The Cannstatter Wasen is one of the largest folk festivals in Germany alongside the Munich Oktoberfest. The fair comprises large tents with visitors enjoying food and beer and music. For the tenth time already, German company SOUNDLINE Ton+Lichttechnik with owner Robert Reichle was responsible for the Göckelesmaier festival tent, both at Wasen and at the spring festival. In the Göckelesmaier tent at Cannstatter Wasen, which holds over 4,000 people, Robert Reichle relied on RCF audio equipment: the active Line Array System HDL 30- A was installed at the main stage, supported by numerous TT modules allocated throughout the entire tent.
With over 50 years of ministry and community service, Tabernacle Church, located just outside Nashville, in Clarksville Tennessee, decided in 2017 that to keep up with their tremendous growth, they would undergo a monumental change with a grand new construction project, to reemerge as Mosaic Church—adding 65,000 square feet to their campus, including a 1,500 seat performance space.
When audio and integration firm, Holly Media was asked to oversee the expansion of the performance space, owner Fred Holly, with over 30 years of pro audio experience, led the design effort. “With new dynamics and changing needs, the scope of the ministry has changed—it’s become a new work,” said Holly. “Tabernacle seemed old fashioned. The name didn’t match the demographic of our church because it’s very diverse—and it’s thriving. The new Mosaic Church wanted to reflect that.”
The original structure was a smaller sanctuary [about 200 seats] and was insufficient space for many years. The church adapted for larger congregations by expanding Sunday services to four per day. Recently through COVID, the church was mobile, moving its worship service to a local high school, setting up and tearing down in the parking lot each week.
Aside from general construction, Holly focused mainly on the performance space, and the subsequent procurement of an audio system and its installation. “Early on with my ideas for the shape of the room, I didn’t want to encounter any problems later on. I wanted the diffusion to be completely natural — with the splay of the walls and installing surface treatment.
Not only does Holly Media tackle the challenges between space design and installing sound systems, Holly pulled in one of his trusted resources for advanced surface techniques and sound dampening.
“Usually when clients show me plans for a church, it’s obvious architects know nothing about acoustics,” said Jay Perdue, owner and designer at Perdue Acoustics, and the lead instructor of architectural acoustics at InfoComm University. “They’re more focused on what it’s going to look like versus what it’s going to sound like.”
Upon first glance, Perdue knew something about this new space was very unique. “When I first saw the room design, I thought Fred really did his homework,’ said Perdue. “The shape of the room was very nice with no corners to deal with. I checked all the parallelisms and found slap back on the back wall was a non-issue. I not only check a room for echo and reverberation, I conduct intelligibility testing as well. After a 13-point check throughout the space, it has the flattest response I’ve ever seen.”
Holly has worked with most major audio brands and was looking for a sound system to deliver. “Being in this business for as long as I have, I’ve come from the old school thinking that having a solid, heavy box would also give solid frequency response — or a chance at it,” said Holly. “At first I thought to spec a JBL V 20 rig, but in the spirit of transformation, I wanted to find something new.”
When Holly was referred to RCF and was introduced to Jim Reed [RCF product specialist and system designer] his curiosity was piqued. “When we spoke, Jim said he was willing to demo an RCF TT rig personally, he had my attention.” noted Holly. “I sent him the final room schematic and he returned an EASE drawing, and I was like, ‘when can you come’? [laughs] I was very excited about the possibilities.”
Reed put together a complete system which included: 16 [2x8] TTL 55-A active line array modules, four companion TTS 56-AS active subwoofers, two TT 25-CXA active floor monitors, and four TT 20-CXA active monitors for the stage. For added coverage, Reed also added nine HDL 26-A active line arrays for center and front fills for added coverage. At the helm is an Allen & Health dLive s7000 mixing console.
“Pulling everything out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised at the weight of it [TTL 55-A module]. The stuff is hardcore, man [laughs]. I’m an old military guy, so I know that if it’s heavy, it must be expensive.”
Once all the products were out of their boxes and flown, Holly was also surprised at the time it took to test the sound system.
Edison, New Jersey—King Lear, an epic tale written by William Shakespeare, could be argued as being one of his best stories next to Hamlet. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear is an epic tale of sorrow, forgiveness, madness, and reconciliation of family. Shakespeare’s timeless ability to portray characters who are powerful and complex, has also masterfully demonstrated the “music of language” through his work.
What once was a 300-seat movie theatre Bristol Riverside Theatre (BRT) is located in the historic district of Bristol Borough in Eastern Pennsylvania. The theatre itself, built in 1937 and reopened as a performance hall in 1986, is well-known for bringing local and national artists to the stage, producing over 200 performances each year. Earlier this year, BRT invited Eric Tucker, of New York City’s acclaimed Bedlam Theatre to direct the production of King Lear with a fresh interpretation of the Shakespearean classic. The show ran for several weeks, starting January 28th and ending February 16, 2020.
500 years after Leonardo da Vinci's death, the Museum of Science and Technology of Milan celebrates the engineer and humanist "Homo Universalis" with the largest permanent exhibition in the world. A spectacular setting guides the journey starting from the Florence of the fifteenth century. From the training of the young Leonardo to the contribution of the Tuscan engineer to his stay in Milan, invited by the Sforza family.
The New Galleries renew the historical setting with which the Museum opened to the public in 1953 and represent a unique cultural resource to inspire the new generations, the world of research, and enthusiasts of all ages.
Over 1300 square meters and 170 between historical models, works of art, ancient volumes, and installations revive the story through the evolution of Leonardo's thought in an emotional, physical, and intellectual experience.
For the occasion, the museum also renews the devices for the voice alarm and fire evacuation with an extension of the RCF DXT 3000 system previously installed. In addition to the MX 3500 units, new compact and powerful DP 1420EN loudspeakers, and BE3806 microphone bases with BM 3806 push-button extensions were installed.
MX 3500 is the master unit of the Voice Alarm system DXT 3000, dedicated to small and medium-sized applications where an EN 54-16 certified system is required. The system is equipped with powerful and exceptionally reliable Class D power amplifiers, that provide up to 500 W of total power. Depending on the model, each module is able to serve up to 6 independent zones. Moreover, a spare power amplifier facility is also available.
The internal power supply is EN 54-4 certified, and the back-up batteries can be included inside the cabinet, making the system a complete and extremely compact solution. The cabinet also features customizable finishing. The on-board DSP platform allows optimizing environmental equalization, maximizing voice intelligibility, background music, and performances. The system can be completed with emergency microphone consoles, allowing to add live announcements functionality.
Edison, New Jersey — When Celine Orlando, the city’s newest entertainment venue, was being built, they knew they could rely on local industry pro, Kevin Clouden, GC Pro’s Business Development Manager to procure a reputable sound system. Clouden has been a top seller of pro audio gear in South Florida for the past several years. Celine’s owners knew Clouden’s expertise would steer them in the right direction—sonically speaking.
Boasting a capacity of nearly 1,000 occupants, Celine Orlando is a multi-faceted entertainment space that hosts live music, corporate events, and private parties. It was created to fill the need for a centrally located, high-end entertainment complex.
Celine Orlando hosts five different spaces: a Speakeasy that takes guests back to the prohibition era, complete with antique furniture, elaborate drink menus, and an attention to detail that separates it from the rest of the venue; the Mezzanine is an elevated viewing area overlooking the main stage of the venue, offering guests the “next level” experience, with a full view of the stage, a private bar and VIP concierge service; the Rooftop Lounge is for hosting smaller events and overlooks the heart of downtown; the Sports Club at Celine is where guests can watch their favorite sporting events and features an additional area to relax and socialize; lastly, the Ballroom features an elevated state-of-the-art stage design, complete with a LED wall, lighting rigs and a top-of- the-line, RCF line array system and subwoofers.
Though the building that houses Celine used to be a nightclub, it was gutted as part of its transformation, and there were initially many options on the table for sound reinforcement. “They were looking to bring in very popular EDM [Electronic Dance Music] DJs,” recalls Clouden. “The who's who of artists that have performed at Celine recently is astounding. Because of the level of talent that they wanted to bring into that venue, everything needed to be high quality and user-friendly, from a tech/spec point of view,” says Clouden. Performers thus far have included DJs Will Clarke, Noizu, Cocodrills and more, and celebrities like basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, frequent the club.
The San Gerardo Hospital of Monza, one of the most prestigious health facilities in northern Italy, has undergone an important strengthening intervention. An articulated expansion project with new buildings and renovation of the existing buildings, aimed to provide a radical modernization and technological update. The redevelopment includes a complex RCF project for EN54-compliant fire evacuation systems and vocal announcements.
The work, for a total amount of over 200 million euros, brings the total surface of the hospital structure to approximately 196,000 sqm; given the particular complexity and extent of the projects, the intervention was divided into four phases which will see the definitive end to construction by the end of 2022.
The new hospital complex is divided into several areas, with different buildings, but well connected. Each building is intended to accommodate various care activities without interference. The complete replacement of all the elements of the facades was also conceived in order to achieve a radical improvement in thermal and acoustic insulation performance, increase the comfort of hospitalization, and the containment of energy consumption.
The entire system for service communications and voice alarm is based on the RCF DXT Series matrixes with numerous components from the RCF Voice Alarm product catalog. The installation includes a 42-unit master control system for the "New Avancorpo" and two 28 unit slave control interfaces "Sector AEA" and "Sector AEC" connected together with multimode optical fiber in a ring topology. Two microphone consoles are available for fire brigades to send pre-recorded alarm messages and emergency announcements to all areas - or groups of them. A table console allows complete system management and supervision of all the plants with a simple LCD display. From the table console users can address messages, evacuation calls, and announcements in the individual areas throughout the entire complex. The slave control units are each equipped with an additional VVF console for local emergencies.
Numerous recessed PL series speakers, DU steel speakers, and CS column arrays are installed, as well as HD horn systems for outdoor areas. All RCF components installed are EN54 certified.