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New Beaver Dam Amphitheater Chooses dB Technologies

Beaver Dam concert(Edison, New Jersey) Beaver Dam, Kentucky is the home of a small progressive community that was founded over 124 years ago. It was formed by a Baptist congregation who started this town by a dam on Beaver Creek. While the small town may have had a slow beginning, over the past few years Beaver Dam has acquired six manufacturing plants, shopping centers, updated their downtown storefronts and added new residential areas. To meet the contemporary model the town has developed, the newest addition is the Beaver Dam Amphitheater.
A grand opening concert was held October 4 with country stars Joe Diffie and Lonestar.
The dual-tier design of the outdoor amphitheater seating allows accommodating concerts up to 1,200 with lawn chairs for most community events, with the ability to expand to 5,000 with the bowled grass second tier berm.
To meet the dual purpose nature of the facility, Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Musician’s Pro owner Sean Thomas met with the facility designers Clements and Associates Architecture to assist in the venue plans.
“At first, I met with the architect and discussed the multi-function purpose of the amphitheater,” says Thomas. “And we became involved not only with the design of the sound system, but in integrating all the logistics of lighting, power, rigging and systems control.”
The ultimate design resulted in a partnership with Musician’s Pro. “We designed a system that is self-contained for 90% of the events covering the ground level seating area,” comments Thomas. “That system features 16 dB Technologies DVA-T4 line array modules coupled with six DVA-S30N double 18” subwoofers.” Six dB Technologies DVX DM15 are used for stage monitors.
For the larger shows, Musician’s Pro can supplement the venue system with their additional equipment which includes 12 dB Technologies DVA-T12, eight DVA-T8 and four more DVA-S30N subwoofers.
“We had to work within the facility’s budget and the systemized approach of the dB Technologies DVA Series allowed us to meet those needs,” indicates Thomas. “And they absolutely loved the fact that their system was completely compatible with our rig.”
Utilizing the dB Technologies DVA Composer software, “we were able to get better design performance, tighter splay, increased low frequency response and even SPL distribution.”
Thomas explains his choice of the dB Technologies products. “A few years back I decided to downsize my system to find some gear that was newer, smaller, powered and better. That’s when I called dB Technologies, understanding they had a lightweight, active solution.” Since first acquiring a system for the Musician’s Pro rental division, “our business has doubled, nearly tripled from what we used to do,” says Thomas.
The amphitheater will be used for concerts, plays, symphonies and other events on a regular basis with larger shows scheduled throughout the year.
“When we were looking at this, there had been no new revenue generated in Beaver Dam in 10 years,” Mayor Paul Sandefur said. “We are limited on how we can bring in revenue. We do have the insurance premium tax, and we have property taxes. If we raised those taxes, it was going to affect not only the citizens but the businesses in the community. … We’re trying to be pro-business, and the last thing we wanted to do was hit the citizens and the businesses.” The funding for the facility is provided through a city restaurant tax, which is projected to generate $450,000 per year in revenue.
With Beaver Dam being located approximately 100 miles north of Nashville, 100 miles southwest of Louisville and some 80 miles south of Evansville, the community is situated to have the ability to draw from a larger regional area, as well as provide talent a tour routing stop through the heartland of America.
Sounds like a win-win for all involved.

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RCF Introduces EVOX Portable P.A. Systems

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Portable powerful performance. EVOX is the RCF answer to small satellite-subwoofer or column style portable speakers. The EVOX system is a compact package designed for easy for portability and set-up, providing the high powered sound reinforcement performance. The EVOX package is self-contained with the satellite cabinet fitting into the subwoofer for portability, plus pole mount included.
The EVOX array design features a constant horizontal directivity coverage of 120° with the vertical array a tight 30° with a progressive shape to guarantee a correct listening environment and avoid a high frequency beaming typical of a straight array.
The system is designed for ease of transport and storage. When storing, the satellite module slides into the rear of the subwoofer, which also protects the electronics and system connections.
Also included is a three-piece pole, allowing for the satellite to be positioned at different heights dependent on the EVOX positioning and venue configuration. Cable clips secure cable connections cleanly.
Two EVOX systems are available – EVOX 5 and EVOX 8.
The EVOX 8 system is powered by a 700-watt RMS amplifier. The system is made up of a 12” subwoofer with a satellite module of eight 2” full-range compression drivers capable of achieving 128 dB max SPL. Frequency response 40 Hz – 20 kHz. Compact in size – 11.6”x13.6”x19.3” – and weighs only 51 pounds.
The EVOX 5 system is powered by a 400-watt RMS amplifier. The system is made up of a 10” subwoofer with a satellite module of five 2” full-range compression drivers capable of achieving 125 dB max SPL. Frequency response 40 Hz – 20 kHz. Compact in size – 11.5”x16.8”x18” – and weighs only 42 pounds.
Optional protective cover and portable trolley are available for the systems.
For technical information, product datasheets and specifications: http://www.rcf.it/en_US/professional-speaker-systems/evox

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RCF USA names Tarik Solangi as Manager Live Sound

TarikTarik Solangi has been named Manager Live Sound and Product Tech Support for RCF USA.
RCF USA is the wholly owned American branch of The RCF Group, a privately held Italian company, and acts as U.S. distributor for the RCF and dB Technologies brands of loudspeakers and electronics.
Solangi has been providing RCF USA live sound technical support on a contract service basis, and now joins the RCF USA staff full time.
Solangi has owned a production company and recording studio for over 21 years. He’s worked with a variety of national acts and regional touring bands. With his work in the studio, he has over 500 album credits as a recording engineer.
His role with RCF USA will be to assist partners with design and implementation of touring sound, club systems and performing arts installations. In addition, he will be available to RCF USA partners for product support and system troubleshooting.
“I welcome the opportunity to work for RCF,” says Solangi. “Having used their products over the years, I have enjoyed the results with both ease of use and quality of sound. I have a passion for their products.”
What Solangi likes about RCF is, “the breadth and width of their product line.” And as a working engineer, he enjoys the interaction with the RCF USA customers in providing the best sound possible.

 

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dB Technologies Introduces DVA MINI Line Array

DVA Mini - DVA M2M+DVA M2S DVA Mini line array

Small. Lightweight. Powerful. Flyable. Clean aesthetic look. The new DVA MINI is an incredibly versatile system for both portable and permanent installation solutions.
The DVA MINI system is comprised of dual line array element modules, each with two 6.5” neodymium woofers and two 1” high-frequency compression drivers. The M2M module is the main module that contains the 400-watt Digipro G3 amplifier modules that power both the M2M and M2S slave module. Switch mode (SMPS) power supply assures use whether 110V or 230V power with an auto-range circuit for voltage fluctuations.
The system achieves 126 dB max SPL per unit.
dB Technologies’ engineering has developed a new fast-lock mechanic design, completely removing pins and mechanics, in favor or a quick-locking system. Simply place one module below the previous one and slide it towards one side until it locks in place. A single mechanic is on the rear of every single DVA MINI module allowing for incremental steps for line array positioning.
The DVA MINI can be either flown or ground stacked. As an option there is the DSA-M2 pole mount adapter that can handle the line array modules, helping the user to elevate the system to a reasonable height using a standard pole or speaker stand. When flown, up to four M2M + M2S modules and two MS12 subwoofer modules can be arrayed.
The cabinets are constructed of reinforced polypropolene with an internal anti-vibration structure.
Internal 56-bit DSP provides for the selection of eight different presets. Plus limiting, circuitry protection and monitoring. An integrated USB B-style port allows the user to access the complete telemetry of the array module, monitoring the status of the speaker including total playing hours, temperatures and performance reports; as well as allowing for any future software updates.
A companion MS12 12” subwoofer is also a component of the DVA MINI system.
The 12” bass reflex subwoofer can be either flown of ground stacked, with integrated quick-lock mechanism that matches the DVA M2M + M2S modules so no additional hardware is needed; and with integrated pole mount cup for ground stand options.
With a SMPS auto-range power supply, at 700W RMS the subwoofer can attain 131 dB max SPL.
Controls include selectable crossover frequency with link capability to M2M + M2S modules, phase selection and output modes selection; as well as USB B-style port for service data.
The MS12 subwoofer cabinet is constructed of multiplex birch plywood with a polyurea protective paint.
New DVA Composer prediction software is now available for download to assist with design and implementation of the DVA MINI, along with all DVA Series products. It is downloadable at: http://www.dbtechnologies.com/EN/Products/software_and_controller/dva_composer_5.aspx
M2M + M2S Specs:
Frequency response: 78 Hz – 19 kHz (+/- 6dB)
Power: 400W RMS
Max SPL: 126 dB per unit
Pattern: 90 x 15
Size: 18.1”x7.5”x13.6” for each module
Weight: 16 lbs.
MS12 Specs:
Frequency response: 45-140 Hz (+/- 6dB)
Power: 700W RMS (1400W peak)
Max SPL: 131 dB
Size: 18.1”x16.9”x15.2”
Weight: 58 lbs.

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dB Technologies introduces new Theater Series stage monitors

DVX DM12 TH front

Italian loudspeaker manufacturer dB Technologies presents their new high performance TH theater series stage monitors. The initial introduction include the DVX-DM12 TH and DVX-DM15 TH active two-way stage monitors. High output – 136 dB max SPL. Featuring either 12” or 15” neodymium woofers with 4” voice coil coupled with 1.4” exit HF neo compression driver with 2.5” voice coil. The cabinets feature rotatable HF driver (for left or right configuration), double EQ preset, input and output panels on either side and universal switch mode power supply. Frequency response on the DVX-DM12 TH is 63Hz-16 kHz and on the DVX-DM15 TH is 55Hz-16 kHz (+/-6 dB).
Let’s take a closer look:
A unique feature of the TH series monitors is the ability to rotate the front panel to configure the monitor with the horn on the right or on the left for stage positioning and stereo configuration purposes. In addition, the 90×40 horn can be rotated for proper pattern coverage.
Utilizing the latest in amplifier technology from dB Technologies, the TH series incorporates a two-way Digipro G2 amplifier which splits the power delivering 750-watts RMS to the low frequency section and 375-watts RMS to the high frequency section. Conceived to operate in full-range mode, thanks to the SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supplies) and PFC (Power Factor Correction) technologies assure operation with supply voltages between 100 Vac and 240 Vac, ensuring the same performance even with floating and non-stabilized power supply.
The linear response and accurate frequency response allow the TH series to be used on stages large or small, wherever high levels of performance are required. A selector located on the input panel allows to choose between two preset equalizations – EQ FLAT and TH EQ.
The monitor cabinets are constructed of heavy-duty 15-mm multi-layer birch, painted with a black polyurea for ruggedness and roadworthiness. All inputs (Powercon and XLR input) are located at one end with the links (Powercon and XLR output) at the opposite end for ease of pass-through connectivity. The input section also includes LED indicators monitoring the internal limiter circuit, amplifier status, power voltage, input sensitivity and audio signal presence. Two recessed side handles facilitate transport.
For additional information and technical specifications on these products, please find those on the following links:
DMX-DM12 TH www.dbtechnologies.com/EN/Products/new_products/dvx_dm12_th_p1837.aspx
DMX-DM15 TH www.dbtechnologies.com/EN/Products/new_products/dvx_dm15_th_p1846.aspx

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RCF & Trinity Productions power The Beatles tribute band Glimr at Candlestick Park

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As a fundraiser for the Thurgood Marshall School music program in San Francisco, The Beatles tribute band Glimr staged a private concert and video shoot at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The venue is where The Beatles held their final concert in 1969, and is slated for demolition.
“We’re making an inspirational film about playing a concert at an empty Candlestick Park,” the band explained. “We played and filmed ourselves playing to 70,000 empty seats on June 16th, 2014. This juxtaposition of the location of the Beatles’ last concert and massive fame against anonymity and perseverance in the face of continuing obscurity is our story of following our dreams no matter the outcome.”
Staging, sound and video production was provided by the Tracy, California-based Trinity Productions (www.trinityprosound.com). According to Trinity owner John Moore, the RCF TTL11-A active column array was chosen for the event, “due to its low sight lines and compact high output capability.”
The system was comprised of the TTL11-A active cabinets, a steerable column-style active array with four 8” low-frequency woofers, three 8” midrange, and four 2.5” high-frequency drivers; mounted atop a TTS26-A dual 15” subwoofer. RCF NX12-SMA stage monitors were also used for the event.
“The system performed flawlessly,” says Moore, “filling the stadium with more sound output than anyone thought was capable of the system.”
Moore noted the event was produced without issues, even though power had to be run over 300-feet to the power distro. He points out, “the nature of the SMPS power supplies in the TTL11-A and TTS26-A active cabinets allowed Trinity to drive the system, without worry of power drops or voltage issues. It performed as expected, and beyond.
“Everyone, including the band, was blown away by the output and quality of the system and stage monitors.”
Trinity Productions provides sound, staging and lighting in the greater San Francisco area. “We were formed out of necessity,” says Moore. “Finding a local, value-minded production company was a challenge,” with challenge being the key word, as Moore works best with the challenges of providing quality sound in harsh environments and difficult acoustic environments. “We love music, we have a passion for excellence, we work best with challenges, and we enjoy making others look and sound like the professionals they are.

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EXCEL AV GROUP SOLVES CHURCH/SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE AUDITORIUM

With the Southland City Church utilizing the local Lakeville High School auditorium for their Sunday worship services, the Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Excel AV Group (www.excelavgroup.com) was called in to work with both organizations to provide a complimentary audio system to serve their needs as the Southland City services are very contemporary and the school utilizing the facility for classes, assemblies and theater productions.
With Southland City renting the auditorium facility, the decision was to partner with the local school district, with both contributing half of the funds necessary to complete the task. And even though both were investing, the budget was still very tight.
This is where the Excel AV Group was called in. Renowned in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region for specializing in church sound, video and lighting systems; the company’s signature is to match a sound system to the needs of the customer. “If the need is intelligible spoken word, there is no need for a rock-and-roll sound system at 110 dB,” they state. “If the customer wants their church auditorium to have full tonal balance at high SPL for an immersive experience, we can deliver.”
When it came to looking at the auditorium at Lakeville, “I took one look at the 750-seat auditorium with the steep raked floor and soft theater-style seats and knew that a line array solutions would be the best for the room,” says Excel AV Group owner Kevin Crow. “I tasked my engineer Caleb Dick with the responsibility to find an affordable solution. We looked at both traditional point source boxes like ones being proposed by a competitor we were up against and noticed that which the dB Technologies DVA-T4 active three-way line array system it was slightly higher in equipment cost but the installation cost was much lower than not having to fly four traditional point source boxes in the room, two in front and two in back,” says Crow noting additional needs would then have been taken into account including delay configurations, additional wiring, amps and rigging.
The solution called for two hangs of seven DVA-T4 line array modules, augmented with two dB Technologies DVA-S30N active dual 18” subwoofers on the floor.
“The coverage is simply amazing,” says Justin Vagle, Director of Worship for Southland City Church. “We have measured only 1 dB difference front to back. In addition, the subs are tight and impacting.”
“I remember when my guys we’re out tuning the system and finishing it by our very challenging deadline,” comments Crow. “Around 10 p.m. I got a text from Grant Kluempke my Tech Operations Manager for Excel AV Group. ‘The system at Southland POUNDS!!!,’ the text read. It was really fun to hear that and attending the first services with the new rig was incredible, it made the worship music so powerful.”
Regarding the dB Technologies system, Crow says, “in the big picture I think the value that dB Technologies offers the marketplace is phenomenal. I don’t see how anyone after hearing these could deny that they provide so much value at such an affordable price. We are already introducing this line to other clients and couldn’t be more excited.”

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WaterFire Concerts are Smooth as Satin Sound with RCF Line Array

Three times throughout the summer, the city of Sharon in Pennsylvania plays host to WaterFire, a world renowned multi-sensory art event. The day-long event offers concerts, food and an interactive arts experience highlighted by the riverfront waterfire exhibition in the evening where over fifty custom built floating braziers are anchored in the Shenango River; the baskets filled with wood and set ablaze at nightfall to produce a unique and compelling display. Fire and Water are opposing elements, and there’s something synergistic about these flames blazing atop the water in their specially engineered braziers.
“WaterFire has had a major impact on our community, and the event has quickly established itself as the premier art and music festival of our region,” says WaterFire Sharon Chairman Robert Wilson, drawing over 70,000 people to the region.
For the August 23 event, Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Satin Sound (www.satinsoundsystems.com) was called on to provide the concert system. Their choice? A line array comprised of 16 RCF HDL20-A dual 10” two-way active line array modules coupled with Meyer 700-HP subwoofers.
“It is our mission to raise the bar on quality, for the smallest event to the largest production,” is the company’s philosophy has stated on their website.
For the concerts, Satin Sound owner John Durisko commented, “the HDL20-A’s covered extremely well with little to no EQ, covering uniformly to a distance of 175-feet,” as he offered up many compliments to the clarity of the rig. He goes on to mention one of the acts for the day with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and again, nothing but compliments.

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RCF Upgrades the Sound of the Sage Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead — an iconic multi-arts building in the north-east of England, which originally cost £70-million ($120-million) to construct — this year celebrates its tenth year.
To celebrate its landmark birthday the venue has upgraded the sound system in its 1700-capacity main Hall One with the installation of an RCF HDL 20-A line array by local British contractor Nitelites.
The move follows a period of careful evaluation by the facility’s Head of Technical Operations, Chris Durant and his team, during the many occasions the HDL20-A has been flown on a temporary basis to support the house system.
Home to Royal Northern Sinfonia, and host to a vast concert agenda that includes jazz, folk, country and rock the original beam steering system had rarely kept pace with the Sage’s promotional ambitions and so Nitelites found themselves increasingly hiring in their RCF TT+ and HDL rigs.
Eventually Nitelites’ MD, Jamie Moore proposed that a flown HDL 20-A be installed on a permanent basis — both to save the Sage Gateshead hire costs and to enable the system to be purpose tuned via a series of preset scenes accessed via a custom panel.
Said Nitelites co-director Andy Magee, “With HDL we were confident we could get even coverage around the building, whether for speech or classical. The system is so easy to deploy, quick to rig and fast to wire.”
The PA is designed to cover the ground floor, two balcony tiers and is split into 12 zones. Nitelites detailed 12 HDL20-A enclosures for each flank, rigged on a flying frame which will take up to 16 elements.
The rest of the complement comprises three HDL 20-A a side as portable ground stack on custom dollies, atop a SUB 8004. A separate stack features three SUB 8006s in a reverse cardioid pattern (one rear facing), with an HDL 10-A on top. Two HDL 10-As are also used for under-balcony infill and four as front lip fills. On the sides of the main hang for outfills are four discreet RCF TT08s.
Chris Durant believes that Nitelites’ attention to detail in tuning the system has enabled them to get an additional 30% from the system. “We’ve had pretty much every big system in here and our new in-house RCF house rigs sounds better because temporary systems have to be set up so quickly; this been tuned to within an inch of its life.”
He presented Nitelites with a matrix containing different performance scenarios for which gain structure presets were created. Via the DSP, Sage Gateshead can turn zones on and off in the PA at will. “It’s far more efficient than changing the angles of the boxes every time we needed a new configuration,” Durant says.
He notes, “The great thing about the HDL 20-A is that it goes down to 55Hz so for jazz and classical there are no subs at all. In fact the first time I heard it I thought our subs had been switched in by mistake.”
At the same time he highlights other advantages of HDL 20-A. “It’s also easy to groundstack and the position of the fly frame is mirrored on the subs so it’s easy to interlock; it’s convection cooled so there is no buzzing — which is vital in a critical room where a low noise floor is required. It’s also very efficient energy wise, and we don’t need to run extra power in.”
All of which should future-proof performance requirements for the foreseeable future. Summing up the Sage Gateshead installation, Chris Durant says, “We are now making engineers aware that they can leave their kit on the truck.”
RCF’s Northern sales manager Mick Butler adds that the system’s exposure to visiting sound engineers will be invaluable. “It really brings into focus the power of RCF’s pro touring range,” he says.

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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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