Installation
The new Bowl’n’Lounge entertainment complex has been opened by Lott Casinos GmbH in the German town of Niederzier.
The venue has been divided into four main zones, comprising a la carte and self-service restaurants, a bowling and separate billiard area — all equipped with RCF sound systems. The highlight of the operation is the broad way it caters for individuals, with sports, events, conferences, birthdays or any other types of party, organised by the staff — and all require a first class sound system. 

Seeking a system integrator with experience in this sector, Lott Casinos appointed Raum+Schall. The AV specialists have provided an RCF solution in many bowling centres in the past.
“The decision was easy,” said Lott Casinos’ Christine Switula. “In conjunction with others, RCF had already won the Sinus [System Integration] Award Entertainment in 2009 for a Bowling Centre — and we trust the judgment of Markus Lienhart, Raum+Schall’s project planner.
“The quality of the sound was paramount — but the high quality of the components was of equal importance. For us it was important to have a manufacturer who builds all parts of the speaker system.” It was also important, though not essential, that the loudspeaker enclosures had a low visual footprint and blended well into the surroundings.
The main sound reinforcement system comprises 10 x 4Pro 1031 (800W peak) in the bowling lanes as well as bar/restaurant, with and a pair of SUB705-AS II compact 15” active sub beefing up the sub frequencies in the bowling area.
The RCF system can handle a number of source feeds — from disco music, to vocal mic, TV and presentations in the meeting rooms — while the installers have provided plug-in points for other portable devices, giving the operation further flexibility.
In addition to the 4Pro series, Bowl’n’Lounge are using 12 of the compact and easily mountable RCF MQ50 — with four speakers in each of the three meeting rooms. “The challenge here was to be able to steer the signals when the three rooms are combined into one space,” said Ms Switula.
Two separate outdoor areas are also equipped with RCF — this time the high intelligibility Monitor MR44T — with four in each area. As they are mounted under a roof, no additional weatherization was required.
The installation also needed to be EN54 compliant and RCF’s DXT7000 emergency voice evacuation system with paging mic. — and 68 additional PL68EN ceiling speakers, featuring a flameproof steel bottom, have been installed for this purpose. These supplement the main PA and can be found in all rooms where no PA has been installed.
“We believe this new sound system will meet all our requirements, and are delighted with the result,” said Christine Switula in conclusion.
Corporate
RCF partner, Nitelites, has become the first UK company to acquire RCF’s flagship TTL55-A active PA system, having invested in a complete arena/festival sized system.
This will not only give the sound and lighting specialists the capacity to provide sound coverage of the largest festival sites but at the same time provide them with a number of scalable options for smaller events.
The consignment of 144 premium RCF cabinets includes 56 TTL55-A high-power three-way enclosures, 24 x TTS56-A 2 x 21” subs and 24 x TTS36-A 2 x18” subs. In addition, a further 24 of the smaller TTL33-A will be used as downfill boxes at the bottom of each hang, as well as infill duties, while 16 TTL36-AS will provide further LF extension, boosting the dynamic range of the flown arrays
Aside from the speakers themselves, Nitelites director Andy Magee confirms that the purchase was equally driven by the relationship the company has traditionally enjoyed with the Italian manufacturer, and its north of England-based technical manager and live touring specialist Mick Butler, and the roadmap RCF has set out for further development of its advanced electronic platform.
“We strongly believe in the product and in the company — and this is the reason we have been involved with them for so long,” he said.
Already familiar with the smaller TTL33-A, which they run in their hire fleet, Nitelites first had the opportunity to evaluate the ‘big brother’ in a real world situation, when in the Spring of 2013 they were asked to provide production support at the Royal Albert Hall for Italian superstar, Luciano Ligabue. “This gave us the opportunity to see how good the system was, and how powerful it could be with its onboard DSP.
“We started to think hard about our own rental infrastructure and knew that this would open up a new revenue stream by enabling us to present the market with a premium system at a really attractive price point.
We could also see the ongoing technology developments with their advanced RD Net control platform, and the scope for further electronic enhancement and software development by RCF’s R&D team. We were also impressed with the time RCF engineers had spent tuning their reverse cardioid setting so we can decrease energy irradiated to the rear of the stage and steer the energy better. So this is very much an investment in the future.”
Nitelites’ first port of call on taking delivery was the Sage Gateshead, close to their Newcastle-upon-Tyne base, where they already have RCF’s HDL20-A line array installed — and they took the opportunity to rig and dry run the new system.
They then set about organising a high profile launch to production managers and FOH engineers at the new Production Park in Wakefield, where they have previously undertaken full production rehearsals for touring accounts such as Frank Turner and Ben Howard.
“When we discovered they were planning a similar expansion the timing couldn't have been better,” continued Andy Magee. “Between us we have formed something of a northern powerhouse, and we look forward to presenting a three day system launch from March 1-3.”
In fact Production Park’s new £2.5m phase one development incorporates a cluster of live event production resources spanning over 300,000 sq ft and five LS-Live rehearsal offices, three of which are mega-sized spaces. The new TTL55-A will be rigged in Studio 001.
States Adam ‘Bullet’ Bettley, Studio & hire Operations Manager at LS-Live, “When Nitelites approached me about hosting their RCF demo days I could see straight away what a brilliant opportunity it was for both of us. Production Park is all about bringing the best in the events industry together so it’s a perfect fit.
“At the same time, with 17,500 sq. feet of space, LS-Live’s Studio 001 is the perfect location for the Nitelites guys to really show off what the amazing TTL55-A system can do in an arena. In fact, having studied music tech at uni, I’m really hoping that I might get a chance to play with it myself.”
In conclusion, Andy Magee states, “We have a great dialogue with RCF and they are always prepared to listen to suggestions. We have backed the TTL55-A with national arena touring in mind, and look forward the challenge of building the brand further in the live sector. In fact I can see very few occasions where this won't deliver.
And Mick Butler adds, “We are delighted not only that Nitelites has made this commitment, but also to have been part of their success story over the years, as they have developed into a top line sound and lighting rental company.”
Left to right: Andy Magee, Mick Butler (RCF), Jamie Moore. Photo credits: Alex Alevroyiannis
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RCF will be hosting some special events during NAMM 2016, in order to present the company’s recent achievements in pro audio R&D.
JOIN US for our product demo at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Friday night, and you’ll have the chance to hear RCF's HDL50-A ultra-powerful line array for large events, following the success of HDL20-A, and TTL6-A line source – the latest addition to RCF’s top-of-the-range Touring and Theatre Series.
Please e-mail RCFHDL50@gmail.com for invitation and additional information.
FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY 6 - 8 pm : HDL50-A presentation 8 - 11 pm : TTL6-A presentation @ Phoenix Club, 1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA
Let’s make it loud!
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HDL50-A ACTIVE THREE-WAY LINE ARRAY MODULE The HDL50-A is an active three-way line array module for large events, indoors and outdoors. Equipped with 2x12” woofers, 4x symmetrical 6.5” midranges and two 2” drivers, it offers excellent playback quality and high sound pressure levels with a built in 4400W powerful digital amplifier. Using advanced neodymium magnets and a groundbreaking new housing constructed from lightweight plywood and polypropylene, it has a remarkably low weight.
TTL6-A ACTIVE THREE-WAY LINE ARRAY MODULE The TTL6-A is a high power, three-way, active line source engineered to deliver high fidelity output for use indoors and outdoors, for medium to large spaces. TTL 6-A provides all the advantages of line array technology, such as high direct sound, increased range and a uniform level distribution, with additional ease of use. It is the preferred sound set-up for stacked systems and when a wider dispersion is required. The 3-way TTL6-A line source is equipped with 2 x 12” low frequencies woofers, 4 x 6.5” midranges and a 3.0” voice coil compression driver with wave-guide for distinctive homogenous directivity. The integration of four channels of digital amplification and the advanced digital processing set a new standard for distortion, noise and thermal efficiency.
Installation
The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, recently inaugurated at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the largest and most spectacular places of worship in the world.
This architectural work of art can host up to 28,000 worshippers and features 65 domes, six minarets (more than 80m) tall, 24 carat gold-plated accessories and precious hand-woven carpets. The building’s area is 39,000 sqm (excluding the majestic courtyard and external areas): it is the second largest mosque in the UAE and it was built using marble and fine materials from all over the world.
Because of the mosque’s size and its architectural features – in particular the high ceilinged domes that are typical of the Islamic style – the mosque is an extremely reverberant venue. Similarly to other large-sized places of worship, the main challenge for RCF’s engineers was to attain good intelligibility across the entire listening area without neglecting the requirement for minimum visual impact.
For these reasons the choice of the main audio system fell to RCF’s VSA 2050 multi-amplified digitally steerable columns. The directivity control function allows a clear and faithful reproduction over the listening area while minimising energy dispersion towards the ceiling and the side wall concavities, thus reducing the reverberant field. White VSA 2050’s are elegant and ensure a minimum visual impact, integrating naturally in the building where white and gold are the prevailing colours.
RCF’s L2406-T three-way column speakers, also in white, have been used as delay lines and sound reinforcement in smaller areas inside the mosque. Thanks to their narrow vertical coverage angle (30°) and an excellent quality of sound, these columns complete the main system with superlative results. They are also very easy to install through, with an integrated transformer that is particularly useful for installation on pillars or in other points where there are restrictions on wiring.
The audio system also comprises CS 6940 column speakers, which have been installed in hallways and small secondary rooms, and P 4228 outdoor speakers, which were the right choice for the mosque’s main courtyard. RCF’s horns (HD 410 and H 6045) were installed on the minarets, and guarantee long throw and incomparable SPL. The installation and commissioning were carried out by Oasis Enterprises.
The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque officially opened in September 2015, for the Islamic festivity of Eid-al Adha. Over 40,000 people visited the venue and remained amazed by the building’s richness and its unrepeatable atmosphere of peace and prayer.
INSTALLATION DETAILS
12 x VSA 2050 digitally steerable column speaker - main 8 x L2406 three-way column speaker – delay lines
6 x P 4228 weatherproof two-way loudspeaker – outdoor 16 x CS 6940 two-way column speaker – corridors and secondary rooms 18 x HD 410 horn speaker – minarets 14 x H 6045 horn speaker – minarets
Installation
The newly-renovated Cathedral Museum in Florence was inaugurated on 29th October with a DXT 9000 evacuation system from RCF.
The Museum, located a few steps away from the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, is the largest permanent exposition of sculptures dating back to the Tuscan Middle Ages and Renaissance. A group of distinguished architects led the massive renovation project and this resulted in a doubling of the area where the artworks are shown, and is now around 6000 sqm.
The COO of the Museum’s special systems, Mr. Daniele Baccellini from GM Engineering studio, expressed his satisfaction with the system: “The DXT 9000 is compliant with the EN 54 standard, works very well and allows pre-recorderd evacuation announcements to be integrated with vocal messages that are broadcast to the public in specific situations.”
The system was designed by professor eng. Giancarlo Martarelli and can broadcast messages in both Italian and English as part of the fire alarm system. The package includes an MX 9504 amplified master unit, a UP 9504 four-channel amplifier and a BM 9804 multi-zone paging microphone, all manufactured by RCF. The evacuation system is completed by around 60 PL 70EN ceiling speakers, that blend into the Museum’s interiors in a subtle and discreet manner. As Mr. Baccellini explained: “This is an extraordinary exposition, so presentation is also really important. We chose the ceiling speakers not just because of their functional features, but also because of their look.”
Mr. Francesco Fallani, a representative from the company C.L. Impianti, which installed the Museum’s electrical systems, was no stranger to the DXT 9000: “We had already used this evacuation system in other projects in the past and we will keep on proposing it. Besides the functionality and efficiency of the products, we value RCF’s collaboration and technical support in all operation phases.”
High-quality products and a fruitful collaboration were the key elements for the evacuation project in the Cathedral Museum, where thousands of tourists have already enjoyed the artworks of Donatello, Michelangelo and other masterpieces of world sculpture.
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French rental company XCPH recently fielded its premium RCF HDL20-A composite line array for the Vibration radio tour headlining the young stars (and former TV talent show winners) Louane and Marina Kaye.
With support from production coordinator, Jean Louis Couleard, the opening concert at Le Mans was one of six, also including Orleans, Blois, Tours, Angers and Bourges. It saw 7,500 people arrive at the Place des Jacobins in the centre of the city for an event that almost didn't take place, as the tropical storm Henri had crossed the country on the day of the show.
By then the Orleans based production company had rigged the PA comprising two clusters of RCF’s HDL20-A, each with seven elements, and a further six HDL20-A enclosures as front fills. Nine 8006AS subs, in 3 x 3 stacks, provided cardioid pattern control.
“We were almost ready to cancel the concert,” admits XCPH’s sound engineer Nicolas Fournier. “Finally the rigging was made secure but we really appreciated the rain cover accessories provided with the HDL.
“In fact we appreciated everything about the system: it was very easy to set up and its modularity meant that when we were playing small to mid-sized venues we could use just a few speakers in a stack configuration. In addition to that, the mechanics are also pretty clever and that saved us a lot of time.”
Generally, XCPH deploy their HDL20-A in an indoor configuration along with their HDL18-AS single 18’ subwoofers in an array. But for the Vibration tour, they extended this, and beefed up the LF with the double 18” subs in cardio configuration.
Reviewing the attributes of the sound system, Nicolas Fournier notes the extreme power generated from a mid-sized PA that is powered by a 1400W (peak) 2 way digital amplifier, and controlled from a powerful DSP. “We are always impressed by the energy from the HDL20-A,” he said. At the concert in Blois, over 12,000 people attended, with special guest artist Shy’m added to the show. “Once again we kept perfect clarity thanks to a delay cluster of six HD20-A at 40 meters from the stage.
“The 8006AS subwoofers were also incredible, producing an extremely strong and deep bass response. Cardioid control is very easy — it only requires a preset button to be pushed and the internal DSP manages all the pattern behaviour.”
But the main advantage of HDL, he says, is the sweet and natural equalisation, which rarely requires much external processing.
Summing up the reasons why they prefer the HDL20-A, Nicolas Fournier concludes, “For rental companies like us, concerned with tight budgets and cost effective systems, RCF’s HDL20-A guarantees a similar performance to ‘premium’ systems that are two or three times more expensive.”
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Two of Europe’s biggest DJ/dance festivals, Splash! and Melt! have grown considerably over the 17 or so years they have been running, and today find themselves running on consecutive weekends at the Ferropolis disused colliery site at Gräfenhainichen, near Dessau.
This German venue is also known as the “City of Iron”, and with Splash! specialising in hip hop and reggae and Melt! one of the largest electronic open air music festivals in Germany, a premium sound system was required. Thus a top of the range RCF TTL line array system was specified, provided by TSE AG of Berlin, with Silvio König as technical director and Marcel Kuch as project manager.
In both cases, RCF’s TTL55-A line array system had to provide coverage for crowds of up to 25,000 people. The rental company fielded a total of 24 x TTL55-A (12 elements per side) and 18 x TTS56-A subs. These were arranged in three stacks on end in a straight line across the front oft he stage (rather than as a cardioid array).
A further eight RCF TTL33-A were also placed atop two of the TTS56-A to act as front fills while a further four RCF SUB8004-A and a pair of TTP5-A were deployed as stereo monitors for the DJs. The whole set up was driven and controlled by RDNet, RCF’s proprietary protocol.
The challenges facing the production company were due to the distance from the FOH position to the stage, which was approximately 50m. “For events of this nature the FOH technical team needs to rely on continuous, powerful and deep bass response — and this was delivered by the special set-up of the TTS56-A,“ a spokesman confirmed.
Event
The Live and Touring series gives voice voice reinforcement to Pope Francis as he addresses believers packed into the city squares
The Pontiff’s historic trip to Cuba last September was amplified by RCF audio systems.
Pope Francis landed in Cuba on Saturday 19 September in the afternoon. The next morning he celebrated Sunday Mass and the Angelus in Havana’s Revolution Square, in the presence of more than 40,000 people, who were divided into separate zones for security reasons.
The closest area to the stage, set aside for VIPs, politicians and diplomats, was reinforced by eight TTL55-A three-way active line arrays (four per side), plus six TTS36-A high-power subwoofers, in cardioid configuration.
On Sunday afternoon the Pope celebrated Vespers inside the Havana Cathedral. An RCF system comprising eight HDL20-A active line arrays and two 8006-AS high-power subwoofers ensured good SPL and intelligibility to more than 2,000 people gathered in the Cathedral’s square.
On the morning of Monday 21 September the Pontiff flew to Holguín, the third-largest city in Cuba, where he celebrated Holy Mass in Revolution Square, which was filled with around 15,000 people, according to the authorities. The system used to amplify the Pope’s voice in Holguín consisted of 24 units of TTL55-A and TTS36-A, in cardioid configuration.
Back in 2012, during Pope Benedict’s trip to Cuba, the local government had chosen RCF’s TT+ Series to amplify the Mess in Havana’s Revolution Square. Even before that — back in 2010 — the Touring and Theatre products had ensured a homogeneous and powerful coverage to the immense crowd (more than 120,000 people) that had flocked to Brno, in Czech Republic, for the visite of Benedict XVI.
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“It was great. The system performed very well everywhere we went, both in open squares and indoors,” said Francesco Monti, known as Fré Monti, one of the most promising emerging musicians on the Italian scene. A finalist in the first edition of The Voice of Italy TV programme, he toured Tuscany, Sardinia and Latium in summer 2015 with an RCF audio system that comprised two EVOX 8 and several ART 712-A MK II, winners of the Red Dot award – a prestigious international prize for product design with more than 15'000 submissions per year.
Besides regularly performing outdoors in the most popular localities, such as the exclusive Costa Smeralda area, Fré Monti also played at the Cala di Volpe Hotel and Porto Cervo’s Yacht Club, in front of many members of the international jet set – including the business magnate Karīm al-Husaynī, main pioneer of Sardinia’s tourist boom.
EVOX 8 turned out to be the perfect companions for Fré Monti’s trio, thanks to their outstanding portability, high power and constant horizontal directivity of 180°. ART712-A was designed to offer strong resistance for an intensive usage, high sound definition and a complete range of frequencies.
“The products exceeded my expectations, and worked perfectly, both in mid-sized closed venues, as well as in open squares, where our music was heard from a great distance,” states Fré Monti. “It is a particularly agile audio system. This feature was essential during the tour, because we were assembling and dismantling almost every day.”
During the intense tour of around 70 concerts, the 28-year-old songwriter’s trio (voice and acoustic guitar; percussion; bass) performed original songs as well as covers on stage. Fré Monti will continue to play live shows in Italy and abroad, and is currently preparing an album of previously unreleased songs.
Installation
The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York along with the Concert Chorale of New York and several soloists performed at the Lincoln Center Festival in Manhattan’s world-class venue Avery Fisher Hall. The event, held from July 6-12, was a tribute to Danny Elfman, the phenomenal composer of Tim Burton’s movie soundtracks.
Elfman was present in person and sang the part of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas with his powerful baritone voice. The orchestra and chorus – led by Grammy-winner conductor John Mauceri – managed to offer a truly unforgettable show to a jubilant crowd, with a precise and portentous interpretation of Elfman’s inventive, creepy, yet hilarious compositions from Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attack, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, and several other Burton’s movies. The show was also supported by spectacular visuals.
The audio system installed at Avery Fisher Hall for the occasion was composed of 10 x 2 clusters of RCF TTL33-A II active three-way line array and four TTS56-A active high power subwoofers. Four TT052-A ultra compact high output speakers were used as lipfill, and two TT2-A active high-output two-way speakers as sidefill.
One of the reasons behind the choice of the TTL33-A II lies in the need to cover the whole concert hall, comprising three levels of balconies. With its 100° horizontal coverage angle, this line array was capable of ensuring perfect coverage to all seats, even those in the highest balcony. On the other hand, the TTS56-A subwoofers provided an excellent reproduction of very low frequencies through their two 21’’ neodymium woofers.
The whole system was monitored with RCF’s proprietary RDNet protocol, that allowed fine tuning of the system for a homogeneous coverage in the whole complex area.
Paul Bevan, FOH engineer for the show, explains that one of the principal challenges was to maintain a very natural “orchestral” sound at a slightly elevated level than a purely acoustic presentation. With a wide range of dynamics, incorporating a male and female chorus, vocal soloists, electronic sounds from keyboards and some pre-lay tracks from the original scores, the concert required a system that was capable of great clarity.
“When designing a suitable system for this project, RCF TT+ line arrays were recommended to me by several people whose opinions I respect,” Bevan says. “We had very little time for set-up and tuning the system. The cabinets went up quickly and easily. The RDNet software gave an extremely even and natural sound throughout the venue, even before the small amount of tweaking that would be necessary in any venue and with any system. The clarity and separation that I was able to achieve, given the many different textures, made mixing the show in an extremely reverberant hall much easier than I expected. The system integrated these various elements beautifully.”
The concert was filmed for a TV show, and a further validation of the system came during the mixing of the recorded tracks. In the words of Paul Bevan: “The cleanliness of the recorded tracks is astonishing, with no sign of the PA spilling back into the microphones. Considering that there were approximately 90 microphones in use throughout the orchestra and chorus, this is a testimony to the control that I was able to achieve, while maintaining a full and dynamic mix in the hall. I look forward to the next opportunity to use this system.”
RCF TT+ systems had already been used in the same venue in 2012, when the Philip Glass Ensemble, along with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Collegiate Choir, had performed Philip Glass’s soundtracks. The two-and-a-half-hour event of 2015 was a huge success, largely praised by the critics and public, that offered an impressively long ovation to the performers.
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