Event
Thursday January the 17th the Kiev's Opera Ballet, one of the most important ballets worldwide, performed the "Sleeping Beauty" at the Valli Theatre in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Andrea Gabbi, Stage and Technical Director of Valli Theatre, with the cooperation of Luca Cattini and Fabio Festinese, chose the RCF's TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre to amplify the music of the important show, which was composed by Cajkovskij in 1899.
The system used for the show:
2 TT22-A high output 2 way speakers 2 TT25-Ahigh output 2 way speakers 2 TTS18-A subwoofers
Andrea Gabbi said: "the RCF system used for the show of the Kiev's Opera Ballet was the perfect solution for our needs. It provided a precise and deep sound with superb quality and definition. The speakers were also very compact, which is a very important feature in theatres, in order to don't disturb the audience's vision of the show."
All pictures were shot by the photographer Alfredo Anceschi
Installation
Swindon Borough Council last year saw fit to give the Wyvern Theatre a £1.3 million refurbishment of its auditorium.
Andrew Hill, director of the theatre, elaborates: "Initially we thought we would only be shut down for a short period of time so we tried to keep our programme of shows going. We built a temporary theatre in a local sports hall and relocated all our shows there. However, it soon became apparent that the shut down would go on longer than originally expected and relocating shows would become unsustainable. However, on the positive side, Swindon Borough Council agreed that it would be more expedient to upgrade much of our technical equipment and infrastructure, whilst the rest of the auditorium was being gutted".
To that end, Swindon Borough Council contracted the services of a long-term supplier to the Wyvern, Stage Electrics. The company designed, installed and supplied the entire technical infrastructure and new equipment for the venue. Simon Kenning, business development manager for Stage Electrics, says: "The brief was to ensure that the scheme be as cost-effective as possible for the client, whilst improving and supporting the theatre's diverse and multifunctional role. Budget-wise this was a challenge. Whilst the overall budget for the refurbishment was £1.3 million, the lighting, sound, communications and cinema package only accounted for 25% of that."
Stage Electrics worked in close association with architects Peter Case, Mark Rose and Steve Nicholls of Technical Services Group, and Swindon Commercial Services at Swindon Borough Council. As with much regional theatre, tight budgets and limited resources means the building has to be as flexible as possible in its offering: to that end, the Wyvern Theatre is not just a theatre. It's a cinema, a live music venue and a comedy club. Stage Electrics maximized this flexibility by specifying and installing Ethernet communications for both the sound and lighting networked systems.
Further expanding the flexibility of the system, Stage Electrics specified an RCF PA system, which comprises a central cluster of four Acustica C5212L 500W mid/high cabinets, and left and right hangs of two Acustica C5212L 500W mid/high cabinets a side, each with an Acustica S8028 subwoofer below. There are also four Acustica C5212W 500W mid/high speakers for delay in the auditorium.
Kenning says: "RCF produce a fantastic product in the Acustica series. The cabinets can easily cope with all formats of show, which The Wyvern has to manage on a weekly basis. The versatility of the cabinet ensures a crisp and clean sound, whatever the requirement and application."
Kenning worked in close association with Greg Oliver at RCF UK to design the optimum audio solution, taking into account the wide range of audio demands of the theatre and the budget. Everything from spoken voice to live music, playback to musicals - each has different demands and in isolation each will use a different kind of PA system set up in a particular way. All paging FOH and back stage is run from an RCF system, control of which is integrated in the stage manager's desk (manufactured by Stage Electrics) and various other sites around the building.
Kenning says: "RCF is one of only a few loudspeaker manufacturers worldwide which completely manufactures transducers, speaker systems and amplification and control electronics. There is a lot of black box product around these days; sadly most of them are still bits-in-a-box packages containing off-the-shelf drivers in a ply box. RCF's Acustica product range is designed and built by RCF, from the drivers to the rigging options, to be part of a complete installation solution."
Greg Oliver, technical sales consultant for RCF elaborates: "Simon contacted me with a brief for a multiple-use sound system, which covered panto to touring bands and everything in between. After the initial site visit it was clear that we needed a fairly compact. The Acustica series was chosen as it allows for easy installation but also can achieve the SPL levels required for the venue's multifarious uses. Once Stage Electrics had installed them, I spent a day with Simon at the theatre testing the system and setting up the delays, and with very little room equalisation necessary, the system was ready for use."
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Speakers
8 x Acustica C5212L 4 x Acustica C5215-W 2 x Acustica S8028 Subwoofer
Amplifiers
5 x HC2000 4 x HC3200
Processor
1 x DX4008
The show relay system comprises:
2 x PR4092 1U rack mount mixers 1 x PD1066 Zone switcher with 5 x BM3067 microphones. 1 x SA2095 Rack control unit 1 x Flexa modular amplifier system made up of 1 x MF6000 Frame, 1 x PS6640 PSU, 3 x UP6241 Amplifier. 1 x MS1033 Single CD-Tuner and USB MP3 player. Configured to allow show relay feeds to dressing rooms, BGM to foyer, and 2 zone paging to front of house and dressing rooms.
PL81A's in the foyer area
Corporate
RCF is pleased to announce that the new TT08 passive speaker is available.
The TT08 is a full range, extremely versatile two-way loudspeaker systems, offering substantial power and effi ciency for a variety of professional applications: theatre and touring markets as well as fi xed installations.
Baltic Birch plywood cabinet, high quality aluminum mechanical fi ttings, powder coated grilles, heavy duty epoxy paint fi nishes on cabinet structure ensure high resistance and durability. This passive model includes the LICC-Low Impedance Compensated Crossover that features markedly lower induction values in series with the woofer. The benefit is delay reduction, reduced phase shift and superior transient response. For a superior power handling high power, aluminium case, resistors are used in the crossover network. Dynamic high-frequency driver protection is accomplished with the RCF exclusive - Active Mosfet Compression Driver Protection System, chosen to complement the power curve of the driver.
The high-frequency section is a constant directivity CMD horn designed mathematically for Constant Matching Design in relation to the woofer system, loaded to a 1.0" RCF Precision Neodymium compression driver with a 1.50" diaphragm assembly for smooth, wide dispersion. The low-frequency transducer is a 8" RCF Precision Neodymium woofer with a 2.5" voice coil.
Installation
Stage Electrics have recently completed the installation of a new sound system at the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in South London. BAC, which is at present home to one of London's most critically acclaimed shows, "The Masque of the Red Death" is providing the new sound system with a stringent test. For this production, the whole of the building is used, as Metro magazine described it "Punchdrunk's transformation of the labyrinthine BAC into an extraordinary warren of velvety interiors and glamorous decadence"
BAC's technical manager Luke Girling takes up the story "The performance is driven by the soundtrack, so the development of the sound within the show has been our real goal. We were aiming at a sound as comprehensive and high quality as possible, that was the real challenge" Girling continued, "The RCF system is a massive move forward, we benefited on having the time to work with Greg Oliver (RCF) on finding the right solution for the space available, as a result this is by far the best sounding show we've put on" The show runs for about three hours, with the finale taking place in the grand hall, where they have a live band and DJ's. All the music both live and recorded is played through the Acustica speakers. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the performance is extended into the early hours, with several bands playing. Ben Noble of Stage Electrics "Punchdrunk required a system that could provide an intense atmospherical environment for soundscapes, but also be able to handle live bands and singers. RCF's Acustica range of loudspeakers gave us the right balance in this intricate space." Summing up Felix Barratt, Artistic Director of Punchdrunk said "The point was to get away from the safety and staidness of so much theatre. Normally, you sit back in your red seat, the lights go down and you see the show. We wanted to shake things up - to make the audience the epicentre, to let them shape their experience within what we create". It would appear that Stage Electrics use of Acustica has gone along way to helping achieving their goals.
FOYER SPACE 1 x ART705AS Subwoofer 6 x Acustica C3108's powered by an EP 5004 amplifier 2 x Acustica C3110's powered by an ED1100 amplifier
GRAND HALL 6 x Acustica C5212L's 2 powered by HC2000 amplifier 2 x ACUSTICA S8018 Passive Subwoofers powered by an HC3200 amplifier 1 x RCFART705AS (extra bass)
Event
Polygone Equipment has choosen the TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre system for the concert that the Lille’s National Orchestra with the Régional nord/Pas-de-calais Choire held in the wounderful Place d’Armes in Valenciennes, France.
16 TTL33-A Line Array Module with 6 TTS28-A subwoofers were used as the main system. 8 TTL33-A Line Array modules were also used as delay system.
Because of the size and the complexity of the event – in order to amplify the symphonic orchestra and the 147 elements of the choir 128 microphone channels and 3 mixing consoles were used – Polygone asked RCF to provide technical support on spot.
Mr. Emanuele Morlini, TT+ Product Specialist, went in Valenciennes and was responsible for the P.A. Management and for the set up of the system. The TT+ system worked perfectly and delivered an uniform sound in all the square surface.
Event
RCF recently held an Open Day at the City of Manchester Stadium. The event, which was held in conjunction with Audex 07, gave RCF the opportunity to show off and demonstrate many of their key speaker systems as well as a selection of commercial audio products.
Speaking about the open day, Phil Price said, "Today we have had he opportunity of displaying and demonstrating the new Digital Art Speakers, Acustica and most of the TT+ range. Although we are constantly demonstrating speakers all over the country, people have had an opportunity to hear them in a much larger environment". Price continued "In addition we held an exhibition of our major Commercial Audio Products including working demonstrations of our Flexa Modular Amplifier System, Forum Congress Systems, Monitor Q Speaker Systems". During the day Michele Begotti of RCF SpA's PA Systems Department gave an interesting preview presentation of our forthcoming new Digital PA/VA System 'DXT' Over 40 delegates attended the event to gain more hands on experience with RCF Audio Systems.
Corporate
RCF is pleased to announce that the new passive version of the TT 22 and TT 25 speakers of the TT+ High Definition Touring and Theatre line are shipping now.
The TT22 and the TT25 are full range, extremely versatile two-way loudspeakers systems offering substantial power and efficiency for a variety of professional applications: theatre and touring markets as well as fixed installations. Baltic Birch plywood cabinets, high quality steel mechanical fittings, aluminium die cast handles, powder coated grilles, heavy duty epoxy paint finishes on cabinet structure ensure high resistance and durability.
Both models include the LICC-Low Impedance Compensated Crossover that features markedly lower induction values in series with the woofer. The benefit is delay reduction, reduced phase shift and superior transient response. For a superior power handling high power, aluminium case, resistors are used in the crossover network. Dynamic high-frequency driver protection is accomplished with the RCF exclusive - Active Mosfet Compression Driver Protection System, chosen to complement the power curve of the driver.
TT22
The high-frequency section is a constant directivity CMD horn designed mathematically for Constant Matching Design in relation to the woofer system, loaded to a 1.5" RCF Precision Neodymium compression driver with a 3.00" diaphragm assembly for smooth, wide dispersion. The low-frequency transducer is a 12" RCF Precision Neodymium woofer with a 4" voice coil.
The crossover is easily bypassed for bi-amp via a recessed changeover switch.
TT25
The high frequency section is a constant directivity CMD horn designed mathematically for Constant Matching Design in relation to the woofer system, loaded to a 1.5" RCF Precision Neodymium compression driver with a 3.00" diaphragmassembly for smooth, controlled dispersion. The low-frequency transducer is a 15" RCF Precision Neodymium woofer with a 4" voice coil. The crossover is easily bypassed for bi-amp via a recessed changeover switch.
Corporate
RCF UK are holding a specialist customer Open Day in which will be shown and demonstrated many of the major Professional Audio and Commercial Audio Sound Systems. On 'active' demonstration will be the highly acclaimed TT + High Definition Touring & Theatre Series of Professional Active Speaker Systems and it will be demonstrated examples from the RCF Acustica Compact Series of Professional Speaker Systems. Many new Commercial PA Products will be on show including:
- the Totally New RCF 'DXT' Digital Matrix Control System;
- the new Forum Digital Conference System;
- the new MonitorQ Series Installation Speakers;
- the RCF FLEXA Modular PA System;
- RCF Acustica P Series IP66 Weatherproof Speakers;
- a representation of many of our popular PA and Speaker Products.
Engineers from RCF's Research and Development team will be on hand to discuss and assist with technical questions. Plus will be running some product training and familiarisation seminars throughout the day.
For further information please visit: http://www.rcfaudio.co.uk/
Corporate
RCF is pleased to announce its new commercial partnership with Leifull Enterprise (Hong Kong) CO. LTD. in China. RCF is pleased to announce its new commercial partnership with Leifull Enterprise (Hong Kong) CO. LTD. in China. Leifull is a leading company which specialising in the lighting and sound industry and boasts over ten years of progressive development. Although its headquarters are in Hong Kong, the company has branches in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing in Mainland China. One of Leifull strong points is its ability to provide its clients with design consultation, installation and debugging, as well as after-sale services. During their recent visit to RCF in Italy, Mr Zhou and Mr Huang were able to listen to RCF products in the company's demo room and also to meet the RCF's team. Mr Zhou, Leifull's Chairman of the Board, commented: "it's a pleasure for us to have the chance to distribute such a well known Italian brand throughout China". "This is a very important step of our strategic course" adds Federico Lugli, RCF's Asia-Pacific Sales Manager " with this partnership we'll be able to give an even quicker and better service to our customers in China". Leifull is a leading company which specialising in the lighting and sound industry and boasts over ten years of progressive development. Although its headquarters are in Hong Kong, the company has branches in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing in Mainland China.
One of Leifull strong points is its ability to provide its clients with design consultation, installation and debugging, as well as after-sale services.
During their recent visit to RCF in Italy, Mr Zhou and Mr Huang were able to listen to RCF products in the company's demo room and also to meet the RCF's team. Mr Zhou, Leifull's Chairman of the Board, commented: "it's a pleasure for us to have the chance to distribute such a well known Italian brand throughout China".
"This is a very important step of our strategic course" adds Federico Lugli, RCF's Asia-Pacific Sales Manager " with this partnership we'll be able to give an even quicker and better service to our customers in China".
Installation
The Largest Forum installation in the UK Lincoln County Council, UK
In the largest installation to date of the RCF Forum 9000 system in the UK, specialists in local authority contracting, Sound Advice have completely renovated the media and communications systems of Lincolnshire County Council at their offices in Lincoln. Because of the County Councils location (Some councillors have to travel up three hours to attend meetings) they have turned to web streaming technologies. It is now possible for people to observe goings on in the Chamber over the internet. The solution was provided by Sound Advice under the leadership of Jon Hunnisett and in partnership with web casting specialists Public-i and RCF UK, who provided the conferencing equipment and software support. "Our initial one-line brief from the client was that the system had to do everything invisibly," explained Jon Hunnisett.
Lincolnshire had actually been a candidate for an AV systems upgrade for some time. According to IT manager and project co-ordinator Dave Walker of HBS, the Council's facilities management company, the previous system used in the Council Chamber was an analogue system installed in the 1980's. Demonstrations of various possibilities were carried out, and installation commenced in the spring of a completely new congress, sound reinforcement, presentation and camera system. The heart of the Council Chamber is now RCF's new Forum 9000 digital conference system. Jon Hunnisett explained what he sees as the main strengths of the system: "Firstly, it has excellent sound quality, which was very important to the client." That's something that the Councillors themselves have already commented on as being a real plus, according to Dave Walker. The second bonus is one of flexibility. Hunnisett again: "The system has so much functionality that can simply be unlocked with further software purchases. This means that the customer doesn't need to worry too much about what feature they should buy, and whether they can afford them at once. They can get on, buy the hardware and upgrade their solution later on without having to rebuild the system." RCF ultimately supplied a total of 117 delegate units for the Council Chamber, along with the FMU 9100 central control unit, one of its VM 9844 audio / video matrix switchers and three FDC9900 dome cameras. The three cameras are located discretely in the roof of the Council Chamber, and positioned to cover the whole room. The camera feeds are switched by the RCF FVM matrix unit and then pass into a Kramer matrix switcher, which delivers to the streaming hardware. Audio inputs are treated likewise.
Since the installation, the Council has asked for an alteration to the Forum software to better suit its needs. They want to be able to alter the 'waiting to speak' queue, and also would like a second screen for the chairman showing just a schematic overview of the Council chamber that would allow them to invite delegates to speak automatically. Jon Hunnisett: "RCF have been absolutely wonderful about this. They have done a software modification, which is now fully currently up and running in the installation. It's really intuitive, something that isn't always true of conference software." Dave Walker from HBS is very pleased with the installation, he concluded "The engineers from Sound Advice are amongst the most professional I've worked with, they did an excellent job."
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