RCF system deployed for Japan?s Big Beach Dance Festival

Drawing crowds of around 20,000 people, Japan’s Big Beach Dance Festival at Chiba’s Makuhari Seaside Park looked to RCF for a full rig on each of its three stages.

Rental company Comestock was contracted to provide sound for the event, and such was the scale of the PA requirement that they needed to buy a complete new system. Following a period of careful consideration they opted for RCF, placing an order with territorial distributor Ballad.

Managed by Norihiro Matsuyama, Comestock chose the TT+, noting that the system was easy to fly, while the proprietary RDNet offered complete control and system monitoring. This ultimately meant that during the event it was possible to monitor all components via the remote RDNet tool. Subesquently, the main stage saw 14 elements per side of RCF’s TTL55-A line array in a spiral configuration, with 12 TTS56-A and TTL36-AS subs – in straight line stacks across the centre, with one TTL36-AS double 18-inch box on top of a TTS56-A double 21-inch sub.

Nearfield coverage was provided by four TTL31-A compact line arrays – all under RCF RDNet control for delay and monitoring. Stage monitors were provided in the form of six TT25-SMA and two TTS28-A subs, while coverage for a VIP area close to the stage was also provided by two TTL31-A enclosures.??

Equipped with four RCF TTL33-As per side with a pair of TTL31-As providing nearfield coverage and four TTL-36-AS adding low frequency extension, the Second stage also saw two RCF TT25-As, two ART722-As and four NX15-SMA wedges specified for artists’ monitoring.

Sound reinforcement in the auxiliary tent, which provided the third sound stage, was provided by four TT22-A active non-linear boxes, underpinned by a pair of SUB 718-AS.?

The event was supported by RCF product specialist Oscar Mora, who provided system training, whilst also helping to identify the cross-point between TTS56-A and TTL36-AS subs. Furthermore, he also handled the system’s fine tuning and guided Comestock through the most efficient way of using the RCF RDNet controller.

Also present was RCF’s Lars Yoshiyama, who was involved in the planning of the event., organising the availability of the system as part of his role managing the strategic planning of RCF in the Japanese market.

Yet, with harsh weather conditions – primarily strong winds and rain – the production wasn’t without its challenges. However, according to Yoshiyama, the TT+ system managed to successfully overcome these issues. “The extraordinary power in the high frequency range and the high definition helped a lot in negating any kind of wind problem, while the cabinets are completely water resistant and were impervious to the rain,” he said.

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