Celine Orlando, a new multi-faceted entertainment venue bearing the name of the Florida city where it’s based, has been outfitted with a sound reinforcement system in its main room headed by RCF components, with the facility’s other four spaces also covered by the company’s loudspeakers.
Kevin Clouden, business development manager at GC Pro, consulted on the systems for the project at Celine Orlando, which has a total capacity of almost 1,000. Specifically, the main ballroom is equipped with RCF HDL 20-A active line arrays and SUB 8006-AS active subwoofers joining the room’s other production elements that include an LED wall and a professional lighting rig.
“Of course, price point, no matter how much an organization has to spend, is always under scrutiny, and RCF generally excels in this area,” says Clouden. “Having put RCF gear up against other major brands, I would venture to say that we do quite well. So when you think of the production companies that are spending six figures on solutions, I don’t know of anyone who speaks poorly of RCF, not one. The HDL Series is something that you can propose in a way that somebody can afford,”
Working with RCF sales manager Justin Brock, Clouden was able to convince ownership that the HDL system would be the right fit. “To be quite honest, I told them if they didn’t like it, I’d send it back. But I knew that wouldn’t happen,” he explains.
Clouden enlisted the expertise of Destry Jinks Sr of Jinx-IT, to manage the install. “I’d just been introduced to the HDL 20s, and when Kevin and I walked into the room, I turned to him and said, ‘I think we found the perfect solution for this project’,” Jinks notes. “The room itself is an odd shape, and the coverage pattern on the HDL 20-As is very nice. I took a few quick measurements, dropped them into EASE, and everything looked flat. Once we hung the array and fired it, I thought, man, it is flat. I sent a left-right signal over to each stack as one zone and made level adjustments at each box. Box-to-box, the sound was very clear and consistent throughout the entire room. I was very impressed.”
Clouden adds, “Originally, we had set up eight SUB 8006s across the front of the stage, but we ended up settling on six because they were doing so much.”
Once the arrays were fixed into place, fine tuning of the main system began to accelerate. “To round out the system, we used HD-10s in a front-to-back configuration from the stage, each row time aligned using Symetrix Prism. Once we did that, the system sounded bigger without being obnoxiously loud, with plenty of headroom,” says Jinks. “On an average night the main system is running about 60 percent of what it can put out and the subs are at about 40 percent. Any more than that the room itself just stops — you can’t go anymore. Incredible product. RCF did not disappoint us in that aspect.”
Because Celine has several rooms, four different system zones were put into the club, with the Symetrix Prism Series processor providing zone management — any room can send music to, or receive music from, any other room in the club. “Think of a hotel lobby concept where, no matter where you go, you’re hearing music,” Cloud says. “We’re also using HD 10-A MK4 active 2-way loudspeakers as delays throughout the entire club — in the ceiling; several of them.”
The upstairs VIP area, called the Rooftop Lounge, is handled with HD 32-A MK4 active loudpeakers and SUB 8003-AS II active subs. “Between the HD 32s and the HD 10s, [the latter of] which are going throughout the entire venue, it feels like you are up front, no matter where you are in the club.”
Another benefit of using the Symetrix Prism matrix is safety. A manual switch located in the control booth can shut the system down instantly, allowing for one emergency mic to be distributed everywhere at once.
“Every single speaker in there (the venue) is RCF — I even wanted to put stuff in their bathrooms,” Clouden concludes with a chuckle. “But the system that they have is loud. Romi Mawardi, one of the owners, walked me into the bathroom, opened the door and said, ‘Do you really want to sell me more speakers to put in here?’ I still said, ‘Yes,’ even though you could hear the music quite well [laughs].”