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RCF and Thunder Audio provide heavenly sound on Tyler Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” tour

(Edison, New Jersey) Michigan’s Thunder Audio Inc. has a relationship with tour management company Peachez Entertainment Services that stretches back over 20 years – before Tyler Perry began his incredibly prolific theater, TV and film career. Since 1999, Mr. Perry has produced a new stage production almost every year, and the 300 live shows that he presents each year in association with Peachez Entertainment Services are attended by an average of 35,000 people per week. His latest stage play, “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”, owes its clarity of sound to Thunder Audio and RCF.
“Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” is a production of nine actors, including Patrice Lovely from the hit TV sitcom “Love Thy Neighbor” and R&B Artist Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley. The show, which also includes a five-piece band and three backing vocalists, segues from spoken dialogue right into songs and back again, and requires a system to meet these unique sonic demands. Thunder Audio Inc. has provided an RCF system, including 28 TTL55-A Line Array Modules and 4 TTL36-AS subwoofers, that perfectly fills the bill.
“The actors use lavalier mics, which aren’t really designed for loud-volume singing – the challenge is making that sound not too harsh and loud, while preserving the clarity of the spoken parts,” says Ron Hurd, Thunder Audio Engineer and FOH Engineer for the tour. Hurd has engineered sound on Tyler Perry’s shows since 2000, and he’s seen a dramatic turnaround in theatergoers’ post-show comments as they exit past the soundboard since incorporating RCF into the production.
“With RCF, the transition from voice to song has been so seamless,” says Hurd. “We used to get some comments from patrons as they were leaving about how the vocals were hard to understand, or that the musical numbers were too loud… Now we get compliments on the music and the clarity of the actors’ voices.”
Production Director Norman Williams of Peachez Entertainment Services has presided over every theater date of the tour, primarily venues with an average of 3,000 seats, and has similar praise for Thunder Audio and RCF.
“Sometimes we have very tight load-in schedules, and the RCF system is incredibly easy to load in and get positioned,” says Williams. “Thunder Audio’s customer service is outstanding,” Williams continues. He recalls a situation at a show in Chicago, where additional sound equipment was needed “Within six hours, Thunder Audio had a truck down here from Detroit with the necessary gear.”
Tour sound provider Thunder Audio Inc. is a complete audio and production service that has the experience and technology to meet any challenge. www.thunderaudioinc.com
RCF designs and manufactures high-quality professional audio sound system components including transducers, powered and self-powered loudspeakers and line arrays, power amplifiers, digital loudspeaker management systems and recording studio monitors. Additional information can be found at www.thunderaudioinc.com or 313-291-5020 and www.rcf-usa or 732-902-6100

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RCF USA Hosts RCF World Tour Product Demonstrations May 20-21 at Cotton Bowl

RCF USA is proud to host the RCF World Tour product demonstration Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20-21 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. This is the only U.S. stop, with RCF providing live sound reinforcement demonstrations of their line array and stadium series loudspeaker products.
“We are excited to provide a rare opportunity for consultants, our dealer partners and prospective customers to see and hear all of our line array and stadium solutions in one place at the same time,” says RCF USA Director of Sales John Krupa.
Founded in 1949 in Italy, RCF is a renowned manufacturer of transducer products. In recent years, they have become a worldwide leader in line array technology. The storied 80 year history of the iconic Cotton Bowl is a perfect backdrop for the presentation of RCF products, filling the famed 90,000 seat bowl with the sound of RCF.
At the Cotton Bowl event, line array demonstrations will include full flown system configurations, with subwoofers, on the following products:
• TTL55-A – Three-way active line array module with dual 12” low frequency woofers, 10” midrange and three 1.5” neodymium compression drivers. 3500 watt (RMS) tri-amplified achieving 143 dB maximum SPL output.
• TTL33-A – Three-way active line array module with dual 8” low frequency woofers, 8” midrange and three 1” neodymium compression drivers. 1250 watt (RMS) tri-amplified achieving 134 dB maximum SPL
• HDL20-A – Two-way active line array module with dual 10” low frequency/midrange coupled with 3” compression driver. 700 watt (RMS) bi-amplified achieving 135 dB maximum SPL
• HDL10-A – Two-way active line array module with dual 8” low frequency/midrange coupled with 2” compression driver. 700 watt (RMS) bi-amplified achieving 133 dB maximum SPL
In addition, RCF will introduce their new HL Stadium Series passive two-way horn loaded arrays designed for long-throw stadium application. The series will feature three two-way cabinets featuring dual 12” woofers coupled with a 1.5” throat compression driver with 4” voice coil. The cabinets are designed with a 22.5-degree vertical coverage and choice of 40, 60 or 90-degree horizontal coverage. The series is rounded out with a single 18” subwoofer cabinet with same dimensions for array needs. Designed for high output with accurate voice and sound reproduction.
Other products to be demonstrated at the event include:
• TTP5-A – New high powered, two-way 15” point source array engineered to deliver high fidelity output for use both in indoor and outdoor medium and large spaces. The 22.5°x60° waveguide provides tight, accurate coverage. 1600 watt (RMS) bi-amplified achieving 138 dB maximum SPL
• TTL11-A + TTS26-A system – The TTL11-A is an active steerable column array system composed of two modules – one ofr the mid-high and one for the bass frequencies – which is stacked on top of the TTS26-A dual 18” subwoofer. 8000 total watts in the package achieving 140+ dB maximum SPL.
• P5228 – Providing a representation of the RCF P Series of IP55-rated weatherproof outdoor speaker cabinets, the P5228 is a dual 8” two-way cabinet that can be used individually or arrayed for larger environments, as will be demonstrated here.
• TTS56-A – This dual 21” 6800 watt active subwoofer presents “the highest power ever packed into a subwoofer,” achieving 145 dB maximum SPL. These will be demonstrated in partner with the TTL55-A and TTL33-A line arrays as a total system.
• RDNet – RDNet is RCF’s proprietary protocol that makes it possible to monitor all the system components and parameters, from the input to the status of each single amplifier and transducer. Having a DSP on board of each cabinet, it is possible to address single cabinets or groups of cabinets with specific presets or modifications of parameters like gain, equalization or delay. The RDNet protocol is based on RS-485 communication protocol, able to send and receive data on a either XLR cable or CAT5 cable.
This is a sampling of the products that will be on display to be seen and heard at the Cotton Bowl on May 20-21. The Cotton Bowl is the centerpiece of the State Fair of Texas Park, located two miles east of downtown Dallas.
For further information on the RCF World Tour Cotton Bowl event, and to register to attend, please send e-mail request to info@rcf-usa.com

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Ultimate Sound Teams with RCF at new Cascades Park Amphitheater

Ultimate Sound and Light in Tallahassee, Florida is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this April. Throughout their 20 year history, they have provided event services for several Presidents to providing tour management and engineering for major rock and country artists; while at the same time offering design and installation services to local restaurants, venues, churches, government agencies and businesses. Some past productions include engineering and tour management for Creed and sound engineering on Ozzfest.
This winter, they were honored to be the first audio and lighting company involved with the new Cascades Park Capital City Amphitheater in Tallahassee. The new 3,500 seat venue opens its inaugural season in April (April 12 – Tracy Lawrence & April 13 Charlie Wilson).
As the concert amphitheater is part of the 26-acre Cascades Park, Ultimate Sound first provided the production equipment, engineers and techs for the initial sound test calibration which set the limits for the local noise ordinances. There were several events and performances that evening enabling them to monitor db levels outside of the park and around the area.
Ultimate Sound and Light’s team brought in 12 RCF HDL20-A dual 10” two-way active line array modules and six dB Technologies DVA-S30 dual 18” subwoofers per side designed to be the front of house system for the venue.
“The audio array was seamless and we could not be more proud of the system’s performance” commented Dave Hart, President of Ultimate Sound and Light. He also added “We look forward to another 20 years with our partners at RCF. Their staff, has been amazing to work with and we are very glad to be part of their family.”

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RCF Tops Mix on Wheels Mobile DJ Entertainment Experience


Here’s the image of a true mobile DJ – the Mix on Wheels self-contained mobile DJ entertainment experience.
After touring with a major soft drink company and working with Central Florida theme parks, DJ Charles Miles became inspired to create a self-contained mobile entertainment experience by building a complete system on wheels.
The success has been overwhelming, and Orlando, Florida-based Mix on Wheels now offers three system packages – one built into a Hummer H3, one in a Honda Element and one in a Mini Cooper Clubman.
By designing the vehicles with a blank canvas exterior, clients can use for their own brand marketing with magnet signage or wraps rather than a billboard for a DJ company. The DJ system is self-contained, there’s onboard LCD screens for custom media playback, LED light effects and Lamborghini doors trick out the vehicles.
The gear of choice – RCF loudspeakers for the PA and Pioneer gear for the DJ gear onboard. Why? “The stuff just doesn’t fail,” says company owner Charles Miles.
Once parked, the speakers are placed on a custom designed flat all-steel roof rack. Mix on Wheels choice of speakers include active RCF ART-725 15” 2-way cabinets or HD32-A 12” 2-way cabinets, depending on the vehicle. They simply plug into an input box on the roof panel, with the vehicle capable of generating its own power for outdoor events (and are certified for indoor events as well).
With a high dispersion output, Miles sums up the sound of RCF – “they scream!” He notes he seldom has to add a subwoofer, even when playing EDM or Hip Hop music. “We find we don’t have to adjust EQ because of how the cabinets are tuned, getting the most out of the boxes without needing to add a subwoofer in the system. And we always get compliments on our sound,” Miles adds.
“We like the RCF boxes because they are so efficient they don’t pull a lot of power,” going on to note, “they are the only speakers that never shut down when it gets hot. We do a lot of outdoor events on the beaches and in the parks, and it gets hot in Florida. We’ve never had one ever go into thermal load.”
A unique approach to the mobile DJ market, Mix on Wheels (www.mixonwheels.com) was named Best Industry Innovation Esprit Award from the International Special Events Society, as well as a Gala Award nomination as Best New Innovative Event Technology by Special Events magazine.

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Branham Productions provides dB Technologies DVA System for Delbert McClinton concert

(Edison, New Jersey) Pikeville, Kentucky-based Branham Productions recently provided a dB Technologies DVA active line array system for a concert featuring Delbert McClinton at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky (February 8, 2014).
With his experience as both a recording studio engineer and sound technician, Branham Productions co-owner Jeff Branham provides the eastern Kentucky region a full package of sound solutions. And whether recording or live sound, Branham notes, “bringing the customer’s music to life is our goal. We approach each project with the client’s end result in focus. Our belief is simple, it’s your music and you put your trust in us to capture it.” Whether live sound or in the studio, that’s Branham’s philosophy.
His choice for live sound – dB Technologies DVA active line array system. The system is comprised of DVA T12, a 1400-watt three way active line array cabinet with a 12” low frequency, two 6.5” midrange and three 1” high frequency compression drivers; coupled with the DVA S30N 3,000 watt double 18” subwoofer.
When asked why he choose dB Technologies, Branham said, “We tried out seven different line array solutions, and came to the decision that dB Technologies provided everything we needed – sounded clearer, more efficient, rigged easier and travelled easier,” noting, “The biggest thing was sound quality.”
The other advantage to the dB Technologies system is their RDNet control. RDNet is dB Technologies’ proprietary protocol that makes it possible to monitor and control all the system components and parameters including gain structure, system equalization and delay settings.
For the Delbert McClinton show, Branham utilized 22 DVA T12 and eight DVA S30N in his system.
Branham not only uses the dB Technologies DVA system in his production company gear, but has also installed one in the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Mount Vernon, Kentucky. That venue is known as Kentucky’s Country Music Capital.

Venue: Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, KY
Date: February 8, 2014
Attendance: 1,600

Crew:
FOH Engineer: Jeff Branham
Monitor Engineer – Dwayne King
System Engineer – Jeff Branham

Gear:
FOH console – Yamaha M7
Monitor console – Yamaha M7
FOH system – (22) dB Technologies DVA T12 + (8) dB Technologies DVA S30N subwoofers

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RCF adds horn-loaded HL Stadium Series to Installed Sound catalogue

(Edison, New Jersey) Combining the properties of a genuine horn-loaded, constant or variable curvature array, while meeting specifications for high vocal intelligibility, was the design goal set by RCF when producing the new medium- to long-throw HL series for stadium and arena use. The product was previewed at the 2013 Infocomm show this past summer and is now in production.
The new 2-way passive HL2240, HL2260, HL2290 full range and HS2200 subwoofer are vibrant additions to the Italian company’s Installed Sound System catalogue.
“The starting point was derived from two main projects “Firstly, inspired by a recent installation project undertook in a premium stadium and followed by a large-scale vocal reinforcement in the Middle East. The customer requirement was for a constant curvature array with the specific key point of vocal reproduction and our experience at these two events led to the development of this series,” says RCF Executive Director Alberto Ruozzi.
To achieve this curvature, it was found the perfect balance between a line array solution and a small system made up of several loudspeaker components.
Within the product nomenclature, the ‘22’ designates the 22.5° horizontal coverage pattern of each loudspeaker, and the 40, 60 and 90 respectively the vertical angles
All speakers are bass reflex horn loaded, symmetrically designed, with the horn in the center. The full-range speakers each house 4” horn-loaded compression driver and 2 x 12” horn-loaded sub. The 1 x 18” HS2200 subwoofer has been designed as the perfect complement for LF extension.
The connectors are IP67-rated and the enclosures, constructed in Baltic birch plywood, are finished in Polyurea, to make them IP55-rated weather resistant. The different coverage angles are defined in the RCF engineering, which enables the sound beams to be focused differently.
In addition to stadia (and other outdoor fixed applications), RCF also predicts demand for this intermediate-sized system from indoor venues such as large sports arenas.
Additional information, including data sheets, drawings and EASE for data can be found at http://www.rcf.it/en_US/installed-sound-systems/h-series

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dB Technologies launches new Composer 4.0 software for DVA line arrays

DVA Composer is an easy-to-use software program for configuring and aiming dB Technologies DVA Series of active line array and subwoofer modules. A useful tool to aid audio engineers plan and deploy the dB Technologies system, the software is designed for intuitive handling, determining the optimum angles and system presets based on the array height, desired range and number of DVA components entered by the user; provides all the mechanical data, frame angle positions and flybar settings; and determines the proper DSP EQ presets.
In the initial Composer section, the user is able to insert facility measurements to effectively determine coverage. Settings include flybar position and height of system, stage dimensions, trussing framework, gap width of L-R arrays, as well as coverage start and end positions, and whether audience is standing or seated. It also allows the user to modify the angle of the ground, and add up to three balconies. From that data input, the user can then view a graph and see the actual prediction of the system including coverage with SPL readings in both graph and prediction views, with the ability to review SPL measurements at different frequencies and distances.
The user is also provided the ability to choose among three different shape modes – J shape, curved array, and hybrid – may be selected to further adapt the system to suit the given venue.
DVA Composer also computes subwoofer configurations and determines the directivity of low frequencies based on the type of setup and number of units. The subwoofer simulation provides the user to choose between six available ground stacked configurations – left-right, center, left-center-right, line, cardioid and endfire. Each configuration also allows the choice of subwoofer dispositions (i.e. vertical or horizontal) and provides the ability to arrange the subs differently for left/right channel and center channel. The subwoofer data determines crossover frequency, delay, phase, position of the subs frontline and the gap between subs as necessary.
DVA Composer 4.0 “is far superior to the original DVA Shape Designer,” says RCF USA technical engineer Tarik Solangi.
What’s new in DVA Composer 4.0?
• Supports all current DVA modules – DVA-T4, T8 and T12
• Supports entire offering of both flyable and ground stack DVA subwoofer modules
• Provides ability to get three-dimensional SPL readings
• Provides ability for manual or auto management for array shape, angles and EQs
• Added ground stacked arrays simulation
• Enhanced Delay Calculation for phase alignment
You can download the DVA Composer 4.0 software free of charge at http://dbtechnologies.com/EN/Products/software_and_controller/composer_4_0.aspx

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