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EDISON, NJ (January 2013) – RCF USA, the U.S. branch of RCF and dB Technologies, announced the 2013 winners of the Prestige Partner Awards. "Our dealers are more than just people we do business with – they are our partners," explains John Krupa, national sales manager RCF USA. "These companies are as invested in our growth as we are. The Prestige Partner awards acknowledge the companies that we feel have gone above and beyond in promoting our brands." RCF USA presented 12 companies with plaques identifying them as Prestige Partners – Trinity Production, Tracy, CA; AudioPyle, Napa, CA; Washington Music, Wheaton, MD; 4 Sound Group, Doral, FL; VIP Electronics, Brooklyn, NY; IDJNow, Ronkonkoma, NY; Impact AVL, Florence, MS; Yakima Sound, Yakima, WA; Pantera Productions, Seminole, TX; Owens AV Design, Orlando, FL; Soundworks Systems, Stevens Point, WI; and Rondinelli Music, Dubuque, IA – recognizing them for their exemplary commitment to RCF and dB Technologies product lines. "We are building our brands with these companies and through them our end-users," concludes Krupa. "It takes teamwork to create a mutually beneficial relationship. We are delighted to work with all of our partners and look forward to a very bright 2013."
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.
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EDISON, NJ (January 2013) – Thunder Audio, headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, has provided famous artists and corporate events with sound reinforcement systems and crews for more than three decades. Their client list ranges from Trace Adkins, Dolly Parton and Diana Ross to Robert Plant, Steely Dan and Metallica.
In an effort to provide the low end that today's music demands, the company recently added 34 RCF subwoofers to their production inventory.
"The sub harmonic frequency coverage and punch that come from these boxes is amazing," explains Tony Villarreal, owner for Thunder Audio. "Whether used as forward facing sub frequency enhancement or as end fire arrays, the performance is second to none."
Specifically Thunder Audio added 24 TTS56-A (double 21") subs along with 8 TTL36-AS (double 18") flyable active subwoofers and 2 TTS28-A (double 18") active subs.
"With built in processing and individual delay capability, you can create many configurations quickly while in the field," adds Greg Snyder, business development manager for Thunder Audio. "What a great product for us to have added to our audio tool box."
Thunder Audio recently used the TTS56-A subwoofers to hold down the sub lows for a number of high profile events. The Skrillax New Years Eve Electronic Music Festival at the Palace of Auburn Hills utilized 18 boxes while the Detroit Electronic Music Festival held at Hart Plaza used 16. Thunder Audio provided 24 for the Orion Music Festival with Metallica. The band also used the subs to support their recent performance at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans.
The TTS56-A is a high power, high output active subwoofer system that features two 21-inch neodymium woofers. Each subwoofer is powered by a 6,800 watt, 2-channel digital amplifier with PFC. On-board DSP sets new standards for distortion, noise and thermal efficiency. Monitoring of all system parameters as well as modification of gain, equalization or delay is possible via the internal RDnet networking board.
The TTL36-AS is a flyable, active subwoofer that features a clam-shell design to ensure maximum output. The 2 x 4.5-inch voice coil and vented 18-inch woofer design offers the minimum of power compression. Each module is powered by a 4,000 watt, 2-channel digital amplifier with PFC. Similar to the TTS56-A, proprietary RDNet software allows end-users the capability to control and monitor DSP and other subwoofer parameters.
"That Thunder Audio chose RCF subwoofers over alternative products speaks volumes," says John Krupa, national sales manager for RCF US. "We are very excited to be working with them and look forward to developing a mutually beneficial business relationship between our two companies."
Villarreal and Snyder confirmed that 2013 will be a busy year for the new subwoofers with plenty of outdoor festivals and concerts requiring the air movement the boxes provide.
"We look forward to continued product use and design input with RCF," concludes Snyder. "We enjoy the relationship and respect between our companies and plan on building on that 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.
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ISE 2013 Show set to be the largest AV and systems show ever held in Europe. The event will take place at RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam. RCF will be part of ISE show and you can visit us at the booth 7K210 and at the booth 7H230 to find out more about our new DXT 9000 Voice Evacuation System EN 54-16/2008 Compliant.
This year we will be showing a wide selection of our Commercial Audio and Installed Sound product program aimed for the AV, commercial audio and installations market segment.
At the booth there will be products from the advanced VSA digital steerable array, Forum Congress Systems, Evacuation Systems to a wide selection of our different speaker, amplifier and audio source segments.
Come and visit us and meet the RCF team to get up to date with the latest news and to see what audio solutions RCF is able to offer.
We look forward to see you!
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Being one of the first trade show of the year 2013 it is a good opportunity for manufacturers to show the latest products range and trends that are going to have an impact on the music and on the audio industry in the coming year.
Come to visit us in our BOOTH # 6780 HALL A !
You will be able to meet the RCF Team to get the chance to discover the new products, learn more about our innovative technologies and solutions we can provide.
For more information please contact
RCF USA Inc +1 732 9026100 email: info@rcf-usa.com
More info at www.namm.org
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Italian loudspeaker manufacturer RCF has announced that it has appointed Electric Sound Benelux BV as distributor of its Commercial Audio, Installed Sound and Forum product lines in the Benelux region.
Electric Sound will take over distribution of the lines – which include RCF’s VSA and voice-evacuation products.
Lars Yoshiyama, RCF Sales Manager for Commercial Audio and Congress Systems, comments: “Electric Sound is a distributor with decades of history and we are very proud to be represented by such a renowned and successful company in this key European region.”
Established for over 60 years, Electric Sound has a clear focus on premium brands and added value, with an uncompromising passion for quality that enables it to sell not just single products but integrated systems, carefully tailored to meet the needs of the many audio architects with which the company has long-term relationships. In this respect, it is the perfect partner for RCF, a firm that shares a similar passion for sound and a commitment to providing service and support to its dealers.
Mr Yoshiyama concludes: “Electric Sound’s breadth and depth of experience are such that as well as being a partner in RCF’s distribution network, the company will become a valuable resource for our R&D programme, contributing unique insights that will allow us to develop and promote new products that meet the needs of end-users in the Benelux market.”
Electric Sound Benelux BV Radioweg, 12 1324 KW Almere, The Nederlands Tel: +31 (0)36 54 600 20 Fax: +31 (0)36 54 600 29 www.electricsound.com info@electricsound.com
Electric Sound Benelux BV Ikaroslaan,1 1930 Zaventem, Belgium Phone: +32 2 7887300 Fax: +32 2 7887301
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Before Macy's packs away its famous floats from the Thanksgiving parade the chain of department stores begins to roll out events to celebrate Christmas – animated window decorations and visits with Santa Claus top the list.
This year Macy's kicked off their holiday campaign with day-long events that included an assortment of live entertainment including performances by former Destiny Childs singer Michelle Williams, American teen R&B, pop singer Jasmine V, Philadelphia indie rock band The Young Statues and local children's choirs.
Production company Mitta Sound, based in Philadelphia, has been a long-time supplier of sound reinforcement for special events held at the stores located in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City. Once again they were tapped to pull out all of the stops to ensure that this holiday season started with a bang.
"The Winter Wonderland campaign is a big event for Macy's," explains Terrence McDuffy, owner of Mitta Sound. "Each event typically starts with the outdoor arrival of Santa Claus which rolls into live performances in the main atrium along with supplemental music in various departments throughout the day."
As he has in the past, McDuffy utilized an assortment of RCF loudspeakers to handle the diverse needs of the event.
The Philadelphia store Winter Wonderland Celebration kicked off with Santa arriving outdoors in his sleigh to the sound of members of the Philadelphia Theatrical Company dressed in old-fashioned garb and singing carols at the store entrance.
McDuffy equipped the choir with three stand-mounted Beta 87 handheld transmitters tied in to a Shure UHF-R wireless microphone system to ensure they were heard above the crowd. A pair of pole-mounted RCF NX M25-A MK II loudspeakers covered the crowd. Two RCF TT25-SMA monitors positioned in front of the choir completed the setup.
Santa, equipped with a Shure UHF-R body pack with a WL185 lavalier microphone greeted the crowd and was followed by the store manager and other guests speakers welcoming customers to the event.
Once indoors, most customers gravitated toward the center atrium where a stage area was set to host the live performances by Philadelphia Boys Choir, Jasmine V and the Young Statues.
"It was very important to the store that site lines to the main stage were as clear as possible," explains McDuffy. "We used a pair of the RCF TT22-A loudspeakers on stands set to the left and right of the stage – because they have a small footprint, sound great and throw really far. They never fail to impress me."
The TT22-A is a compact, 2-way active system featuring 12" neo woofer and a 90 x 40 constant directivity horn (90 degree rotatable) weighing it at just under 20 pounds.
A pair of RCF TTS36-A subs were located off of each side of the stage for additional low end. McDuffy placed another pair of RCF TT08-A loudspeakers on store display stands located 30 feet out from the stage in the same left-right configuration to distribute the audio further into the store.
Because of space constraints, he opted to use the PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 mixer for both FOH and monitor mixing during the Philadelphia event.
"Normally I would put our Avid SC48 at FOH and use the StudioLive for monitors – but space was really, really tight in the store," he explains. "And actually, StudioLive can do everything we need very well. It was a bigger job for the engineer to manage both mixes but easily done with PreSonus board."
McDuffy again used the Shure UHF-R wireless microphone system with Beta 57 handheld microphones for the indoor entertainment.
"We used 10 channels of the UHF-R for the choir alone," he adds. "There were easily 80 or more vocalists in the group and we covered them all – it sounded magnificent."
Two of the RCF TT25-SMA and TT08 loudspeakers – four total -- were placed in front of the stage area as monitors for the talent.
"We did a quick sound check before the event began and then just took it from there," McDuffy says. "The live entertainment occurred in a two hour window, so once we started it just kept going. Fortunately we have never encountered a group that was not delighted with the sound of the RCF loudspeakers, so that wasn't an issue, and everything went off without a catch."
Additional pairs of TT08-A loudspeakers, equipped with Christmas playback music, were also set up in the men's and women's departments to further the holiday atmosphere of the lively event.
"It probably seems like we use a lot of the TT08-As in different ways, and we do," he adds. "Those boxes are our workhorses – we use them for everything and they never disappoint."
Each of the day-long events were scheduled within days of each other keeping the Mitta Sound crew very busy before Thanksgiving.
"Each of the holiday kick-offs were really compact events," McDuffy concludes. "We have everything racked and ready to go in the warehouse the day before and then roll on site and get it all setup within two hours. The RCF loudspeakers being self-powered cuts down dramatically on setup time".
"Because the stores have similar layouts each event required minimal tweaks to the system. It seems kind of crazy but works really well. The customers think it is terrific and the stores are very happy with the results."
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RCF’s powerful Acustica series, especially tuned for nightclubs, has been specified throughout No Saints’ new flagship nightclub, Wonderland in Maidstone.
The former 1800-capacity Liquid has been reshaped, from a circular into square dancefloor in the vast main room (called ‘Tomorrow’) with four pairs of the new H1312 throwing tightly dispersed, directional energy onto the dancefloor from their position high up on the lighting rig.
Says the club’s head of promotions, Richie Carrera, “The sound system competes with anything you will find in a UK nightclub. It’s as close to a Ministry of Sound experience as you will get.”
The three way system, run in biamped mode, incorporate a 12” woofer, a 8” cone midrange and a 1” exit titanium compression driver for long throw applications, and is complemented by four floor-standing TTS28 subs — two in front of the stage and two in front of the DJ booth.
However, it’s not just dance music that these speakers are tasked with reinforcing but a range of events, including boxing matches, fashion shows and high profile artiste PA’s.
From the moment clubbers enter via the escalators, they are immersed in a world of advanced sound and lighting, specified and designed by Mark Damon of Essex-based Cosmic Electronics.
His company has a long trading history with RCF. “We have used RCF components throughout the club,” he confirmed. “Because No Saints wanted an open plan venueeverything had to be flown, with the bass bins on the floor; but everyone is delighted with the coverage, and the clarity of the system.”
The H series has a very narrow angle dispersion and can be focused accurately, enabling the sound to drop off dramatically away from the dancefloor. “As this is a multi-tasking cab it is perfect for the many different promotions planned by the club, including artiste PA’s,” says Damon.
The club’s experienced general manager John Barnes also describes the sound as being “phenomenal” — particularly in the upper frequencies — and says it has been wowing audiences at both the indie Propaganda Friday night promotions and their own regular Saturday nights.
Away from the dancefloor, Cosmic have turned to RCF’s C3110 wide dispersion/nearfield boxes for peripheral sound, with eight dispersed around the main club and a further eight in the reception and entrance areas.
Meanwhile, the venue’s subsidiary ‘retro’ club (called ‘Yesterday’) hosts four RCF C5212W 12in enclosures and two S8028 (2 x 18in) woofers with C3108’s, used both for peripheral sound here and as the main VIP Room system, where two S8015 (1 x 15in) woofers also provide LF extension.
Powering the rig are a combination of RCF’s HPS 1500, 2500 and 3000 and 1500, operating in standard or bridge configuration, while RCF AM2080 and AM2320 100V line mixer amps are assigned to running the exterior speakers on the smoking terrace. It is worth mentioning the amp rack — as it must be the only one in the country that is swathed in a constantly changing colour wash, initiated by LED tape!
In summary, Mark Damon says of the Acustica series, “We had not used the H series previously — we took it on recommendation and we are pleased that we did. Because it would be suspended so high we needed a long throw cab that was more high-powered than the C series" — and this really delivers.
“The entire RCF rig is reliable, dependable and we have had no issues. The back-up has been excellent and whether we are equipping small or large floors, RCF has a cabinet suitable for each scenario.”
And John Barnes is equally effusive. “Having worked here previously I wanted to make Wonderland an entirely different clubbing experience — designed more like a rock ‘n’ roll arena with a festival type atmosphere".
“The RCF sound system goes a long way to helping us achieve that, and so far we have had a brilliant reaction.”
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The Station is a new partnership project aimed at delivering a world-class, 32,000 sq ft facility for all young people in Bristol.
Fronted by Creative Youth Network, and based in a former city centre fire station — which at various times has functioned as a café bar and nightclub — the technical infrastructure was created by Stage Electrics, who leaned heavily towards RCF’s Acustica speaker series when specifying the multi-functional main performance space.
Anne Pengelly, Stage Electrics Business Development Manager (Technical), says that RCF is increasingly becoming her ‘go to’ brand when it comes to loudspeaker specification. “I am always keen to bring RCF to clients’ attention, particularly Acustica; once they have experienced a demo they are generally convinced.”
Realising that the main 500-capacity Multi Use Room needed to function variously as a live performance stage, a conference and presentation facility and a 7.1 surround cinema system, the RCF solution, she says, was staring her in the face.
“The biggest requirement was clearly flexibility,” said Pengelly. “We had provided a similar Acustica installation in a 200 seat theatre in a school in Cornwall. The result was spectacular — and the audio quality of the RCF PA exceeded all expectations so we didn't need to look beyond that.”
Under the direction of Stage Electrics project manager Richard Coombes, the ground floor Kitchen, Chill Out room, rehearsal/recording room and ballet / dance studio on the top floor were all sensitively equipped, with a close eye on the budget.
Again RCF ticked all the boxes. Four of the new RCF Acustica C5212-94 full range narrow dispersion enclosures are flown in pairs left and right above the Prolyte StageDex stage, with a pair of Acustica C3110 grid-mounted at the mid point and a further pair at the rear. These either form the surround when in 7.1 cinema mode or act as delays when the BSS London BLU DSP gain preset flips to conventional stage mode.
At the stage end a pair of Acustica S8018 subs are floor mounted left and right, and four RCF NX12SMA powered wedges provide artistes with their reference sound.
A perfect set-up then for Tinchy Stryder, who appeared to a packed audience on a gala opening weekend that was also attended by David Milliband.
Elsewhere a pair of powered RCF ART310-A form part of a portable kit on tripods, that is capable of moving around the three floors, while a further pair of ART310-A’s are fixed in the band practice room — and four passive ART 310’s are mounted on the four corners of the Dance Studio.
But RCF’s involvement doesn't end there. Stage Electrics designed the venue into five paging and show relay zones — three backstage areas and two at front of house. Showing the versatility of its portfolio, from its Commercial range RCF has also provided 12 tiny DM41 white background/paging speakers, which are distributed around the venue.
Richard Coombes has overseen a highly progressive install, with all projection (onto 6m electric dropdown screen) and digital audio run over CAT5 — with plenty of tie-lines and facility panels provided, so that live events can be recorded upstairs and on spec acoustic performances can take place in, for example, The Kitchen refectory area.
Sensitive to the budget they have also provided leading branded video projection, lanterns and moving lights from ex hire stock and provided a full day’s PASMA (access tower training) course as part of a package that includes comms, staging, curtain track, wireless mics, environmental and production lighting control and dimming.
All of which should be more than satisfactory for Creative Youth Network and its Chief Executive, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, who stated, “Stage Electrics have helped make The Station a first class venue for young people in Bristol. Their expertise, project management and support took Creative Youth Network from an idea with no knowledge to a fully functioning venue that is inspiring young people across the city.”
But the final word on the RCF sound system comes from Programme Director, James Hutchinson, who confirmed, “The [RCF] system will be suitable for all of the events taking place in this venue.”
Key partners of The Station include: Bristol City Council, Young Bristol, Business West, Brook, Basement Studios & Bristol YMCA. The Station is partly funded by the myplace scheme: a multi-million pound government programme to deliver world class places for young people to go.
More details available on www.thestationbristol.org.uk
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The 47th Pori Jazz Festival took place recently in the Finnish west coast city.
The annual event was held over nine days, during which there were 126 concerts — 89 of which were free — taking place in a total of 14 venues. The atmosphere and attendance were again excellent, with Pori Jazz selling 48,000 tickets, while in total around 140,000 people attended.
One of the venues used for experimental and modern music was the 150-capacity Ultra Music Nights @Theatre. Here Noretron Communications, RCF’s Finnish distributor, equipped the small stage with a potent but discreet TT+ Theatre & Touring active column speaker array system for a series of sold-out shows.
By deploying six TTL11-AH/AB assemblies and TTS26-A subwoofer (in Left/Right configurations), managed by the dedicated RDNet control interface, a superior audio performance was ensured, with excellent coverage and low visual impact.
In total more than 30 RCF TT+ Series cabinets were in use in five different stage locations during the course of the festival, including ten TT25-SMA monitors on the Pori Theatre stage, four TT25-SMA on the Jazz Street Stage, six TT25-SMA (along with two NX L23A and 4PRO 8001AS) on the Voodoo Stage, four TT25-SMA on the Garden Stage … along with an additional ancillary NX and ART Series speakers.
According to Pori Jazz Festival’s production manager Jari Leskinen, from a production viewpoint the festival was a major success, with the 100 or so RCF loudspeakers on duty performing superbly.
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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."
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