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Pink Noise employs dB Technologies system for Chicago Festival Cubano

Chicago-based Pink Noise (www.thepinknoise.com) provided sound reinforcement for the annual Festival Cubano this year, August 15-17 in Chicago.
Now in its fifth year, the three-day summer festival is recognized as one of the largest and elite Latino family festivals in the nation. Festival Cubano is a high quality, authentic experience that features the best of Cuba’s rich, colorful and lively culture.
This year’s lineup included Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Falardo Jr., El Gran Combo and the African-Cuban funk band Palo. The concerts drew crowds of over 25,000.
For the event, Pink Noise provided sound reinforcement equipment from loudspeaker manufacturer dB Technologies. The system was comprised of 12 DVA-T12 and 4 DVA-T8 active three-way line array cabinets, flown eight per side; plus 8 DVA-S30 dual 18” subwoofers. Pink Noise also be used RCF NX-L24A active column cabinets coupled with DVA-S20DP active double 18” subwoofers for sidefills. 10 dB Technologies DVX-DM15 15” two-way stage monitors will be utilized on the stage.
Pink Noise is a Chicago-based sound reinforcement company that is nationally recognized in the U.S. Latin American cultural arena.
“We use the DVA system at events all over the country,” notes Pink Noise owner Oscar Villegas. “The ease of set up and operation, the capability of monitoring the system functions, and the output is tremendous.”
He continues, “And the support from dB Technologies is exceptional. When we’ve needed some support gear for our events, they have expedited it to us to make sure everything runs smoothly.”

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RCF Powers Ultra Music Festival electronic dance music festival

For the second consecutive year, the Ultra Music Festival followed its triumphant event in Miami by bringing the electronic dance party to Split, Croatia over three days.
Known as Ultra Europe, the DJ festival moved into the city’s Poljud Stadium, with the sound from some of the world’s leading turntablists heard by an estimated crowd of 40,000 through more than 100 of RCF’s TT+ Series products.
Headliners including Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Carl Cox, David Guetta and Paul Kalkbrenner performed. Event production provided by Zagreb-based Promo Logistika.
The main PA consisted of two hangs of 20 TTL55-A dual 12” three-way active line array elements with a straight cardioid array of 42 TTS56-A dual 21” active subwoofers electronically curved via the algorithm in RCF’s proprietary RDNet to achieve a wide and smooth sub-frequency coverage. Additionally, eight HDL20-A dual 10” active line array modules were utilized for front fills.
Sidefills comprised an array of six TTL55-A (left) and 10 TTL55-A (right) while two delay towers situated 200-feet back were covered by hangs of 8 TTL55-A.
RCF Italy provided full support and system engineering with TT+ specialist Luca Cilloni designing and optimizing the rig designed for maximum coverage throughout the venue.
According to Promo Logistika marketing director Zoran Biskupic, the event was a huge success and the system performed at its best.
You can view the RCF Bart Channel YouTube presentation of the Ultra Music Festival at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJtf5XU-XEg&feature=youtu.be

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RCF & Reid Sound Support Special Olympics USA Olympic Town Stage

(Edison, New Jersey) The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games was the largest national games undertaking by the organization with this year’s event June 16-20 including 16 different sports competitions with over 5,000 athletes and more than an estimated 70,000 spectators. RCF was proud to partner with Windsor, New Jersey-based Reid Sound (www.reidsound.com) in providing the sound system for the Olympic Town Entertainment Stage.
The College of New Jersey, acted as the site for the Olympic Town, which served as the hub for all the events held at various locations throughout the area. The Olympic Town was given a boardwalk theme with sand placed in front of the stage to create an artificial beach and a wooden boardwalk over 150-feet long ran through the center of the venue. The stage was host to multiple bands, magicians, dance troupes and a variety of other performers each day.
The system configuration included 4 dB Technologies DVA-T8 three-way active line array boxes ground stacked on top of 2 DVA-S10DP 18” active subwoofers per side, with RCF TT25-A 15” active two-way cabinets used as stage monitors and NX15-SMA 15” active speakers as fills. Additional satellite sound was provided with RCF HD10-A 10” active two-way cabinets.
The DVA-T8’s provided plenty of volume, with headroom to spare, for the crowds of athletes and volunteers that gathered at the site at the end of competition every day,” notes Reid Sound Director of Event Services Jonathan Mills-Winkler. “Considering the size, output and tonality of the speakers, they offer considerable value,” as well as lightweight and ease of setup.
“We can’t thank RCF enough for their participation,” says Reid Sound owner Darren Sussman. “This was a huge event that required an intense amount of planning and coordination, and I am grateful for RCF pitching in. There was not even a moment of hesitation from RCF to participate.”
Reid Sound has built a solid reputation over the past 15 years providing professional audio-video service, event production and installation solutions in the New Jersey area. Recently, Reid Sound has expanded its commitment to community partnership by launching the Reid Sound Scholarship for Theatrical Technicians, an annual award to recognize the achievements of those high school students who have participated and wish to continue their education in the arena of theatrical production.

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RCF Installed Sound Division introduces AX8042 Matrix Automixer

(Edison, New Jersey) RCF has introduced the AX8042 1RU 8×6 matrix mixer and automixer. Flexibility, control, performance and audio quality are the key ingredients in the one rack space design of this unit. The configurability of the matrix allows for programming of multiple zones and room combining. Featuring eight universal mic/line inputs and six programmable outputs – four on balanced Euroblock terminals while the two remaining are on RCA outputs and can be separately processed and combines to any of the previous four. Let’s take a quick look:
• 8 mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power and full audio processing
• 4 routable balanced outputs with full audio processing + 2 linkable outputs
• 10 programmable logic inputs + 6 logic outputs
• Full audio processing includes configurable parametric EQs, gates, compressors, limiters, delays, priority, automatic gain control, gain controls on all in/out and cross points, automixing
• Configurable automatic level control with connecting noise detection microphone
• Two units can be combined for a 16×12 matrix
• RCF RDNet capability
• Serial control port for third-party integration (Crestron, AMX, etc.)
• RDNet capable (optional card)
• Wall-mount touch sensitive remote control optional (TS9918)

For further information:
www.rcf.it/products/installed-sound-systems/electronics/ax-8042

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RCF Upgrades Acustica Series Passive Subwoofers

(Edison, New Jersey) RCF has announced an upgrade to their popular Acustica C Series passive subwoofers with increased power handling and lower frequency response. The series includes the S8015 15” subwoofer, S8015 LP low profile subwoofer, S8018 18” subwoofer and S8028 double 18” subwoofer.
New hyperventilated neodymium transducers with larger voice coils have allowed for more power capacity, higher output and lower frequency response.
Let’s take a look at the differences:
• S8015 MK2 – Bass reflex 15” low frequency transducer, now with 4” voice coil. Increase of power handling from 800W to 1500W RMS. Lower frequency response ranging from 35-200 Hz. Increased max SPL to 133 dB.
• S8015 LP – The “LP” stands for low profile. As a band-pass model, the compact format of this 15” low frequency transducer cabinet makes it ideal for under stage and low profile situations at stands just under 15” tall. 800W RMS. Frequency response 43-250 Hz. Max SPL of 135 dB.
• S8018 MK2 – Bass reflex 18” low frequency transducer, now with 4” voice coil. Increase of power handling from 1000W to 1500W RMS. Lower frequency response ranging from 30-200 Hz. Increased max SPL to 137 dB.
• S8028 MK2 – Bass reflex dual 18” low frequency transducers, now with 4” voice coil. Increase of power handling from 2000W to 3000W RMS. Lower frequency response ranging from 30-200 Hz. Increased max SPL to 141 dB.
The Baltic birch plywood enclosures are designed for permanent installation environments painted in black, heavy duty textured epoxy with power coated front metal grille. Two Neutrik Speakon connectors in rear recessed input plate. The cabinet also has one M20 pole mount adaptor and integrated handles on the cabinet sides.

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RCF Expands Media Series Passive Installation Loudspeaker Solutions

In 2013, RCF rolled out the new Media Series of passive installation cabinets offering a 360º approach to the sound system design. With the addition of new Media small sized models the RCF Installed Sound Catalogue offers a complete portfolio – from Media Series to Acustica C Series two-way and H Series three-way cabinets to the Audio System Engineer. With this RCF becomes a single source, trusted partner, from the smallest to the most complex audio project.
Voiced for the usual incredible vocal clarity and high frequency definition with controlled bass response.
For the integrator, connectivity is via removable screw terminal blocks. The Media Series cabinets include M8 and M10 flypoints. In addition, there is an optional horizontal U-bracket for mounting or unique horizontal/vertical adjustable swivel wall mount bracket.
The initial offering of the Media Series featured five models, from the smallest 5.5” to the largest 2 x 6.5”, providing the ideal solution for small to medium sized projects.
In 2014, RCF expands that series with the introduction of 10” and 12” two-way cabinets, three subwoofers, and select cabinets now available in white.
Let’s take a quick look:
• M501 – 5.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 80W. 112 dB max SPL. 80Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 12”x7”x7.25”, black or white
• M502 – Dual 5.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 130W. 119 dB max SPL. 90Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 18.5”x7”x7.25”
• M601 – 6.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 100W. 118 dB max SPL. 80Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 14”x8.5”x9”, black or white
• M602 – Dual 6.5” LF/MR + 1” HF. 160W. 123 dB max SPL. 70Hz-20kHz. 90×90. 21.25”x8.5”x9”
• M801 – 8” LF/MR + 1” HF. 150W. 120 dB max SPL. 65Hz-20kHz. 17.75”x10.25”x11”, black or white
For 2014, two new models including a 10” and 12” have been added to the two-way lineup:
• M1001 – 10” MR/LF + 1” HF. 300W. 128 dB max SPL. 60Hz-20kHz. 90×70. 19.7”x10.5”x12.6”
• M1202 – 12” MR/LF + 1” HF. 300W. 129 dB max SPL. 55Hz-20kHz. 90×70. 24.4”x14.9”x16”
Three new subwoofers have been added to the series. The bass reflex cabinets add the enhanced low frequency response necessary in a system, handling frequencies from 50-200 Hz. Designed to handle peak power 4X more than RMS power handling rating.
• S5012 – Single 12”. 300W. 127 dB max SPL. 40 lbs. 15”x17”x16.5”
• S5020 – Dual 10”. 500W. 130 dB max SPL. 62 lbs. 13.4”x26.8”x16.5”
• S5022 – Dual 12”. 600W. 133 dB max SPL. 73 lbs. 15”x34”x16.5”
The Media Series now offers three cabinets in either black or white finish – M501, M601 and M801.
For data sheets and line drawings (.pdf), 2D and 3D drawings (.dxf), EASE data (.gll), manuals and other technical information, is readily available at: http://www.rcf.it/en_US/installed-sound-systems/media-series/overview

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George Thorogood extends 40th Anniversary Tour through Summer using RCF HDL20-A Line Array System

(Edison, New Jersey) George Thorogood has announced the extension of his 40th Anniversary tour through the end of July.
As a house system Thorogood is touring with, he has chosen the RCF HDL20-A line arrays coupled with RCF SUB-8006AS subwoofers. RCF has entered into a strategic alliance with Hendersonville, Tennessee-based tour audio provided 242 Concepts on the 2014 George Thorogood and The Destroyers 40th Anniversary Tour
For the tour, 242 Concepts is taking 24 HDL20-A along with 12 SUB-8006AS subwoofers for use dependent on size of venue. The RCF HDL20-A is a 1,400-watt two-way line array cabinet with two 10” low frequency/mid frequency transducers coupled with a 3” high frequency compression driver capable of achieving 135 dB max SPL. The SUB-8006AS is a 5,000-watt dual 18” subwoofer able to achieve 141 dB max SPL.
As they have been on the road since February, 242 Concepts has been utlizing the system extensively. They have been amazed at the performance.
On the first leg of the tour, “The system has performed flawlessly,” notes Production Manager/FOH Engineer Jeff Pitt comments. “It is super easy to rig, and the aiming software has been an excellent tool for preparing the system for implementation into the wide array of venues we encounter. We chose the HDL products due to the plug and play nature of the design. We’ve been able to hang more boxes than in previous tours due lightweight design of the box. The system has fit quite nicely into the truck pack taking up a mere 12’ of truck space.”
242 Concepts Engineer Brian Belcher concurs, “there is so much headroom in these boxes, we’ve never clipped in any way,” he says. “That’s refreshing.” Belcher goes on to provide power usage readings demonstrating that a 24 box HDL20-A rig with 12 SUB8006-AS subwoofers drawing less than 13 amps total. “I don’t think anyone else out there can say they can do that!”
And regarding the SUB8006-AS, Belcher comments, “there’s something special about these subwoofers. They are musically amazing, reproducing 30 Hz without really trying. They add so much to our bass guitar. Wow!”
RCF is excited to be part of the 40th Anniversary Tour. “We all grew up appreciating the music of George Thorogood,” says RCF USA Director of Sales John Krupa, “and we at RCF wanted to be part of this historic 40th anniversary tour.”
For George Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – their 40th anniversary is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. Over the course of sixteen studio albums (including six Gold and two Platinum), they would storm the charts over their illustrious career with a catalog of iconic hits that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter to Thorogood. The tour coincides with the release of the George Thorogood & The Destroyers ICON album and the Eagle Rock Entertainment live DVD Live At Montreux.
Ultimately, the 40 Years Strong Tour is 50% celebration, 50% declaration and 100% Thorogood throwdown. But after four decades as one of the most consistent – and consistently unique – careers in rock, can a guitar-slinger still at the top of his game choose a moment that sums it all up? “Stan Musial was once asked, ‘What was the greatest day of your career?’ And Stan said ‘Every day when I walk onto the field is the greatest day.’ I feel the same way,” George says. “Every night when I walk out on that stage is the highlight of my career. I hit that first chord, the band kicks in, and we hear the audience respond. That’s the rush. 40 years into this, and every night, that’s still the only moment that matters.”
For George Thorogood & The Destroyers – and for rock & roll – it doesn’t get stronger than that. And their choice to make it happen – RCF. Tour dates and information are available at www.georgethorogood.com .

6/19/14 Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
6/20-21/14 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
6/22/14 Webster, MA – Indian Ranch
6/25/14 Albany, NY – Empire Place
6/26/14 Verona, NY – Turning Stone Casino
6/27/14 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Rocks the Harbor – Erie Canal Harbor Wharf
6/28/14 Rochester, NY – International Jazz Festival
6/29/14 Augusta, NJ – Rock, Ribs & Ridges Festival
7/1/14 Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
7/3/14 Elizabeth, IN – Horseshoe Casino
7/4/14 Davenport, IA – Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
7/5/14 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
7/6/14 Naperville, IL – Ribfest
7/9/14 Traverse City, MI – National Cherry Festival
7/10/14 Toledo, OH – Hollywood Casino Summer Series
7/11/14 Manchester, IA – Delaware County Fair
7/12/14 Michigan City, IN – Harrah’s Blue Chip Casino
7/18/14 Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Jazz Festival
7/19/14 Walker, MN – Moondance Ranch Jam Festival
7/20/14 Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheatre
7/22/14 Janesville, WI – Rock County Fair

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Toledo’s Hollywood Casino chooses RCF/dB Technologies system for Summer Nights Concert Series

(Edison, New Jersey) This is the second year for The Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio Spotlight Summer Nights series of concerts in an open-air amphitheater setting on the banks of the Ohio River. Scheduled headliners for the series include Smokey Robinson, .38 Special, Night Ranger, Travis Tritt, Wilson Phillips, George Thorogood, Pat Benatar, Everclear, Soul Asylum, Chevelle and Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen.
Amphitheater may not be quite the right description as the grounds are a re-purposed parking lot with temporary staging and seating, and an interstate running behind it, calling for an increased need for proper sound control and reproduction.
Their choice for sound reinforcement – RCF line arrays with dB Technologies subwoofers and monitors. This is a joint venture between the casino and Toledo-based Great Lakes Sound, Inc. The system is comprised of 8 RCF TTL33-A active three-way cabinets flown per side along with 8 dB Technologies DVA-S30N dual 18” subwoofers. For sidefills, Parks added one RCF 4PRO 6001 three-way cabinet coupled with one dB Technologies DVA-S20DP subwoofer per side. dB Technologies DVX DM15 active monitors cover the stage.
Great Lakes Sound owner Bill Robison notes, “on delivery day the system was rigged and immediately put to the test,” and quickly realized, “what this PA was capable of. The dB Technologies DVA-S30S subwoofers do a great job and are a perfect compliment to the system as well.
“The system is quick and easy to install. Also, because all of the boxes in the system are powered, our normal footprint is greatly reduced. This is nice because it’s a pretty cozy venue in terms of backstage and wing space.”
Regarding comments from the performers, Robison says, “So far, all of the travelling engineers who have mixed on the system have had pleasant things to say about the RCF and dB Technologies package.”
The system will once again provide reinforcement for a wide variety of rock, R&B, and country acts this year.
As the system is flown on a temporary basis for the shows, the fact it features RDNet is a critical component as they system literally gets set up the day of the show using a StageLine trailer for the summer events. RDNet is RCF’s RS-485 proprietary protocol allowing for monitoring of all system components and control of system parameters. As the rig is flown for the show, all components including on-board amplifiers and each individual transducer can be tested to be in proper working order. And, with RDNet control, Parks is able to meet with the performer’s front-of-house engineer during rehearsal walk-through and apply any necessary changes needed in the system quickly to meet the artist’s sound requirements.

Equipment list:
FOH: (16) RCF TTL33A, (8) dB Technologies DVA-S30N subwoofers
Sidefill: (2) RCF 4PRO 6001A, (2) dB Technologies DVA-S20DP
Monitors: (13) dB Technologies DVA DM15, (1) dB Technologies DVA-S10DP

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Famed Stony Pony club Chooses RCF TTL55-A for Summer Stage Concert Series

(Edison, New Jersey) One of the world’s most renowned music venues – The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey – has chosen the RCF TTL55-A large format line array system for their Summer Stage Concert Series.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary rock club. In the summer, the club expands beyond the four walls, hosting a summer concert series in the club’s “backyard,” with an outdoor stage venue set up with a 6,000 capacity.
This is the fifth season for the Summer Stage Concert Series. This year, while the event has always been a general admission venue, a new section of stadium-style seating has been introduced with limited reserve seating available.
“Dedicated fans and their continued support year after year has helped the season grow beyond expectations,” notes promoter Live Nation’s SVP Sean Striegel. “We have taken a new approach to presenting these amazing concerts at the beach to take the 2014 season to a new level.”
For the season, the concert production team of Asbury Audio has chosen the RCF TTL55-A line array system for the concert series. The system will feature 16 TTL55-A three-way line array modules comprised of two 12” low-frequency, one 10” midrange and three 1.5” neodymium compression drivers flown eight per side. 9 TTS-56A 6800-watt double 21” subwoofers set up in cardioid format will be groundstacked for low frequency support.
Asbury Audio owner Jason Dermer is excited about the upcoming season that includes Lynyrd Skynyrd (June 14), Drive-By Truckers (June 27), Primus (June 28), Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (July 3), Michael Franti & Spearhead (July 17), 311 (July 18), Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler & Uncle Kracker (July 25), The Dirty Heads & Pepper (July 26), The Offspring, Bad Religion & Pennywise (August 1), Slightly Stoopid (August 3) and Umphrey’s McGee (August 10).
Founded in 2006, Asbury Audio provides sound reinforcement, rigging and staging, backline, lighting and video for many of the Asbury Park facilities including The Stone Pony, The Wonderbar, Watermark Lounge, Paramount Theater, Asbury Park Convention Center and events along the boardwalk.

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RCF Offers One-rack space Audio Source Solution with MS1033 CD Player, USB/SD MP3 Player and FM Tuner

(Edison, New Jersey) The Commercial Sound division of RCF has introduced a dual-output, one-rack space audio source solution perfect for schools, restaurants, fitness centers and commercial offices. The MS1033 audio source solution features a slot-in CD player, USB port and SD card slot utilized as a MP3 player, and FM tuner in a single rack space. The output allows for the MS1033 to be used as a dual sound source, with two independent output sections allowing the FM tuner and CD/USB player to be used simultaneously.
The CD player reads CD, DC-R and CD-RW discs and supports CD-DA (.cda) and MPEG-1/2 layer III (.mp3).
A USB port is available on both front and back panels to provide maximum flexibility and for use in cabinets with front door closure.
The quartz-locked digital FM tuner ensures low noise signal processing and drift-free reception of stereo FM. 60 presets provide instant recall of preferred stations.
The MS1033 features three stereo outputs with independent volume controls. Two offer independent output of the FM tuner in one, and either the CD player or USB/SD slot in the other. The third output enables all inputs to be used, with the CD/MP3 player taking priority over the FM signal. When there is no input from either the CD or MP3 player, FM programming will playback.
The MS1033 includes an IR remote control for CD-USB-SD/MP3 player and FM tuner functions. Two LCD backlit displays on the front panel provide information on the CD and MP3 files, and the FM tuner display shows the frequency and stations that are in memory.
Included with the MS1033 are a pair of ear brackets for 19” rack installation, one FM indoor antenna, IR remote control and three pair of 2.5-meter length RCA audio cables.

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