Installation
ESL invest further in RCF TT+ Technology
Essex-based Event Sound & Light Ltd (ESL) has expanded its fleet of premium RCF TT+ line array components after investing in further TTL33-A compact active three-way enclosures and TTS28-A active 2 x 18” bass reflex subwoofers.
This takes the company’s line array capability up to 24 TTL33-A (or two 12-element hangs) and 12 TTS28-A subs — with active 2-way TT25-A’s providing front fills.
Formed in July 2003 following a merger of two local companies, ESL has been specialising in sales, hire and installation ever since. But according to director, Paul Galley, the key part of the business is production and the touring/live events industry.
The pooling of the two companies’ respective inventories covered the immediate requirements at the outset but they soon started standardising on key components and increasing stock.
“We had some RCF ART products and the smaller Monitor 55’s — but then following extensive research invested heavily in the RCF TT25-SMA powered wedges, purchasing 16 monitors, as we did not have a standard monitor setup in place,” continued Paul. Alongside this investment in 2008, they expanded their stock of the TT range and bought their first TT33-A line array — thereby gaining the TT dealership. This provided another string to their bow in both sales and rental, with further RCF Art boxes helping to boost their lucrative dry hire trade.
“Our latest TT+ investment was in order to keep pace with demand and enable us to cover the ever increasing workload,” Paul Galley explained. “We have invested in such a way that we can have one large system or multiples of smaller systems out at the same time. One key element was to invest in different size flying frames that are available for both ground stacking and hanging.“
Being asked to provide complete event production on an accelerating scale has enabled the company to utilise the RCF’s TT+ products where customers may not have already been familiar with it.
“I like the TT’s dynamic range and good clear coverage and also the ‘plug and play’ design,” continued the ESL man. “Being self powered each element in the system is perfectly matched, which results in superb sound quality. It is easy and quick to set up and sounds good out of the box.”
And with so much other TT+ equipment already in the marketplace ESL know they can keep up supply and consistency with their customers on a sub-rent basis. The exceptional back up and support from Italy and the UK service centre has been another key reason for further investment.
ESL’s TT+ line array has been used extensively throughout the summer season on a range of live open air concerts, festivals as well as on dance events, where it is either ground-stacked on each corner of the dance floor or flown off the venue lighting rig, while the TT25-SMA wedges are constantly out on tour duty.
Further information from:
Event Sound & Light Ltd – www.eventsoundandlight.com
Event
RCF wedges at Coachella Festival 2011
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella or Coachella Festival) is a three-day (formerly a one or two-day) annual music and arts festival, organized by Goldenvoice (a subsidiary of AEG Live) and held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley.
Coachella Festival event features many genres of music including rock, indie, Hip Hop and electronic music as well as large sculptural art. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the grounds, each playing live music continuously.
Main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent.
The Coachella Music Festival has a desert setting (the city of Indio is a part of the California Desert), with daytime temperatures frequently rising to over 100 °F (38 °C). The festival enjoys little cloud cover or shade. The temperature drops drastically after sunset.
At this years festival RCF stage monitors was in action at several places. The feedback from artists, stage crews and sound engineers about the stage sound and the RCF wedges was awesome.
See more about the Coachella Festival at the website: www.coachella.com
Event
ARIS (RCF distributor, Russia) has organized the TTL SHOW - RCF line array workshop.
On July, 28 2011, RCF TTL 55 workshop took place on the open air near Klyazma storage lake. ARIS, the organizer of the workshop, presented to the guests a truly unique opportunity to listen and evaluate a touring system in a real touring environment.
The system of 82 kW RMS power and SPL of 145 dB consisted of 6 TTL55-A on each side and 6 TTS56-A in a cardioid mode. The intelligibility and coverage of sound were good even at the maximum remote point of 140m away from the system. Even the difficulties of the landscape were helpless in front of the RCF quality and professionalism.
The guests of the TTL SHOW were representatives of rental companies, integrators, dealers and sound engineers from Moscow and Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Smolensk, Krasnodar, Maloyaroslavets, Kolomna, Serpukhov, Kaluga and Voskresensk. The foreign guests from RCF were Federico Lugli, Sales Manager Europe & Middle East, and Emanuele Morlini, R&D Department Engineer & TT+ Product Manager.
Mr. Morlini has prepared an interesting and useful presentation which was presented with humor.
The event took place in a friendly atmosphere. All participants were happy and satisfied.
Corporate
RCF S.p.A has recruited the experienced Mick Butler to its UK sales operation, enabling him to team up with former colleagues Phil Price and Dean Davoile.
Based in the north of England, he will take on a twin role, with responsibility for promoting the company’s entire Touring & Theatre (TT+) portfolio on the one hand, while serving as Regional Sales Manager (covering Scotland and the North of England) on the other.
Butler formerly worked alongside Davoile at Fuzion plc, where he was Area Sales Manager, and with Price at KV2 (as UK Sales Director). Most recently he was Area Manager Commercial Audio at Shure Distribution (UK) Ltd.
Relishing the challenge, the new RCF man said, “In terms of its depth and breadth the RCF portfolio is fantastic; you can hit all market sectors with quality equipment — and that was the prime attraction for joining; I have great admiration for the brand — and when this opportunity came along it seemed too good to miss.”
With equal experience in the MI, commercial and pro sectors, Butler sees his primary role as “growing the TT series in the touring and theatre markets and building brand exposure over the entire country.”
Welcoming him to the company, RCF Director of Sales UK Dean Davoile said, “We are delighted to have recruited a professional of Mick’s calibre. As someone I have worked with and respected for many years his connections will be invaluable, as we continue to gain market share and take RCF UK forward.”
Installation
RCF Forum 6000 conference system at Maximos Mansion
TNM Projects, one of the RCF commercial audio installation partners in Greece has supplied a mobile RCF Forum 6000 System to the Maximos Mansion in Athens.
Maximos Mansion is, as of 1982, the official seat of the Prime Minister of Greece. It is located in downtown Athens, near the Syntagma Square. Today the Maximos Mansion building is the office of the Head of the Greek Government, and it is not used as the residence of the Prime Minister.
Several Cabinet meetings are organized in the Maximos Mansion and in these occasions they used the RCF Forum 6000 mobile system. The Forum 6000 system consists of: DMU6100 central unit, a chairman console and 19 pcs delegate units.
The RCF Forum 6000 has been designed to manage conferences, debates, president desks in auditoriums for conventions and meetings, offering outstanding versatility. The system is simple and quick to wire, to set-up and to use and includes operative functions that are usually available only in more complex products.
Forum 6000 System is designed according to IEC 60914 standard. 


TNM Projects is specialized in turnkey solutions and one of their key statements is to supply high quality equipment for all kind of installations.
Event
Welcome to the Plasa Show 2011
The Plasa Show 2011 is taking place at the Earls Court, London. The trade show is from September 11th to 14th 2011.
Plasa Show 2011 will offer users a possibility to get a look into what the new trends are and what future directions the industry is aiming at.
Meet and greet with RCF Team at the show and get a chance to hear and see more about the new products, about our innovative technologies and to learn more about the large selection of product ranges and solutions from RCF.
Come and visit us on ISCE 2 & ISCE 3
See more about Plasa Show here.
Event
RCF at Tour de France 2011
The Tour de France is the annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world being the most prestigious among the Grand Tours.
The race is broken into daylong segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year, but the race has always ended in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées.
At this years competition 78 TV stations were broadcasting to 170 countries with more than 2 billions TV viewers. More than 30 million people cycling fans are along the route to see their heroes riding the daily stages of Tour de France.
Each competition day at the Tour de France starts with the advertising caravan starting two hours before the stage and drives thru the daily route. This caravan has become famous and is today a big part of the whole Tour de France. The sponsors decorate the caravan cars, vans and busses in funny and crazy ways. Along the route they through out gifts, like the legendary green PMU hand, caps and all sorts of gadgets.
The caravan is also playing loud music and this year the RCF speakers were fitted on several vehicles. The company La Cite Du Son-Sonowest from Rennes was responsible for the audio installation and works with RCF products due to the outstanding performances, reliability and easy integration.
In the vehicles were installed 40 pcs RCF Art 310 (passive version) and C5212 Acoustica speakers.
So you can say that RCF had the yellow jersey all the way to Champs-Élysées.
Event
RCF TT+ at Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships
One of the biggest rhythmic gymnastic events in the first half of this season was the 27th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships 2011 in Minsk, Belarus.
Many people attended the event that was held from 25th to 29th May 2011, and furthermore also broadcasted live all over the world.
The audio system used to deliver sound for all the different competitions was an RCF TT+ system supplied by the rental company MLK Sound.
“We are very pleased with the RCF TT+ system. The sound is awesome and we absolute enjoyed working with the system so easy to set up ”, says Malkov Pavel – MLK Sound.
The system was made of 12 pieces RCF TTL55-A per side plus 6 pcs TTS56-A Subwoofers on each side.
Event
RCF TT+ delivers sound at The Roots Festival 2011
Many Communities, One Voice is a music, arts and community festival and much more. It seeks to heal, empower and unite Baltimore through the celebration of arts and culture. The free, outdoor festival was held at the “Highway to Nowhere,” Route 40, at Franklin and N. Gilmor, with five stages of music, art, dancing, food and fun.
For five days in June, tens of thousands of people made history at this event. Joined by nationally renowned artists and performers, the West Baltimore community filled the neighbourhood with new life, colour and music. ROOTS Fest 2011 will serve as an example for other communities around the country who face the same challenges as West Baltimore.
On the Roots Festival 2011 the main acts were: Talib Kweli, Chuck Brown, Anthony David, and Sunni Patterson.
Atlanta Audio Visual supplied the TT+ system to the main stage. The audio system was composed by RCF TTL55-A with 6 pieces per side and with 4 pcs TTS56-A Subwoofers on each side.
“Atlanta Audio Visual’s main rig for large outdoor events is the RCF TT+ system and with 6 TTL55-A and 4 TTL56-A per side at the Roots Festival, the clarity and warmth of the system could be heard throughout the entire festival grounds. Thanks to only RCF line on the main stage, we were set up, tuned out and ready to go, in what felt like a few moments!” says Taylor Pool from Atlanta Audio Visual.
Atlanta Audio Visual also provided the staging, lighting, and audio for the other 3 music stages for the weekend festival.
Atlanta Audio Visual is a full service production company specializing in Audio, Lighting, Staging, Video, Set Design and Total AV Integration Services. They have installed and used RCF products for many corporate events, music festivals and shows and for many clients around the country.
See more at: www.atlanta-audiovisual.com
Read more about the festival at: http://rootsfest2011.org
Installation
Tecnologia audio al servizio dell’arte moderna: la diffusione acustica nel Museo del Novecento a Milano
“A cavallo” tra Arengario e Palazzo Reale, il Museo del Novecento è dotato di un impianto di diffusione audio particolarmente efficace e “garbato”
Davvero notevole la ristrutturazione (ma sarebbe meglio dire: il ripensamento dello spazio) al quale il Palazzo dell’Arengario, nel cuore di Milano a pochi metri dal Duomo, è stato sottoposto negli ultimi anni per ospitare il museo del Novecento: l’intera arte novecentesca ripercorsa in ventisei sale che si snodano, secondo un percorso in ordine cronologico, tra il Palazzo dell’Arengario e il contiguo Palazzo Reale, collegato mediante una passerella aerea di recente costruzione.
Sale grandi e piccole, varie e monografiche, che dal celeberrimo “Quarto Stato” conducono, attraverso una riflessiva e affascinante camminata, all’arte degli Anni ’80, per un totale di 400 opere. I lavori sono iniziati nel giugno 2007 e conclusi nel 2010, con il Museo inaugurato appunto nel dicembre dello scorso anno.
In una simile ristrutturazione, che sfrutta al massimo gli spazi a disposizione, non potevano mancare gli aspetti tecnologici. Ci concentriamo in particolare sulla diffusione sonora che, in un ambiente museale, per di più così vasto, è indispensabile: RCF ha avuto un ruolo da protagonista, occupandosi di fornitura e scelta delle apparecchiature, progettazione e installazione.
L’esigenza era, vista la natura dell’ambiente (esposizione di opere d’arte, alcune molto complesse, vere e proprie installazioni dinamiche), costruire un sistema di diffusione audio il più possibile capillare (deve coprire tutte e ventisei le sale espositive) e allo stesso tempo poco invasivo sotto l’aspetto visivo. L’obiettivo è stato ampiamente raggiunto: il sistema ha il suo centro nevralgico al banco dell’accettazione, nella hall del Museo al pianterreno, e si dipana di sala in sala mediante diffusori acustici da incasso a controsoffitto o a parete, praticamente invisibili e di certo in grado di non guastare la visione delle opere. Ci conferma Aristodemo Preda di RCF, responsabile del progetto acustico, che “per ogni sala è stata fatta una valutazione ambientale per individuare la collocazione migliore dei diffusori acustici”, indi si è proceduto alla messa in opera.
L’impianto consente la “classica” diffusione di annunci (comunicazioni interne di servizio, avvisi rivolti al pubblico per presentazioni o conferenze che si tengono in una particolare sala del Museo) come anche la trasmissione di messaggi di emergenza, in ossequio alla normativa europea EN 60849, dedicata appunto agli impianti elettroacustici applicati ai sistemi di emergenza. “Per rendere più funzionale il sistema” – continua Aristodemo Preda – “ogni sala espositiva è stata considerata come zona a sé stante, sia nell’ottica di funzionamento standard, sia in condizione di emergenza.” Ogni area, infatti, è servita da una doppia linea di altoparlanti, ciascuna collegata a un proprio amplificatore per garantire in caso di guasto l’invio del messaggio di emergenza.
Per la gestione è stato utilizzato il DXT 5000, un sistema digitale a tecnologia distribuita, che consente a ogni componente di avere un proprio indirizzo fisico: questo permette la totale configurazione e installazione in accordo alle normative europee. Il monitoraggio dei dispositivi connessi, degli ingressi e delle uscite analogiche, è consentito dall’unità centrale del sistema (MU 1500).
Equipaggiando gli altoparlanti con la scheda SC 5926, il sistema può funzionare in modalità “diffusori attivi”, oppure operare in “modalità 100V” utilizzando l’apposita interfaccia MT 5708. Si tratta dunque di un sistema totalmente configurabile tramite il pannello frontale equipaggiato con 6 tasti e un display LCD o, più agevolmente, attraverso la sua interfaccia grafica che può essere installata su ogni PC (richiede Windows 2000 oppure XP).
Il sistema è esplicitamente pensato per soddisfare tutte le esigenze dei sistemi PA di ogni dimensione grazie ai moduli e alle periferiche implementabili.
Nel caso del Museo del Novecento, sono stati scelti, per le sale maggiori, diffusori acustici della serie Monitor Q, che uniscono un’elevata qualità di riproduzione a un innovativo design, in particolare i modelli MQ 60H e MQ 50C, mentre per tutte le altre zone sono stati impiegati diffusori acustici a due vie per garantire in ogni caso una perfetta riproduzione del messaggio inviato.
Insomma, un elemento fondamentale ma non protagonista, per così dire, il cui primo compito è nascondersi restando utile e fruibile, per accompagnare nel migliore dei modi un percorso appassionante che va da Pellizza da Volpedo al Futurismo, da Boccioni e de Chirico a Fontana, dall’Astrattismo all’Arte povera, in una location che per posizione (Piazza Duomo) e per pregio architettonico non potrebbe essere migliore.
www.museodelnovecento.org
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