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The annual open-air Open House festival is one of the main events in Trinidad and Tobago’s music scene. Featuring international and local gospel artists, it is held in the capital city Port of Spain, at the Urban Ministries venue – a beautiful guest house and place for events.
The audio system was entirely RCF for the second year in a row. System designer Mr. Victor Downer, of local company Audioworks, used RCF TT+ and D Line Series equipment to cover the area where live exhibitions where attended by thousands of people every night.
Products used were, on each side, 16 units of TTL55-A three-way line array and 12 units of TTS56-A active subwoofer. As side fill Audioworks installed 4 pieces of HDL20-A active line array (winner of the ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International Readers’ Choice Awards 2014), and 2 pieces of SUB 8006 subwoofer on each side. 8 units of TT45-SMA were used as stage monitors. Finally, a separated VIP area was provided with 4 pieces of TTL11A active column speaker.
Mr. Downer used the RCF Shape Designer and RDNet softwares to correctly shape sound beams and determine the right angles in order to cover the whole area with the right dispersion. Rayaz Aneel Abdool, sound engineer with twenty-year experience and owner of local RCF distributor Shammi Professional Sound, states: “We love the Touring and Theatre Series. When I first heard it, many years ago, I was impressed by its performance and I thought I’d definitely introduce it to the Trinidad & Tobago market”. Products were also chosen for their handiness of installation, high efficiency and clear voice reproduction and intelligibility. The system will be soon used again by Audioworks for a large jazz concert in Trinidad.
The line-up of Open House festival included Atlanta-based rapper KB, Canadian songwriter Hillary Jane, and Trinidadian artists Positive, Mention & Bass, Samuel Dyer as well as many others. Concert organizers were so positively impressed with the sound system that they already re-contracted Audioworks for next year, and wish to use RCF equipment again.
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The historic Italian company RCF will be a main actor in the famous international music festival held in the Umbria region.
RCF will provide the audio system for Umbria Jazz, coming to its 42nd year in 2015, and still not ceasing to amaze the public with the prestige of the artists involved and the uniqueness of places where concerts and music events are held for 10 days.
Angelo Tordini – CTO of Umbria Jazz outdoor stages and CEO of Reference Laboratory –this year decided to turn to national companies for the choice of the audio system. The decision came upon RCF, that offers an outstanding combination of technology and high-level know-how with passion and attention to details. With his longstanding professional experience at Umbria Jazz, he chose and developed the project for a tailor-made audio system installation for piazza 4 Novembre – 4th November Square, the beating heart of Perugia – and the festival’s main location in the large area of the sports complex Arena Santa Giuliana.
RCF has been developing and manufacturing audio systems for more than six decades and specializes in the reinforcement of live performances and big concerts, including stadia and large-size sports arenas. The Italian company Reference Laboratory will provide the cables for the outdoor stages of the festival and an effective wiring for RCF line arrays and stage monitors installed at piazza 4 Novembre and Arena Santa Giuliana.
We hope to see you all in Perugia from 10th to 19th July, to spend some great nights with high quality music and unforgettable emotions.
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A half-hour drive far from Lisbon, the Costa da Caparica is one of the favourite spots both for tourists visiting the Portuguese capital and city dwellers looking for a one-day escape to the beach. With its 30 km of sandy golden shore lined with eucalyptus trees and animated with restaurants and bars, the area is busy from May to September and is also a lively spot at night.
The fancy bar “Praia – Sea, Salt and Pepper” is the newest venue in Costa da Caparica and has attracted the attention of many locals, including the famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo. Praia was recently opened by a group of young entrepreneurs and it is conceived as a beach bar and gourmet restaurant, that turns into a night lounge and party spot after sunset. A wooden staircase a few steps away leads to the restaurant, a 900 msq elegant lounge decorated with modern furniture and a vertical garden.
Paulo Andrade from Garrett Audiovisuais, a Lisbon-based sales and installation company for sound and light systems and RCF distributor for about 25 years, was the consultant and designer for Praia’s sound equipment.
“The owners of Praia already had an old system but it was unsuitable for their present needs, so we decided to use a system made of 4 units of EVOX 8,” Andrade tells. The lounge is completely open air and the sound of the ocean is loud, which contributes to the atmosphere of the place in quiet times, but is not ideal when DJs are pumping the party at night.
Project designer Andrade organized an on-site demo. “The 4 units of EVOX 8, placed at the corners of the lounge, create the right acoustic environment and overcome the ocean’s sound. Thanks to their constant directivity of 120°x30°, the whole space is perfectly covered,” he explains. Now Praia’s customers feel embraced and surrounded by the music, wherever they are standing or sitting, for a full immersion in the funky vibe.
EVOX 8 proves to be the perfect solution for the venue, since it gathers all features required by Praia’s owners: quality of sound with excellent bass, small and discrete equipment size, and high power.
The events programme includes some prominent DJs of the local scene, thus it was essential to ensure high SPL and good quality of the audio equipment. Easiness of set-up and lightweight were also key requirements, because the system has to be dismantled every night, when the bar closes. With a socket in the back side of the sub to accomodate the top column and a pole mount that is easy to screw on the sub, EVOX was developed by RCF keeping in mind unique portability and a very smart package as its main design characteristics.
The customer is more than satisfied with the solution provided by Garrett Audiovisuais. “Our initial idea was to have a resident system and then rent a more powerful one whenever we would throw a party,” tells Mr. Spinola, one of the owners of Praia. “With EVOX we don’t need to rent anything, because it is perfect for all situations, from quiet chill-out evenings to big parties with DJs. This bass is amazing!”.
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RCF has recently provided the sound system of the spa in the historic villa of Abegg Palace in Turin, Italy, and the thermal resort of San Pellegrino, near Bergamo, with an area of more than 6000 mq. Both facilities belong to QC Terme, a company born in 1982 and now including some of the most important thermal destinations of the Italian peninsula.
RCF has designed both the music and the evacuation systems with a detailed outline of the solution’s architecture and the speakers’ positioning on the map. Through accurate acoustic simulations it has been possible to ensure sound pressure and intelligibility levels in accordance with the current regulation’s parameters, and to satisfy the customer’s needs for music diffusion in the various areas of the resorts. Thanks to the EASE 4.3 simulation software, that uses 3D modeling to reproduce the buildings, RCF has virtually reconstructed the architecture of the main areas simulating the acoustic behaviour and the final result with great precision.
The two resorts offer a highly relaxing and restoring experience, thus the presence of background music is an essential element. QC Terme had required a system able to manage multiple sources, with dedicated functions and tracks according to the type of ambience. The customer also wanted to provide each setting with a remote control for volume regulation, with the possibility to use different audio sources, such as mp3 readers. According to QC Terme’s requirements, RCF has worked separately on each area devoted to well-being, setting a context-specific system for the diffusion of background music in each area.
The whole system is managed and equalized by a digital matrix in the control room, that is also the starting point of power cables for the speakers’ connection and signal cables for the remote controls. The equipment chosen includes DM 61 and MQ 80P two-way speakers, allowing a very natural and open sound reproduction, ideal for background music diffusion in outdoor environments or humid spaces. The horn-loaded MQ 80P is particularly efficient and very appropriate for audio systems in large areas, also in the open air. Both speakers feature the IP 55 protection, indicating an excellent level of isolation towards liquids and solids.
RCF has a long-standing experience in providing electroacoustic solutions for emergency evacuation. The company has provided QC Terme’s resorts with a system compliant with regulatory standards, that guarantees total priority on music and high intelligibility of alarm messages in case of emergency.
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The city of Tallinn is carrying out a project of revitalization of its former Soviet residential neighborhoods. The stunning and innovative Tondiraba Ice Arena, seat of the World Junior Figure Skating Championship in March 2015, was conceived and built last year with the aim of providing the Lasnamäe district with an avant-garde facility of great functional and architectural value.
Tondiraba’s acoustic quality is outstanding – the whole ceiling is made of wooden beams and sound absorbing materials, thus creating very good environmental conditions. The sound system of this new multi-purpose sports arena, with an area of more than 20000 mq, 5840 permanent seats and 1780 additional chairs for concerts, was provided by the local company Event Center with RCF audio products.
The arena needed a complete array system able to reproduce both speech and music clearly even at high sound pressure levels and ensure excellent standards of weather resistance, because humidity inside the building can become quite severe. Simulations were arranged by the distributor using EASE software.
Event Center installed 10 clusters in the main hall, each consisting of three RCF P4228 loudspeakers coupled with one P8015-S subwoofer. The clusters are directed towards the audience and used for broadcasting announcements and playing music, both from live mic input and playback. Eight additional P2110-T speakers ensure full coverage to the 30x60 metres playing field in the main hall.
Furthermore all practice rinks and the curling hall are equipped with 8 units of P5228-L two-way speakers and 15 units of RCF TT22 WP, a special weatherproof version that is adapted to open-air environments.
The distributor company designed the audio system of Tondiraba Ice Arena with the contribution of RCF Engineering Support Group. “We won the competitive tender called by Merko construction company with a bid based upon RCF products. Event Center met all criteria for sound coverage and resistance to humidity”, said project manager Priit Hinnov. “The P Series is compact, light-weight and weatherproof. With its 110° horizontal and 60° vertical coverage angle, the P4228 model guarantees perfect coverage of the whole area.”
The system in the main arena is powered by 28 RCF HPS 2500 amplifiers installed in five racks, that allow a separate control of the various parts. “Being able to control independently the various zones where the audience is seated, and having a separate amplification for the playing areas, is extremely important in a venue where various activities are performed at the same time”, Hinnov explains.
According to Hinnov, the building will become a major new facility for the country, not only for sports events, but also for concerts and conferences. This is one of the reasons why good intelligibility is a key feature of the chosen equipment.
The Tondiraba Ice Arena is owned by Tallinn City Sports and Youth Department. The new audio system made its debut with the recent World Junior Figure Skating Championship; members of the International Skating Union, which organized the competition, remarked that they were very satisfied with the new sound.
Tondiraba’s programme for the upcoming months is full of sports events and concerts, that will be supported by RCF’s installed sound equipment. In recent years the Italian company has been increasingly focused in providing customized solutions for large-size international arenas and stadia, with growing know-how and notable references, such as Signal Iduna Park (Germany), Baku Stadium (Azerbaijan), Wembley Stadium (UK), Juventus Stadium (Italy), and many others.
- More information about Tondiraba Ice Arena:
http://www.merko.ee/en/projekt/tondiraba-ice-arena/
http://kta.ee/tallinn-arena
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After 12 years of reconstruction and renovation works, the beautiful Sarajevo City Hall and National Library finally re-opened in May 2014. RCF took part in the process of giving new life to this antique edifice of great artistic and historic value, providing a complete audio solution for conference rooms and banquet halls with Forum 9000 and Forum 6000 systems, L-PAD 12CX mixing console and CS 3082 slim-line column speakers.
Sarajevo City Hall, locally called “Vijecnica”, was first opened in 1896 as the seat of the National Library. The architectural project is a reflection of the city’s history and atmosphere, with Eastern and Western styles blended together in a unique and intriguing outcome, as often occurs in the Balkans – an area that is particularly rich in cultural and artistic variety, with influences from many different traditions resulting in a fascinating East-meets-West feel. The National Library was burned to the ground in 1992, causing the loss of rare books and antique manuscripts of priceless value. It was then re-built as similarly as possible to the original construction, both in terms of architecture and interior design, and finally re-opened in 2014 with full functionality. Today it serves as the City Hall and seat of the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosting major institutional events and representing one of the main touristic landmarks in a country where tourism is growing steadily.
The City Hall’s acoustics is quite complex and full of reverberation, due to the its unusual architecture – it has a triangular ground plan and a main central area of hexagonal shape. Being the seat of two prominent national institutions, the building had to be provided with a high-reliability cutting-edge AV solutions, that were set up by Haris Sadikovic of Rasa company. Products chosen were RCF Forum 9000 and Forum 6000 conference systems, L-PAD 12 CX mixer and CS 3082 slim-line column speakers. Sadikovic, that has been working with RCF products for more than 15 years, explains the reasons behind the products’ choice: “The City Hall required a reliable system that could be adapted and customized according to the varying needs of each meeting, so we chose Forum 9000 because of its functional richness and operational stability. We equipped the central conference room with 71 microphones, plus the software for conference management. We also installed the RCF digital voting and recording softwares, that allow to set the voting parameters in totally personalized ways, and have several additional functions.” Indeed, thanks to Forum 9000 the city council members can put each speaker’s intervention on digital record, broadcast audio files, enjoy simultaneous translation and multiple streaming. All microphone sets feature a well-advanced neodymium loudspeaker that is automatically attenuated in volume whenever the neighbouring mics are turned on, thus reducing acoustic feedback and providing the council chamber with exceptional sound clarity.
A secondary conference room, where smaller meetings are held, was equipped by Rasa with 41 units of Forum 6000 microphones, a system designed to provide excellent versatility for small-to-medium council chambers. The City Hall’s banquet room also needed an audio solution, but, as Sadikovic explains, “In this case it was not just a matter of acoustic quality, especially in terms of speech reproduction, but also of aesthetic result. We chose RCF CS 3082 slim-line column speakers because they have a discrete visual impact that blends perfectly into the room’s thick multi-coloured pictorial decoration. I would say that they are almost invisible. At the same time they provide a clear and intelligible sound, and very natural reproduction.” Finally, a L-PAD 12CX mixing console was included in the system in order to handle multiple signals.
RCF has been often the AV choice of city councils and local governments. The company’s solutions satisfy the needs of congress halls, parliaments, boards of directors and conventions regardless of their size, with dedicated product lines for small, medium or large conferences, and the highly specialized guidance of the internal Engineering Support Group. Local authorities in the UK have also recently introduced the company’s digital conferencing and voting systems into their council chambers, praising Forum 9000 for its flexibility, cost-effectiveness and easiness of streaming.
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When the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Lincolnshire took the decision to invest in a permanently installed active line array system for its 399-seat auditorium, it opted for an RCF HDL10-A from locally based LUX Technical.
The Theatre, which was built within the shell of the original Corn Exchange Hall in the Victorian era, needed a versatile system to handle its varied programme ranging from stand-up comedy to local am-dram and full blown rock concerts. LUX Technical bid successfully for the contract which was issued by Theatre Manager Judith Mackie. Having experience LUX Technical’s larger HDL20-A rental system on many occasions, her team had been fully aware of the system’s coverage capabilities.
“We decided to install a permanent system because when touring companies arrive with their own production they often carry enormous speakers. We wanted to make it easier and quicker to load in and load out by providing a flexible house system and encourage them to play through that,” she said.
And it has clearly been working, as according to the Corn Exchange’s assistant tech, Jack Milligan, “Everyone who has heard the speakers says what a difference they have made — they sound absolutely brilliant.”
The Theatre also needed to achieve best value as it is run almost entirely by volunteers, and since the start of the new millennium has been administered under a charitable company (Corn Exchange Theatre Company) — set up to support the arts in Stamford.
The journey to discover the best solution had been driven largely by the Corn Exchange Theatre’s technical director Roger Bradshaw. In conjunction with technical manager, Robert Mackie they evaluated a ground-stacked version of RCF’s popular D-Line series and gave it the thumbs up.
With its onboard 1400 Watt Peak Power 2-way digital amplifier and powerful DSP, the HDL10-A not only met the criteria — but also provided a more manageable and less obtrusive piece of real estate to fly over the proscenium arch. Three HDL10-A elements have been hung each side along with an HDL15-AS flyable sub.
Providing front row infills are a pair of RCF’s TT052-A. Equipped with two 5” neodymium woofers and a 1” compression driver, these are ideal where the audio beam needs be directed towards a specific area, such as the front row seating.
According to LUX Technical’s managing director, Peter Gibbons, his company has been a fan of RCF’s D-Line composite line arrays since taking over Stewart Duckworth’s Chameleon Pro Audio & Lighting Ltd (who had been first UK customer for the HDL20-A).
“We have done many shows with the HDL20-A but the smaller HDL10-A is also a super system, offering flexibility and great value for money. We were confident in this solution and it has fitted perfectly into the acoustic space, and packs a real punch.
“It’s a nice and easy system to install and operate, with the flying hardware and the advantage of being able to fly the sub; it’s also very lightweight considering it has all the amps on board. Overall, it’s a superb piece of kit.”
The HDL10-A rig is the centrepiece of a larger audio fit-out and Peter Gibbons observes that because it is a modular system, when additional bass is required, the theatre can simply add a couple of additional HDL matched subs from LUX Technical’s hire stock.
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When RCF’s project team first arrived in Azerbaijan, in November 2014, construction work on the new stadium was already at an advanced stage. With a capacity of 68,000 spectators, and characterized by remarkable architecture, Baku Olympic Stadium was positioned to become one of the landmarks of Azerbaijan’s capital city, with a population of 2 million. It was officially inaugurated in March 2015 and it will host the inaugural European Games in June.
RCF’s Engineering Support Group (ESG) and R&D Department had worked together with the local distributor Asimetrik during the previous year, in order to develop the best acoustic solution for the venue. After the final approval and a Factory Acceptance Test in April 2014, with the main contractor, subcontractor and local distributor visiting RCF’s production facilities in Italy, official installation of the system started with the team’s first trip to Baku in November 2014.
“We used as many as 270 customized units of TTL55-A for 1 MW of audio power. This is one of the biggest permanent installations we have undertaken so far,” RCF explains. “It was a very stimulating project because our standard TTL55-A active 3-way line arrays had to be adjusted and customized, particularly in respect of their mechanic and electronic system”. Thanks to the significant expertise developed with previous experiences, such as Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund and other international stadia, the team rose to the challenge. “We made a few visits to Baku and provided some specific instructions for the set-up. The whole installation process was supervised remotely from our headquarters through RD Net,” adds RCF with obvious satisfaction.
TTL55-A modules were chosen due to their familiar vocal clarity and high SPL of more than 120 dB. These were two of the contractor’s main requirements for the system, because part of the audience is seated as far as 63 metres from the speakers. The final configuration is composed of 20 clusters, delivering excellent sound to all the tribunes (10 clusters containing 17 cabinets and 10 clusters with 10 cabinets, for a total of 270 cabinets).
An active line array was the right choice for this project because it allows very simple and discreet wiring, with only two signal cables – one for the audio signal and the other for the digital control system. Despite its imposing size, the system’s cabling is clean and easy to manage.
The overall acoustical design of the Stadium includes 64 units of P2110 (10’’ coaxial two-way speakers) for the under balcony area and 12 units of H1315 (3-way horn-loaded bi-amped mid throw cabinets) for the playing area.
The use of standard fly-bars was excluded from the beginning and a special frame was fabricated instead. The aim was to create line arrays flown parallel to the ground, ensuring perfect sound coverage to the whole audience when the cabinets are placed above the tribune.
“We drew a lot on the experience gained from Dortmund,” RCF states. A special frame composed of stainless steel mounting hardware and internal bracing with 16 lateral fixing points, suitable for the overhead configuration, was designed by a German engineering company. All TTL55-A cabinets were customized by RCF with metal backbones and internal supports for additional safety, making sure that the line array’s weight is safely supported by the steel structure and not just by the cabinets’ plywood.
Each single cluster is easily accessible thanks to independent motors, capable of lowering the frame at the tribune level. Once up in the roof position, each frame is secured to the roof structure through dedicated hooks and steel links.
The acoustical system in Baku Olympic Stadium has to withstand outdoor conditions 365 days a year. Hence all cabinets were processed with a special weatherproofing treatment consisting of external and internal polyurea finish and use of stainless steel for the mounting hardware and frame. Loudspeakers are reinforced with a special waterproof film and a multi-layer coating on the grille, highly resistant to humidity but transparent to sound.
RCF’s ESG and R&D Department together with Asimetrik developed a tailor-made solution allowing full monitoring of the system, making control, set-up and maintenance as simple and convenient as possible despite the large site. Each TTL55-A module is equipped with a sophisticated fault-monitoring board and reporting occurs through the RD Net control system.
The RD Net GUI (Graphic User Interface) allows a straightforward oversight of the whole system, including transducers, amplifiers, power supply and the whole audio connection path. The additional GPIO unit (General Purpose Input/Output) communicates any incongruity from the desired settings in terms of safety and acoustical performance. It sends an overall full and centralized report from a single station to any third party system. When a fault signal appears, it can be easily inspected through the RD Net GUI on the dedicated personal computer.
“Baku Olympic Stadium exceeded the customer’s expectations in many ways, not only in terms of excellent intelligibility, even when the stadium is empty, but also for the system’s high SPL and its distribution, designed to be in compliance with the latest international legislation. Moreover, the audio system fulfills all requirements of the EN 60849 standard for the electro-acoustic systems applied to emergency services, another area of long-standing expertise for RCF. Now we can’t wait for the European Games in June,” team members claim.
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Come ogni anno il 1 maggio porta con sé una miriade di eventi musicali grandi e piccoli in tutta la penisola. Giunto ormai alla terza edizione, il concerto di Taranto è uno dei maggiori spettacoli di quella data, che ha radunato oltre 100 mila persone attorno al palco situato all’interno del Parco Archeologico delle Mura Greche, per uno show iniziato alle 2 di pomeriggio e durato ben dodici ore.
L’impianto audio firmato RCF è stato costituito da 12 moduli di TTL55-A a ogni lato del palco, affiancati da ulteriori 6 moduli per lato come side-fill. La riproduzione delle basse frequenze è stata gestita attraverso 18 subwoofer TTS56-A, ideali per spazi molto ampi, con configurazione in straight line cardioide e curvati virtualmente.
Il team della rental company Provinciali srl è stato sul posto per il set-up del sistema e durante l’intero concerto. Il responsabile tecnico Pierluigi Provinciali ha saputo garantire un perfetto svolgimento dello show insieme ai collaboratori Luca Scornavacca, Simone Losito e altri. “Dal punto di vista acustico la peculiarità di questa installazione è data dalla dimensione dell’area” spiega. “Si tratta di un parco davvero vasto, perciò abbiamo esteso la copertura con linee di ritardo che hanno compreso tutta l’area sul piano orizzontale, garantendo un’ottima qualità dell’audio anche sui lati e non solo al centro.” Le linee di ritardo erano costituite da 4 cluster di 6 TTL55-A ciascuno, per estendere la copertura fino alla distanza di 150 metri.
Un ulteriore fattore di criticità che ha caratterizzato l’installazione è l’inusuale collocazione del palco, non in posizione centrale rispetto al pubblico, a causa della conformazione del Parco Archeologico. “Il supporto tecnico di RCF in fase di progetto si è rivelato fondamentale” aggiunge il team di Provinciali srl. Il controllo dell’intero impianto è stato effettuato tramite il software RD Net, grazie a cui sono state gestite tutte le fasi di equalizzazione, allineamento di fase e gestione dei ritardi.
Sul palco si sono esibiti Subsonica, Marlene Kuntz, Caparezza, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, Roy Paci Aretuska Allstars, Velvet, Francesco Baccini, Mama Marjas, Officina Zoè, Iosonouncane, Andrea Rivera, Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni, Brunori Sas, Diodato, LNRipley, Il Muro del Canto, Mannarino, Fido Guido, Bestierare. Un programma davvero ricco ed eterogeneo, che include svariati generi musicali, all’insegna di quella vivacità che caratterizza la scena musicale pugliese da alcuni anni a questa parte. Oltre ai grandi nomi si sono esibiti numerosi artisti emergenti da tutta Italia, scelti attraverso una serie di audizioni durante gli scorsi mesi, dando la possibilità anche a volti meno noti di suonare in un evento di grande portata.
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We hope you had a great time, as we did.
Some highlights of the show:
Live duo band playing everyday in our sound room Iconica headphones' debut M08 & M18 Digital Mixers official launch TTL6-A live at Sound Arena – it is the latest addition to the TT+ range HDL50-A official launch. Ready to redefine the concept of large format arrays EVOX 12 presentation. It is our most powerful portable compact size sound reinforcement system Product demos around the clock We are very satisfied for having introduced our new products to partners, journalists, friends and music lovers from all around the world. Sharing our passion is always a pleasure.
RCF is a long-time exhibitor in Frankfurt since the early Nineties. Our enthusiasm to take part in one of the biggest trade-fairs of the event technology industry just keeps increasing. For us, Prolight+Sound is the challenge that drives constant improvement and innovation. This year's exhibition marks the achievement of several goals and it is the right springboard for the upcoming year.
Thank you again for joining RCF! Hope to see you in our new location (hall 3.1) in 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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