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The new Audio Academy, dedicated to the culture of sound, will be situated in a new building at the RCF headquarters in Reggio Emilia. Set on pitched floor, and with 46 upholstered seats, the classroom has also been acoustically treated, while a natural/artificial mixed lighting system provides maximum comfort. Finally, the classroom is equipped with audio-video systems and includes a spacious foyer for reception and refreshments.
RCF Audio Academy will continue the series of state-of-the-art seminars hosted by the RCF product specialists, teachers and engineers both in the new HQ and laboratories. Since 2010, 127 courses have been organized, welcoming more than 2,200 participants, 381 indoor product demos and 374 outdoor.
The new venue will also host the Sound-Engineering University Course, organized by the Department of Science and Methods of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with RCF, now in its sixth edition.
In professional fields such as audio recording and live, through to commercial audio and integrated systems, a complete and thorough knowledge of the subject is the most effective way to use technology at its best. Thanks to its many achievements and strong technical pedigree, RCF has contributed in large part to the history and development of sound. Today, after nearly 70 years, RCF continues to play a major role in the hi-tech advancements of the international electroacoustic industry. Since 1949 this knowledge sharing has been promoted, thanks to the experience and expertise of our engineers in training, seminars, and demos, at the same time providing enormous internal support to help the customer in the design of complex systems.
The topics of the courses embrace all the areas of audio signal processing and amplification. The updated list is available by clicking here or accessing the Education section of the site www.rcf.it.
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Directions:www.rcf.it/it_IT/education/locations
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FICO Eataly World, the largest agri-food park in the world covering more than 100,000 mq, and located just outside Bologna, was opened on 15 November 2017. The new park showcases 150 Italian food companies to an estimated 6 million visitors. The Fabbrica Italiana COntadina (FICO) Eataly World has two ambitious goals: to attract visitors from all over the world, and to represent Italy with all its top-quality products and biodiversity, mixing Italy's food and wine traditions with innovation and research in the agri-food sector.
 
The park, jointly managed by the two major Italian food players, Eataly andCoop, includes 2 hectares of fields and open-air stalls, and 8 hectares hosting: 40 factories; 40 shops, markets, and eateries; areas dedicated to sport, children, reading, and services; 6 classrooms; 6 large, educational "fairgrounds", a theatre and cinema; a modular conference centre for 50to 1000 people and a Foundation with 3 universities.
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In 1905 Evangelical Lutheran national church leaders envisioned a new mission in Madison, Wisconsin that would use English as the primary language and service the students at the University of Wisconsin. With that, a small Bible study group founded Luther Memorial. From these humble beginnings, the congregation grew and in 1923 they dedicated their new church building, hailed as the “Cathedral of the Northwest.” A Madison landmark now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the neo-Gothic architecture reminds one of a European cathedral. The building stands tall in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus despite the challenges it has faced over the decades including fires, threats of bankruptcy, a bombing and cultural shifts with the denomination itself.
 
These days, the church services the intergenerational faith community in the region of the state’s capital. Entering the nave, a stone living-water font greets worshippers into this architecturally stunning worship space. The floor plan is laid out in traditional cruciform design. With 40-foot high arched ceiling, a domed apse frames an ornate centerpiece that rises two stories above the altar with a statue of Jesus Christ looking down watching over his flock. On either side, ornamental organ pipes add to the majestic look with their 56-rank Austin pipe organ and Steere tracker organ. When trying to define the church itself, Walt Miner writes in The History of Luther Memorial Church,“In daily speech it’s often a building, but also an organization, a religious fellowship, a pattern of changing activities and goals springs over more than a hundred years.” He continues, “It is made – and continuously remade – by the One who says ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”
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RCF would like to thank you for visiting the booth at the Prolight + Sound show 2018. We presented many products and we received positive feedbacks from all our visitors. Feel free to contact our RCF staff for more information about our range of products!
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One of Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s most iconic buildings, The Palace of Arts, has been equipped with a premium RCF D-Line HDL20-A system by locally based technical providers, Nitelites, for its new occupants, the Wylam Brewery.
The Grand Hall at the Palace of Arts — the last building to survive from the North East Exhibition world fair of 1929 — was originally opened by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) in the newly-redeveloped Exhibition Park.
Now Wylam Brewery has relocated its HQ and converted the Grade-II listed building into a fully operating, working brewery and events space after it had remained almost derelict for nearly a decade. Prior to that it had operated as a Science Museum and Military Vehicle Museum.
With the Grand Hall playing host to a wide range of functions, from brewers’ markets, live music (including #1 album seller, Michael Kiwanuka), pop-up food events, weddings and corporate events, accommodating up to 800 people standing, a state-of-the-art sound system was required.
Nitelites were introduced to the project by Events Director (and Brewery co-owner), Dave Stone, a well known promoter on the local music scene. “We trusted them to put in an installation commensurate with the wide range of events we would be staging,” he said. The director was also eager that the room be integrated within the brewery itself, giving it a unique feel by incorporating the barrel-ageing programme.
Stone was already well aware of the integrity of the RCF product having experienced it from the Nitelites rental stock at previous venues that he had operated. He also knew that it had good visibility with sound engineers and could be supported by any additional equipment where necessary.
Nitelites director, and sound system designer Andy Magee, immediately recognised the challenges of working in a listed, single-glazed dome roof structure, with the combined problems of sound escape externally, and high reverberance internally.
”Initially the noise study limited the SPL considerably but by being able to demonstrate the clarity of the HDL20-A, and our ability to focus the energy onto the dancefloor area, we have been able to increase the threshold to 100dB,” he said. The fact they were able to model the room in the industry standard EASE Focus 3 software was a further boost.
Magee added that in view of its reliability, the decision to specify this big-selling composite system — with hangs of six elements a side — had been a no-brainer, particularly with its 100* x 15° dispersion pattern. “The return on investment is unparalleled and it’s so easy and quick to deploy and operate,” he said.
Recessed behind the front of the stage apron are five powerful TTS36-A subs, housing two 18” neodymium woofers. In addition, six RCF NX15-SMA have been provided for stage monitoring while limiter and EQ structure is programmed into a BSS Soundweb DSP.
Andy Magee also highlighted other attributes of the system. “Since the brewery doesn’t have a full time engineer but relies on freelance engineers, who will mostly have experienced the system, the fact that the HDL20-A is equipped with several push button correction tools enables them to change the low frequency and midrange summation to suit.” He says the soft touch filter and EQ control are easy to understand.
Supplied as part of a sound and light package, the Nitelites man concludes, “There are a lot of dynamics in this system which enable the client to cater for a wide range of events. At the same time we have managed to keep reflections down to a minimum.” And Dave Stone agrees. “We were unable to acoustically treat the room but Nitelites have absolutely nailed it with the RCF system. We have received great feedback as the system has settled into the different scenarios.” Further information from:
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Premium RCF D-Line process-controlled line arrays have been specified and installed at Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre in Scotland. Originally opened in 1970, Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre has played host to numerous theatrical shows, national performing companies, Awards Ceremonies and national icons from Paul Weller to Bob the Builder. More recently the venue underwent a £6million, 18-month refurbishment and reopened in November2011
 
Today operated by Culture NL as a charitable trust, the venue still badly needed to replace its technology infrastructure, when 18 months ago they auditionedRCF HDL20-A alongside several premium A-grade touring systems — and found it punched way above its weight.
 
Head Sound Engineer, Craig Higgins, had previously been able to sample RCF’s big-selling PA, as part of an incoming production, but for his colleagues, technical manager, Stephen Ellis, and venue manager, Craig Smart, the demo provided an opportunity to review its performance in controlled conditions, and test its suitability both for the main 1600 capacity main room and 400-capacity fixed seated theatre at the rear
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Ian Paice is one of the forefathers of modern day rock drumming. Space Truckin', Highway Star, Hush, Fireball, and Smoke On The Water are just few examples of the sound that would last many years to come. He has been the one and only drummer for Deep Purple since the beginning. When the group dissolved in 1976, Ian then joined David Coverdale (Deep Purple vocalist) to form Whitesnake. After a short hiatus, Deep Purple reunited in 1984 for The Perfect Strangers release and have not stopped performing since. Ian can also be found on releases by such artists as Paul McCartney, Gary Moore, George Harrison, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jim Capaldi. In April 2017, Deep Purple launched their latest album “Infinite”. His drumming technique has shaped the ears of the RCF engineers since the very beginning, helping all the departments to understand “how to move sound” with rock music!
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During Prolight+Sound, RCF will showcase its latest innovations in sound reproduction and amplification. The RCF’s new product line will feature improvements, design upgrades and exciting new technologies, like the new FiRPHASE processing, soon on-board on an extended range of loudspeakers.
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HDL 30-A DEMOS
Daily April 4-7 Live Sound Arena
11:30 - 11:40 a.m. 13:30 - 13:40 a.m. 15:30 - 15:40 p.m. 17:30 - 17:40 p.m.
RCF's big-selling HD-Line series, spearheaded by the HDL 20-A, has received a further boost with the arrival of the RCF HDL 30-A: a compact bi-amped 2-way active touring system for medium to large events, both indoors and outdoors. It features a pristine sound with an impressive SPL, thanks to the built-in 2200W, 2-way class-D amplifiers and a high-power DSP.
DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO VISIT US!
HALL 3.1 BOOTH C91 April 4-7, Frankfurt, Germany
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When Nitelites installed a permanent RCF HDL20-A line array system in Sage Gateshead’s main 1700-capacity main room, setting a new benchmark in sound reinforcement, it seemed only a matter of time before they returned to upgrade the smaller Sage Two.
Nearly two and a half years later and they have done precisely that. But given that the venue’s second room is a flexible, ten-sided auditorium, split over three levels and accommodating 430 (theatre style) or 600 for a full standing gig, the installation was going to be anything but straightforward. Nitelites director and system designer, Andy Magee, opted for a pair of RCF’s TTL6-A as the centrepiece of the first phase upgrade, knowing that the subsequent arrival of the HDL6-A composite line array would then enable the two upper balconies to receive full 360° coverage.
“Sage Two’s sound system was falling short,” opined Magee. “The room stages many performance genres — from classical, world and jazz music to straight theatre — some of it unamplified. Therefore, the reason for specifying the TTL6-A is because it is not only compact but packs a considerable punch. The first time I heard it I was blown away by the SPL. It seemed the ideal one-box solution.” And that’s hardly a surprise, since the three-way active TTL6-A is equipped with 2 x 12” LF woofers, 4 x 6.5” midranges and a 3.0” voice coil compression driver. The integration of four channels of digital amplification and the advanced digital processing raise the bar for distortion, noise and thermal efficiency.
The Nitelites director’s enthusiasm resulted in a demo for Sage Gateshead’s technical manager, Neil Colebeck and lead audio technician Graham Orchard — not that it was really necessary as the trust built up has been based on the flawless performance of the RCF system next door. The TTL6-A’s are complemented by eight SUB8004-AS 18” subwoofers, set in a reverse cardioid pattern recessed under the stage apron. Three of the ultra-compact TT052-A act as lip fills, directing the audio beam to the front rows, while a pair of the equally discreet active TT08-A, set out wide, act as side outfills, and offer incredible maximum SPL of 128dB. The wisdom of this design was confirmed using the EASE Focus 3 software, which Andy Magee used to model the room. “Aside from the massive bandwidth, the TTL6-A has a 90° horizontal, 30° vertical dispersion pattern, with -25°/+5° which is perfect in that room,” he exclaims.
Neil Colebeck confirmed that a versatile system upgrade had always been in the planning. “The previous system did well for us but was starting to develop faults and was lacking in low frequencies and sidefill coverage. We reviewed the situation in September as we faced a heavy programme of gigs post summer.” Budget had been a concern, he said. “But we have received great support from Nitelites and have never experienced any problems with the RCF system in Room One, for which we have received excellent feedback. As for the TTL6-A Nitelites had already been doing a number of gigs with this box, so we were already familiar with it.” And knowing the room implicitly they had been totally aware of the challenges offered by the ten-sided room.
There was also a recognition that the rear SPL rejection now offered by the cardioid subs would improve the lot of the monitor engineer and at the same time work with a cross-section of product — all under the control of BSS Soundweb DSP and a Midas Pro 2 mixing desk with analogue drive rack.
Summing up, Neil Colebeck is convinced by the logic of the point source solution. “The TTL6-A offers a wide horizontal and controlled vertical pattern, which are ideal for this space,” he says.
And Graham Orchard adds, “Having now mixed shows through [the TTL6-A] you can hear the difference tenfold.”
Since this article was written, our dear friend Neil Colebeck unexpectedly passed away. He is greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.
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