The Word Of Faith Love Center, located in Atlanta, recently installed a new sound reinforcement system featuring RCF HDL line arrays.
The church leaders called upon Atlanta Audio Visual to design and install the new system.
"Their goal was a system that would cover every seat in the house while providing vocal intelligibility and enough volume to satisfy their contemporary praise band," explains Brad McWhorter, CEO of Atlanta Audio Visual. "The sanctuary is a long rectangular room with a back balcony and 30 foot ceilings. I immediately thought of the RCF HDL line array system."
A long-time RCF fan, McWhorter designed a powered left-right system with each array consisting of one HDL 18-AS sub followed by six HDL 20A line array modules.
The HDL 20-A features two 10-inch woofers and one 3-inch titanium compression driver, a 1400 Watt peak power two-way digital amplifier with switch mode power supply and DSP controlled input section. With a maximum delivery of 135 dB SPL, it would more than cover the church's requirements.
The HDL 18-AS is a flyable high power subwoofer designed to integrate in the HDL 20-A system. The bass reflex design guarantees a deep, linear power response while the 4-inch voice coil vented design woofer provides minimum power compression. The end result is the driving low end the music portion of the services demanded.
"We were originally called in for vocal intelligibility issues," adds McWhorter. "Their existing system wasn't meeting the needs of today's high energy, low bass driving, music oriented services. RCF fit the bill perfectly."
Not only did the line arrays meet the criteria of the growing church, but they also were lightweight enough to meet the installation requirements as well.
"The most logical location to hang the arrays were from beams that were constructed of laminated wood back in 1979," McWhorter explains. "It was going to be a challenge to hang 800 pounds from them. Size and weight were definitely a factor in the design process."
Because the beams would have to serve as the structural base to hang the arrays, Sykes Consulting was brought in to ensure the system was hung from a structurally sound location.
"Sykes designed a one-half inch thick steel U bracket to slip over the beam that could support 445 lbs per anchor," says McWhorter. "With two anchors per array, it was more than sufficient for the HDL arrays."
To further counter acoustic challenges, the team installed Auralex acoustical panels across the columns and the balcony face to quiet the room by an additional 10 dB.
"The church is extremely happy with the end results," concludes McWorter. "The 6-piece band, choir and vocalists sound outstanding and the members can still hear the spoken word clearly. It was the ideal solution all around."
Nevada's largest action sports and music festival -- Extreme Thing 2013 – was recently held in Desert Breeze Park in Las Vegas. The day-long event that combines action sports and a music festival drew more than 27,000 people to the Clark County Park. This year's event featured two main stages along with four secondary stages providing a mix of musical genres including rock-n-roll, punk, metal, hip-hop and DJs. H.A.S. Productions, also located in Las Vegas, were tapped to provide sound reinforcement systems for four of the six stages. Larry Hall, CEO/President of H.A.S. Productions put together an RCF system for the Verizon Main stage.
"The Verizon stage was located 700 feet from one of the secondary stages," explains Hall. "It was important to provide the high SPL the bands wanted while still not interfering with the audience's listening experience at the smaller stage. With RCF's RDNET protocol we were able to cut the PA at 500 feet and everyone was happy." Hall hung two TTL55-A line arrays, each consisting of ten boxes, to the left and right of the stage. Driving low end was provided by 18 subwoofer cabinets -- 12 TTS56-A and 6 TTS36-A -- stacked on the stage below the line arrays. The TTL55-A is an active, high power touring array module equipped with a digital amplifier that delivers high levels of SPL while keeping the energy use efficient. The integrated processing and the cabling reduction provide a fast set-up and, thanks to its compact size, the truck space requirement is greatly reduced compared to similar line array systems.
The TTS56-A is loaded with two 21-inch neodymium woofers with integrated 2-channel digital amplification providing 6800 watts of power. The TTS36-A is equipped with two 18-inch neodymium woofers with 4000 watts of internal 2-channel digital amplification. "The stage featured national punk and metal bands all day long," adds Hall. "The subs were outstanding putting out more than enough low end for the bands."
The DJ & Producer Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in the Dortmund Westfalenhallen. RCF, a manufacturer of high-quality sound systems for DJs, will be making its debut appearance at the event. The company’s showcase will include portable DJing rigs for small to midsized venues such as the celebrated ART series and the new D-Line speakers. Setting a new standard for faithful studio and personal monitoring, the recently released AYRA series monitors will also feature prominently.
The RCF team will on hand and delighted to answer all questions regarding monitoring and live sound reinforcement for DJs.
Date: June 25, 2013, 2-10 pm Place: Westfalenhallen Dortmund, More info at:
When pioneering acid jazz group, The Brand New Heavies, joined forces with Ruby Turner to bring the curtain down on this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival at the Sage Gateshead, local service company Nitelites were brought in to fill the 1640-capacity main auditorium with a premier RCF TT+ line array PA system.
Having worked with the venue many times previously Nitelites know how to maximise system coherency in an unusually high building with several tiers, and the active TTL33-A — set in two hangs of 11 elements — effortlessly provided even coverage for the stalls and both balcony areas, up to a level of 14 metres.
In addition, Nitelites ground-stacked a further three TTL33-A’s left and right of the stage, to draw the image back down to the nearfield stalls area. But probably the biggest breakthrough was their deployment of a pair each of the new-generation TT1-A and TT2-A, launched this spring at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound. The former was used for under balcony fills and the latter for stage, left and right front fill.
This configuration proved a big success. The Brand New Heavies’ FOH sound engineer Mike Fitzsimons, pronounced that he was “blown away” by the system SPL on his debut with the TT+. “The system was absolutely amazing — it’s hard to believe it’s such a compact box until you look up and see it. I’d be delighted to see it appear on the next venue spec I receive.”
Nitelites director Andy Magee corroborated this. “Performance wise it maintained its coherence from area to area — and much of that was due to the use of RDNet" [RCF’s proprietary control and monitor network which is compatible with the TT+ range].
“It’s easy to set up EQ’s, delays etc because of the DSP in the loudspeaker enclosures and it will then scan all individual components and receive a visual reference should any warnings be flagged. We used RDNet to align all sources which was essential, since this was a large production with a brass section.”
Magee then turned his attention to RCF’s new TT1-A and TT2-A. “Their onboard networking takes the system up to the next league in terms of controllability — and with the delay built into the box, the DSP allowed us to do away with expensive external processing. The purpose-designed large format 3” neodymium compression drivers sound so uniform, and incomparable to anything else I have experienced.”
Having also provided RCF’s ‘big brother’ TTL55-A for the recent Ligabue Royal Albert Hall concerts, Nitelites have now been able to thoroughly evaluate the full portfolio of RCF’s front line solutions as the company gears up for bigger challenges this summer, to be announced shortly.
Dopo lo straordinario successo registrato lo scorso anno alla Royal Albert Hall di Londra, ad aprile Luciano Ligabue è tornato per due notti nel famoso tempio della musica mondiale. Per la prima volta l'artista, accompagnato dalla sua band composta da sei elementi, ha proposto al pubblico i brani più famosi del suo repertorio affidandosi al suono del più imponente RCF line array attivo mai montato indoor.
Per l'occasione il PA Manager di prodotto, Luca Cilloni di RCF, ha ideato una configurazione unica composta da più di 100 diffusori TT+, per compensare la forma ovale e la difficile acustica dell'antico teatro di Londra.
"La sala non è stata concepita per la musica rock, dunque per ottenere una copertura uniforme e il pieno controllo del pattern di emissione è stato necessario adattare un sistema audio abbastanza complesso", ha raccontato Cilloni. Il fattore critico era rappresentato dalle basse frequenze, vista la scelta della configurazione cardioide sia per i moduli TTL36-A sospesi che per i TTS56-A impilati a terra. La configurazione è stata poi ottimizzata tramite i preset disponibili nella piattaforma RDNet di RCF.
"Fondamentalmente, l'idea è stata quella di dividere la sala in settori distinti, con tre array TTL55-A sospesi, disposti in modo da offrire angoli di copertura di circa 70° e distribuire uniformemente il suono su tutti i livelli, fino alle tribune più alte". Due array TTL-33A sono stati dedicati alla copertura delle zone più laterali rispetto al palco.
Ligabue è una leggenda della musica italiana con all'attivo, negli ultimi 20 anni, più di 16 album puntualmente al top delle classifiche, due film di grande successo come regista e sceneggiatore e quattro libri best-seller. Alla guida del mixer di sala il veterano Alberto “Mente” Butturini, con alle spalle 25 anni di esperienza e quattro presenze alla Royal Albert Hall (compreso il memorabile spettacolo dell'anno scorso).
"La location era difficile", racconta Alberto. "L'acustica non è quella di un teatro, ma piuttosto quella di un palazzetto dello sport con problemi di riverbero, in particolare nei registri medio-bassi. È difficile produrre un buon suono quando la sala è vuota, sapendo che più tardi ci sarà un pubblico che grida a 98 dB". E non si tratta di un'esagerazione, visto l'entusiasmo del pubblico composto al 99% da fan provenienti dall'ampia comunità italiana di Londra. Ma i risultati sono stati eccezionali, tant'è vero che Butturini ha definito la sua prima esperienza con il line array attivo di punta di RCF "estremamente positiva".
Per la scelta dell'impianto, il team di produzione di Luciano (tra cui Alberto Butturini) ha partecipato alla dimostrazione espressamente organizzata presso la sede di RCF di Reggio Emilia, sperando di sentire qualcosa di completamente diverso. "Desideravo provare un nuovo sistema PA, in particolare un sistema italiano", ha dichiarato il Sound Engineer, "e il suono prodotto dai TTL55-A era esattamente quello che volevo, di qualità elevata e con le caratteristiche che cercavo: un suono un po' "più grezzo" e per questo più vero. Altri sistemi possono essere fin troppo precisi e definiti, ma il sistema RCF TT+ ha un suono molto gradevole nei registri medio-bassi e un gran punch, che mi ha sorpreso".
Una volta presa la decisione di adottare la piattaforma attiva TT+ è iniziata la fase di progettazione del rig di Londra. Il PA principale rivolto verso il pubblico era composto da un sistema L/C/R sospeso, con 14 moduli TTL55-A (sinistra e destra) e 16 TTL 55-A per l'immagine centrale.
Altri 12 moduli TTL33-A sospesi in line array sono serviti da outfill per le zone laterali, mentre nella parte frontale sono stati disposti due cluster di quattro front-fill TTL33-A impilati sui due lati a livello del palco.
Per le basse frequenze, a terra sotto il palco sono stati posizionati nove sub TTS56-A in tre cluster da tre, in configurazione cardioide (quindi con due casse rivolte in direzione frontale e una rivolta in direzione opposta). Per rinforzare ulteriormente le basse frequenze, dietro il cluster centrale sono stati sospesi altri 14 moduli TTL36-A in due cluster da sette, anch'essi in configurazione cardioide.
Per il monitoraggio sul palco, oltre ai TTL33-A erano presenti una coppia di sub TTS28-A per il rinforzo laterale, altri TT2-A come monitor side fill e un subwoofer TTS26-A come reference per il batterista. Tutti e sette i musicisti ricevevano l'intero mix full-range tramite sistema IEM, ma erano anche disponibili quattro monitor wedge TT45-SMA convenzionali. Sommando tutti i diffusori, eccoci arrivati a 102.
Il sistema PA principale e' stato controllato tramite RDNet, la rete proprietaria di RCF.
Il merito del successo va anche alla rental Nitelites di Tyneside, da tempo partner di RCF, che aveva l'arduo compito di sospendere il sistema in base ai requisiti di rigging, ridondanza e cablaggio della casa madre, oltre che di fornire tutti i sistemi di elaborazione, i motori, il montaggio delle americane, i cavi e i quadri di distribuzione. Lo staff del rent ha montato dieci motori da 2 tonnellate sul PA principale e due motori da 1 tonnellata sugli array di outfill sospesi. Anche se l'RCF TT55-A vanta una particolare leggerezza rispetto ad altri sistemi line array attivi, si trattava comunque di un peso notevole da sollevare.
Con un'altezza di 22 metri nella parte più alta ed a 16 metri nel punto più alto del PA, il sistema era pronto in sole tre ore, una vera impresa rispetto ai tempi di load-in dello spettacolo dell'anno precedente. "Nitelites ha fatto uno splendido lavoro riuscendo a montare tutto in tre ore".
"Abbiamo rispettato tutti i requisiti in termini di ripartizione dei carichi e gestione dei cavi", ha dichiarato Jamie Moore, direttore di Nitelites. "Ognuno dei cinque sistemi sospesi era alimentato da multicavi da 60 m, con connettore Socapex per l'alimentazione e cavi di segnale a 12 coppie. RDNet permette di monitorare tutti i parametri del sistema, dagli input allo stato di ogni singolo amplificatore, e di applicare preset diversi. Disponendo di un DSP on board su ogni diffusore è possibile controllarli e modificarne i parametri singolarmente. In termini di ridondanza, con due reti su ogni cluster avremmo potuto passare facilmente dall'una all'altra".
Anche Emanuele Morlini, tecnico del suono RCF, ha sottolineato i vantaggi offerti da RDNet. "Ci ha consentito di configurare il sistema in un'ora; potevo spostarmi con il mio laptop all'interno della sala e modificare tutti i parametri e l'equalizzazione di ogni singolo diffusore, e in più compensare l'acustica dell'ambiente. Rispetto ai tempi di load-in e configurazione dell'anno scorso, RDNet offre una soluzione più efficiente ed elegante".
Per finire, onore al merito anche per la rental company Nuovo Service di Willy Gubellini, tra le prime fondate in Italia, che lavora con l'artista da molti anni assicurando standard di produzione di prim'ordine.
"Dopo due notti indimenticabili alla Royal Albert Hall, RCF è onorata e orgogliosa di aver fatto parte di una grande squadra", ha concluso Emanuele. Grande entusiasmo anche da parte del tour manager e del Sound Engineer di Ligabue, che hanno elogiato le straordinarie prestazioni del sistema e la professionalità di Nitelites, che a fine concerto ha smontato l'intero impianto alla velocità della luce.
EDISON, NJ (April 2013) – When Suhr Guitars decided to demonstrate their high-end guitars to customer and dealers during a live, two-day event, it was important that the sound system be perfect. Suhr guitars are built with the highest quality standards possible and with incredible attention to detail. The end result is an instrument of unparalleled tone crafted from the finest materials available. Top guitar players and support were brought in to showcase the guitars and amps. Notable from the talent pool were Andy Wood, Pete Thorne, Al Estrada, and Doug Aldrich, to name a few.
Fortunately, the RCF line array system utilized for the showcase was more than commensurate with the talent it reproduced. Tom Evans, independent touring FOH engineer, was onsite during the showcase to ensure that the sound for the event was flawless. Recently back from being on the road with Grouplove, he was not familiar with RCF line arrays. "A warehouse is not normally the ideal space for a high-end live listening session, but with the RCF system it sounded terrific," Evans explains. "I had not used RCF before and was incredibly impressed with the sound quality and the even coverage throughout the room." The warehouse was at the Suhr guitar factory in Lake Elsinore, California. Steve McNeil of the Mac West Group, provided the sound reinforcement system and setup. The line arrays consisted of 12 NX L23-A array modules -- flown five per side. Two were placed o nthe stage for front fill. Four TTS28 subwoofers were stacked under the stage for driving low end.
The NX L23-A is a very compact, active, two-way line array loudspeaker module that delivers extraordinary power handling, clarity, flexibility and great sound in a compact, easy to handle and affordable package. The 750 Watt Class-D amplifier module accurately matches the high quality analog signal input board with precise, complex filter response that result in the natural, detailed reproduction of the best radiating designs. The TTS28 is a direct radiating, high output, large format subwoofer that compliments high-efficiency, full range loudspeakers like the NX L23-A line array system. "We mixed 'loud' for two days and the system stayed musical," Evans continues. "It would be loud without being painful which, in my experience, doesn't happen with every system." Evans manned the system at a DiGiCo SD8. The guitars were mic'd with Royer Labs guitar microphones. "We were able to prominently display the quality of the guitars with loud sound that was even throughout the room," concludes Evans. "You know it’s a success when dealers and customers go out of their way to comment on how great the system sounded."
RCF would like to thank you for visiting our booth during the Prolight + Sound 2013 in Frankfurt.
It was our pleasure to inform you about our last new products and we received many positive feedbacks from all our visitors.
Please find here on the right column some pictures about the event.
Once again, thank you for the time you have spent on our booth and reserved for us during the Prolight + Sound 2013.
RCF S.p.a.
From April 10 to 13th 2013 the audio and light industry will be gathered in Frankfurt and the Messe Halls will be filled up with all the latest products and technologies.
Prolight + Sound will offer users a possibility to get a look into what the new trends are and what future directions the industry is aiming at.
RCF will follow up on previously year’s success with new products, innovative technologies and will offer visitors the chance to get a “hands-on” experience with a large selection of product range and the possibility to meet the RCF staff.
Come to visit us in HALL 8 – booth G70
Visit Prolight + Sound website.
RCF loudspeakers dominate the five floor interior of the new Hard Rock Café in Nicosia.
S&V Megasound won a highly competitive bid, beating a large number of companies (mainly based in Cyprus). They were selected to develop the AV infrastructure for this new leisure project Cyprus’ capital city — chosen for their ability to provide reliable up-to-date technology and support, and based on their reputation of being able to deliver challenging projects such as this.
The RCF distributors were tasked with providing sound reinforcement for live and club performance down to low level, high reference background music across the three functional floors.
The ground floor, which contains the main restaurant, with a seating capacity of 250 people, also hosts the main stage area. On the weekly band nights the restaurant transforms into a huge rock concert with a standing capacity of around 500 people.
To provide potent, even coverage S&V Megasound have specified four flown RCF HDL 20-A, with a pair of RCF HDL 18-AS compact, high power subwoofers This composite active line array was the perfect choice, with its 1400W (peak) powered amplifier and fast, simple set-up procedure. The installers’ own FOH sound engineer ensures the sound is optimised from the fully-featured, iPad controlled mixing desk, while the bands themselves use MY MIX IEM’s.
Infilling around the periphery of the large restaurant are four RCF C3108 versatile, full range but low visibility two-way loudspeakers — alongside various flat screens distributed around the restaurant.
Outside the restaurant on the ground floor S&V Megasound have installed ten RCF MQ80P’s, since this is also an IP65-rated weatherproof speaker, giving a relaxing mood to the customers.
The first floor is for multipurpose use, such as dining, private parties and conferences, and the installers have specified four versatile RCF Acustica C3108 wide dispersion speakers and a powered RCF SUB705AS compact 15in subwoofer. with further RCF MQ80P’s out on the veranda area
Finally, up on the roof garden S&V Megasound have dipped further into RCF’s extensive catalogue, specifying six RCF P3108 weatherproof, wide dispersion speakers and three RCF S4012 passive 12" bandpass subwoofers. “This provides the ultimate for an open roof clubbing experience,” reasons S&V Megasound MD, Stelios Petrides.
The system offers a number of routing and processing options throughout the venue, with individual zone control — and all spaces iPad controlled. This gives each space its own local source, volume and preset control, depending on the mood and atmosphere.
Summing up, Mr. Petrides said, “The sound system has been a huge success ever since the first performance. This was one of our biggest projects in 2012 and certainly a very complex one. It gave us the chance to test our capabilities to a whole different level — and the end result is amazing!”
Star Systems have been finding plenty of use or their new RCF TTL33-A active line array system since fielding it last summer at Thurles Greyhound Stadium in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, for a concert by all-girl group The Saturdays. At the time it was the largest RCF system ever rigged in Ireland.
This was to be repeated at Thurles Semple Stadium in July when 50,000 arrived at the stadium for the Senior Hurling All Ireland Quarter Final 2012.
Declan O’Sullivan runs the audio production company, who are based nearby. He stated, “The sound was unbelievable. We had two stacks of eight TTL33-A’s on 6m high towers, firing down the length of the pitch and six TTS36-A bass bins. The system was used for music playback and major game interviews — and we switched off the house system completely.”
He added, “The event was broadcast on RTE — but you could clearly hear the system 150 metres away. The sound threw brilliantly and was fully intelligible.”
The system is becoming increasingly in-demand and has also been out four or five times reinforcing Jedward’s live shows. Concludes O’Sullivan, “The TTL33-A wipes the floor in terms of speech clarity with every other system I’ve used and the fact that it’s three way is great because it makes it more adaptable.
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