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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.
 

Robert Reichle, Managing Director of SOUNDLINE Ton+Lichttechnik, explains why he chose RCF:
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Earlier this year, International pop sensation Katy Perry performed a free concert in the small but prominent town of Bright in Victoria’s North East. ‘Fight On’ was a family-friendly event held to thank emergency services and first responders to Australia’s recent bushfire crisis. An exceptional popstar needs exceptional sound, and this is where local production specialist Densal Audio was able to deliver.

A formidable array of RCF’s first-class workhorse HDL 20-A units were flown on both sides of the stage, an immense 11 units per side. Front fill was provided by groupings of RCF’s TT 22-A II high definition point source speakers. Highlighting their versatility, side, and rear fill was provided by further sets of HDL 20-A units, ground-stacked into small arrays to ensure coverage from all angles of the Pioneer Park Recreation Reserve.
 
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Cinzella Festival returns to Grottaglie (Taranto) in the beautiful location of the Fantiano Quarries. Despite the social distancing guidelines for outdoor venues, the audio system of choice is the RCF HDL 10-A. Together with the main audio system, Provinciali Service chose RCF for all the audio on stage.

In its fourth edition, the Cinzella Festival is the festival dedicated to music and cinema, which has become an authentic celebration of artistic and cultural attraction between the splendid Murgian hills and the deep sea strips of the Ionian-Salento peninsula. Directed by the actor Michele Riondino, the musical line-up includes live performances of Diodato, winner of the Sanremo 2020 Festival, Andrea Laszlo De Simone, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion, Mama Marjas & Don Ciccio, and Guano Padano.

As per tradition, the festival took place at the Fantiano quarries, a location with a vast landscape with breathtaking scenery: a former tuff quarry that has now become a natural park. The Cinzella Festival owes its name to a figure well known to the popular culture of the area. Cinzella was a famous "companion" of men and youngsters, a woman so special as to remain etched in the collective memory. Legend has it that the statue named after the woman venerated tourists who often mistaken it for a religious icon.

"The project is straightforward, with two classic 10-module HDL 10-A line arrays with three subs HDL 15-AS placed at the top of the PA, and two side fills per side, each with six HDL 10-AS subs,” says System Designer Luca Scornavacca, who describes the audio project and the choices made. "I really like this configuration for two reasons. First: they can project the low mids where the PA does not reach. Second: this configuration improves the distribution of the low mids of the cluster. The line array is in overshoot configuration, adding a few more boxes than usual to maintain a constant SPL throughout the venue without any pressure drop in the back rows."

The HDL 15-AS is a 15" high power hangable subwoofer, designed to integrate perfectly into a suspended array of HDL 10-A modules. It transforms the audio system into a 4-way system (2-way of HDL 10, one of HDL 15-AS hanging and the fourth with six subs 21" SUB 9007-AS and six more 18" SUB 8006-AS on the ground).

Antonello Borrelli, system manager and FOH sound engineer, explains that "The low-frequency section is a hybrid approach and has been designed to ensure good coverage. At the same time it satisfies the sound taste of the various audio technicians who accompany the numerous bands of the festival." Scornavacca specifies that "Subs are split into two stacks of three SUB 8006-ASs and one array of six 9007-ASs in the center."

On the stage, managed by sound engineer Francesco Gaudio, two SUB 8006-ASs, and an HDL 10-A module as side-fill, 8 15" NX 15-SMA stage monitors are installed and a reinforcement of two SUB 8004-AS for the drum-fill.
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RCF Headquarters lights up in red to show solidarity to our mates throughout the entertainment industry hit hard by Covid-19 over the last few months.

The global live entertainment industry stands as one: without immediate major support from governments the entire entertainment industry supply chain is at risk of collapse. This could mean a world without concerts, festivals, live spectaculars and millions out of work. On September 30th we joined the We Make Events Campaign to light up our Headquarters red and #StandAsOne. The #WeMakeEvents campaign aims to raise awareness around the current plight of the live events sector and how it urgently needs financial support in order to survive the Covid-19 crisis.

For more information about the campaign visit www.wemakeevents.com

The Italian partner movement is called Bauli in Piazza. The event industry will come together at Piazza del Duomo in Milan on October 10th. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Bauliinpiazza
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Located in the Black Sea resort town of Anapa, military innovative technopolis "ERA" is built to reduce the time from the creation of innovative scientific projects for the country's defense capability and for peaceful purposes. The Russian solution provider Avilex was selected to develop the multi-zone warning system for the facility covering more than 17 hectares area and 5 buildings, also integrating the buildings together creating a unique broadcasting system.

Functioning structures include an assembly hall and life support facilities, a residential unit for soldiers (for approx. 2000 people) a sports and health complex with a swimming pool and fitness equipment, as well as a number of technical facilities and sites. The construction of this military complex advanced at an unprecedented pace to have a fully working facility in less than one year after the foundation was laid.

With the assistance of ARIS, the Russian RCF distributor, Avilex deployed more than 300 RCF products on the area. All powered by RCF IPS amplifiers, the installation features a vast range of RCF passive speakers - MR series of point source speakers, CS column speakers, VSA steerable column speakers, HD weatherproof horn speaker, and also active line arrays such as the HDL 20-A with SUB 9006-AS.
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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.

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Located on Mount Titano, the San Marino Stadium is the homonymous microstate’s football facility. It was born in 1969, known as Serravalle Stadium. The complete renewal in recent times led to the construction of a service tower with infirmaries, gym, physiotherapy, an extensive press room and TV studios, a large LED wall, and a newly renovated RCF audio system.

Placed a few hundred meters from the border with Italy, it is among the first stadiums in the world to have adopted a synthetic/natural mixed turf; it has a total capacity of 5,000 seats, and hosted matches of the European Under 21 Championship in 2019. San Marino Stadium also held the opening ceremonies of the Games of the Small States of Europe in 1985, 2001, and 2017 and the editions of Rally Legend since 2002. The sports facility is ratified as UEFA category 3 facility. It also hosts the Nationals of the Republic of San Marino, the San Marino Championship and Titano Cup, and the Champions and Europa League preliminaries.

“After investing in a large LED wall, we were confident that a pro-quality audio system would increase audience engagement during matches and events,” comments Elya Bonifazi of the Organization Department of the San Marino Football Federation. The San Marino Football Federation deals with all sports investments in the stadium, with facilities and technologies that will be freely accessible to all other National activities. “When the Football Association decided to upgrade the audio system, I reviewed all offers from the best brands. Then I heard the RCF systems in some stadiums and I had no doubts; it is the most suitable system for our structure. Having carried out a tender with the installation companies, we were able to have one of the best audio systems in the world and we are sure that our public will also be able to appreciate its sound quality”.

Given the intended use and the roofing height, the system design included a distributed system consisting of eight [8] P 3115T coaxial speakers hung under the roof and six [6] P 3115T coaxial speakers for the covered part of the South Grandstand and two [2] speakers coaxial P6215 for the uncovered section. In addition, there are two [2] P 6215s to be used for the sound reinforcement of the field. Two [2] HS 2200 subwoofers were installed to complete the system, providing adequate thrust across the entire sound spectrum.

The P 3115T and P 6215 are two-way coaxial, weatherproof speakers also included in the system design. Optimal coverage is achieved with they’re constant directivity horns and have enough power and efficiency suitable for a wide variety of applications, both outdoors and indoors.

 
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Moscow region, Russia - RCF provides perfect coverage of more than 10 thousand square meters with more than 500 speakers in the latest religious complex built in Russia. The Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ) is a Patriarchal Cathedral in honor of the Resurrection of Christ, "dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, as well as the military feats of the Russian people in all wars". The impressive 100 meters-tall building was completed in May 2020 in the Patriot Park in the Odintsovsky District, Moscow Oblast. The steps and other metal parts were cast from melted Nazi weapons.

The interior capacity of the temple holds up to 6 thousand people. The church is located a few hundreds meters from the nearby open-air museum, celebrating the historical times of the Great Patriotic War. The temple’s main complex is 11 thousand square meters.
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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.

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Sberbank is the largest bank in Russia and a leading international financial institution. It is Russia’s most valuable brand and one of the top 25 brands in the world. Sberbank has 11 regional banks that are responsible for the operations of more than 14,000 branches in 83 of Russia’s regions. RCF’s Russian distributor ARIS and Polymedia equipped the central office’s entrance zone with a sound system for background broadcasting and vocal announcements.

“The main goal was to equip the entrance zone of the central office with a sound system for background music and vocal announcements and a mobile system for events. Glass walls and the abundance of reflective surfaces are the real acoustic challenge of this project,” says Alexandr Shamray, Sales Director of Aris. “We decided to implement a steerable vertical array RCF VSA 850 MKII and the point source wall speakers RCF MQ 30P-W.”

The installation extends to more than 750 square meters covering the waiting area, self-service area, thematic exhibitions, meeting and customer service areas, access control zone, and the balcony.

“The RCF VSA 850 II column is a vertical controlled array with eight amplifiers and eight 3.5 inches speakers,” says Dmitry Semenov, Lead Project Manager of Polymedia “VSA 850 II provides accurate sound directivity to the listening area. Using RCF’s RDNet software, you can control the radiation pattern by controlling the width and inclination of the sound beam, which allows you to accurately articulate our audio sources .”

The miniature two-way coaxial sound projector RCF MQ 30P is ideal for complex architectural solutions,” continues Shamray “The loudspeaker features high intelligibility and a wide frequency range to ensure background music is smooth. The integrated support makes it easy to mount the speaker to a wall or ceiling and orient it in any direction. It’s compact and looks great, perfect for our application.”

As a mobile speaker system, the RCF D-LINE line array series was proposed. “The HDL 30-A with HDL 38-AS became the absolute right decision for Polymedia. “The HDL-30 has the necessary sound pressure level and sufficient headroom for these rooms and RDNet control helps to quickly achieve a good result”. states Semenov.
 
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The musical Le Tour Du Monde En 80 Jours completed the shows at Euroexpo in Lyon in front of 3,000 spectators. GDS Productions used an RCF HDL 30-A system reinforced by 9007-AS subs, and a DPA microphone kit.

Le Tour Du Monde En 80 Jours was produced in 2018 with a mixture of circus, dance, comedy, and music. This musical is an original Christmas creation by the Grain De Sable troupe (GDS Prod) adapted from the novel by Jules Verne. The show is designed by GDS under the direction of Corinne Roux. Audio Technologies provided by On Stage Audiovisual with Mehdi Ould Brahim on the FOH console.
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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.