RCF TT+ delivered the sound to 44.000 people at the Parni Valjak reunion concerts.
Parni Valjak was founded in 1975 and is a Croatian and former Yugoslav rock band. They were one of the top acts of the former Yugoslav Rock scene, and currently one of the top rock-and-roll bands in Croatia. They have been followed by many loyal fans and have released 16 studio and 5 live albums, and 8 compilations releases.
In December 2005 they celebrated their 30th birthday and at the same time they made a farewell tour with gigs in Croatia and Slovenia. Their last performance in 2005 was at New Year’s Eve in Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, 4 years later they did a reunion tour in Croatia.
Due to the popularity of Parni Valjak and demand from their loyal fans they decided to do add 2 more concerts in the Belgrade Arena.
The sound system for the Belgrade Arena was the large RCF TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre and was supplied by three different rental companies: Promologistika from Croatia, BBA Agregati from Montenegro and Track-Copy from Hungary, and all of them brought their TTL55A + TTS56A.
A total of 40 pcs RCF TTL55A were used. 16 pcs per side (LR) + delay of 2 stacks with 4 pcs each.
8 groups with 3 pcs stacked in each with TTS56A subwoofers placed on the floor with 2.20 meters between them.
Furthermore TTL33A was used as infill on each side with 9 pcs in each stack and also 3 pcs TTL33A were placed in front of the stage. More than 44.000 people saw the 2 great performances.
Read more about Parni Valjak at: www.parni-valjak.net
Photos by: Dunja Dopsaj
Come and visit us at the PLASA Focus Show.
At the PLASA Focus you will get the possibility of seeing the technology shaping the world's most innovative events, concerts, tours, theatre productions, corporate events, venue installations, nightclubs and leisure attractions.
The exhibition showcases leading manufacturers from all over the world demonstrating their latest product ranges.
Furthermore at the PLASA Focus there is several free seminars, training and workshops.
You can meet us at: Booth S-D20
See more about the PLASA Focus: Leeds 2011
Meet and greet with RCF at the Prolight + Sound 2011.
From April 6 to 9th 2011 the audio and light industry will be gathered in Frankfurt and the Messe Halls will be filled up with all the latest products and technologies.
Prolight + Sound will offer users a possibility to get a look into what the new trends are and what future directions the industry is aiming at.
RCF will follow up on previously year’s success with new products, innovative technologies and will offer visitors the chance to get a “hands-on” experience with a large selection of product range and the possibility to meet the RCF staff.
We welcome you to visit us in HALL 8 – booth G70
The newly opened Plaza Bar in Zagreb, Croatia is a lounge bar were modern art and fancy decoration create a beautiful environment implemented with the latest technology of audio and video.
Music is an important part of the concept of Plaza Bar and therefore extremely important is to have a sound system that works perfectly in the early evening hours when music should be more in the background and later to be played at a higher level.
The installation is a combination of 24 ceiling speakers and 4 pcs RCF TT22A that are ceiling mounted. 2 pcs RCF 4PRO 8001AS subwoofers are placed on the floor build in a special wooden cabinet to match the decoration of the lounge area.
RCF AM 1122-N integrated amplifier together with 4 individual amps are driving the system installation.
Croatian RCF distributor Oktava realised the project of the Plaza Bar in collaboration with Dacco. It was a perfect match of two companies to do the Plaza Bar installation. Dacco is distributor of exclusive high-end hifi and installations products and Oktava is distributor of Pro Audio equipment.
Together they created a very high-class installation.
“It was a pleasure to do the installation in the Plaza Bar. The concept is to maintain a high level of visual impression based on the choice of furniture, decoration and fulfils the lounge concept and also at the same time to invest in a quality sound system that can deliver a high standard”, says Nino - Oktava
So check out the Plaza Bar in the city centre of Zagreb.
TNM Projects, one of the RCF commercial audio installation partners in Greece has recently installed a RCF Forum 6000 System at the ASEP Supreme Council for Personnel Selection in Athens.
With many years of experience with turnkey solutions TNM Projects is very keen on supplying high quality equipment for all kind of installations.
The ASEP Supreme Council installation is based on the RCF Forum 6000 system that consists of: DMU6100 central unit, a chairman console and several delegate units.
TNM Projects did the installation and fine tuning of the conference system at the Plenum Room.
The RCF Forum 6000 System has been designed to manage conference, debates, president desks in auditoriums/conventions and meetings, offering outstanding versatility. The system is simple and quick to wire, to set-up and to use and includes operative functions and modes that are usually available only in more complex products.
Forum 6000 System is designed according to IEC 60914 standard.
The RCF TTL55-A was the only European manufacturer nominated in the category "Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology" at the 26th Annual TEC Award.
TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.
Founded in 1985 the American Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program in the audio industry. The TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.
The TTL55-A is a high power, three way, active line array module engineered to deliver an incredible output for use in indoor or outdoor large spaces. The system is designed to be easily scalable from few modules for medium and small theatres to full size arrays for very large outdoor stadia and public spaces.
The three new designs for the six neodymium transducers that power the system represent the result of many years dedicated in pioneering new solutions using the best materials available on the market. The integration of the 3500 W four channel digital amplification and the advanced digital processing set a new standard for distortion, noise and thermal efficiency.
RCF has created a new PR & Strategic Marketing job function within the company and has appointed Kenneth Bremer to fulfil this role, starting from January 2011.
Kenneth Bremer will work closely with the marketing team, to keep brand ing RCF internationally, developing marketing strategies and to keep relationship with all relevant medias and to support customers providing them fast product information, and suggestions to invest in professional audio equipment. Furthermore Kenneth Bremer will define the company PR strategy and work closely with our branches .
The Strategic Marketing role will also support the Sales Division and Research & Development department. Marketing has become more and more strategically important and it is essential to supply all our distributors with the right marketing and sales tools to be competitive in their local market segments. Hence Kenneth Bremer will work closely within the different team members to help improving our communication.
RCF will benefit from this new role, because the company will always be up to date with the fast moving market trends having the right information about what products are most needed in the market, how to address the distribution network, and it will develop an even stronger business relation with our customers .
Kenneth Bremer has a strong business experience and a huge network in the professional audio industry he has been working in this sector for more than 25 years, from retail, distribution and international work. He has implemented some strong sales and marketing efforts, and always delivers a professional job. Kenneth Bremer is a very dedicated and respected person; he is always full of ideas and solutions and forward driven We are very pleased to welcome him in our team.
Kenneth will be mainly based in RCF headquarters in Italy, you can reach him on this email address: kenneth.bremer@rcf.it
The William Street Bird Bar opened its doors recently in Perth's bustling Northbridge. The venue is a modest size and is run alongside a recording studio by owner Mike O'Hanlon. With a genuine passion for audio and music, Mike decided the venue required the attention of an expert who could get the best result out of it. George Nikoloudis was hired to analyse and implement suitable gear into the Bird. As Mike notes, "George was the key guy in selecting and installing gear. George is a local legend, live/studio engineer. He's got a real feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the analogue and digital realms and it's obvious that his main agenda lies in the venue sounding good."
RCF found its way into the Bird with some products of the professional range. "For fold back, we use ART powered wedges hung up high, basically hanging off the back of the FOH speakers as well as two 'floaters' that we place around the stage as they are needed." Overall Mike is very happy with George’s work and the outcome, "it’s worth spending that bit of time/money on audio gear, people notice good sound, even if it’s subliminal.”
Tonic Bar & Restaurant is one of the places that sports fan from all over the world are visiting.
With the location at the Times Square, the most commercial intersection in the world, you are at the best spot in the world.
The impression you get of this multilevel bar is unbelievable. At the first floor there is 25 large Plasma & LCD TV’s and a large marble top bar. The second floor is a restaurant with a full international menu. At the Tonic Bar facility there are also private bars to special events. The Tonic Bar complex is where “evening & nightlife” is happening at the Times Square.
Recently the Tonic Bar installed new sound systems and the company Foundation Audio did the installation with several RCF products.
Justin Shafran from Foundation Audio tells about the speaker installation: At the second floor we flew the 4 H1315 in the four corners of the room. 30 degree tilt down to optimize the throw distance of the speakers with the length of the room. We added 2 S8028 side by side to one side of the room dedicated to the dance area and 1 S8028 to the other to add some extra low frequencies to the bar area. 

At the first we flew 2 C5215L at each sides of the room for side fill and the last 5 C5215 on U Brackets on the wall facing the bar at a 45 degree down angle. The Wall speakers are 8.5' off the floor and the 2 flown C5215 are 9.5 feet from the floor. The ART 410A is being used as a DJ monitor.

Where audio and video excellence is second to none is the “motto” of Foundation Audio, and if you visit the Tonic Bar at Times Square, and listening to the RCF speakers in action, you will experience this.
Impianti professionali, cachet concordati, programmazione artistica di qualità: così il Live Forum di Assago è diventato un esempio per chi fa musica dal vivo.
Non si può steccare in un locale che propone musica dal vivo. Sarebbe paradossale. Alcuni elementi, artistici e tecnici, possono trasformare una serata anonima in una notte da applausi. Volete qualche esempio? Un palco resistente all’onda d’urto degli artisti e del pubblico; un impianto audio a prova di effetto Larsen (quei fastidiosissimi “fischi”); un sistema di luci che illumini bene la scena, ma che al contempo non surriscaldi i musicisti; una selezione artistica accurata. Ne parliamo con Paolo Marrone, direttore artistico del Live Forum, locale all’interno del Mediolanum Forum di Assago, luogo che da vent’anni è una delle tappe obbligate dei grandi tour musicali in Italia. Il locale, aperto da un anno, si sviluppa su uno spazio di 600 mq di cui cinquanta occupati dal palco, con una capienza di circa 450 persone. Parafrasando lo slogan del suo sponsor, quello del Live Forum è uno spazio costruito intorno al suo direttore artistico. «Da anni suono e conosco i problemi. Spie che strillano, palchi con assi traballanti, illuminazione inadeguata, mancanza di camerini, tecnici del suono dilettanti. Tutti fattori che incidono sia sulla performance sia sulla soddisfazione del pubblico. Quando i “suoni” sono sbagliati, i cachet inadeguati e non c’è un minimo di backline (la strumentazione base del locale), ne risentono sia gli artisti sia l’immagine stessa del locale».
In un Paese in cui i locali con musica live sono ormai mosche bianche, le parole di Marrone sono da sottoscrivere. Molti locali di musica dal vivo andrebbero ripensati. A cominciare dalla parte tecnica. Nel locale di Assago, alle porte di Milano, si sono affidati a tecnici del suono che hanno curato vari dettagli. Dallo studio e montaggio delle apparecchiature per la riproduzione del suono (microfoni, amplificatori, equalizzatori, diffusori) alla collocazione di microfoni e altoparlanti. Il sistema audio principale, a marchio Rcf, è composto da due sistemi da tre amplificatori ciascuno, quattro subwoofer, sei casse spia per il monitoraggio di palco. In pratica una potenza di fuoco da 7.000 watt gestita, per mezzo di un mixer digitale da live, da un tecnico del suono professionista. Per le luci la scelta è ricaduta sui fari a led, che garantiscono almeno tre vantaggi. Intanto, il risparmio energetico, poi un tipo d’illuminazione bivalente (convenzionale e decorativa) e, da ultimo ma non per importanza, non fanno sudare chi sta sul palco. Per surriscaldare l’atmosfera ci sono altri congegni: macchine del fumo, teste mobili e laser. Il palco, oltre ad essere robusto come la norma prevede, è rivestito da una bella moquette, nera e ignifuga. Una soluzione per evitare incendi, scivoloni e batterie che scappano da sotto il batterista. «Sono convinto che per dare il massimo l’artista debba sentirsi al sicuro in ogni momento. Per esempio non ritenevo decoroso, come succede altrove, il fatto di costringere i musicisti a cambiarsi in bagno. Dietro le quinte abbiamo un doppio camerino dove gli artisti possano rilassarsi e studiare gli ultimi dettagli, prima dello spettacolo. Lo stesso vale per il backline. Mettiamo a disposizione, oltre a microfoni di qualità, una batteria e vari amplificatori per chitarra». Dalla parte tecnica, passiamo a un altro fattore determinante: la selezione dei performer. Dal Live Forum passano soprattutto artisti della scena indie rock. Un’idea strategica. «C’era una forte domanda del pubblico, ma non c’erano i locali per ospitare questo genere. Abbiamo preferito evitare le scelte comode. Tribute e cover band sono scorciatoie troppo facili. Non vogliamo gruppi juke-box, che propongono scalette da karaoke». Quella di Marrone è una scelta di campo che ha portato buoni frutti. In un anno d’attività ha messo in piedi 200 eventi con 65 serate di musica live, in cartellone dal giovedì al sabato. Sul palco si sono alternati artisti di grande valore della scena indipendente, dai The Fire alla Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, passando da personaggi unici come Bob Log III, un “one man band” che si esibisce con un casco integrale in testa e canta attraverso una cornetta del telefono. Ovviamente non tutte le serate riescono col buco. Ci sono notti in cui la pista sembra una landa desolata. Ma è un prezzo che si paga quando si vuole proporre qualità. «Di volta in volta cerchiamo di prendere accordi economici con gli artisti, o con le agenzie che li rappresentano. In alcuni casi prevediamo un cachet fisso, e se la serata va bene, aggiungiamo un bonus. In altri casi concordiamo un compenso definito.
Dipende dalla situazione. Gli accordi si prendono sempre prima del concerto. Per questo preferisco incontrare gli artisti di persona». E giura di non aver mai chiesto “quanta gente mi portate?”, perché la considera una pratica avvilente, quanto troppo diffusa. Lo dice, prima che da direttore artistico, da musicista. Adotta la stessa filosofia anche nei rapporti con pittori, fotografi e scultori. Perché il locale di Assago si propone anche come spazio per l’arte, ospitando in una zona, collegata ma separata dalla zona palco, nuovi talenti. Come in occasione del Think Tank, music & art festival. Cinque giornate, in programma tra ottobre e dicembre, in cui si sono esibiti e si esibiranno oltre un centinaio di virtuosi di chitarre e pennelli.
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