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Edison, NJ - October 2012… 28-year-old country music star Levi Riggs believes that "fans deserve a great show, great music and it should be heard on a great sounding system."
He recently backed up this point by upgrading to a RCF D LINE active line array system which he purchased from Soundworks Systems in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
"I had been touring with a different system for the last year or two but as my fan base has grown so has the size of the venues I perform in," Riggs explains. "It was important that I have a system that could produce the volume I need without any distortion. When I heard the D LINE array I knew it was exactly what I was looking for."
The system, which consists of eight HDL20-A line array modules and four SUB 8006-AS subwoofers, more than accommodates the current and future needs of the upcoming talent.
"Because it's scalable we can use four HDL20-As and two of the SUB 8006-AS subs to great effect in smaller venues or add more tops and bottoms seamlessly for more coverage at larger shows," says Riggs. "It has also been extremely useful to be able to adjust the arrays so that they are covering audience areas directly in front of the stage or up in a mezzanine – it makes the system exceptionally flexible."
The self-powered HDL20-A cabinets feature a 1400 watt peak power 2-way digital amplifier with sound processing provided by proprietary DSP. The processing includes cluster and HF projection correction and special new presets for indoor and high curving situation.
Each module is loaded with state-of-the-art RCF transducers, two high output 10-inch drivers for solid bass reproduction and a large format 3-inch voice coil compression driver to deliver the vocal clarity and high definition that Riggs demands.
The Sub 8006-AS subwoofer is an active, high-power subwoofer featuring two 18-inch transducers with 4-inch inside/outside voice coils. Powered by a 2500 watt digital amplifier module, the SUB 8006-AS provides driving low end for the most demanding situations.
"The subwoofers absolutely blow my mind," Riggs adds. "With dual 18s in each of them you really get that thump in your chest that you want from a sub."
With an incredibly busy touring schedule during the next couple of months Riggs and his team will be breaking in the new RCF D LINE system throughout the Midwest.
"I have been amazed at how well the system works," Riggs concludes. "The vocals cut through the mix, the low end is terrific – I really couldn't ask for anything more."
Installation
Fast growing leisure operators No Saints have converted a former nightclub in Milton Keynes, the centerpiece of the Xscape Entertainment hub, into the surreal environment known as Wonderworld.
This new 1800 capacity themed venue has been designed into a nightclub twin-scene, respectively named ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Yesterday’ — set around a Secret Garden’ (set behind wrought iron gates) and a resplendent red VIP lounge.
Working with main contractor, Optik Leisure, installation company Nightlife Consultancy has equipped all these zones with RCF loudspeakers, part of a complete multimedia integration. They were selected for their high performance, evenness of coverage and unobtrusive footprint. Their product selection ranges from the strident TT+ subs, set on the truss over the main Tomorrow dancefloor to the stylish, powered Art enclosures, playing background music in the private boutique Mind, Soul & Body rooms. All passive elements of the system are powered by dedicated RCF amplification.
Having worked with the brand back in Monitor 5 days, system designer Mark Dorney was familiar with RCF’s pedigree and chose it primarily for the clarity it delivered from different sound sources; this includes live bands, hard dance tracks from the DJ’s brace of Pioneer CDJ 2000’s, and background music from MP3 players. He said he always knew RCF drivers sounded “fabulous” — and again it has lived up to expectations.
Working within an ‘enchanted’ environment sensitively conceived by Terri Naylor of Dakota Design, he designed a digital network architecture, based around a dbx SC-32 digital matrix.
For general purpose he chose RCF’s Acustica C3108 compact, wide-dispersion, low visibility speakers. Six of these distributed in the Secret Garden, accompanied by three complementary S4012 subs, set discreetly behind unobtrusive grilles, will take any of the above feeds — selected locally from the remote ZC-1 zone control wall panels.
The DSP itself contains several EQ scene presets including: Main club scene; Fire evacuation; Conference mode; DJ stage and live band mode.
Stroll through the labyrinth of corridors and walkways, past disorienting infinity mirrors, fibre glowing ‘oak’ trees and astroturfed walls, and into the toilets, and the aural experience will be forever delivered via large quantities of RCF’s PL60FD flush-mount 100V line ceiling speakers.
Three of the most coveted spaces are the themed private lounges, with Regency styled chairs, named Mind, Body & Soul, complete with their own 46” HD TVs, controllable from an Android tablet, and minibars. Customers can choose their own sound source and in these bijou spaces Nightlife has sited a pair of RCF ART 408-A MII enclosures, accompanied by Ayra 10 active subwoofer. “This is a lovely sounding box,” states Mark Dorney of the latter. “The 10in box remains discreet but has a lot more juice than the Ayra 8 — and this is vital if they want to hold a karaoke session.”
The journey through time continues into the large nightclub, named ‘Tomorrow’ (dubbed ‘The Playground of the Future’). Around the periphery of the dancefloor Dorney has chosen six of RCF’s C3110 full range speakers, with rotatable horns, set in portrait mode — and it was this flexibility of of orientation that drove his decision.
But his carefully worked system design came unstuck when he was prevented from floor standing the subs he had earmarked. “It was also impractical to put them in the bulkhead so we had to fly them from the circular Prolyte overhead truss,” he reports. Instead Dorney turned to RCF’s TT+ (Touring & Theatre) range — selecting six TTS28 direct radiating, large format subwoofers, using flyware from Rope Assemblies.
Interspersed between are six RCF Acustica H1312 three way horn loaded controlled dispersion enclosures — chosen for their combination of low weight and “punchy crispness.” Some near fills provide extra presence at the stage, where a stylish DJ workstation has been bespoke manufactured by Nightlife Consultancy to house all the CDJ’s, DJM-2000 mixer and Soundcraft MFX20 band mixer.
Concealed behind a faux bookcase is a door leading to the VIP Lounge, alive with LED and red furnishing, which contains six further RCF C3108s in landscape format and two S4012 subs in each corner.
Finally, upstairs in the monochromatic black, chrome and stainless steel world of ‘Yesterday’ six C3108’s take care of the peripheral sound, while on the high-energy dancefloor two RCF S8028 (2 x 18) subs provide LF extension to the six low profile C4128 (2 x 8) boxes — flown horizontally — a perfect footprint for the low-clad ceiling and for the directional punchiness required, according to Mark Dorney.
The entire assembly of passive speakers is driven by RCF matched amps, with Nightlife Consultancy designing plenty of headroom into the system.
Assigned to Tomorrow are eight RCF DPS 3000’s, run in bridge mode, with one amp per sub. For the full range enclosures, three RCF HPS 2500, bridged in 4-ohm pairs, run the 12in LF section while the mids and high end are assigned to two HPS 1500s. Adastra 1U mixer amps run the distributed PL60 ceiling speakers while for ‘Yesterday’ (and the remainder of the venue) a DPS 3000, three HPS 2500s and two HPS 1500s have been specified — with UPS provided as back-up power supply.
Wonderworld general manager Jay Davidson, says the venue’s technology is a vast improvement on its predecessor, and credits Nightlife for the immense amount of work conducted in a short space of time. “The sound system is now phenomenal,” he says “The atmosphere has been transformed.”
Corporate
RCF’s MYTHO 8 reference monitor has scored a major success in the renowned Resolution Awards 2012.
It was voted Best Monitor by readers of the magazine in a fiercely competitive category that also included Adam Audio’s A77X, SE Munro’s The Egg and Unity Audio’s The Boulder.
MYTHO 8 is a two-way reference studio monitor equipped with two separate AB amplifiers — 200W for the low frequencies and 100 W for the high. This is designed to give it unparalleled low distortion characteristics, and a natural sound. It also features a unique “Impedance Control Coil” technology that has as primary effect the improvement of the temporal behaviour of the speaker, improving the crossover transition from the woofer to the tweeter and resulting in incredible midrange accuracy and perfect phase linearity.
It also features a high quality large metal dome tweeter and 8” neodymium vented woofer with large 51 mm voice coil that guarantees very high energy for tight and controlled bass reproduction and perfect thermal stability with minimum power compression. The magnetic circuit features a special air ventilation to reduce air compression, air noises and minimise distortion in large excursion situations.
With a dedicated high quality onboard DSP also provided on board, this feature set has captured the imagination of medium to large control rooms.
According to Resolution editor Zen Schoepe, “The awards major on quality and innovation and winning products are therefore judged to be exceptional in these terms.”
The nominations themselves were drawn from a panel of industry experts and practitioners and were voted for by registered Resolution readers — described as “the best informed readership in the industry.”
Corporate
Producer/DJ Benny Benassi is about to embark on one of his most extensive North American tours to date and has buddied up with worldwide leader in sound and audio, RCF. Stemming from a mutual hometown in Italy, RCF and Benny Benassi share a distinct zeal for the highest standard of excellence within their own fields, making the collaboration a natural fit. RCF will not only be decking out Benny’s tour bus with top of the range speakers but they will also be offering a pair to win. RCF are one of the worldwide leaders in superior audio equipment producing around 800, 000 speakers per year. Teaming up with Benny Benassi who truly appreciates RCF speakers felt natural. Benny comments “As a dj I am always around speakers and finding a good set is always a challenge. I genuinely love the sound quality of RCF speakers so when they offered to fit out my tour bus I was really excited. They’re even putting sub cabinets in the luggage hold, the sound system on the bus is going to be amazing”.
As an artist who prides himself on creating music of the highest excellence, it was remarkable Benny didn’t have to look any further than his hometown of Reggio Emilia to find a brand with a mutual ethos. RCF are offering one special fan, chosen at random, the chance to win a set Ayra 6 speakers - loud enough to blow your socks off - 2 tickets to a Benny Benassi show of your choosing (worldwide) and some special merchandise including an official branded iPhone 4 cover. If this all sounds like your kind of competition then head to Facebook, bennybenassi.com for more information. Regardless of whether you're lucky enough to see Benny on the tour or live on the other side of the world, everybody is welcome to enter. Setting off on Oct 17 and covering 17 shows, Benny Benassi is driving the Rough Road Bus across the States, starting in Texas and finishing in Canada on November 3rd. Supported by Krewella and Congorock as well as new kids on the block Pink Is Punk, who will be releasing their new single 'Perfect Storm' featuring Benny Benassi on Oct 16th through Ultra Music.
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Event
For the sixth consecutive year, French rental company, Polygone Equipement provided production support for the Foire de Douai at the Gayant Expo.
The 68th edition was held at the beginning of September, and inside Hall 3000 (at the Carré Brasserie) Polygone provided a premium RCF TTL-33A line array system for ten nights of performance — commencing with Italian legend, Umberto Tozzi.
Polygone Equipement has been using RCF solutions for 30 years and managing director Gérard Coucke has enjoyed a passionate relationship with the brand throughout that period. “We were RCF’s first pro partner for France back in 2006 — and probably the first in Europe — with our investment in TTL33-A line array and TTS28A subwoofers,” he states.
“In 2011, we added the big TTL55-A and TTS56-A — and are presently thinking about adding to this system.”
To cover a seated audience of 3,000 people at the Carré Brasserie, they fielded 20 flown TTL33-A in two clusters a side (with six elements front facing and four as side hangs). These were complemented by eight TTS28-A subwoofers and a further four TT08-A and TT052-A for front fills. Polygone also provided 14 TT25-SMA coaxial stage monitors and two compact ART905-AS subs as drum fills.
Polygone is certainly familiar with this venue, having worked previously in the largest, 13,000-capacity Hall 7000. For the Foire de Douai they provided sound engineering and system tech support for most of the concerts, the notable exception being Umberto Tozzi, who brought his own production crew. “The technical crew were pleasantly surprised to be working in France with a powerful and 100% Italian sound system,” recalls Mr. Coucke, who himself undertook the sound system design, in conjunction with his technicians.
TTL33-A is a very competitive system, compact, easy to set up and with the ability to provide perfect coverage for this type of event . TTL55-A also provides powerful long throw and can be intermixed with TTL33-A , as it is a complementary system,” he notes.
From a technical perspective the festival was a huge success, with other artists taking part including Julie Pietri, Herbert Leonard, Gilbert Montagné, Bernard Minet and Orchestra Kubiak.
Installation
Parken Stadium is Denmark’s national football stadium and the current home of FC Copenhagen. Built between 1990-1992 it currently has a capacity of 38,065 (for football matches) although for other events the stadium can hold as many as 50,000 people with an end-stage set-up and 55,000 with a centre-stage set-up.
In 2006–07 the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history, and three years later became the first Danish club to ever reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Keeping pace with the club’s recent success, the Parken Stadium is equipped with a state of the art infrastructure, with a recently upgraded audio system. The Danish company Nordic Sales (part of the Matrix Group) delivered and installed a premium RCF loudspeaker system, working in close collaboration with the RCF project department, who specified the individual products, documentation, acoustic simulation, measurements and more.
”The new RCF speaker system at the Parken Stadium provides a perfect solution, and we have already received positive feedback from many people who say how impressed they are with the ‘new’ sound,” says Lars Bo Baadsgaard of Nordic Sales. “This is due to the close collaboration with RCF and their project team. With their knowledge of stadium installations, and particularly their recent experience with the new Juventus Stadium, we knew we could rely on their guidance when it came to designing the optimum speaker solution for the Parken Stadium.”
To cover the site, Nordic Sales specified 42 RCF Acustica H1315 WP, along with 18 RCF P4228 and 12 RCF H6045 fibreglass long-throw horns.
Each cluster contains three of the H1315 WP, a three-way full range loudspeaker system that incorporates a 15” LF transducer, a 10” cone MF transducer and a 1.4” exit titanium compression driver. It is especially designed to withstand exposure to weather without damage or loss of function to the speakers.
In addition, the RCF P4228 speakers have been installed to cover selected areas of the tribunes. This weatherproof, full range, wide-dispersion, two-way loudspeaker system offers substantial power and efficiency for a variety of professional indoor or outdoor applications. The HF section is a constant directivity CMD horn loaded with a 1.4” RCF Precision Neodymium compression driver with a 2.5” diaphragm assembly for smooth, wide dispersion. The low-frequency transducer is a double 8” woofer with a 2.5” voice coil.
Finally, the RCF H6045 fibreglass horns are equally designed to withstand all weathers and offer high sound reproduction quality and sound pressure levels. These horns are used as a separate evacuation set-up, which can be automatically activated if special alert messages are required, or as a safety back up for the bigger H1315 WP system
The total speaker set-up is controlled by a specially-designed system, where each section of the tribune (or groups of speakers) can be individually controlled, with its routing quickly reconfigured, and status of the separate audio lines monitored.
Another unique feature is that in the event of power failure the system can run in ‘battery mode’, so that alerts can still be flagged in the event of an evacuation procedure being required.
Besides being the home base for FC Copenhagen and the national soccer team, Parken Stadium is also used for hosting big events and concerts etc. In fact the new audio system has already proved its worth at several such events.
Installation
Astana Hz. Sultan Mosque is one of the distinguished buildings in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. It features an incredible worship area of over 60.000m2 to allow for 10.000 people to pray at the same time. The main hall has 1 main and 8 smaller cupolas, of which the main has a diameter of 28 metres and a height of 43 metres. All floors are covered with specially woven carpets, resulting in a fair absorption on the higher end. Most surfaces expect for the floors are covered with marbles and encaustic tiles from Iznik, Turkey. This unparalleled beauty has a price to pay acoustically, making the halls extremely reverberant especially on the lower end, thus making the electroacoustical design the ultimate challenge.
Complete structure was modelled in EASE4.3 and the exhaustive design process started, adding and removing lots of speakers so as to keep the intelligibility and sound pressure levels as high as possible, taking into consideration that even the simple breathing of 10.000 people is a significant noise. Since the construction schedule was very tight, time spent for design was of a big issue. After days of around the clock recalculations, Asimetrik (Turkish integrator company) engineers came up with the final design using RCF’s TT+ Touring and Theatre series speakers, which not only solved the reverberation issues but also the abundant amplifier power in these small-in-size cabinets provided the power needed for the over 120.000m3 halls. The state of the art TTL11A-H and TTL11A-B arrays were placed on two sides of the altar (mihrab) to provide for the main source with 6 delay lines of TT051A speakers in the main hall and another TTL11A-H and TTL11A-B array for the extended praying area with 2 more delay lines of TT051A speakers to fill in all the corners and also to maintain an even coverage of sound pressure and a flat response for the entire praying area.
The importance of discretion of sound systems in such venues with spectacular features cannot be overstated. Thus, all these speakers were customized to fit in the colours of marbles and tiles. Following the installation and completion of the venue, measurements proved the design to be right, with remarkable coherence to the computer model.
Event
Maintaining a cutting-edge technical inventory can be an expensive business when you run a turnkey live events production company.
But for Wetherby-based AV-Matrix it is certainly paying off — and the demand to service increasingly bigger functions has now led to them purchasing an RCF TT+ (Touring & Theatre) TTL33-A II, as the premier line array system in their hire fleet.
Managing director Mark Parker confirmed the order for 12 elements of the powered loudspeakers with RCF’s Northern Sales Manager (and TT+ touring specialist), Mick Butler. The order also included four TTS36-A subs — and the AV-Matrix MD stated that this was just the beginning.
Mark has been buying from RCF since setting up the company back in 2003. His company specializes in providing event solutions for functions ranging from conferences to exhibitions, product launches, fashion shows, corporate events and concerts across the UK.
And it has been the increased size, and frequency, of these events that forced the new acquisition. “Clients are now expecting higher production values and so we needed to fill a gap at the top end of our sound reinforcement capability. We took the RCF system out to hear it in a live situation, and purchased it purely on the strength of its performance. It’s stunning.”
Other systems they had reviewed did not deliver the same value and high definition, he said — but the real clincher for AV Matrix was the control offered by RCF’s proprietary RDNet platform. “This networking capability allows us to keep in touch with every component in the system, making it extremely user friendly,” he explains.
The TTL33-A has already provided coverage for corporate dinners hosting up to 1200, as well as 1500-capacity music events. “But its capability is way over that and the system is really delivering on all fronts.”
And with AV Matrix systematically winning ever larger contracts, their turnover has rocketed by 50% in the last 12 months alone.
Corporate
Rondinelli Audio, located in Dubuque, Iowa, has been providing guitars, drums and PA gear to the area since 1977. In 1986 they expanded the company with sound company services and have been a staple at local events ever since.
Last year, the owner of the company, George Rondinelli, added an RCF TT+ line array system to their inventory. He was so pleased with the TT+ system that he recently added a few more modules, bringing his total up to 12 and also purchased the NX line array for smaller events, making their inventory even more versatile.
Rondinelli Audio provides sound for anything from political rallies and graduations to regional fairs and national acts at the local casinos. "We needed something that would be extremely versatile," Rondinelli adds. "The RCF line is beautifully made and sounds terrific. The TT+ line array was exactly what we were looking for."
The TT+ line array replaced an array system that was sold to another organization. "It was a great provide a terrific system to another company while offering us the opportunity to check out the new line array systems and find something that fit our needs perfectly," he added.
The TTL33-A is a compact, wide dispersion, 3 way active line array module that offers high performance from a small size line array. High output, accuracy and high frequency extension plus the compact size makes it ideal for the variety of events Rondinelli Audio provides sound for.
Each cabinet is loaded with a two 8-inch neodymium woofers, one 8-inch horn loaded midrange neodymium woofer and three 1-inch neodymium compression drivers for excellent vocal presence and high SPL.
"The small footprint of the TT+ array was a huge plus," notes Rondinelli. "It's small and light weight which translates into less truck space and quicker load-in/load-out. And many of our clients like the system, when hung, to be as unobtrusive as possible – and this is."
Adding the NX line array added more flexibility to the services Rondinelli Audio provides the area.
Rondinelli continues, "The NX system will allow us to do two events at one time, neither system requires as much manpower to get up and running so I can literally do more with less."
Rondinelli Audio is the sound supplier to both the Diamond Jo Casino and Mystique Casino, which are also located in Dubuque. As a result the RCF TT+ line array has been the system of choice for the national acts that come through the area to perform including Brett Michaels, Davy Jones, Uncle Cracker, Air Supply and the Little River Band.
"There is no such thing as a good, cheap line array," Rondinelli continues. "So when you make the investment you are investing in a relationship with the company for the next couple of years. RCF has been great and I look forward to working with them more in the future."
RCF designs and manufactures high-quality professional audio sound system components including transducers, powered and self-powered loudspeakers and line arrays, power amplifiers, digital loudspeaker management systems, recording monitors, microphones and rack components. Headquartered in Reggio Emilia, Italy, RCF USA is a subsidiary of the RCF Group, which is comprised of RCF S.p.A and AEB Industriale s.r.l. (which owns dBTechnologies), and is listed on the Italian Stock Exchange.
More information is available at Tel: +1 (732) 901-6100, email: info@rcf-usa.com or by visiting www.rcf-usa.com
Installation
New RCF sound system for Florence Airport
Several years ago, the Amerigo Vespucci Airport’s terminal building in Florence was equipped with an RCF sound system.
But by the time it came to equipping the new terminal earlier this year, new regulations for security and evacuation, coupled with an evolution in sound system technology, meant that while RCF was once again chosen as the preferred supplier, the company was now required to deliver a far superior solution, in keeping with the new regulations.
Work began on the project in mid-August 2011 under the supervision of RCF project manager, Aristodemo Preda, and the whole system became operational in mid-December.
At the submission stage, various acoustic simulations were carried out, necessary to determine the efficiency of the system and necessary compliances. For in addition to meeting the normal requirements of speech intelligibility (public messaging), background music and flight information in the form of automatic announcements, the system also needed to address security standards regarding emergency / evacuation procedures.
Thanks to the EASE 4.3, which is able to provide 3D modelling, it was possible to accurately reconstruct the architecture of the main rooms ‘virtually’, and set the ‘acoustic fingerprint’ of the speakers, simulating the behaviour and final result with great precision. In this way, the sound pressure levels and intelligibility (STI) could be measured, and compatibility with the parameters set in the reference standard determined.
The entire structure was divided into 14 distinct audio zones, to which mic and pre-recorded announcements, including emergency messages, and background music could be routed. Each zone is served by two or more lines of speakers, driven by the same number of amplifiers a best intelligibility. Thanks to the careful speaker placement this solution helps ensure a consistent and continuous announcement service in the event of one line failing.
The use of an RCF system ensured the total replacement of sound sources, including the connecting lines, already installed in the old terminal so that the digital network can be extended between this and the new building, currently under construction.
The system management is under the command of the RCF DXT 5000 digital matrix system which is EN 60849-compliant. This allows each component to be assigned its own physical address, designed to completely control and manage background music and paging, even for emergency and evacuation purposes.
Device monitoring and self checks can be carried out via the MU 5100, central management unit, with audio inputs and outputs, messaging, speaker circuits and digital connections verified in real time. The system is fully configurable from either the front panel of the MU 5100 or more easily from the GUI installed on a PC.
In addition to being interfaced to the fire detection system using programmable logic contacts, the system is connected to the automatic announcement system by transmitting digital audio and serial port for activation and routing of messages within all the designated areas.
Using the RCF solution, therefore, it has been possible to upgrade the audio system to the current legislation, in the interests of both security and flexibility, while at the same time expanding the network to accommodate the expansion of the Airport.
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