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Experience, discover & network are the key words for this year’s InfoComm Show.
The InfoComm11 Show is taking place at the Orange County Conference Center in Orlando, FL. The conference program starts from 11th of June 2011 while the Exhibition is from June 15th to 17th 2011. The InfoComm Show 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 US 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 Booth 169
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Long lives the Lizard King! With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide their popularity is still going strong and they are getting new fans everyday.
After the lead singer Jim Morrison’s death in 1971 the Doors continued to tour as a trio but the band officially disbanded in 1973, but their music never died. The combination of charismatic wild and poetic lyrics and their music style continued to inspire younger music generations that want to be filled with a mix of rebellion and Rock & Roll.
Keeping alive the Doors spirit, two of its original members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzareck, are still active and playing those great songs that earned their place as one of the most important bands in rock history. Today they tour under the name of Ray Manzareck and Bobby Krieger of The Doors.
When The Doors were visiting Mexico on their Latin America concert tour; one of the privileged concert events was the performance at the Art Palace in Morelia, Michoacan, where the company Soundset Productions was in charge of the production and supplied the event with a large scaled RCF TT+ System supported by Mexican RCF Distributor Hermes, and secured that all the Doors fans could “Light Their Fire” at this concert.
With the advice of the RCF product specialist Oscar Mora and local sound engineer Angel Hernandez, together with Soundset Production all the attendees were taken to a total The Doors ecstasy.
The RCF TT+ equipment used during the concert was crucial for the excellent development of the show. The main front system was based on RCF TTL55-A (Active three-way Line Array high power designed to generate impressive power output in large spaces, both open or closed) and RCF TTL33-A (The Ultra Compact Line Array).
The TT+ System setup at The Doors concert also included several RCF TTS28-A and TT25-A units.
Sound Engineer of the show was Grammy awarded Michael Dumas.
TT+ System Setup:
Main: 8 pcs TTL55A + 3 pcs TTS56-A per side (Total: 16 pcs TTL55A and 6 pcs TTS56-A)
OutFill: 7 pcs TTL33A per side (Total 14 pcs TTL33A)
SideFill: 4 pcs TTL33A + 2 pcs TTS28-A per side (Total 8 pcs TTL33A and 4 pcs TTS28-A)
DrumFill: 1 pcs TT25A + 2 pcs TTS28-A
Installation
The Keep Hold Studio facility in Alessandria, Italy installs Mytho 8 in their main mixing room.
Owner of Keep Hold Studio Andrea Fresu is working with several recording artists and also doing many productions for commercial and TV applications.
As a producer Andrea Fresu is working with the labels such as Avantgarde Music, Chiara Music, db One Music, Warner Music, EMI Records and Universal Music and is constantly working with new talents and established artists.
“For me the Mytho´s will give a new dimension to my mix. When I plugged them in for the first time I was already convinced that it was the right direction to take, and now after I have got them calibrated to my room they simply give me a new value to my work. They also look cool, the shape of the monitors is just the way I like it”, says Andrea Fresu.
The last couple of years Andrea Fresu have been busy with the Keep Hold Studio and lots of artists will record in the facility during 2011. The studio has been visited by: Tony Dallara, Aris & Rita, Fausto Leali, Luisa Corna, Alessandro Mara, Mariangela Argentino, Ale e Nico Banz, Kelly Joyce, Vincenzo Consilio, Radio Number One, Luca Barbarossa, Sirya, Stefano Salvi, Isabella Biffi, Mass Corfini, Finley, Riki Cellini, YuYu and others.
Read more about Mytho here.
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Tony Liotta is recording new solo album with RCF Mytho
Touring and studio session drummer is recording and mixing his 5th solo album titled “Hot Potato” with Mytho 8.
Tony Liotta is a legend in the studios as "the first take drummer". He started his carrier in New York and New Orleans. He played at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Hall. His name stands for quality; he is an unbelievable "Workaholic-Man", passionate drummer, lover of real sounds and explorer in the world of rhythm.
More than 30 years he beats himself consequently up to the top: He focuses the fascination of drumming and rhythm that way u get a Complete-Groove-Sound-Work-Tony Liotta." The critics compare him with Miles Davis and Santana. Liotta is one of the prestigious drummers in music business. Last critics "WR" (Newspaper): "Liotta is not only tripping around the world, he is also the German answer to Billy Cobham." He is an inspiration to generations of musicians.
“When I first heard the Mytho´s I was blown away about the amazing sound. The music simply had a new depth and I was impressed straight away on the spot. The Mytho´s are now an important part of my tools when I record and mix, and I have already surprised many studio engineers when carry my Mytho´s with me”, says Tony Liotta.
Tony Liotta´s list of Credits and Collaborations is long. He has worked with:
Warner Chappel - Rocky Roberts - Bernard Purdie - Kenny Arranoff - Zoro - Mel Gaynor - Pete York - Fredy Studer - Dr. Gunter „Baby“ Sommer - Gianna Nannini - Young Generation - Chaka Khan - Angelo Branduardi - Carlo Cori - John C. Marshall - Steve Smith - Pete York - Jose' Cortijo - Hakim Ludin - Mani von Bohr - Omar Hakim - Akira Jimbo - Felix Sabal Lecco - John Blackwell - Mike Terrana - Pierre Belleville - Emiliano Turi - Pierre Desfray - Paco Sery - Christian Bollman - Carmine Appice - Cindy Blackman - Andrea De Paoli - Walfredo Reyes - Eric Thomas - Dirk Brand - Thomas Lang and others.
Liotta worked as freelancer with musicians of Weather Report, Earth Wind and Fire and producers like Tony Brown, Franky Valentin, Eddie Oliwa and many others.
Tony Liotta produces for Universal and Warner Brothers Italy.
His projects are varied. Even if he comes from a jazz background, he managed to work for world music, blues and rock. He always in a for a surprise. In 2008 he released a techno project for "Love parade" the biggest Techno event in Germany (more than 1,6 million people attended).
Read more about RCF Mytho here.
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Damien Egan aka Phattbelly has been in the music field for over 15 years and has been working on many successfully projects.
Previous success includes:
UK No.1 hit record ”If You Come Back” for Blue signed to Innocent records.
Co-wrote 2 album tracks for the Artful Dodger ”All About The Stragglers” which sold over 500.000 copies.
Co-wrote the UK Top 20 hit Denada “Luv U Anyway”
Co-produced 5 tracks for the Kool & The Gang “The Hits “Reloaded album.
Working alongside artists like: Redman, Lauryn Hill, Blue and Liberty X. Have remixed Ciara, Glenn Lewis, Jagged Edge, 3LW, Macy Gray, Evi-dence and many more.
Beside the song writing and recording work Damien Egan is also host of several master classes about recording and mixing music.
Damien Egan is now working in the studio on several new projects using the RCF Mytho 8.
Read more about RCF Mytho 8 here.
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RCF VSA 2050 Installations in the churches St. Joseph, Siegburg, and St. Severin, Cologne
In November 2010 the over 30 years old PA system in the Catholic Church St. Joseph in Siegburg was completely renewed. After a parallel comparison of two steerable speaker systems for a few weeks, even during the church service, the congregation decided on the very similar sounding but more cost effective RCF solution.
For the first time in Germany the main PA system consists of two DSP controlled VSA 2050 vertical steerable arrays, which were placed on the left and right side of the altar to give a very clear and accurate sound of the speeches. For turning the columns slightly to the audience, the optional mounting brackets were used. The same system is also installed in the well-known church St. Severin in Cologne.
For that kind of wide-open church rooms like the 20 x 25m in St. Joseph, without any columns and flanking aisles, DSP controlled active speaker systems like VSA 2050 can be used in optimal ways. Because of the exact direction and alignment you can reach a very good speech transmission in the whole church, especially in the last rows.
Alongside the VSA-RC infrared remote control the new PC control software was used to set up the beam steering of the systems and to minimize the interference and the reflections from the back wall of the church. If needed, you can use up to seven full parametric filters to optimize the adjustment to the room acoustics.
For the special red-brown paintwork of the aluminium housings of the column speakers in front of the brick wall, the small systems with a wide of only 12,5cm and a depth of 10cm attract optically no attention and fit perfect into the surrounding area. To minimize the wiring works, the new systems are working with the old 100V cable network. Therefore the output signal from the new digital 100V mixing amplifier is used and a small transformer was mounted invisibly on the back of the DSP column to transform the 100V signal to a normal line signal.
Josef Schlechtriemen - responsible contact person of the congregation in Siegburg says: All members of the congregation confirm, that there is a very clearly audible improvement of the sound and everyone is very pleased with the investment in the new PA system.
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The recent audio visual installation at The Collegiate Church of St Peter in Westminster (more usually known as Westminster Abbey) includes 80 of RCF’s compact CS 6940 2-way cardioid column loudspeakers.
These provide coverage of the public areas and form part of an integration which includes speech reinforcement, induction loop and CCTV systems, along with video, audio and data distribution — designed by Audio & Video Systems consultants Michael Hyland & Associates.
The CS 6940 was designed specifically for speech reproduction with high intelligibility in acoustically difficult environments, both indoors and outdoors, and is also suitable for music. Featuring eight round extended-range speakers and a tweeter, each speaker comes complete with line transformer for directly connecting the speaker columns to 100V constant-voltage systems. All have been spray‑painted in RAL 7006 to match the surrounding stonework.
The coverage has been divided into 47 loudspeaker zones. A number of presets enable the appropriate zones for the regular services to be selected via the touch-screens, a page on which displays a mimic of the building.
The project was completed ahead of the thanksgiving service to mark the 450th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth I granting a Royal Charter to The Abbey in 1560.
Installation of the systems was implemented so that there was no impact whatever on the building’s daily services and the various other events for which The Abbey is used. Also, steps were taken to ensure that the work did not disrupt the routines, which are in place to deal with the many visitors who tour The Abbey daily.
Winchester based Whitwam Ltd undertook the installation of the audio, video and control systems, whilst Thame based Albert Walker Electrical Ltd carried out the cable installation.
In fact a major part of the site work related to the cable requirements as new microphone, line level, loudspeaker, video and data circuits were installed throughout, with great care taken to conceal new cables and remove all redundant cabling where possible.
In order to reduce the length of the cable runs, equipment was de‑centralised and racks were installed at six key locations interlinked by a fibre backbone. In order to provide resilience and flexibility, two multi-core fibres are installed between all rack locations, forming two continuous rings.
Each rack contains a number of DSP units and control of the audio, video and related systems by the Vergers is by means of remote touch-screens.
In addition to the need for remotely located racks, limited space at ground floor level also had an impact. There are two user racks at ground floor level, located between The Nave and The Quire. A further two are at Organ Loft level, with a single rack in the South Transept and in the Nave Side Aisle — both at Triforium level. Smaller racks are located in the Henry VII Chapel and in The Cloister.
The system includes 32 cabled mic circuits set in key areas (identified via a building mimic on a separate page of the touch-screen) and six lapel radio mics, along with two stand‑mounted / hand‑held units.
A paging mic at the user rack enables ‘live’ announcements to be made throughout the building — the system also includes pre‑recorded messages, which take account of various emergency situations. Once the announcement is selected, it is automatically fed to all loudspeaker zones.
All seated areas of the building have induction loop coverage whilst CCTV coverage has been included by the use of pan / tilt / zoom colour cameras.
For major events, hired video monitors are temporarily installed to provide those in the side aisles and other areas with a better view of proceedings (these monitors are also used for events which are televised). In addition, at each location, there is an audio and a data circuit facilitating audio‑visual displays, inter‑active video, educational work‑stations and info display presentations.
Finally, the consultants’ design ties in ancillary areas to the core system such as the Ringing Chamber — whereby a local loudspeaker enables the bell ringers to listen to the speech and music elements of the services and a video monitor enables them to see the output of the CCTV cameras; The Cloister – where equipment in this area provides a relay capability from The Abbey, and conversely cabled and radio‑mic facilities enable Cloister‑based events to be heard in The Abbey; finally St Margaret’s Church, which stands between The Abbey and the House of Commons, contains an audio link to the church’s own local sound system, enabling the relay of Abbey services to the church (notably The Abbey’s hourly prayers).
The entire project was carried out under the supervision of The Abbey’s Clerk of the Works. Since being commissioned, the system has been in use for the regular services, along with concerts, drama performances, lectures and TV broadcasts.
Corporate
RCF revealed several new products at the Prolight + Sound 2011
Sneak preview of the upcoming products news from RCF:
Ayra Studio Monitor Series
Modern design with a twist of the late 70´s. Ayra Five, Ayra Six and Ayra Eight are new nearfield studio monitors and the Ayra Ten Sub completes the series.
D Line Series
New powerful speaker line with D Line Class-D power amplifier technology. 4 models to be revealed at the Prolight + Sound 2011.
Commercial Audio News
12 new products to be added to the RCF Commercial Audio Catalogue. 4 new amplifiers in the UP Series. New BM3022 desktop paging gooseneck microphone. PFL30 & PFL50 Ceiling speakers. DMW 20A active speaker cabinet and 4 new Wireless Diversity Microphone systems.
New NX Models
RCF unveils the new models of the NX series at the Prolight + Sound. Two new Active Two Way loudspeakers NX M22-A and NX M25-A.
SUB 702-AS
Compact and powerful active subwoofer. Equipped with a single 12" high power woofer with 3" voice coil and a 700 W Digipro digital amplifier.
Installed Sound
Two new speaker series COMPACT and MEDIA will be introduced at the Prolight + Sound. The VSA Steerable Arrays represent the latest RCF applications in terms of digital audio technology and with integraded powerful DSPs. To compliment the popular VSA 2050 two new models are added to the product line: VSA 1250 and VSA 850. TT Compact The TT051-A and TT052-A are extremely compact active loudspeakers specifically designed for indoor applications such as: Concert halls, theatres, monitoring, distributed sound systems and multimedia amplification. TTL 11A + TTS 26A Digital steerable array with powerful DSP integrated. The TTL 11A is an active column speaker array system composed by two modules, one for the mid-high and one for the bass frequencies. With the addition of the new TTS 26-A subwoofer, the new column array becomes a powerful, compact and high definition live sound system. TTS56-A High powered, high output active subwoofer system that sets a new standard in the touring sound reinforcement.
Installation
C View Nightclub at Stena Vision powered by RCF
The new Stena Vision ferry is the largest carrier in Europe and also one of the largest in the world. It is 175 meters long, 30 meters wide, 43 meters above sea level, 527 cabins, a spa and conference centre, lots of restaurants, bars, night clubs, shopping and more. You can say that leisure and entertainment accompanies every movement on the Stena Vision ferry. It’s a convenient travel and relaxing combined with fun and dancing till the morning, and with awesome sound on the dance floor.
The Polish RCF distributor Arcade Audio provided the product for the installation of the RCF sound system to the C View Nightclub at the Stena Vision ferry. “To get the possibility to be part of an installation on one of the biggest ferries in the world it is nice challenge. You need a system that is flexible and at the same time delivers the sound to be focused on the dance floor. Also the RCF system was chosen between several systems, is a perfect solution and now the big waves are made on the dance floor”, says Renata Klimek – President Arcade Audio
The C View Nightclub installation is a combination of 4 pcs RCF NX M12-A with 4 x pcs 4PRO 8003-AS, 2 pcs RCF Art 715A and to cover the DJ booth 3 pcs RCF Art 310A.
Stena Vision ferry operates between Karlskrona (Sweden) – Gdynia (Poland).
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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
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