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Wuppertal, Germany - The arts centre Immanuel, housed in the rededicated church building of Immanuelskirche in Wuppertal (Germany), impresses with a versatile and innovative programme that also features experimental events. The stage design in the house itself is as varied as the centre’s programme. To prepare for all event possibilities, the venue management opted for permanently installed loudspeaker systems from RCF and combined them with mobile components. As a long-standing partner, taking care of day-to-day operations in the areas of audio and stage technology, Guido Ogrzewalla’s company Safe in Sound was commissioned with planning and installation of the new system.
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St James the Apostle Parish has proudly served its local Catholic community in Hoppers Crossing for over two decades. Mindful of the rapid population growth of Melbourne’s outer western suburbs at the turn of the century, local parish priests from the nearby St Peter Apostle Mission purchased a ten-acre wheat paddock, which would become the future site of St Peter Apostle Primary School and its resident church, St James the Apostle Parish. Originally constructed in 2000, the church has become a multicultural hub of worship and community activities. Late 2019 saw the church enter a complete rebuild phase, with the structure being redesigned from the ground up to accommodate modernized facilities and a growing community base. As part of the redesign, AV professionals at RTR Productions were consulted on supply and setup of a new PA system that would meet the church’s needs. An RCF HDL 6-A line array system was chosen for the parish and installed by integration specialist Digital Link Solutions. Drew Menard, General Manager of RTR Productions, explains why the RCF HDL system was chosen: “As the parish is a multicultural space, attendees are often people for whom English is a second language, making voice reinforcement a priority.
Event
Nottinarena is an artistic and cultural festival that extends throughout the summer season with numerous live shows. An RCF HDL 28-A system with SUB 9006-AS, supplied by Doff Eventi, will serve all the programming at the Alpe Adria Arena in Lignano Sabbiadoro in the months of July and August 2021 with big names of Italian and international music. The first live show on June 3 at the arena with the Italian Popstar Emma Marrone matched the first concert of “Fortuna Live 2021” to mark the 10th anniversary of her career. Numerous concerts and events follow with names of the caliber of Patty Smith, Max Pezzali/883, Modena City Ramblers, Franco 126, Frah Quintale, Natalino Balasso, Federico Buffa, Subsonica, Margherita Vicario and many others.
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The city of Monheim am Rhein starts the open air season with the Monheimer Kulturwerke GmbH. One of the highlights of the "Gartenzwerg grüßt Gänseliesel" action days was the performance by Culcha Candela at the Schützenplatz in Monheim. The sound for the "picnic concert" was provided by Christofer Kaufmann from Tontechnik Kaufmann. As a long-standing RCF customer, he, of course, equipped this concert with the active components of the Italian ProAudio manufacturer.
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Yokohama (Japan) - Yokohama Stadium selects RCF as its sound reinforcement system for both sports and entertainment events. The stadium is one of the venues of the Summer Olympics and one of the most important sports facilities in Japan. It is, in fact, the largest venue in Kantō region of its kind, primarily used for baseball as the home field of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. International artists also performed at the Stadium, such as Santana, David Bowie, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.
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Bilbao, Spain - Everything seems retrofuturistic in Luis Ángel Rodríguez's latest business adventure. It resembles a walk between old and modern psychedelic worlds which Stanley Kubrick would approve. Shock Bilbao Club opens its doors in February 2021 in downtown Bilbao, enchanting the eyes with shades of bubblegum pink, fluorine blue, and hues of purple. If the coronavirus has forced nightclub owners to reinvent themselves with new leisure proposals, Rodríguez, who was already the founder of MoMa Bilbao Club, marks a before and after to the pandemic. Shock Bilbao is a place for all audiences and ages, open from the morning until late midnight to enjoy food, drinks, and especially good music through RCF TT+ Series speakers.
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The Saints Hoan-Thien Catholic Centre in Keysborough, Victoria, is situated on 4 hectares of land owned by Melbourne's Vietnamese Catholic community. Over the years, the Community Centre has been the site of many milestones for the local Catholic populace, such as festivals, congresses, and celebrations. Across from the cardinal building lies the 'Our Lady Of La Vang' shrine, a newly completed house of worship that has been a long-term labor of love for the fellowship. Within the bright inner expanse of the shrine, the building's crisp white roof dominates the architecture. Hanging cleanly from either side of the far end, sit two compact RCF line arrays. Looking almost transparent in their optional matte white finish, the HDL 6-A modules blend perfectly into the supernal scene. Supplied by Factory Sound in Melbourne, and recently set up by installer UB Group, the system provides Front of House audio coverage for voice reinforcement, music playback, and occasional live instrument reinforcement for the venue's regular church Services.
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Recently, in Łódź City (Poland), under a public service contract with local government, the UKS Anilana Sports Hall was granted a new scoreboard and a complete modernized sound system upgrade to RCF— covering the playing field and the stands. The Hall is a facility with longstanding traditions, actively servicing the Łódź community for several decades. UKS “Anilana” refers to the tradition of “KS Anilana”, one of the most famous handball clubs in Poland, enjoying great popularity and winning awards during Olympic Games in the 1970s and 1980s. The capacity of the UKS Anilana Sports Hall is 22000 m3. The playing field area is 1200 m2 and can host up to 1,000 people seated in the stands. The surface of the sports field is covered with Taraflex flooring and meets the requirements of Handball Federation, Federation of professional Volleyball and Basketball.
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Kalem by Zak is a restaurant based on a casual dining concept. Located in a modern and newly opened hotel Pupin, it's one of the best locations in the very heart of Novi Sad. Its interior is inspired by the character and work of the Serbian physicist Mihajlo Pupin, and in addition to tasteful specialties, it offers a large selection of wines from around the world. AVL Project Int, RCF official distributor for Serbia, developed the entire project.

The indoor sound system of the restaurant consists of RCF M 501 Media Series, evenly distributed throughout the dining area. The M 501 is a multipurpose two-way full-range speaker system, suitable for a wide range of indoor applications. Its compact, elegant and neutral design makes the M 501 a good choice for many environments, with available mounting accessories for wall or ceiling positions.

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Austin, Texas — the newly transformed Summit Worship Center, recently upgraded its sound system to support the quality of performances at the center. When David Cherry of 5 Words Media was approached by the center’s Lead Pastor, Eric Moore, about an upgrade, the conversation began with addressing the current system that was underpowered. When the center moved into a new 15,000 sq ft space [about 300 seats] back in 2018, the old loudspeaker system was not cutting it.
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The step-by-step system overhaul process at the Wellin Hall, inside the performance venue of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

The town of Clinton, NY is the home of Hamilton College. Precision Audio Services has provided audio engineering services to the college’s Music and Theater Department for several years, and this spring the company heads up a sound system upgrade in Wellin Hall. The 700-seat hall has served as the central hub of music education and concerts for the college since its construction in the 1980s. The bare concrete and polished wood walls combined with flown wooden acoustic panels above the audience creates a highly reverberant environment—perfect for the hall’s original purpose of unamplified acoustic performances.

However, these properties that make the environment desirable for acoustic performances, also make sound-reinforced events a significant challenge. "With an RT60 of almost 2.5 seconds, achieving a clear mix and vocal delivery is typically a major source of frustration for visiting mix engineers,” says Michael Lawrence from Precision Audio Services. “Although to a large extent, this is simply the reality of working in such an environment, one of the goals for the new design was to increase the consistency over the space and minimize excess energy splashing onto the walls and other non-audience surfaces, both areas where the current installed system struggled."

Another design challenge was presented by the way the space is used – or, more accurately, ways. The hall hosts a wide variety of musical, theatrical, dramatic, and speech events that necessitate a large degree of flexibility, where the current system presented some limitations. “We have three different mix positions depending on the needs of the show,” explains the venue’s Technical Coordinator, Bill Di Paolo. “Sometimes we are driving press feeds, live stream feeds, backstage zones, and we need a way to pull those feeds off the console without the operator having to jump through hoops. Another thing that’s been a bit of a problem for us is that the current mains are dead hung, so there’s no way to get to them for maintenance if there’s an issue. We had to swap out a bad box last year and it turned into a whole labor call just to get the box down to the deck to be worked on.”

The system design is far from the traditional install-patch approach. “Sometimes I have to adapt to things very quickly, on the fly, and in the past that’s been a challenge where we couldn’t get physical access to a loudspeaker, or all the signal flow was happening in the back of a rack somewhere with no easy way to get signals in or out of the rig at various points in the chain,” Di Paolo notes. “For larger events, we typically have a dedicated sound engineer but often it’s just me trying to handle multiple things at once, or we have a student operator, and so we need to be able to get to things easily.”

Starting from the console outputs, the new system design approach allows quick and easy changes before or after the processor, all the way to the loudspeaker positions themselves. No punch-down connectors in the back of racks – all the system patch points were brought to the front of the drive rack in a custom XLR patch bay system from Elite Core Audio, resembling more of a touring rack design mentality. I knew of several DSPs that would have been an appropriate fit for this project, but settled on an Allen & Heath AHM-64, which I felt offered the “best of both worlds” between a typical install-type free-wire DSP and a more live-oriented fixed-structure DSP.

An A&H IP6 controller sits next to the mixing console, configured for quick access to mute/unmute the entire PA plus dedicated mute and level controls for the ADA assistive listening system, the backstage 70-volt system, and the press send. These feeds are derived from the console mix and accessible via the patch bay, so providing a press send is as simple as plugging in a cable and turning a knob to adjust for the mic or line level requirement of the press equipment.

The main PA hangs presented some issues as well – the existing hang point locations didn’t allow for the hangs to be lowered for maintenance due to the proximity of the loudspeakers to the hall’s architectural elements and lighting fixtures. "We decided to move the hang points onstage about 18 inches, which would further the clearance away from the side walls to allow the arrays to be freely raised and lowered. It required the creation of new points via custom-length bridles between existing steel. This enabled the system to be lowered for maintenance or simply have the trim height adjusted for various events. The standard trim height was chosen to be the best compromise of sightlines and coverage, while the chain falls gave the option to lower and re-splay the arrays for theatrical events in this space – something not achievable in the past." Lawrence explains.
Installation
The Sulim Kadyrov Mosque, located in the village of Oyskhara, has a capacity of up to 15,000 people. Opened in 2020, the 70+ RCF speakers project for the building was carried out by Master Sound with the assistance of the Moscow-based RCF distributor ARIS.

In 1932, Sulim Kadyrov was convicted by the authorities for teaching the Holy Quran and religion of Islam. For his actions, he spent 14 long years in the Gulag camps.

The grand opening of the mosque took place on August 21, 2020, with the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov attending as a special guest. The celebration coincides with the 69th anniversary of the birth of the first President of the Chechen Republic, hero of Russia, Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov.

The air volume of the hall, taking into account the under- and upper- balconies, is about 14,000 m3, with a total surface area is 6360 m2. Acoustic calculations were measured by the computer modeling software AFMG EASE. The sound system covers the entire premises of the prayer halls (the main prayer hall and two halls on the basement level), providing optimal intelligibility as required.

Since there are no intelligibility standards required in Russia, ARIS engineers used external scientific publications about acoustic standards in mosques, including those carried out by ARIS, and with the support of the Acoustics of Halls, inside the Research Institute of Building Physics laboratory (RAASN). According to these studies, taking into account the volume of the main prayer hall, the optimum reverberation time for RT60 in the frequency range of 500-1000 Hz should be from 1.9 to 2.2 seconds. "Since there were no possible adjustments to the original finish, the challenge to reach the optimal RT60 was difficult," comments Alexandr Shamray, Head of Sales at ARIS. "To achieve good intelligibility, the Speech Transmission Index (STI) must be around 0.60, for excellent transmission, or more. Taking into account the extremely high resonance of prayer halls and the lack of a meaningful reduction using acoustic absorbers, we focused on​ intelligibility parameters. Relying solely on controlled directivity and quality of the sound system we worked on reaching 0.50-0.55 (or higher)".