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Lo stadio dei Cincinnati Bengals rinnova tutto il sistema audio. Con più di 580 diffusori RCF di grande formato inclusi sistemi customizzati appositamente dall'azienda italiana, lo stadio Paul Brown si riconferma uno degli impianti sportivi con il miglior suono degli Stati Uniti.

Negli ultimi 20 anni i Cincinnati Bengals hanno affrontato i rivali del campionato NFL nel Paul Brown Stadium. Chiamato con l'acronimo PBS, si tratta di una arena da 65 515 posti a sedere nota storicamente per la potenza e la qualità del sistema audio residente. Oltre allo sport, il PBS è famoso per aver ospitato artisti che vanno da Kenny Chesney fino ai Guns N 'Roses. Ogni evento nello stadio ha una caratteristica ben precisa fin dalle origini: il suono che viaggia tra gli spalti deve avere la stessa qualità di un concerto live, sia nelle partite che in altri eventi speciali.

L'installazione del nuovo sistema audio è terminata in autunno 2020, debuttando il 4 ottobre davanti a una folla ridotta che ha visto i Bengals battere i Jacksonville Jaguars. Progettato e implementato da Durrell Sports Audio Management di Nashville, nel Tennessee, il nuovo sistema è ibrido e mantiene alcune componenti del vecchio sistema, affidabili e ancora funzionanti, aggiornando tutto il processing digitale e installando numerosi altoparlanti RCF custom costruiti in Italia.

"Paul Brown Stadium è diverso da qualsiasi stadio in America quando si tratta di audio", spiega John Horrell di Durrell. “Ogni aspetto della produzione degli eventi sportivi o non, dai semplici annunci alla musica, qui è il più "live" possibile. Non c'è niente che assomigli anche vagamente a un programma televisivo preregistrato. Ecco perché, quando siamo stati scelti per l'aggiornamento dell'impianto, abbiamo ritenuto che fosse essenziale creare un sistema in grado di offrire prestazioni molto elevate".

Il sistema audio originale dello stadio, vecchio di 20 anni, è stato sostituito in tre fasi, partendo nel 2018 e installando, tra le altre cose, nuovi diffusori RCF per le coperture e gli spalti superiori. La fase due ha portato circa 120 nuovi altoparlanti RCF agli spalti inferiori e altri 70 per le coperture nel 2019, insieme a otto subwoofer RCF doppio 21" su ciascun lato della copertura.

La fase tre del progetto è stata approvata nel gennaio 2020; entro febbraio i lavori erano già in corso, con la squadra di Durrell coadiuvata dalla Kentucky's United Electric di Louisville, per trasformare la nuova visione in realtà. Malgrado la pandemia abbia stretto la presa a livello globale sia sulla manodopera che sui i materiali già a partire da marzo, il team di progettazione e installazione ha costantemente rispettato le scadenze di costruzione con l'aiuto prezioso dei fornitori e di RCF stessa.
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The Florian Krygier Municipal Stadium has recently undergone a complete modernization which includes the installation of a new sound system based on RCF P Series speakers.

The Florian Krygier Municipal Stadium located in Szczecin, Poland, is a football stadium with a long history. It was built in 1925 with the name of Florian Krygier, named after a Polish football coach who was an instrumental figure in Pogoń Szczecin’s history.

Since the 1950s club management was under MKS Pogoń Szczecin until 1989 when Szczecin City Commune transferred operations to the Municipal Sports, Recreation and Rehabilitation Centre (Polish: Miejski Ośrodek Sportu, Rekreacji i Rehabilitacji - MOSRiR). Until the beginning of 2007, it was the most prominent facility in the Polish Orange Ekstraklasa football league. It is currently used for football matches and is the home stadium of Pogoń Szczecin.

The stadium itself has recently undergone a complete modernization, so only part of the old stadium is still in place. A significant reconstruction started in 2019 with planned completion scheduled for 2022. The investment includes the Training Centre for Childres and Youth (Centrum Szkolenia Dzieci i Młodzieży), remodeling and expanding the stadium, football fields, and associated infrastructure. The new stadium will reach 20,500 seat capacity and 22,000 square meters of covered area. It will transform into a “closed” stadium with four grandstands and roofed.

The first phase of modernization of the stadium within the west and south grandstands has been completed recently with a new sound system based on RCF P Series speakers. All P 6215 are suspended to the roof of the stadium coupled in vertical clusters, two speakers per cluster.
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Belli&Pettinati sceglie RCF per il restauro del Duomo dei Militari, chiesa padovana di valenza storica. Mantenendo il minimo ingombro e accoppiati a sub compatti S 5012, i diffusori a colonna RCF L 2406-T hanno garantito tutta la gamma dinamica, alta intelligibilità e ottime performance musicali per le funzioni religiose e gli eventi musicali dal vivo ospitati dalla struttura.

La Chiesa di San Prosdocimo ricopre un’importanza particolare in quanto prima Chiesa dei Militari in uso al Ministero della Difesa-Esercito Italiano. Edificata a Padova tra il 1400 ed il 1600 (le origini della costruzione risalgono all’ anno 1180) è stata a più riprese modificata e ampliata fino a inizio 1800 quando, con le emanazioni di Napoleone viene adattata e trasformata, insieme ad altri luoghi di culto, come panificio e magazzino militare. Successivamente, con le opere di restauro iniziate nel 1988, l’edificio viene riconsacrato nel 1990 e riaperto al culto pubblico con un proprio cappellano militare.

Gli effetti del terremoto dell’Emilia nel 2012 la rendono inagibile fino al 2019 quando ha inizio un nuovo e definitivo restauro. All’interno, oltre a custodire alcune preziose opere quali quadri, sculture e vetrate artistiche è collocato un prezioso ed imponente organo a canne, frutto della collaborazione tra le due aziende tedesche specializzate Steinmeyer per la parte fonica e Laukhuff per la parte della consolle con comandi elettrici-elettronici, capace tra l’altro di garantire ben 64 combinazioni libere di memorie ad uso personale del concertista.

L’autunno scorso è iniziato lo studio di fattibilità per concretizzare il nuovo allestimento audio, con alcuni vincoli: utilizzare materiali di sicura affidabilità nel tempo e non richiedenti assistenza specializzata nella gestione quotidiana; allestimento non invasivo ma integrato con le caratteristiche architettoniche del luogo che, per la sua origine e storicità, è tutelato dalla Soprintendenza delle Belle Arti; possibilità di ospitare agevolmente piccole e scelte manifestazioni musicali acustiche e artistiche.

Corporate
RCF SpA, società leader internazionale nella produzione e commercializzazione di impianti audio professionali e Cellnex, principale operatore europeo d’infrastrutture di telecomunicazioni wireless, hanno eseguito una serie di test per valutare la compatibilità elettromagnetica delle reti multi-operatore DAS e Small Cells con i sistemi audio dell’azienda reggiana.

I sistemi DAS e Small Cells sono una delle infrastrutture principali da cui sarà implementato il nuovo standard di comunicazione 5G. Questi sistemi permetteranno una perfetta copertura mobile per la trasmissione di dati e contenuti negli spazi con grande frequentazione di pubblico. Grazie a questa collaborazione tecnica, gli impianti DAS (Distributed Antenna System) e Small Cells di Cellnex godranno di una certificazione ad hoc che permetterà all’azienda di infrastrutture di Tlc di installare i propri sistemi presso le strutture indoor e outdoor di stadi, arene e spazi dedicati alla musica e agli spettacoli da vivo come la nuova RCF Arena di Reggio Emilia, l’arena outdoor più grande d’Europa.

Per compatibilità elettromagnetica si intendono tutte quelle procedure atte a verificare che un apparato elettronico, come ad esempio un sistema di mini-antenne, non interferisca con altre apparecchiature e che non sia esso stesso disturbato da altri apparati che utilizzano lo stesso spettro elettromagnetico. I test che vengono effettuati dai produttori di apparati, come ad esempio RCF, per verificare il livello di immunità ai campi elettromagnetici sono stabiliti dalle stringenti normative tecniche europee e da ulteriori normative internazionali.

In particolare, RCF e Cellnex hanno effettuato delle procedure di test con il supporto di tecnici specializzati di entrambe le società. Il risultato è stato una effettiva immunità dei sistemi audio di RCF ai campi elettromagnetici degli impianti DAS e Small Cells di Cellnex. Anche nel caso di sistemi DAS installati in ospedali, aeroporti o ascensori dopo aver determinato la potenza al connettore d’antenna tale che non generi un campo elettromagnetico che superi il livello di immunità dell’apparato più sensibile, si procede con test di tipo funzionale o con campagne di misura del campo elettromagnetico. Grazie a queste procedure è possibile escludere la possibilità per l’impianto DAS di interferire con i sistemi già presenti a tutto vantaggio della sicurezza degli utenti.
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Harmon AV, an events production and sound integration company based in Fort Myers Florida, has seen a steady increase of integration business over the past few months. With COVID restrictions lifted statewide, Bobby Harmon, co-owner and integrator at Harmon AV, has seen a big push with clients wanting to improve sound quality, become more digitally capable, and stream video online. One notable installation was a complete system upgrade at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church [BSP] in Punta Gorda which features an RCF HDL active line array system.

When the conversation started about upgrading BSP’s audio it was apparent that the 20-year-old system was in dire need of an upgrade. “The challenge for us was to find a PA that was properly voiced and was going to cover the room for varying types of services,” said Harmon. “Initially when we discussed upgrading the system, one thing that came up was their live concert series. The church holds several live concerts [with full bands] throughout the year, and usually hire outside companies to provide additional sound.”

Other acoustic challenges throughout the church included echo and bounce-back which were addressed by Harmon AV. “One issue we had to address was the reverberance of the room, which they liked for the traditional services, so they didn’t want to change that,” continued Harmon. “We talked about room acoustics and treating it, but the music minister didn’t want to change the natural acoustics of the room. Another issue brought up by one of the pastors, was the ‘echo in a cave’ sound of being when speaking on the stage, which we determined was bounce-back from the backwall. We knew we could solve these issues with a line array system and few fills throughout the room,” said Harmon
Event

Bellator MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is one of the largest combat sports promotions in the world and the second-largest in the United States. The promotion takes its name from bellātor, the Latin word for "warrior". Recently legalized in France, the fight will take place inside an octagonal cage in the center of the building where the fighters are allowed for any attack except for low kicks and behind the neck.

The Accor Hotel Arena, located in Paris-Bercy, is the fifth-biggest indoor tennis arena by dimensions in the globe, with seating capacity ranging from 7,000 to 20,300, depending on the event. The event follows three shows held behind closed doors at the Allianz Cloud in the Italian city of Milan. The initial sound system design, which required several hanging clusters for a 360° coverage of the entire area, underwent a system adjustment since the public used only two sections. Initially, it was supposed to host about 20,000 spectators but due to current Covid regulations, the capacity was reduced first to 5,000 and finally to 1,000 socially-distanced seats.

The event splits into two sessions: one in the afternoon, broadcasting live on the American CBS TV, and one after 11:30 pm, live on the British BBC, restricted to adults-only. The Italian agency Riptide produced the entire event from the broadcast to the video production and from audio to lighting. Provider for the audio production equipment was Piano e Forte Service from Reggio Emilia (Italy), who also provided all rigging equipment for audio, lights, and LED walls.

Bellator MMA is mainly a format for screens, which recently made its debut to the live environment. Given the audience’s numerical limitation present in the room, the television segment has taken on a preponderant value. The system was then designed by making the television and live action autonomous. Following direction from Claudio Giovanetti, who took care of the broadcasting (both CBS and BBC) as well as being the reference for the Italian production, everything is split independently and redundantly.

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Podolsk (Moscow Region, Russia) - The Palace of Culture "October" is an 850 seat theatre with two levels, established in 1966. The venue hosts many types of events from dance to concerts and local events. RCF Russian distributor, ARIS, provided a new HDL 28-A line array with SUB 9004-AS for a new and improved sound, recently allowed to open to the 240 seat balcony to the public, previously closed for acoustical issues.

Installed more than ten years ago, the previous sound system was unable to cover the rather spacious balcony properly. Therefore, tickets to the balcony during box office concerts were not sold, avoiding complaints from disappointed patrons. When the budget was approved for a new sound reinforcement system, a mandatory requirement from management of the House of Culture was to provide a high-quality sound experience to all sections of the venue including the balcony and parterre.

ARIS suggested hanging two RCF active line array clusters of six elements each. The two upper elements in the cluster exclusively targeting the balcony, and the four lower elements pointing the parterre. Three SUB 9004-A active 18-inch subwoofers were configured in L / R stacks providing sound at lower frequencies. All control and monitoring of the system is carried out from the sound engineer's booth using RDNet protocol.
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Warsaw, Poland - Stadium Generała Kazimierz Sosnkowski has undergone a complete renovation under KS Polonia Warszawa SA management, installing a new RCF sound system for the best engagement of their fans. TOMMEX company, official distributor for RCF Install products in Poland, took care of the delivery, assembly, and start-up of the system.

Also called Polonia Stadium, the building is a multi-purpose sports facility with 7,000 seats. The stadium opened for the first time in 1928, then destroyed and reconstructed after World War II. The Polonia Warszawa Club uses the stadium; it also serves as a training facility for the national football team's training camp each season. Additionally, the stadium hosts RUGBY matches played by the SKRA Warszawa Club.

The new RCF sound system of Polonia Warszawa covers the grandstand, the pitch, and the sports commentator stand. All systems are connected digitally via a Dante audio network. The system can also fully process signals in time and provides frequency domain, and manages dynamic processing for each zone.

The sound system's priorities are high speech intelligibility and high quality of music reinforcement while providing high power and efficiency, priorities perfectly secured by the RCF P Series. The P Series, used as the main audio system, is waterproof and housed in a weather-resistant box, protected from UV rays, and is adaptable for indoor and outdoor use, confidently meeting all the requirements of the IP 55 standard.

TOMMEX installed three different P Series models for ideal coverage of the stadium. The P 3108 two-way speakers provide sound for the main zone and side stand; P 3115T speaker units reinforce the pitch with a wide coverage area; P 1108T speakers amplify the Stone tribune.
 
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Stasikratous street is Nicosia’s premier shopping street, hosting a number of international prestigious brands and has been categorized as one of the most famous streets in the Eastern Mediterranean region. RCF provided nearly 100 speakers plus amplifiers for an outstanding experience of the avenue’s new soundscape.

The street reopened to the public end of 2019 after a complete road renovation with new pavement for pedestrian and an improved disabled-access. Within this renewal, a sound system was requested throughout the whole pedestrian strip.

The chosen installer, Megasound - RCF distributor for Cyprus, installed 98pcs RCF Column Series Speakers CS6940EN to the entire street on poles powered by UP Series amplifiers at different rack points throughout the road strip and all leading to a main control room were RCF DX Series Digital processors were installed. The entire system is controlled remotely and triggered by a tablet.

CS 6940EN is a compact and elegant two-way column speaker providing highly intelligible voice reproduction. The terminal connection blocks, for input and output flameproof cables, are made of ceramic material. A thermal fuse protects the integrity of the line in case of heat affecting the speaker. Ground screw available (if needed). Thanks to its IP66 protection grade, it can be installed both indoor and outdoor.

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Event
With a long and storied history, professional boxing has carried an undeniable mystique with events that are larger than life—the allure of bright lights, a commanding introduction from the announcer, and fighters unleashed by the iconic ring of the bell. But for most live events in 2020, one major element is missing—the roar of ring-side fans. When Arizona Sound Productions was hired to provide video and sound production for a string of boxing matches across the US, they found themselves with new protocols, unique challenges, and time to kill.

“Working this year has been interesting to say the least,” said Jared Jasinski, owner and lead engineer for Arizona Sound Productions [AZSP] based in Phoenix. “With COVID restrictions we’ve been forced to be more creative and think outside the box. We’ve had opportunities to create something different for viewers at home, without an audience we can put a boxing ring anywhere [outdoors] and make it look great on camera.”

Arizona Sound Productions got its start in 2011 with small to mid-sized church and school installs, moving into sound reinforcement for live events and festivals. From there the company grew into larger events for Fortune 500 clients, MTV concert series for one, and lending support for Super Bowl XLIX back in 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona.

On August 15, 2020, AZSP set the stage in Oklahoma, making boxing history with what has been called the “street fight” concept. AZSP clients’ Holden Productions and Matchroom Boxing dropped a boxing match in the middle of downtown Tulsa for a night of fights headlined by Cecilia Brækhus, defending her Women’s Welter Weight title against contender, Jessica McCaskill. The match was staged at the intersection of East 5th Street and South Boston Avenue with no fans present. Medical protocols and strict social distancing guidelines were in place for a full night of action.

It was an intense process,” described Jasinski. “COVID testing was required for everyone on my crew, before traveling to Oklahoma, then again when we arrived. Once we were all cleared our driver took us to the hotel, where we received quarantine wrist bands. A staffer then escorted us straight to our rooms where we were basically quarantined for two days,” added Jasinski. “It was an odd feeling, but nice to run through details, finish CAD work, have ZOOM calls, and have some time to review our game plan for the week. It’s not a fun process, but at the end of the day we’re glad to be working.”

Using EASE Focus to determine hang points and angles, ASP designed a small line array rig with 16 RCF HDL 6-A Active Line Array Modules. Line arrays were hung around the boxing ring to cover the floor level, made up of judges, fighters, staff, production crew, refs and boxing officials. “The [HDL] 6-A has been a game changer for us,” said Jasinski. “It’s a great sounding, powerful speaker with an amazing price point. We jumped on board right away. We could throw it up on a stick for small gigs, to building 10-module arrays for festivals—it’s a very versatile box. We built 4 box arrays in stereo hanging over the ring on the north side to cover the ring walk, 3 box arrays on the south side, and one box for the east and west, basically straight down to hit the floor area.
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