The newly opened Plaza Bar in Zagreb, Croatia is a lounge bar were modern art and fancy decoration create a beautiful environment implemented with the latest technology of audio and video.
Music is an important part of the concept of Plaza Bar and therefore extremely important is to have a sound system that works perfectly in the early evening hours when music should be more in the background and later to be played at a higher level.
The installation is a combination of 24 ceiling speakers and 4 pcs RCF TT22A that are ceiling mounted. 2 pcs RCF 4PRO 8001AS subwoofers are placed on the floor build in a special wooden cabinet to match the decoration of the lounge area.
RCF AM 1122-N integrated amplifier together with 4 individual amps are driving the system installation.
Croatian RCF distributor Oktava realised the project of the Plaza Bar in collaboration with Dacco. It was a perfect match of two companies to do the Plaza Bar installation. Dacco is distributor of exclusive high-end hifi and installations products and Oktava is distributor of Pro Audio equipment.
Together they created a very high-class installation.
“It was a pleasure to do the installation in the Plaza Bar. The concept is to maintain a high level of visual impression based on the choice of furniture, decoration and fulfils the lounge concept and also at the same time to invest in a quality sound system that can deliver a high standard”, says Nino - Oktava
So check out the Plaza Bar in the city centre of Zagreb.
TNM Projects, one of the RCF commercial audio installation partners in Greece has recently installed a RCF Forum 6000 System at the ASEP Supreme Council for Personnel Selection in Athens.
With many years of experience with turnkey solutions TNM Projects is very keen on supplying high quality equipment for all kind of installations.
The ASEP Supreme Council installation is based on the RCF Forum 6000 system that consists of: DMU6100 central unit, a chairman console and several delegate units.
TNM Projects did the installation and fine tuning of the conference system at the Plenum Room.
The RCF Forum 6000 System has been designed to manage conference, debates, president desks in auditoriums/conventions and meetings, offering outstanding versatility. The system is simple and quick to wire, to set-up and to use and includes operative functions and modes that are usually available only in more complex products.
Forum 6000 System is designed according to IEC 60914 standard.
The RCF TTL55-A was the only European manufacturer nominated in the category "Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology" at the 26th Annual TEC Award.
TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.
Founded in 1985 the American Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program in the audio industry. The TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.
The TTL55-A is a high power, three way, active line array module engineered to deliver an incredible output for use in indoor or outdoor large spaces. The system is designed to be easily scalable from few modules for medium and small theatres to full size arrays for very large outdoor stadia and public spaces.
The three new designs for the six neodymium transducers that power the system represent the result of many years dedicated in pioneering new solutions using the best materials available on the market. The integration of the 3500 W four channel digital amplification and the advanced digital processing set a new standard for distortion, noise and thermal efficiency.
RCF has created a new PR & Strategic Marketing job function within the company and has appointed Kenneth Bremer to fulfil this role, starting from January 2011.
Kenneth Bremer will work closely with the marketing team, to keep brand ing RCF internationally, developing marketing strategies and to keep relationship with all relevant medias and to support customers providing them fast product information, and suggestions to invest in professional audio equipment. Furthermore Kenneth Bremer will define the company PR strategy and work closely with our branches .
The Strategic Marketing role will also support the Sales Division and Research & Development department. Marketing has become more and more strategically important and it is essential to supply all our distributors with the right marketing and sales tools to be competitive in their local market segments. Hence Kenneth Bremer will work closely within the different team members to help improving our communication.
RCF will benefit from this new role, because the company will always be up to date with the fast moving market trends having the right information about what products are most needed in the market, how to address the distribution network, and it will develop an even stronger business relation with our customers .
Kenneth Bremer has a strong business experience and a huge network in the professional audio industry he has been working in this sector for more than 25 years, from retail, distribution and international work. He has implemented some strong sales and marketing efforts, and always delivers a professional job. Kenneth Bremer is a very dedicated and respected person; he is always full of ideas and solutions and forward driven We are very pleased to welcome him in our team.
Kenneth will be mainly based in RCF headquarters in Italy, you can reach him on this email address:
The William Street Bird Bar opened its doors recently in Perth's bustling Northbridge. The venue is a modest size and is run alongside a recording studio by owner Mike O'Hanlon. With a genuine passion for audio and music, Mike decided the venue required the attention of an expert who could get the best result out of it. George Nikoloudis was hired to analyse and implement suitable gear into the Bird. As Mike notes, "George was the key guy in selecting and installing gear. George is a local legend, live/studio engineer. He's got a real feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the analogue and digital realms and it's obvious that his main agenda lies in the venue sounding good."
RCF found its way into the Bird with some products of the professional range. "For fold back, we use ART powered wedges hung up high, basically hanging off the back of the FOH speakers as well as two 'floaters' that we place around the stage as they are needed." Overall Mike is very happy with George’s work and the outcome, "it’s worth spending that bit of time/money on audio gear, people notice good sound, even if it’s subliminal.”
Tonic Bar & Restaurant is one of the places that sports fan from all over the world are visiting.
With the location at the Times Square, the most commercial intersection in the world, you are at the best spot in the world.
The impression you get of this multilevel bar is unbelievable. At the first floor there is 25 large Plasma & LCD TV’s and a large marble top bar. The second floor is a restaurant with a full international menu. At the Tonic Bar facility there are also private bars to special events. The Tonic Bar complex is where “evening & nightlife” is happening at the Times Square.
Recently the Tonic Bar installed new sound systems and the company Foundation Audio did the installation with several RCF products.
Justin Shafran from Foundation Audio tells about the speaker installation: At the second floor we flew the 4 H1315 in the four corners of the room. 30 degree tilt down to optimize the throw distance of the speakers with the length of the room. We added 2 S8028 side by side to one side of the room dedicated to the dance area and 1 S8028 to the other to add some extra low frequencies to the bar area. 

At the first we flew 2 C5215L at each sides of the room for side fill and the last 5 C5215 on U Brackets on the wall facing the bar at a 45 degree down angle. The Wall speakers are 8.5' off the floor and the 2 flown C5215 are 9.5 feet from the floor. The ART 410A is being used as a DJ monitor.

Where audio and video excellence is second to none is the “motto” of Foundation Audio, and if you visit the Tonic Bar at Times Square, and listening to the RCF speakers in action, you will experience this.
Impianti professionali, cachet concordati, programmazione artistica di qualità: così il Live Forum di Assago è diventato un esempio per chi fa musica dal vivo.
Non si può steccare in un locale che propone musica dal vivo. Sarebbe paradossale. Alcuni elementi, artistici e tecnici, possono trasformare una serata anonima in una notte da applausi. Volete qualche esempio? Un palco resistente all’onda d’urto degli artisti e del pubblico; un impianto audio a prova di effetto Larsen (quei fastidiosissimi “fischi”); un sistema di luci che illumini bene la scena, ma che al contempo non surriscaldi i musicisti; una selezione artistica accurata. Ne parliamo con Paolo Marrone, direttore artistico del Live Forum, locale all’interno del Mediolanum Forum di Assago, luogo che da vent’anni è una delle tappe obbligate dei grandi tour musicali in Italia. Il locale, aperto da un anno, si sviluppa su uno spazio di 600 mq di cui cinquanta occupati dal palco, con una capienza di circa 450 persone. Parafrasando lo slogan del suo sponsor, quello del Live Forum è uno spazio costruito intorno al suo direttore artistico. «Da anni suono e conosco i problemi. Spie che strillano, palchi con assi traballanti, illuminazione inadeguata, mancanza di camerini, tecnici del suono dilettanti. Tutti fattori che incidono sia sulla performance sia sulla soddisfazione del pubblico. Quando i “suoni” sono sbagliati, i cachet inadeguati e non c’è un minimo di backline (la strumentazione base del locale), ne risentono sia gli artisti sia l’immagine stessa del locale».
In un Paese in cui i locali con musica live sono ormai mosche bianche, le parole di Marrone sono da sottoscrivere. Molti locali di musica dal vivo andrebbero ripensati. A cominciare dalla parte tecnica. Nel locale di Assago, alle porte di Milano, si sono affidati a tecnici del suono che hanno curato vari dettagli. Dallo studio e montaggio delle apparecchiature per la riproduzione del suono (microfoni, amplificatori, equalizzatori, diffusori) alla collocazione di microfoni e altoparlanti. Il sistema audio principale, a marchio Rcf, è composto da due sistemi da tre amplificatori ciascuno, quattro subwoofer, sei casse spia per il monitoraggio di palco. In pratica una potenza di fuoco da 7.000 watt gestita, per mezzo di un mixer digitale da live, da un tecnico del suono professionista. Per le luci la scelta è ricaduta sui fari a led, che garantiscono almeno tre vantaggi. Intanto, il risparmio energetico, poi un tipo d’illuminazione bivalente (convenzionale e decorativa) e, da ultimo ma non per importanza, non fanno sudare chi sta sul palco. Per surriscaldare l’atmosfera ci sono altri congegni: macchine del fumo, teste mobili e laser. Il palco, oltre ad essere robusto come la norma prevede, è rivestito da una bella moquette, nera e ignifuga. Una soluzione per evitare incendi, scivoloni e batterie che scappano da sotto il batterista. «Sono convinto che per dare il massimo l’artista debba sentirsi al sicuro in ogni momento. Per esempio non ritenevo decoroso, come succede altrove, il fatto di costringere i musicisti a cambiarsi in bagno. Dietro le quinte abbiamo un doppio camerino dove gli artisti possano rilassarsi e studiare gli ultimi dettagli, prima dello spettacolo. Lo stesso vale per il backline. Mettiamo a disposizione, oltre a microfoni di qualità, una batteria e vari amplificatori per chitarra». Dalla parte tecnica, passiamo a un altro fattore determinante: la selezione dei performer. Dal Live Forum passano soprattutto artisti della scena indie rock. Un’idea strategica. «C’era una forte domanda del pubblico, ma non c’erano i locali per ospitare questo genere. Abbiamo preferito evitare le scelte comode. Tribute e cover band sono scorciatoie troppo facili. Non vogliamo gruppi juke-box, che propongono scalette da karaoke». Quella di Marrone è una scelta di campo che ha portato buoni frutti. In un anno d’attività ha messo in piedi 200 eventi con 65 serate di musica live, in cartellone dal giovedì al sabato. Sul palco si sono alternati artisti di grande valore della scena indipendente, dai The Fire alla Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, passando da personaggi unici come Bob Log III, un “one man band” che si esibisce con un casco integrale in testa e canta attraverso una cornetta del telefono. Ovviamente non tutte le serate riescono col buco. Ci sono notti in cui la pista sembra una landa desolata. Ma è un prezzo che si paga quando si vuole proporre qualità. «Di volta in volta cerchiamo di prendere accordi economici con gli artisti, o con le agenzie che li rappresentano. In alcuni casi prevediamo un cachet fisso, e se la serata va bene, aggiungiamo un bonus. In altri casi concordiamo un compenso definito.
Dipende dalla situazione. Gli accordi si prendono sempre prima del concerto. Per questo preferisco incontrare gli artisti di persona». E giura di non aver mai chiesto “quanta gente mi portate?”, perché la considera una pratica avvilente, quanto troppo diffusa. Lo dice, prima che da direttore artistico, da musicista. Adotta la stessa filosofia anche nei rapporti con pittori, fotografi e scultori. Perché il locale di Assago si propone anche come spazio per l’arte, ospitando in una zona, collegata ma separata dalla zona palco, nuovi talenti. Come in occasione del Think Tank, music & art festival. Cinque giornate, in programma tra ottobre e dicembre, in cui si sono esibiti e si esibiranno oltre un centinaio di virtuosi di chitarre e pennelli.
Eyewear giant OPSM (Luxottica overseas) recently opened the first of a series of concept stores in Melbourne's Hawthorn. The venue, shaped like a giant eyeball is laden with cameras and touch screens allowing customers to try on sunglasses and take photos of themselves.
Prolight and Sound fitted the venue and lead designer Jonathan Sinclair decided that using RCF speakers was a winning solution.
RCF MQ 50 and RCF PL60 ceiling speakers were mounted throughout the store and the main body of the retainer space was fitted with suspended RCF MQ 60 speakers.
OPSM were delighted with the results as the venue sound great and the speakers are not intrusive to the architecture of the space.
This is the first of several OPSM concept stores to be rolled out throughout Australia.
When it came to equipping the new building for the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in Riyadh City, the winning combination was RCF, with over 60 years’ experience in audio systems design, and KHALDI EST, who themselves boast 40 years of operation in the field of auditorium AV and low-current systems. The two leading companies have been working together for the past seven years in many successful projects.
The MOHE building is considered to be one of the major projects in the new era development in Saudi Arabia. KHALDI EST specialises in delivering turnkey projects and, as the new MOHE building requirements called for cutting edge technology, the latest products from RCF were specified. The Ministry auditorium was designed to seat 850 people, and, part of the A/V system design, was to link the main auditorium with the Ministerial office (and other meeting rooms) within the building facility via LAN — plus the possibility to communicate via internet broadband with other remote locations.
The acoustic sound calculation and measurements were based on the latest RCF L2406 full range, highly intelligible, compact two-way speaker column arrays, with vertical controlled directivity. Designed for speech and music reproduction, L 2406 is suited for a variety of fixed applications where the critical acoustical environment or architectural constraints requires controlling the vertical acoustic dispersion.
Handling the low end extension is a S4012 subwoofer, with system optimization provided by an RCF DX4008 4-in/8 out digital loudspeaker management system. Supplying the power are RCF’s HC2000 2x 1000W Class H amplifier and HC1600 2 x 800W Class H amplifiers.
KHALDI EST also installed the latest RCF FORUM 2000 simultaneous translation system, with four-language set up and 200 delegate units. Included in this system were the STU2200 digital radio transmitting unit, FMU 9100 central unit conferencing system, SIS2411X interpreter console, SHI2612 interpreter headphones, SDR2599 100-channel simultaneous translation pocket receiver, SRH2601 stethoscope headphones and other accessories.
“We have been specifying RCF components from the moment we started our business co-operation, and for this installation, which required high speech intelligibility and simultaneous translation, RCF had perfectly matched components,” stated installation project team leader (and executive manager), Engr. Amer Alkhaldi, who was assisted by project manager, Dr. Engr. Mohammad Fouad. “We highly recommend RCF components to clients on all applications, whether small, medium or large.” In fact the latest project to adopt RCF is the newly-approved King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh.
5000 units of TTL33-A line arrayWhen RCF revealed the news of the TTL33-A compact 3 way line array model from RCF, it was extremely well accepted from the industry. It quickly became the “mini array that sounds bigger - even in a compact design”
Since the introduction the TTL33-A has been used in lots of applications from local live events to touring and several fixed installations. Professional users, such as rental companies have several times mentioned the TTL33-A as a very powerful tool and highlighting features, such as: Superb compact size, the sound quality, the weight and the ease of configuration and setting up a system.
With the technical features, the design and flexibility of the product, the TTL33-A is popular and has a demand from the end-users, and this has given the product its own award, namely the unit No 5000 is supplied, and this is a milestone for this model.
“With 5000 units working in professional applications world wide is a great step for our TT+ segment. We have been listening a lot to the market segment when we designed the “mini array”, and it looks like the we have targeted the TTL33-A at the right position, when we look at how popular it is, and to see that it still is gaining its position in the market”, says Alessandro Manini - Director of Research and Development
The TTL33-A model comes from the series of Touring and Theatre product segment from RCF designed to match the needs for audio professionals. In this segment RCF are one of the major players worldwide with a range of speaker systems combined with dedicated processing and amplification technologies that are superior in acoustic performance and control technology.
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