January 22, 2013, by PSW Staff
Thunder Audio, headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, has provided famous artists and corporate events with sound reinforcement systems and crews for more than three decades. Their client list ranges from Trace Adkins, Dolly Parton and Diana Ross to Robert Plant, Steely Dan and Metallica.
In an effort to provide the low end that today’s music demands, the company recently added 34 RCF subwoofers to their production inventory.
“The sub harmonic frequency coverage and punch that come from these boxes is amazing,” explains Tony Villarreal, owner for Thunder Audio. “Whether used as forward facing sub frequency enhancement or as end fire arrays, the performance is second to none.”
Specifically Thunder Audio added 24 TTS56-A (double 21”) subs along with 8 TTL36-AS (double 18”) flyable active subwoofers and 2 TTS28-A (double 18”) active subs.
“With built in processing and individual delay capability, you can create many configurations quickly while in the field,” adds Greg Snyder, business development manager for Thunder Audio. “What a great product for us to have added to our audio tool box.”
Thunder Audio recently used the TTS56-A subwoofers to hold down the sub lows for a number of high profile events. The Skrillax New Years Eve Electronic Music Festival at the Palace of Auburn Hills utilized 18 boxes while the Detroit Electronic Music Festival held at Hart Plaza used 16. Thunder Audio provided 24 for the Orion Music Festival with Metallica. The band also used the subs to support their recent performance at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans.
The TTS56-A is a high power, high output active subwoofer system that features two 21-inch neodymium woofers. Each subwoofer is powered by a 6,800 watt, 2-channel digital amplifier with PFC. On-board DSP sets new standards for distortion, noise and thermal efficiency. Monitoring of all system parameters as well as modification of gain, equalization or delay is possible via the internal RDnet networking board.
The TTL36-AS is a flyable, active subwoofer that features a clam-shell design to ensure maximum output. The 2 x 4.5-inch voice coil and vented 18-inch woofer design offers the minimum of power compression. Each module is powered by a 4,000 watt, 2-channel digital amplifier with PFC. Similar to the TTS56-A, proprietary RDNet software allows end-users the capability to control and monitor DSP and other subwoofer parameters.
“That Thunder Audio chose RCF subwoofers over alternative products speaks volumes,” says John Krupa, national sales manager for RCF US. “We are very excited to be working with them and look forward to developing a mutually beneficial business relationship between our two companies.”
Villarreal and Snyder confirmed that 2013 will be a busy year for the new subwoofers with plenty of outdoor festivals and concerts requiring the air movement the boxes provide.
“We look forward to continued product use and design input with RCF,” concludes Snyder. “We enjoy the relationship and respect between our companies and plan on building on that in the future.”