Installation
Director Phil Lidstone believes this purpose-specific policy has given them a competitive edge in one of the company’s core market areas.
“We design for each individual application rather than use a one-system-fits-all approach,” he stated. “We are known as specialists in this sector, where we integrate the two disciplines of pro audio and audio visual under a common control platform. It’s a case of being able to differentiate between speech-only systems and those requiring a full dynamic range — and make them operable by non technical users.”
RCF, he says, have systems that cover all eventualities. “We have confidence in their ranges, and from R&D to finished product, everything is developed-in house. Having seen their facilities in Italy, their build quality is excellent.”
In the parish of Wardie, Edinburgh, the old Episcopal Church of Scotland had been operating an ancient 100V line system when d3 Audio and Visual were called in. Retaining the aesthetics was key to the brief, and the integrators opted for RCF’s L2406-T full range high intelligibility discreet two-way speaker column array. With its vertical controlled directivity, it provided precisely the dispersion pattern required.
Eight of the L2406-T’s are mounted on pillars around the peripheral windows. “The speakers are low profile and can be colour-matched — although we opted for the [factory] white so they would blend in,” says installation director Andrew McCully. “We find that RCF speaker enclosures are well designed and thought through, which makes them very good to work with and adapt when necessary.”
Optimised for speech reproduction, these are complemented by four RCF MQ50 two-way monitor speakers, with 5” woofer and waveguide-loaded dome tweeter to maintain intelligibility and wide angle coverage up in the balcony area of the 700-seat church.
The clergy are fitted with wireless mics, and other sources feeding the speakers include compact discs.
“Sonically the L2406-T’s are ideal for this application — with excellent voice reproduction and accurate dispersion, which allows us to direct the sound straight at the congregation,” summarises Lidstone.
Up in Dundee, d3 Audio and Visual had the distinction of performing the first refit of this type in a free church in Scotland (in this case St. Peters Free Church) — thus enabling them to bring about a change of direction and presentation style. This time the company took a different approach, specifying ten RCF Acustica C3108W’s and a pair of floor-mounted S4012 compact 12” subwoofers.
Some of the C3018W’s are mounted in pairs on columns along the length of the church, while others are flown above the ceiling void. d3 Audio and Visual evolved a unique mounting solution, dropping the loudspeakers down on chrome poles.
“The requirement for the system was to deliver great acoustic reproduction of speech and music for regular Sunday services — at the same time making sure the system had a wide dynamic range to cover almost any eventuality,” stated Phil Lidstone. “The Acusticas provide impressive HF and accurate response with subs delivering the extended frequency range when required. Certainly this combination provides plenty of headroom in the system.”
Essentially the company has provided the church with a system with a wide dynamic range, which can achieve higher SPL’s when required. “This enables them to follow their tradition of singing unaccompanied psalms, and at the same time stage music events which demand much more from the system.”
Finally, Destiny is a growing contemporary church in Edinburgh which began 11 years ago. In August 2008, they opened their second worship centre in the city — in a converted 700-seat 1930s cinema.
Given the room’s abundance of hard surfaces, the sound system upgrade proved extremely challenging for d3. Having considered their options they specified four elements of RCF TT+ Series line array flown either side of the high stage — one of the first in the UK.
The system comprises two ground-stacked TTL31-A’s per side, with four TTL12-AS subs (floor mounted). Completing the complement of speakers are a pair each of TTS18-A (18” subs), a pair of TT22-A (for balcony fills) and TT08-A (mezzanine level).
“Compared with the church’s original system, this is a phenomenal improvement,” concluded Phil Lidstone.
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Event
40 international Djs on 5 different stages entirely equipped with RCF TT+ Thouring and Theatre systems entertained thousands of people at the MAXIMAL 2010 Italian Electronic Music Festival in Novegro, near Milan.
The new TT+ Large Venues system, composed of TTL55-A line array modules and TTS56-A high power subwoofers, was used for the main stage while the others were provided with TTL33-A line arrays and TTS28-A subs. TT25-SMA coaxial stage monitors were used for the monitoring of the DJ’s consoles.
MAXIMAL 2010 has not just been a music festival but it has been conceived as a sensory journey through electronic music’s different dimensions and the world of digital art.
The concept of the event is to involve young people in a move out of the passive kind of entertainment experienced in most of the clubs. A path through four main environments represented by the different stages: Soul, Matter, Energy and Desire, each identified by a peculiar set design, sound, performances and digital art installations.
In order to realise this concept the choice of the sound amplification systems was a fundamental aspect to consider during the design of the event.
The sound at MAXIMAL 2010 had to be powerful and able to cover a huge area and in very high definition in order to transport the audience to the different worlds created by the Djs on each stage.
Fabio Pecis of Airone, the rental company that handled the event, commented: ”with the new Large Venues system by RCF we were able to obtain a perfect coverage of the vast area. The extreme audio clarity and sound definition that the system delivers even at the very high SPL required by an electronic music festival is astonishing and it has been a real key factor for the success of the show”.
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The P5228-L weatherproof full range, two way line array speaker module represents the latest addition to the P Series range by RCF and, thanks to its 500 W RMS power, is the perfect solution for large array sound reinforcement outdoor installations such as stadia, sports arena and other mid-to-large venues.
High output combined with astonishing Pro Audio quality is guaranteed by state of the art RCF Precision transducers.
The high frequency section includes two constant directivity CMD horn, each loaded with a 1” RCF Precision neodymium compression driver with a 1.75” diaphragm assembly for smooth, wide horizontal dispersion and highly controlled 20° vertical coverage.
The low frequency transducers are two 8” woofers with a 2.5” voice coil that ensure tight, punchy and defined bass.
The P5228-L is a full weatherproof IP 55 (International Protection Rating) speaker and therefore suitable for outdoor applications.
The cabinet is a single piece rotational moulded enclosure, made in medium density polyethylene, fully UV protected equipped with 4 x M8 brass inserts and a stainless steel U-Bracket.
Connections to the amplifier are made through an IP67 watertight multipole connector. The grille is in custom perforated aluminium with open-cell fibers and water repellent woven fabric backing.
The new P5228-L is perfect for: - Stadia - Sport Arenas - Theme Parks
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The DU 31 and the DU 31AT are two in-wall mounting speakers with flexible design suitable for paging and background music for several type of installations. Both models are equipped with a 3.5” woofer and a 1” tweeter and, thanks to the A1331 accessory, they offer a great variety of mounting possibilities.
The DU 31 includes a multi tap line transformer for the connection to 100 V constant voltage lines. A 25 V (8 W) socket make it possible to connect multiple speakers in parallel to a constant impedance line.
The DU 31AT features a power selector to control the wattage (8 W, 4 W, 2 W, 1 W, 0.5 W at 100 V) through a rotary switch on the front panel.
Thanks to the A1331 surface mount accessory kit is possible to quickly and easily install the DU 31 and DU 31AT on any flat surface offering an outstanding flexibility.  
Event
In spite of the deafening vuvuzela horns, the main P.A. system —which included 2x7 TTL31 modules plus 2x 4 TTL31 modules as reinforcement— guaranteed outstanding intelligibility and enough sound pressure throughout the whole venue. For more info and pictures, follow this link: http://www.wm-arena- herne.de/content/galerie.html
Event
From the 1st to the 4th of September, RCF will be showing it Professional Audio product range at the 2010 edition of MATISS, the trade fair for the event technology sector.
The trade show will be held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The event will host a concert of the wourld famous singer Youssou N'Dour that will be reinforced with a complete RCF sound system.
For more information please visit: www.matiss-ci.com
Event
The new TV show of the famous Italian comedian and actor Maurizio Crozza is being amplified by an RCF’s TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre system.
The show is aired live every Sunday night on La7 channel from Milan and features interviews to famous actors, politicians and unique performances of Italian and international artists. The show hosts an 11 piece orchestra conducted by well know Italian musician Silvano Belfiore.
Rental company Laboratorio Musica designed the acoustical project, completed the installation and the set up of the system managing the audio during the shows.
Vanis Dondi of Laboratorio Musica, commented: “ in a television show is fundamental to have a very compact sound system that is not disturbing the set design and the shooting area and that, at the same time, is able to deliver great sound definition and not interfere with the artists microphones. Our choice of set up, composed by two TTL31-A clusters and subwoofers TTS28-A, features all these characteristics coupled with a very easy set up and quick installation process. We were able to obtain a complete control of the acoustical dispersion and a perfect sound definition in the studio’s areas that we had to cover”.
For the orchestra and the main artists on stage, TT25-SMA coaxial stage monitors were chosen. Thanks to their low profile and great sound definition, they deliver high performance with a discrete stage presence.
Installation
The Santo Volto Church in Turin is an innovative house of worship composed by seven 35 m high towers, a subterranean multi-purpose room and a very large main room which seats 700.
Turin installer Videotape used the new VSA 2050 digitally steerable column speakers to complete the sound system of the important Church. It was, in fact, only necessary to install two sound columns in the niches at the side of the altar to optimize the listening in the main room.
VSA 2050 represents the ideal solution in critical acoustical environments, such as churches, where architectural constraints force to use a limited number of sound sources and where the distance to cover with a single speaker is quite big. Thanks to the use of modern DSP and to the software developed by RCF it is possible to control the acoustic beam to adapt the speaker to the ambience needs.
With this prestigious installation, the vast amplification system of the Church, entirely made with RCF products, is completed.
Read about the complete Santo Volto Church installation
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The VSA 2050 is a multi-amplified vertical steerable array that represents one of the latest RCF applications in terms of digital audio technology and is the ideal speaker for indoor installations where the critical acoustic environment is an issue and where moderate visual impact is required.
Thanks to the use of the latest DSP technology, the VSA 2050 processes the audio signal sent to each speaker for controlling its vertical acoustic dispersion to address the audio signal exactly to the listening area, avoiding to send the acoustic energy to ceilings and empty floors, thus not introducing bad reflections that would affect speech intelligibility, mainly in critical environments with high reverberation time.
State of the art transducers have been developed for the VSA, in order to offer the highest possible intelligibility and wider frequency response, according to RCF philosophy. The powerful DSP circuit is directly connected in digital domain to the twenty 50 W each Class-D technology power amplifiers, which are able to drive the 20 transducers with the optimal headroom. The amplification circuits include several protections and controls always to operate in safe mode.
Through the VSA RC (remote control) user friendly touch screen interface it is possible to select among three different group of presets that offer a remarkable easiness in the VSA 2050 configuration process. For two out of three groups of presets the only parameters that the operator has to insert, in fact, are the installation height of the column and the area to cover.
A structure in extruded aluminium has been made to offer a product with very limited architectural impact, light weight and simple installing operations.
TECHNICAL FEATURES • 20 x Class D, 50 W amplifiiers • 94 dB Max SPL • 20 x 3.5" full range speakers • 48 kHz 32 bit processing • Horizontal dispersion 130° • Vertical dispersion controlled up to 10° till 300 Hz • Power supply 115/230 Vac (600VA); 24 V dc • Extruded aluminium body • Ceramic block terminals and thermal fuse on 0 dB balanced priority input • Standard installation accessories included • Simple and quick set up • Indicators and control for EN 60849 monitoring facility
Find out more in the VSA dedicated section on the website.
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