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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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RCF’s active ART 745-A 15” active 2-way boasts best in class with 4″ HF compression driver

(Edison, New Jersey) RCF’s latest addition to its classic, best-selling ART series — the ART 745-A two-way powered speaker — is unique in its category, since it boasts a remarkable 4″ compression driver, generally only seen in flagship products. This makes it the only lightweight, portable loudspeaker on the market powered by such a large format driver.
This large 4” titanium dome voice coil neodymium CD driver injects the product with a unique vocal clarity and sound projection. Couple this with the 15” neodymium woofer (with 3.5″ voice coil), which offers an extremely linear response and a precise, deep low frequency control, along with a 1400 watt peak amplifier and comprehensive DSP, taking care of crossover, equalization, phase alignment, soft limiting and speaker protection, and the result is loudspeaker with an almost matchless performance value.
Thanks to its 90° x 60° CD horn, the ART 745-A will provide wide dispersion and an impressive maximum SPL of 133dB.
The secret of ART 745-A’s potency is in the design. At the core is the new ND 940 large format compression driver, which delivers one of the key advantages of the ART 745-A — the 4.0-inch voice coil, loaded on a 1.5″ CD horn. This allows a crossover point of 650Hz and therefore almost all of the vocal range can be produced by this driver — enabling better impulse response, fast waterfall decay and superior efficiency.
All compression drivers and transducers are precision and purpose built at RCF’s production facility in Italy, taking advantage of the company’s superior molding, assembly technologies and a wealth of professional knowledge and experience dedicated to achieving extremely high standards.
The result of the digital amplifier offers extremely high output, low distortion and incredibly natural sound. The amplifier also features a solid mechanical aluminium structure, which not only stabilizes it during transportation, but also assists in heat dissipation.
The rear panel input/output configuration features both XLR/Jack (Combo) balanced inputs, XLR output link, volume and a switchable EQ Mode (Flat/Boost).
The cabinet itself is molded in a special polypropylene composite material and is designed to dampen down vibrations even at maximum volume settings, while the reflex porting has been resized to offer more efficiency.
The ART 745-A is equipped with ergonomically designed forged aluminium handles with rubber handgrips for greater portability.
Finally, it can be used in standard configuration as well as in stage monitor mode, making it a highly flexible addition to the series.

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RCF USA Invites Consultans and Contractors to Line Array Demonstrations May 20-21 at Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas

(Edison, New Jersey) 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.
“This is a rare opportunity for consultants, contractors, and even prospective customers to be able to see and hear all of the line array solutions offered by RCF and dB Technologies in one place at one time,” notes RCF USA Manager of Installed Sound Ken Voss. “If anyone is looking at the investment of a line array, or at the design of any large sports facility, this is a golden opportunity to explore these solutions.”
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 for 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 Acustica 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.
And from dB Technologies, we will be demonstrating the DVA Series of products:
• DVA-T12 – 12” 3-way active line array with 12” low frequency woofer, two 6.5” midrange plus three 1” neodymium compression drivers. 1410 watt (RMS) achieving 136 dB max SPL
• DVA-T8 – 8” 3-way active line array with 8” low frequency woofer, 6.5” midrange plus two 1” neodymium compression drivers. 700 watt (RMS) achieving 128 dB max SPL.
• DVA-S30N – Dual 18” high powered subwoofer. 3000 watt (RMS). Frequency response 30-150Hz.
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. Demos will be held approximately every two hours throughout the two days. 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 to cottonbowl@rcf-usa.com

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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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