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RCF USA, together with On-The-Road Marketing, have the ULTIMATE live demonstration experience planned and you're cordially invited!

Dates:
Tuesday July 23rd, 2019
Wednesday July 24th, 2019

Location:
SIR STAGE 37
508 WEST 37 ST
NEW YORK, NY 10018

Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 (7-10pm)
RCF USA // LIVE IN NYC // 2019 starts with an evening of amazing music and great sound! Join us for an informal gathering of live music from 5x Best of Westchester Winners, NAKED SOUL, showcasing three complete RCF HDL line array systems. If you’d like to attend and hear this showcase performance, select the “RCF Show Admission” ticket when you register. When your registration is approved, please have your confirmation with you when you arrive at SIR studios. Food and drinks will be provided. (21 and older. Street parking and travel fees not included.)

Wednesday July 24th, 2019 (9:30am - 5pm)
We continue RCF USA // LIVE IN NYC // 2019 with a day of system demonstrations, lead by our product expert and VP of Sales and Marketing, Tarik Solangi. First demo starts at 10am, with additional demos at Noon, 2pm and 4pm. This is a great way to hear various RCF system configurations in an open and controlled environment. We’ll have sales and technical staff available to answer your questions. When your registration is approved, please have your confirmation with you when you arrive at SIR studios. Food and beverages will be provided throughout the day. (Street parking and travel fees not included.)


Installation
The Evangeliums Christen Baptist congregation Paderborn is a congregational chapel which maintains its own house of prayer in the German city. For the audio system renewal the congregation, together with audio service provider Musik Aktiv Musikequipment GmbH from Paderborn, decided on a new HDL series line array system from RCF. Musik Aktiv tested several systems available on the market and decided on the HDL 10-A as the most suitable system for this project. The system was planned and designed by the German department of the RCF Engineering Support Group and installed by the community members themselves.

Frank Schallenberg, owner of Musik Aktiv, on opting for RCF: "For this project, we use RCF because we appreciate the competent support from their sales department. A decisive point we have experienced with many other projects already installed. The RCF engineers are very conscientious and detail-oriented in all they do plus the quality of the components, no matter in which category, is very high. When using RCF equipment, we experience practically no complaints or repairs. If there should be a difficult situation, the flexibility of the RCF team always gives you the feeling you are in good hands."
Installation
Situated in the German town of Osterode am Harz, the Stadthalle Osterode hosts many varied events throughout the course of the year. Central to the cultural life in the region since 1973, and renovated a few years ago, the theatre has firmly established itself on the local landscape and frequently welcomes well-known stage names in both the classical as well as modern dramatic world, as well as big names from all music genres.

In addition, fairs, exhibitions, balls, and other occasions frequently take place in the large hall, with seating for 872 (or around 2,000 standing).

However, the venue does not only promote its own events but rents out to third-party promoters. And so when it came to installing a new permanent sound system it had already been exposed to a range of PA systems from local rental companies.

The one that stood out was RCF’s HDL 20-A highly popular composite line array. And so a team from the Stadthalle approached Georg Hofmann, Product Manager Commercial Audio and Installed Sound, at dBTechnologies—RCF’s German distributor.
Installation
Simply put, the Whisky a Go Go, located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA, is quite possibly the most iconic live rock music venue in the US and, perhaps even, the world. It first opened its doors on January 16th, 1964 and has famously acted as a launching pad for bands as diverse as the Doors, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Steppenwolf, Van Halen, No Doubt and many, many others. Heck, even Led Zeppelin made their US-debut there. To say that playing the Whisky is a right-of-passage for bands would be a massive understatement. But its legendary status goes even further than simple nostalgia. Nowadays, even well-established artists, like Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Slash are flocking to the Whisky to launch world tours by first playing before intimate audiences at the club. One may wonder why they would do that. One reason is because of the club’s ongoing status as the place to play. Another is, perhaps, a chance to offer an up-close, personal experience for die-hard fans. The ultimate reason may now have to do with the sound system. With a newly installed PA, provided by Italian speaker manufacturer RCF, the Whisky is once-again asserting itself as the world’s preeminent rock club.

In early 2018, the fine folks who run the Whisky decided it was time to overhaul its sound system. And so, in September, RCF Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tarik Solangi, visited the club at the behest of the Whisky’s Ultimate Jam Night host Paulie Z (Zablidowsky, formerly of Z02 and currently fronting a reformed Sweet), who identified the need for the system to be upgraded, not only because of the sonic properties (there were issues with the previous system being old and outdated), but also because there were some serious sightline issues. “The old system hung very low, and if you were upstairs, you literally lost two sides of the stage,” explains Solangi. “So, it really killed the sightlines.” Solangi, a sound engineer himself, was already familiar with the club, so he knew right away what he wanted to install—RCF’s HDL 30-A Active Two-Way Line Array Modules, a compact bi-amped system designed for medium to large venues. “The 30-A is such a great, musical, rock and roll box,” he continues. “It really has a great sound for live rock music, and I knew that, with just a minimal number of boxes per side, we’d really be able to increase the sightlines.” Whisky’s senior engineer Eddie Oertell, who has been working at the club on-and-off for more than 30-years, also admits that the low profile of the HDL 30-A was a big selling point. “Anywhere in the club, you can see the stage now,” he concurs. “The PA is not covering the band anymore, so the sightlines are improved immensely, and everyone is really excited about that.”

Ryan Ainsworth, who has been engineering at the Whisky for the last six and a half years, was also incredibly impressed by the HDL 30-As, not only because of improved sightlines, but also because of their sonic properties, particularly when compared to the previous system. “We went from having this very large, point-of-source system that was so monstrous, it took up a ton of space and ruined the intimate experience of the club because of how low it hung,” he explains. “Then we went with the little, tiny HDL 30-A boxes and they directly compete with the previous system, which was much, much larger in size and that’s the thing that most surprised me—it’s cool to hear those HDL 30-As put out massive sound.”

Oertell and Ainsworth, along with Leonard Contreras, shuffle mixing responsibilities at the Whisky with their bread-and-butter road gigs. Oertell is with GWAR, mostly, but has also served as front-of-house (FOH) for Slipknot, Mudvayne, Anthrax, Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) and POD. Ainsworth acts as FOH for Butcher Babies and is an occasional fill-in for Oertell with GWAR. Contreras has served as FOH/monitors engineer with System of a Down, Slayer, Los Lobos and Stone Sour to name a few. Based on that track record, it’s safe to assume that these guys know a thing or two about sound, particularly rock and roll, and yet, even they seemed amazed at Solangi’s ability to quickly assess the room and make discerning recommendations. “Tarik came down to the room and looked at everything,” recalls Oertell. “Then we talked, and he gave me his opinion on what he thought would be right for the room. It only took him like ten minutes. His vision for it was unbelievable.”

Part of that vision included cleaning up the low-end, so, in order to do that, Solangi decided that the subwoofers had to go underneath the stage in a cardioid configuration. They installed RCF’s SUB 9006-AS Active High-Power Subwoofers in a cardioid configuration under the stage, which really cleaned up the low frequency by projecting the low end into the center of the room. “The cardioid sub configuration under the stage helps take that energy and direct out into the crowd instead of letting it swell up under the musicians on stage,” explains Ainsworth. Oertell further affirms this sentiment, saying that clarity and low-end are two improved factors resulting from that install decision. “The low-end is rounder and fatter,” he says. “I was blown away by the clarity and tightness of the low-end—it is pretty impressive.”

Solangi and his RCF team worked with the Whisky’s in-house team, as well as RCF’s pro partner, Above The Ground Productions, on the installation, which took a mere one day, believe it or not. RCF product specialist Steven Cochran tuned and aligned the system using network controlled RDNET software. Additionally, knowing the volume that most bands who play the Whisky perform at, they added RCF’s TT45-CXA Active High-Output Stage Monitors to even out the stage volume. “The monitors are very in your face and punchy and they really allow the musicians to hear themselves better on stage, without having to crank the volume,” explains Ainsworth, who is usually FOH for Ultimate Jam Night. “The thing about those shows [Ultimate Jam Night] is that you never know what you’re going to get. Things can change completely from song to song, from a rotating cast of musicians to multiple genres to different types of instrumentation and the RCF system allows me to have continuity—I know what the system is going to put out, even if I don’t necessarily know what’s going to come off the stage.”

According to Oertell, one of the things they discovered, once the system was installed, was that the room now sounds like the room. “I think that’s one of the things that made the Whisky famous over the years,” he explains. “It’s a good sounding room, especially for rock bands. The room has a natural ambience to it and a great PA, like the RCF solution, just enhances that—it’s a no-brainer.”

Ainsworth says all of the engineers coming through the Whisky now are just completely blown away. “They’re all like, ‘Wow,’” he attests. “The room sounds amazing, and that’s what we strive for—it’s to have every engineer that comes through, walk away with a good feeling, knowing that it was a good time, a great show and that the PA sounded amazing—and it’s all due to RCF.”

On that note, Solangi became one such engineer who had the opportunity to mix on the system, a short while after the install, while on tour with Zebra. “The reason why I went out with them was because I wanted to mix them on the Whisky’s system. It was one thing to spec the system and do the installation, but it was another thing to come back in, a month and half later, and mix a band in that room. The RCF system was so clear with so much headroom that it was really a pleasure to mix there. It exceeded all of my expectations.”

Inside the Whisky a Go Go

Location: 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
Established: 1964
Line Array System: HDL 30-A, Active Two-Way Line Array Modules (8)
Subwoofers (under stage): SUB 9006 (6)
Floor Monitors: TT45 CXA (4)
Front Fills: HDL 6-A (3)
Side Fills (not shown): NX45 (2)
Audio Engineers: Ryan Ainsworth, Eddie Oertell, Leonard Contreras
System Designers: Tarik Solangi, Jim Reed
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Come and visit RCF at InfoComm, Orlando - June 12-14, Booth 6551

INFOCOMM Booth 6551 (Click here for the Map)

June 12 - 14 2019 ORLANDO, FL, USA 

RCF will highlight a vast range of new products at this year’s InfoComm. The new RCF product line features innovative solutions, design upgrades and exciting new advances in audio technology.  

The RCF M 20X Digital Mixer is a 20x14 channel fully recallable desktop mixing/recording console. Equipped with 11 motorized faders and 16 digitally controlled preamps, it comes in four models — the M 20X, M 20R, M 20XD, M 20 RD. Despite its dimensions, the M 20X packs a whole suite of capabilities built on the acclaimed M 18 mixing platform, such as high-profile preamplifiers and A/D converters, top of class DSP with studio-quality processing, WiFi remote control and a comprehensive set of multitrack recording and playback functions. The mixer offers a total of 20 analog inputs and 14 output mixes, between the balanced analog outputs and the AES/EBU digital output.

The new RCF Business Music Solutions series offers a complete, matched family of products, with full processing power, to enable the design of commercial audio systems for both background and foreground music. The integrated product suite has been conceived for applications requiring high-quality audio and flexible and scalable architecture, allowing distribution of different audio channels in different environments, each with their specific volume level and equalization needs. The series is made up of extremely compact DMA (Digital Mixing Amplifiers) and DPA (Digital Power Amplifiers). Fed by two channels amplifier modules, DMA and DPA drive either WMR (Wall Monitor speakers) or CMR (Ceiling Monitors), these 2-way speakers equipped with either 4”, 5” and 6” transducers, combined with 1” dome tweeter. Expanding the features further, and completing the set-up are the RC 401 Remote Control and BM 404 Paging Console. The Compact M Series speakers, with a range of passive high-quality speakers from 5” to 12” woofers, complete the family.

While RCF has continued to improve its flagship Touring & Theatre products, infusing them with RDNet and FiRPHASE as standard, it has also extended the range, notably with the three-product TTL 4-A series. The new series has been designed to deliver top-quality sound for highly demanding events, both indoors or outdoors, and for small to medium sized areas. Its design provides the audio engineer with the best tonal balance and intelligibility while offering different design options, both in horizontal and vertical arrangement. TTL 4-A (line array), TTW 4-A (wide dispersion) and TTP 4-A (point source) are equipped with 2 x 10” LF woofers and high performance 4.0" compression driver on a rotatable/swappable waveguide. The TTL 4-A waveguide is 100° x 25°, the TTW 4-A offers 100° x 50° dispersion and the TTP 4-A is 60° x 25°. All models are powered by 2 x 1600W Class D amplifiers.

RCF’s HDL Series has expanded with the launch of the HDL 28-A and the new flyable subs HDL 35-AS, HDL 36-AS, and HDL 38-AS. Adopting the same form factor as the HDL 10-A, the RCF HDL 28-A is a compact, active 2-way touring system for small and medium-sized events, offering high SPL with a built-in Class-D amplifier and RDNet management. Ultra lightweight and optimized for vocal applications, it is designed to exceed any performance in the double 10” range.

RCF will present a complete line of AYRA near-field studio monitors, which has been named the AYRA PRO Series, replacing the current AYRA Series. The new range includes four models — three 2-way speakers and one woofer, also equipped with new components. First seen at the recent NAMM Show in California, the full range PRO-5 (5”), PRO-6 (6”) and PRO-8 (8”) are joined by the PRO-10 SUB (10” subwoofer).

Follow RCF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and don't miss the opportunity to attend our product demos as shown below.

 

RCF AUDIO DEMO SCHEDULE 
Demo Room W230B (Click for the Map

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

 
DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO VISIT US

INFOCOMM Booth 6551 (Click here for the Map)

June 12 - 14 2019 ORLANDO, FL, USA 

For information please contact RCF USA Office:
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Visit RCF at MIR to discover all the latest innovations in professional audio. The RCF 2019 product line features exciting new products and technological improvements to existing lines, which include new HDL SYSTEM modules, M 20X Desktop Digital Mixer, AYRA PRO Studio Monitors, new TT+ speakers, firmware upgrades, new RDNet 3.1 software and more. 

Only a few steps away from the RCF Booth, the RCF Academy is a place to study, learn, understand and improve the knowledge of audio products and technologies. You’ll find a complete schedule of courses and tutorials - in italian language - below.

RCF’s HDL Series has expanded with the launch of the HDL 26-A and HDL 50-A 4K. Adopting the same form factor as the HDL 6-A, the RCF HDL 26-A is an ultra-compact, active 2-way touring system for small and medium-sized events, with 2,000W power and RDNet control. Ultra lightweight (at just 13.5kg), it is designed to exceed any performance in the double 6” range.

The HDL 50-A 4K is our most powerful HDL speaker to date — an active 3-way line array module suitable for all large events, indoors and out. Equipped with 2x12” woofers, 4x symmetrical 6.5” midrange horns and two 2” drivers, it is a genuine 4K system — offering high SPL with a built-in ultra-powerful Class-D amplifier.

RCF will present a new complete line of AYRA near-field studio monitors, which has been named the AYRA PRO SERIES, replacing the current AYRA SERIES. The new range includes four models—three 2-way speakers and one woofer, also equipped with new components. First seen at the recent NAMM Show in California and Prolight+Sound in Guangzhou, the full range PRO-5 (5”), PRO-6 (6”) and PRO-8 (8”) are joined by the PRO-10 SUB (10” subwoofer). 

The RCF M 20X Digital Mixer is a 20x14 channel fully recallable desktop mixing/recording console. Equipped with 11 motorized faders and 16 digitally controlled preamps, it comes in four models — the M 20X, M 20R, M 20XD, M 20 RD. Despite its dimensions, the M 20X packs a whole suite of capabilities built on the acclaimed M 18 mixing platform, such as high-profile preamplifiers and A/D converters, top of class DSP with studio-quality processing, WiFi remote control and a comprehensive set of multitrack recording and playback functions. The mixer offers a total of 20 analog inputs and 14 output mixes, between the balanced analog outputs and the AES/EBU digital output.

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO JOIN US!

MIR 2019 5-7 may, Rimini Fiera PAD A5C5 - Booth 029 - 005
Event
Thank you for visiting us at Prolight+Sound 2019 to discover all the latest innovations in professional audio. The RCF 2019 product line was featuring exciting new products and technological improvements to existing lines, including new HDL SYSTEM speakers, D-LINE speakers, new TT+ speakers and a new COMPACT M speakers line.
 
The show has been a great success as we had the chance to show to all visitors our new range of products on the booth as well as outside, during our daily demos.
 
RCF’s HDL Series has now expanded further with the launch of the HDL 26-A and HDL 50-A 4K. Adopting the same form factor as the HDL 6-A, the RCF HDL26-A is an ultra-compact bi-amped, active 2-way touring system for small and medium-sized events, with 2kW power and RDNet control. Ultra light-weight (at just 13.5kg), it is designed to exceed any performance in the double 6” range.
 
The HDL 50-A 4K is our most powerful HDL speaker yet — an active 3-way line array module suitable for all large events, indoors and out. Equipped with 2x12” woofers, 4x symmetrical 6.5” midrange horns and two 2” drivers, it is a genuine 4K system, offering high SPL with a built-in ultra-powerful Class-D amplifier.
 
 
 
Event
At a concert of the Queen tribute band "MerQury" in Merkers, Thuringia, the Line Array System HDL 30-A from RCF proved its quick and easy install and the delivery of perfect sound even under extreme conditions. Merkers Adventure Mines offers a whole range of special features. A former large bunker for potash salt at a depth of 500 metres serves as the "concert hall". With its hose-like shape (22 metres wide and 15-17 metres high), at a length of 250 metres and walls made of bare rock, this bunker truly holds some challenges for bands and sound managers. The worldwide touring band "MerQury" builds on a strong fan base and so the concert was sold out weeks before, and expectations were high. To master these challenges, PVS Jena, the event service provider in charge, used RCF's active 2-way line array system HDL 30-A, which PVS Jena recently added to its rental park. Other RCF components used were SUB 9007, SUB 9004, TT22-A Front Fills, TT052-A Lip Fills and 2x2 TT22-A in 2 delay lines. 

Jens Peterlein, Managing Director at PVS Jena, on the decision to use the RCF HDL 30-A in this unique location: "The HDL 30-A system provided us with excellent service at this special concert. Because of its compact design and low weight and size unusual in this range, the system fit perfectly for the occasion and the location. The installation times in Merkers are short, and the delivery through the pit is very complex and requires the most precise preliminary planning - 500m with the elevator and then 15 minutes by transporter underground to the event hall - every move must be considered. With RCF's software tool RDNet, including the prediction tool added to version 3.1, we could simulate the system very well in advance, configure it precisely and install it quickly, a further decisive advantage in live operation. 

The aim in installing the sound enforcement system was to keep the area behind the podium and the stage as quiet as possible and to limit the sound to 100 metres for the location and the audience - naturally considering the unique reflection characteristics of the large bunker. 2x 8 HDL 30-A modules (hanging) and 4x Sub 9007-A (side) 4x Sub 9004-A (centre) were working as the main PA. The subs were each placed in Cardioid mode and acoustics optimised using a pre-programmed preset. RCF TT22-A modules served as front fills, 2 TT052-A as near fills. While the band’s musicians played with an in-ear system, singer and frontman Johnny Zatylny preferred performing with two monitor boxes (TT25CXA) on stage. The PA’s setup was also perfect, and singer and band were thrilled by the audio on stage. 

At a distance of 30 and 60 m from the stage, 2x2 TT22-A multifunctional speakers working as delays provided a homogeneous sound even in the back rows. Reflections through the rear wall of the tunnel dug into the mountain, had to be reduced to the minimum. According to Peterlein, the tuning of the line arrays and subs with the delay modules was perfect. Even the last rows got the impression of the stage as the only sound source. "In fact, the audience in the back rows of this sold-out concert was right at the core of the action and caught fire immediately. That was very impressive", Peterlein adds. With RDNet software’s latest version, room temperature and humidity parameters can be adjusted individually. Therefore PVS Jena could adjust the system to the acoustic parameters and the venue’s changing room acoustics - throughout the event and in real time. 

PVS Jena has been active in the market for almost 30 years and offers a comprehensive portfolio of lighting, sound and stage technology. The team around owner Jens Peterlein decided on the HDL 30-A recently and plans to expand the line array system.
Installation
When 15 months ago Jaye Selway (of JSAV Ltd) installed an integrated AV system at the Original Bierkeller in the British city of Lincoln for the operators, Latenight Bars, she little expected that she would be returning to the City’s Silver Street to fit out the new Swampy Johns showbar next door with another RCF system. But that is precisely what has happened. 

Latenight Bars founder Paul Kinsey had wanted to pilot a new brand with a more diverse offering, including an American style showbar and live music. The entertainment space was well known to Lincoln’s clubbers, having previously traded as Status, Wahoo, and prior to that as Chicago Rock Café, where an RCF Monitor 5SW system had been installed. 

Selway, who says she only specifies RCF, would dearly have liked to install an RCF HDL line array but the positioning of the stage, and both the general and VIP areas were obstructed by structural pillars, while she was also battling with a varied ceiling height. Needing to mount a discreet speaker system, that would provide even coverage throughout the 450-capacity room, the answer lay in RCF’s Acustica C-series. “The benefits of the 90° x 60° dispersion and rotatable horns made them an ideal solution,” she said. “We were able to run them in horizontal mode and get the full 60° coverage.” 

The three flown C5215-96 Acustica 15” passive speakers, designed as an L/C/R system, will enable live musicians to wander the venue, minstrel style, on a Friday night and accommodate a full band set up on the Saturday. Swampy Johns will also host DJs and podium dancers.

The stage, already situated four metres behind the bar, has been augmented so it can function as a double size stage where necessary.
Installation
Since its inauguration in 1928, Ferrara’s Paolo Mazza Stadium has been home to SPAL, the town’s professional football club. Last year, the ground celebrated its 90th anniversary. A major refurbishment in 2018 doubled the crowd capacity and modernised the stadium’s technical systems. This included a comprehensive overhaul of the audio system, which now fulfills FIFA standards. The new PA system exclusively uses RCF systems and speakers. 

The ground’s new look is reminiscent of Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England, home to Everton FC. Like Goodison Park, the Paolo Mazza Stadium is located in the city’s centre. After a building phase lasting three months, the stadium offers capacity for 16,000 fans, double the capacity offered during the 2016/17 season. The refurbishment project included not only the pitch but the PA system, lighting, seating and stands. The West Stand, traditionally used by home fans, was extended and now features a new roof, as does the junction to the main stand. The East Stand was also extended.

All stands and club-level seating are now served by around 40 P 6215 Installed Sound series RCF speakers, driven by, among other equipment, extremely high-power 4-channel QPS 9600 amplifiers. Routing is handled by two DX 1616 matrix audio processors via a DANTE network. The control room houses a Touch7 unit, a 7” touchscreen by Xilica as well as an R44P, a 4x4-I/O Dante unit. The two main stands are each served by 10 P 6215 speakers, with the East and West Stands each using eight units of the same model. Another four P 6215 cover the pitch area. All installed loudspeakers are set up in pairs, with separate control available for each pair.

The amplifier system employs two control units, one for the South and East Stands and the other for the North and West Stands. Each control unit uses a DX 1616 audio processor and three 4-channel QPS 9600 power amplifiers. The two control units are connected via optical fibre cabling. Data transfer is accomplished using two separate VLAN networks: one handles the audio data using the DANTE protocol while the other transfers control data for system management and programming. The optical fibre cables run in a loop around the pitch, providing redundancy for the connection between the two control units. The system is controlled using a Touch7 touchscreen housed in the stadium’s control room which is connected to the two optical fibre cables. Audio signals destined for the amplifiers are routed to the DANTE network using the R44P.

Using the touchscreen, operators can independently raise or lower the volume of any sector covering the stands or pitch. The system also offers a number of Mute functions. These include full, stadium-wide Mute (for security reasons this function is also available via two voltage-free contacts on one of the control units), a number of Mute options for individual stadium sectors as well as muting for each speaker pair. If needed, speaker pairs located near the edge of the pitch can be muted without affecting the speakers serving the rest of the stand.

Developed by the RCF Engineering Support Group, the system was installed by Suono e Immagine (www.suonoeimmagine.it), with Ivan Franco Bottoni serving as project leader. RCF optimized the system for best possible performance and speech intelligibility, attaining outstanding Speech Transmission Index (STI) values.
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