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Lucky Coq gets lucky with RCF

RCF has introduced a new word into the English language; Acustica. Following on from the car industries propensity for making up words… Starion, Celica, Murano, Lexus etc, RCF has created a name that would really marque its new contribution to the high-tech compact high-powered speaker system market.

There’s a lot of new black box product around these days but unfortunately most of them are still bits-in-a-box packages containing off-the-shelf drivers in a plywood box. Some have a “system controller” to smooth out all the nasties, and are really only manufactured to make up a product range rather than be an integrated and complementary audio solution on their own. RCF Acustica differs in that the product range is designed and built by RCF from the drivers to the rigging options to be part of a complete installation solution, as far as a complex audio requirement is called for. So much for the intro, let’s bypass the niceties for a moment and go straight to a top of the market gig.

Next to the plastic rabbits, the Acustica 12-inch + 2-inch is no transistor radio
Next to the plastic rabbits, the Acustica 12-inch + 2-inch is no transistor radio

Lucky Coq is a new retro-fashionable nightclub venue with multiple audio environments and plays host to a very wide variety of entertainment acts. The music spaces change, but the big overriding benefit demonstrated by the sound system can be summed up in one word - consistency.

A pair of 8-inch boxes in orbit
A pair of 8-inch boxes in orbit

This new venue situated in Melbourne’s very fashionable Chapel Street has got to be one of the most “attention to detail” venues you are ever going to see. Spread between two floors with several sub-spaces, there’s lots of nooks and crannies, and it’s all audio zone covered with very high-fidelity sound.

Jonathan Sinclair tests the system on opening night
Jonathan Sinclair tests the system on opening night

The Acustica is perfect here as the uniform acoustic footprint between the many speaker sizes required in this venue, makes transition from one space to another seamless–with the only change being sound pressure level. This is pretty handy as there are lots of nooks and crannies around the building and they are all covered with sound.

It's always a rush at the last minute
It's always a rush at the last minute

A zoned system + Media Matrix makes it very easy to tailor levels to the requirement of each area as there is a mixture of 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch Acustica full range boxes around the venue. The top floor utilises three of the Acoustica 12-inch sub-bass to prevent the low frequencies from travelling too far down the road. However in the room, they have all the big bottoms of a much larger format bass.

This venue is really worth a look. The presentation and attention to detail is quite exceptional and as for the sound, that is just as good. Installation and system design was by Pro Light and Sound.

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Kept in the dark: A pair of RCF 18-inch sub-bass boxes are part of the furniture
Kept in the dark: A pair of RCF 18-inch sub-bass boxes are part of the furniture
The system, designed by Stav and Jonno, sung on opening night
The system, designed by Stav and Jonno, sung on opening night
Stav Hatzipantelis in action
Stav Hatzipantelis in action
The rotatable horn flares make horizontal installation no compromise full bandwidth coverage
The rotatable horn flares make horizontal installation no compromise full bandwidth coverage
A pretty funky looking bar
A pretty funky looking bar.
The ground floor has lots of nooks and crannies as well as a pretty kick-arse dance music system
The ground floor has lots of nooks and crannies as well as a pretty kick-arse dance music system
A bar with personality
A bar with personality
A roof top garden
A roof top garden
Top floor chill out can also rage out. The bar has a matrix music system level control
Top floor chill out can also rage out. The bar has a matrix music system level control. All the RCF boxes are zoned with their own individual volume control across the venue.

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