer (IEC 61672-1 Electroacoustics), NTI Audio Minirator MR-Pro Tone Generator, NTI Audio MA220 Type 1 Measurement Microphone and Norsonic type 1251 Sound Calibrator products were used for measurements and calibration.
The solution Asimetrik designed also included RCF loudspeakers for the main sound system, meeting rooms, and press room. Every audio product was carefully selected as being best fit for purpose, and for ease-of-use in multi-purpose situations.
Finally, to meet the UEFA specified media requirement, hybrid fibre cables, HD signal transmission cables, and digital audio cables were used along with an industry standard network audio infrastructure to control, process and distribute the sound. This also allowed Asimetrik to connect the main bowl system and PA/VA together, and have the stadium covered on a single site-wide network.
“Designing a system which is fully compliant with UEFA standards was very complex, but the RCF products were exactly what we needed to make it work,” concludes Mr. Bayrak. “The RCF H1315 sounds quality is superb and the system is extremely compact as well. A number of matches have already been played and we have had very positive feedback.”
“Uniting audiences with stimulating and high quality sound is a careful process especially at stadiums that are designed to be compliant with UEFA standards,” emphasises Gorkem Celikbilek, VP of Asimetrik. “The process incorporates a combination of experience and an obsessive attention to detail. We truly understand of the importance of sound quality. Our highly experienced team expertly analysed the properties of each space and we are extremely happy with the results.”
When Dave Ong set up Panache Audio Systems in Rochester, Kent, 17 years ago, RCF was one of the first brands he invested in.
He had run RCF rigs in his previous life as a DJ, and today — with his wide roster of production work complementing installation projects in the educational sector, he has recently invested again.
This time Panache has added eight elements of HDL10-A, the electronically processed, scaled down version of RCF’s groundbreaking HDL20-A active line array. And as an experienced sound engineer, he knew that by adding six of RCF’s SUB8004-AS (single 18in) enclosures he could create a cardioid broadside array to steer the low frequencies exactly where required in any situation.
Ong explains, “I had been looking for a mid-sized PA for sometime but there was just nothing suitable. The HDL20-A was a great box, but a bit too big for our purpose. But then the HDL10-A came out, which ticks all the boxes and fits into the price bracket.”
Housed in a stylish composite cabinet, this compact system is notable for its purpose designed transducers, 1400W peak power amplifier and DSP controlled input section (with selectable presets). “It’s a great system and I’m really enjoying using it,” states Dave Ong. “In fact it’s out on duty all the time".
“Because RCF make their own drivers the sound is incredibly hi-fi: people talk about the clean clinical top end is and how they can hear the separation and definition in the instruments.
“It’s also extremely powerful. In fact we’ve been using it in situations where we would previously have used our main large-scale PA system!”
Finally, he confirms, it’s an easy system to ground-stack or fly. “The way all the boxes link together with the built in bracketry is really straightforward and we can simply wheel in four cells at a time on the dollies, straight into position".
Dave Ong also gives himself even greater control by splitting the system, using a two-way analogue crossover to enable him to lift the bottom end via a separate aux in the mixing console. “That way, we get even more versatility,” he says.
And so the system joins a hire stock which also includes RCF’s big-selling ART series loudspeakers and P1108-T, weatherproof, wide dispersion and high quality 100V line system, popular at the annual ‘Winter Wonderland’ ice rinks.
Speaking of versatility, Panache Audio Systems also operate two outdoor mobile stage units, providing the client with a complete concert package, while Dave Ong also conducts regular workshops “to get kids interested in production at an early stage”.
Future RCF users perhaps?
Die in Föhren bei Trier ansässige Firma Triacs GmbH zählt mit mehr als 25 Festangestellten und über 1.000 Veranstaltungen pro Jahr zu den führenden Event-Dienstleistern im Südwesten Deutschlands.
Im Zuge des kontinuierlichen Wachstums wurde der Bestand an Pro-Audio Produkten der RCF High Definition Touring + Theatre (TT+) Serie auf nahezu 100 Lautsprecher deutlich erhöht. Dabei wurden die TT+ Line-Array Systeme TTL33-AII/ TTS36-A, TTS18-A sowie die komplette Range an Zwei-Wege Systemen TT 052-A,TT1-A, TT2-A und TT5-A bis hin zum Bühnenmonitor TT25-SMA angeschafft.
Udo Treimetten und Mario Esch, Geschäftsführer der Triacs GmbH sowie Kai Becker Abteilungsleiter Pro Audio dazu:
"Wir haben uns entschlossen den Bestand an Produkten des Herstellers RCF als weitere Pro Audio Marke in unserem Hause deutlich zu erweitern. Entscheidende Punkte dafür waren die gute Audioperformance und Verarbeitung der Systeme. Alle Lautsprecher sind Aktiv und beinhalten neben DSP und Amp auch RD-Net-Netzwerkkarten und sind somit auch in großen Beschallungssystemen individuell und flexibel steuer- und kontrollierbar.
Die RCF-Produkte ermöglichen es uns durch Ihr sehr gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis unseren Kunden das komplette Spektrum an Audiowerkzeugen zu sehr interessanten Preisen zur Verfügung zu stellen. Dies ist im heutigen Rental-Business extrem wichtig, um wirtschaftlich arbeiten zu können. Nicht weniger wichtig für uns war auch der sehr gute und reaktionsschnelle Service aus Köln.“
Dazu Arne Deters, Geschäftsführer dBTechnologies Deutschland, RCF-Vertrieb in Deutschland:
“Die Firma Triacs ist für uns seit Jahren ein wichtiger Partner. Beide stehen wir an einem ähnlichen Punkt der Entwicklung. Stetiges gesundes Wachstum und einen ausgezeichneten Namen zeichnen beide Unternehmen aus.
Wir freuen uns mit Triacs einen weiteren großen User in unserem TT+ Netzwerk begrüßen zu können.“
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