Lille-Lesquin (France) - Place des Oliviers is a place both authentic and modern. It is an ideal place to spend a moment of relaxation, offering a culinary experience, with exquisite French flavours of the south and a lounge area to enjoy tapas and appetizer boards. There is also access to a bowling alley to practice petanque with nine tracks—the summer-sport par excellence.
The chosen speaker series - RCF MEDIA - are the optimal sound for distributed acoustic coverage both for ambient music and party events. Controlled by an RCF DX1616 digital matrix and installed by Sonodistrib of Lesquin, the sound system develops into multiple areas with separated controls and practical mute functions easily managed from the ad-hoc map interface on the iOS control App.
A total of 32 RCF speakers have been installed, both outdoors and indoors, with six M801 plus 16 M601 for the internal spaces, and four S5012 subs. Six additional weatherproof MQ80P speakers service the petanque lawn—outside on the top of building roof! The entire system is powered by 11 RCF IPS 700 /1700 amplifiers and managed by a DX1616 matrix.
Aurelien Senaffe of Sonodistrib designed a dedicated interface with volume, zoning and mutes on iPad, to manage and gain secure control of the DX1616 via WiFi.
When Tom Chennells merged his previous company Wavelength Entertainments into Yes Events back in 2011, he brought with him a clutch of RCF 905AS and ART 722AS loudspeakers. But he could little have realised that seven years later he would be operating three divisions from a 13,000 sq. ft purpose industrial unit, housing £2m of sound, lighting, staging, rigging, video and power equipment — including more than 200 loudspeakers from RCF (his sole speaker supplier).
Yes’s recent addition of 24x HDL 6-A composite line array enclosures is the latest stage on a journey that took them from those early ART boxes to TT+ (TT25-A, TTS-28-A, TT 08-A lightweight monitors), and into the new technology of the Bluetooth enabled EVOX JMIX8.
With the company now split into three sections — Yes Events, Yes Production and Yes Hire — Chennells realises the value of having access to a product catalogue that covers all bases, and meets all budget requirements.
With a background in high-end DJ work he also sensed the value of being able to offer a turnkey infrastructure, while his love for RCF had blossomed during those earlier days when he was running pole-mounted ART series speakers with his roadshow.
Once he had merged Wavelength with Nick Ratcliffe’s Yes Events he was soon buying bigger TT+ systems, such as the TTL33-A, and today points to client requirements for more sophisticated production as the reason for his 20-30% growth in turnover during the past three years to a multimillion pound annual operation.
Why such a large RCF inventory? “You start by purchasing a few pieces of a certain product, and when you see such great results it’s an easy decision to keep adding further stock. Every box has a purpose — from the simpler standalone point and shoot boxes such as HD10-A, HD12-A and the very cost effective ART3 and EVOX ranges which make a great choice for wedding and rental customers.
“The rental stock extends through to a large amount of the premium industry leading TT+ and HDL. We should give special mention to the little TT052-A. It is so discreet that it is easy to hide away on corporate events at places such as The Shard and equally at home as lip fill in large shows.”
In the corporate world Yes Events has had the privilege to work with many A-list acts, Elton John, Beverley Knight, Duran Duran, Tony Hadley to name a few, along with corporate giants such as Disney, while they have provided PA for many sporting events right across outdoor venues and arenas the UK.
Aside from budget considerations, and RCF’s legendary matched componentry of their active systems, what other compelling reasons are there? “Simple,” says Tom. “You don’t need to do much to the systems on set up. 99% of the time you just plug in, stand back and it sounds great.
With limited set-up times at some shows this is a massive attribute. There is also a good rental network of RCF users now and great support from RCF UK … it’s a nice relationship.” Anyone who attended the recent RCF Open Day at G-Live in Guildford will have noted how Tom Chennells evangelised the HDL6-A (hence Yes’s recent investment). “The cost and weight are amazing for what it can deliver and it’s a great way to get people into a focused sound system with so much control over directivity. At G-Live we put up eight [elements] with a flybar per side; this system comfortably throws 50 metres and yet it weighs less than 100kg a side, which is amazing.”
RCF will highlight a vast range of new products at this year’s BITAM Show. The new RCF product line features innovative solutions, design upgrades and exciting new advances in audio technology. Following the HDL 30-A philosophy, RCF officially launches the two-way bi-amped line array HDL 28-A, featuring RCF’s proprietary RDNet Networked Management in a lightweight cabinet featuring high accuracy on voice intelligibility and the ubiquitous FiRPHASE.
Widely appreciated, and globally used as the primary portable system for on-the-go musicians and DJs, the EVOX speaker series showcase its new twin brothers, EVOX J8 and EVOX JMIX8. Built on the high-quality analog path found in the RCF professional E series, the new F Series mixing consoles comprises four fully-featured mixers from six to 16 channels, offering multi-FX, Single Control Compressors, and Recording capabilities.
The RCF booth will further exhibit the new range of touring TT+ speakers such as the TT 10-A, TT 08-A II, the double 8” low-profile wedge monitor TT 20-CXA and the innovative TTP/TTL 4-A. Because of the innovative rigging concept and a rotatable/swappable waveguide, the TTP/TTL 4-A is a brand new speaker concept worth a visit.
FiRPHASE processing drives all the new self-powered RCF speakers, allowing 0° phase compatibility between the entire RCF speaker range, delivering transparent sound, absolute clarity, and perfect sonic image to the listener.
The RDNet Networked Management sees improvements with the 3.2 release, such as real-time air compensation, the inclusion of the Shape Designer, the RCF two-dimensional simulation software and the new Bass Shaper function, to achieve the desired timbre on low frequencies and maintain the desired tonal balance across the entire system.
Don't miss the opportunity to attend our product demos as shown below.
BITAM VI Edition
November 20th, 21st and 22nd 2018, Madrid (Spain)
Pabellón de Cristal, Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo de Madrid
RCF BOOTH 42
RCF DEMO SCHEDULE:
Tuesday 20th: 1st: 11:10 – 2nd: 13:15 – 3rd: 17:10
Wednesday 21st: 1st: 10:25 – 2nd: 12:30 – 3rd: 16:25
Thursday 22nd: 1st: 11:45 – 2nd: 13:35
Following a complete interior restoration of its Italian tour bus, which included a significant audio update to include RCF’s small but mighty RCF HDL 6-A, Red Bull Music toured the Italian peninsula with the travelling festival, LIVE IT.
The tourbus, a ‘60s FIAT 309, became temporary home, rehearsal room and stage for theartists in the contest, on a tour that delivered 24-full days of music to a total 112,000 visitors. They were joined by 25 technicians, seven sound engineers and a tour bus manager; as well as a further 35 tour bus artists and a total of 156 artists hosted in festivals.
Transforming speedily, the roof of the tour bus is a stage within minutes. Its side trusses quickly in place, rigged with lighting and the RCF line arrays. Ten HDL 6-A line array modules supported by four SUB 8004-AS units form an array more than five metres high, to cover large areas.
Daniele Giraldi, sound engineer and owner of SPS Audio used the system during L’Umbria che Spacca, a festival which he says is "already using similar systems with SPS Audio. We did not have the slightest doubt in using the HDL 6-A."
He states, "The HDL 6-A is a versatile system that combines lightweight components with excellent SPL performance. The SUBs are powerful and round, the system reacts well to the mixer headroom and has a clear and powerful tone.” Michael Gario, a freelance sound engineer on the Red Bull Music Tour Bus as FOH Engineer during the Reload Sound Festival, commented, “I was amazed by the RCF sound system as soon as I heard it on the Red Bull tour bus. Despite its small size, it immediately proved itself with the muscles of a much larger audio system. You can hear a pleasant freshness of the high frequencies without ever being annoying to the ear; perfectly balanced mid frequencies and extremely "punchy" low frequencies, without ever becoming ‘squashy’. A pleasure for the ears!"
May Day has traditionally been an occasion to celebrate at prodigious length, but this year, BRINGS, the Cologne-based rock combo headed up by fraternal duo Peter and Stephan Brings, hopped the festivities up to a whole new level with their May Polka Party.
They staged an intimate get-together with 13,000 fans and celebrity cameos, rocking Cologne's Lanxess Arena in a four-hour plus marathon show on May 1st. And for all those hard-core revelers that hate to go home, there was a three-hour after-show party.
TSL Productions rolled out RCF products to serve up sweet sound at this bash. The main PA featured 32 active, three-way HDL50-A (2x12", 4x6", 2x1.4") line array units paired with 20 dual-18" SUB 9006-AS subwoofers. The latter setup consisted of a combination subwoofer array in end-fired and gap-toothed cardioid configurations. The RCF RD-Net connected the individual sub clusters in a sub arch with delays timed to provide front-to-end bass coverage.
The crew deployed 36 of the new active RCF line array HDL30-A (2x10", 1.4") top units in four clusters as side-fills and to cover bleacher seating. This was the first time they were deployed in conjunction with 16 active 18" VIO S118 subwoofers from RCF Groups's brand dBTechnologies in a flown cardioid configuration. Another 18 dual-6" HDL-6" line array modules provided near-fill support.
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When Montana Pro Audio was called on to replace a 15-year-old sound system at the Beaverhead County Fair Rodeo Arena, they faced a scenario that limited their installation options leaving them to search and source the right product to both provide the coverage they needed and endure the outdoor elements of the rodeo arena. “The only placement options for the bleacher seats were light poles which are irregularly spaced with respect to the bleachers,” notes Montana Pro Audio Integration Manager Ryan Johnston. Plus, “the existing speaker wire to the far side of the arena was buried and would have to be reused for the updated system,” leaving them with pre-specified speaker positions. With that in mind, “We needed to select a loudspeaker system that would withstand the weather with fairly high output and low power ratings. We also needed a series that had different horn patterns that we could deploy based on throw distance, as due to the bleacher/pole layout we had to vary between shorter and medium distance throws.” Johnston continues, “We were also looking for a bracket mount option to simplify rigging and supply a stable mount for the speakers. “Plus the far side speakers would have to be powered with a 70-volt amplifier and stepped back down using an autoformer at the speaker end to maximize the amount of power we could send over the long, smaller gauge wire runs from the existing infrastructure.”
Serving an international fellowship of Christian students, the University of the Nations was born out of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a highly decentralized international movement of Christians from many denominations. Their history dates back to 1978 when Pacific & Asia Christian University in Kona, Hawaii was founded. As their teachings spread to other campuses throughout the world, now with over 600 locations in 160 different nations, they have since adopted the new moniker University of the Nations. The 40-acre Kona campus is home to some 700 students offering Associate Degrees ranging from the arts to counseling and early childhood education to biblical studies. The campus is also home to the Aloha Lanai Cafeteria, Hawaii’s largest dining facility with a capacity of 3500. Nearly a decade ago Orlando, Florida-based Owens Audio Video Design was called on to implement a new system for their Ohana Court, an outdoor Worship area & basketball Court Being an open-air facility, that system was exposed to nature’s elements and getting tired. Over the years, and with advancements in loudspeaker technology, with the long-time relationship the university has with the integrator, they called upon Owens once again to refurbish the facility, this time specifically requesting a line array solution.
RCF has added Watford, UK based hire company, Just Smile to its growing number of HDL 30-A line array customers around the world.
The events specialists, who service a wide portfolio of projects — ranging from corporate events to Jewish weddings and national sporting fixtures — purchased a 16-box HDL 30-A rig, with six complementary SUB 9006-AS subwoofers. This will not only service their large roster of summer events, including their own promoted BushFest festival, but also the many fireworks spectaculars they undertake towards the end of the year.
Berklee is one of the most distinguished Universities of musical studies in the world, with headquarters in Boston and a branch in Valencia, located in the City of Arts and Sciences.
Berklee campus’s class of 2018 graduated on Monday, July 9th. To celebrate this milestone, students from all four master’s degree programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia staged a special concert on Saturday, July 7th that took place on an RCF equipped floating stage, opposite the Hemisféric, in collaboration with the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences.
At QC Terme Resorts, elegant spaces combine harmoniously with the latest technologies. Through skilful design, realisation and management of these spas and wellness centres, the "Salus Per Aquam" wellbeing philosophy of ancient Rome is brought back with a modern twist. Evolution over time has transformed the spa into a multi-sensory experience in which to indulge in pleasant moments of total relaxation. QC Terme's cutting-edge centres are located in Bormio (Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchi), Pré-Saint-Didier, Milan, Turin, Rome and San Pellegrino, with prestigious new locations current under construction in Italy and worldwide.
One of the most recent to open, at the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site, a QC spa immersed in the unspoilt nature of the Val di Fassa. QC Terme Dolomiti slots into the landscape with maximum respect for this natural setting. The Ladin culture is revived in the spaces of the spa, through typical furnishings of the local artisan tradition. Three levels of wellbeing, for a total of 4300 square metres, plus swimming pools and outdoor areas that allow you to enjoy the benefits of "forest bathing", immersion in nature as preventive medicine. The sauna also transforms into a cinema: the Sauna Chèder is the first to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy short films dedicated to nature.
The curtain has fallen on the Eleventh FIDS Italian Dancesport Championships - Federdanza, 2018 edition. 20,000 athletes competed, with four esteemed judges who literally conquered the audience and athletes alike: Carla Fracci, Kledi, Garrison and Renato Greco. 159 couples took to the floor for the GrandSlam contests: 92 Standard and 67 Latin from a total of 22 different countries. Six themed arenas - 4 pavilions of 3 thousand square metres each and 2 one thousand square meter theatres, all set up with RCF audio - with a total attendance of over 220 thousand and an average of 20,000 spectators daily. Just over 500 judges and approximately 3500 medals awarded, with golds, silvers and bronzes for singles, couples and groups.
Milan - RCF is amplifying the sound experience in the city's futuristic new CityLife redevelopment project, with articulated audio diffusion for the public areas and a complete centralised sound system in the Allianz Tower. CityLife is located in the Fiera di Milano district, and brings together public and private spaces, luxury homes, three skyscrapers and a modern shopping centre, with access to the "Tre Torri" Metro station. The 170,000 square metre public space also includes green parks and leisure facilities. The entire area is pedestrianised, with an underground traffic and car parking system.
RCF delivered the audio system for CityLife's outside spaces. The design and colours of the speakers used are organically linked to the architectural style of the district, for maximum aesthetic continuity. The sound diffusion is managed using powerful DXT 9000 processors, in compliance with the EN 54 safety standard for evacuation announcements. An entertainment music system delivering refined acoustic performance was also installed.
The district's tallest skyscraper is the Allianz Tower: at 207 metres, 50 floors high, it accommodates up to 3800 people in its vast office space. RCF has developed an audio system with one amplifier per floor, plus the relative speakers. Each individual property can therefore independently control its musical contributions. The DXT 9000 system manages the connection between the various amplifiers and the matrices. Flexicomm BUS technology, developed exclusively by RCF, manages data traffic using copper cables, while audio signals are shared on the Dante network via fibre optics.
The hall is equipped with an advanced automatic volume adjustment system. By analysing the ambient noise, the diffused audio is adapted to ensure maximum acoustic comfort and optimum intelligibility. CityLife is one of the largest urban development areas in Europe. An example of the value, innovation and efficiency of RCF technologies.
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