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.
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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.
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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
Installation
Restaurant Rohmühle chooses RCF
The Rohmühle is a high-class restaurant and café based in the ground floor in the former Zementwerk (Cement Works), now named the Rheinwerk (Rhine Works) in Bonn-Oberkassel, Germany.
Rheinwerk is located on the Rhine Promenade, which is known for its wide bike and walking path that runs through the area and plenty of benches with good views over the Rhine Valley.
At the Rhine Promenade you also see the exclusive 5-star Hotel Kameha Grand and the office complex Rheinwerk 2. An area that is well visited by many people every day and an awesome combination of futuristic and classic buildings in beautiful nature surroundings.
The installation was realized by the company “Raum+Schall” from Kirrweiler specialized in high-class audiovisual projects.
The Restaurant Rohmühle has installed several RCF P3108 speaker combined with S8015 subwoofers. To cover the outdoor terrace dining and biergarten area they choose the RCF P3108 speakers that are IP55 and very suitable for outdoor use.
Installation
RCF public address system in Kallithea Underground Parking Station
TNM Projects, one of the RCF commercial audio installation partners in Greece has recently completed the supply, fine tuning and start up of a RCF PA system in the new Underground Parking Station in Kallithea, Greece.
Kallithea is the 8th largest municipality in Greece with 109,609 inhabitants and the 4th biggest in the Athens urban area.
The public address system features 4 loudspeaker zones and 2 paging microphones. There is also a back up amplifier that will automatically replace any of the basic amplifiers in case of failure.
RCF products installed in the central equipment rack are:
1 x PR 4092 Preamplifier 9 in – 2 out 1 x PD 1066 6 zone speech / music switching unit 3 x MF 6000 Mainframe FLEXA amplifier system 3 x PS 6640 Modular power supply unit 640W – 240V 1 x UP 6241 Modular power amplifier 240W / 100V 3 x UP6481 Modular power amplifier 480W / 100V 5 x SB 3320 Power amplifier & speaker line surveillance card 5 x RB 3320 Back amplifier board 1 x RD 2080 Digital recorder / player 1 x MS 1033 CD-USB-MP3 player 7 FM tuner
Two RCF BM 3067 pre amplified paging microphones are installed in the supervisor’s office and in the cashier room.
The following RCF products have been installed in all areas of the parking station: v 59 x PL60 Ceiling speaker 6W/100V 82 x DP4 Sound projector 10W/100V
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
Recently the Sound Festival 2011 was held at Grand Cube in Osaka, Japan. The “Sound Festa” is the largest exhibition of professional audio equipment in Japan.
The Japanese distributor Ballad exhibited a large selection or products from the Commercial Audio and Installed Sound catalogue.
Many people stopped by the booth to see the RCF products and to meet staff from Ballad and also to get a talk with people from the RCF staff.
“The Sound Festival Exhibition is a very good and important show. A lot of Japanese customers come to this show to check out the latest technical developments and see new products etc. It is always a pleasure to meet customers and get direct feedback from the market segment”, says Lars Yoshiyama – Sales Manager RCF.
The Sound Festival exhibition is an annual show, so the next event is scheduled to be in June 2012.
More info:
www.sound-festa.com
Ballad
Event
The US magazine Music & Sound Retailer has launched their first Vnewsletter, the industry´s first video newsletter with host Jill Nicolini. In the first issue there is a feature on the RCF TTS-56A subwoofer.
See the Vnewsletter here.
Event
RCF TT+ delivered the sound at Plaza 25 de Mayo
The celebration of 201st anniversary of the Revolution was a busy day in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of the main music events took place at the May 25 Square, an urban square that is located on the eastern edge of the downtown area not far from the Parana River. The square was named after the May Revolution and in the centre of the plaza there is a Liberty Column dedicated to national freedom.
This beautiful environment was the scenario of a large concert event that took place to celebrate the anniversary. The artists on the stage were Los Pericos, Los Super Ratones, Failure and Other, Leo Garcia, La Mosca, Víctor Heredia and Soledad Pastorutti.
The celebration of 201st anniversary was inaugurated in the evening with a tribute to María Elena Walsh
A stage of 80 meters was installed with a Line Array audio system along with 11 LED screens & 120 robotic lights.
The company Offramp installed the delay systems alongside the ”Piramide de Mayo” that consisted of 48 (2x24) pcs RCF TTL-33A´s, each delay stack to cover an area of 100 x 70 meters. The result was excellent and the system was running perfectly without getting near to a 50% of its maximum potential, still delivering an impressive sound pressure.
So the debut for TTL-33A in Buenos Aires was a huge success, with more than 90.000 people attending the concerts.
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Vasco and RCF – A great success at San Siro Stadium in Milan. Italian singer Vasco Rossi has ended the first part of his “Live KOM 011” tour, with the last 4 concerts held at the legendary stadium San Siro in Milan. More than 250,000 people attended the four shows at the San Siro and they experienced an incredible stage show featuring a vintage Vasco performance, complemented by a cutting edge sound and light production.
The RCF TT+ sound system on tour with Vasco is capable of delivering almost 1 million watts and was based around the outstanding TTL55A line array. Consisting of 120 pcs of TTL 55-A, combined with 60pcs of the 2 x 21” TTS 56-A sub, it ensured a great result with positive feedback from the members of the production team.
"I was very pleased with how the TT+ line array performed, this is the largest system I have ever toured with and there is no doubt that the results we achieved, firmly place the RCF TTL55A as the leading system for this type of event”, says Andrea Corsellini - FOH Sound Engineer.
The Nuovo Service Rental Company provided full production for the Vasco tour and they are also very positive about their experience with the TT+ system.
"I am very happy working with the team at RCF, we have had a great relationship for a long time. As well as being a manufacturer, they also have a clear idea of ​​what is happening on a tour of this calibre and are ready to provide their complete co-operation and passion,” says Willy Gubellini - Nuovo Service Rental.
Another important factor when choosing the TT+ as the system for the Vasco tour was its’ ease of use in all areas of the production.
"The fact that the speakers come with DSP and amplification on-board changed our way of handling a large concert like this. With this system we were able to dramatically reduce the rigging time, while still maintaining perfect control of the system. Also the transport and storage solutions provided by RCF allowed us to greatly simplify our life on the road. All in all an incredible package that allowed assembly or breakdown the first truck load in just 20 minutes", says Camporese Angelo - Head of Audio for Nuovo Service.
Composition of the complete system:
MAIN LEFT-RIGHT: 20+20 TTL55-A, 10+10 TTL36-AS, 21+ 21 TTS56-A
SIDE LEFT-RIGHT: 16+16 TTL55-A, 9+ 9 TTS56-A
LEFT-CENTRE-RIGHT DELAY: 12+12+12 TTL55-A
VASCO MONITORING: 6+6 TTL33-A + 10 TT45SMA + 4 TTS36-A
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