RCF unveils first ever mixer
Entering into the mixer market for the first time its 65-year history, RCF has unveiled its new L-Pad range of audio mixers. The establishment of the RCF Mixer Division represents an important strategic move for company.
The series has debuted with a comprehensive selection of nine models ranging from a 6-channel version up to 24 channels. Each model comes in two variants with or without effects, with effects models featuring a built-in DSP chip, and selected configurations also benefitting from a built-in compressor.
All models house a three-band EQ for mono channels and a two-band EQ for stereo channels. Additionally, the 12C and 12CX models receive 60mm faders, as opposed to the 45mm ones present in the other variants.
Away from the new mixers, the Italian manufacturer has also showcased its new portable column speaker range, Evox. Currently consisting of the Evox 5 and Evox 8 models, the manufacturer’s stated goal with the pole-mounted satellite and subwoofer series is to ‘exceed the performance of all competitive products in this class.’
Both models utilise RCF transducers – the Evox 5 with five 2-inch full-range drivers and a 10-inch sub, and the Evox 8 with eight 2-inch drivers and a 12-inch sub. The system is driven via a Class-D amplifier with built-in DSP controlled crossover, achieving a horizontal directivity coverage of 120-degrees.
The vertical array design has been purpose-shaped to deliver the same listening experience to the first row as it does over long throw distances, with the manufacturer stating that its optimised profile avoids the high frequency beaming typical of straight arrays. Like other column array systems, everything can be broken down into a single transportation bag and is reportedly light enough to be moved by a single person.
In further news, new additions have been made to RCF’s TT series in an attempt to provide a reduced cost version of the TT22-A and TT25-A loudspeakers but with upgraded performance and a reduction in weight. The overhaul has meant a redesign of almost every component was necessary, right down to the carrying handles.
The new TT22-A II is a two-way active system featuring 12-inch neodymium woofer and 86mm voice coil in a bass reflex configuration, mated to a 1.5-inch tweeter housing a 75mm neodymium voice coil and a 90- x 40-degree constant directivity horn. The larger TT25-A II replaces the 12-inch woofer with 15-inch variant couple to a 90- x 60-degree constant directivity horn. Amplification for both models comes courtesy of a 1,100W switching power supply module, and I/Os for both consist of XLR, RDNet, and PowerCon.
To complement the two updated models, a TT25-CXA monitor wedge has been released featuring a beam width providing 60-degree conical coverage, and uniform frequency response across the beam width.
The cabinet houses a 15-inch neodymium cone driver and 64mm diaphragm compression driver along with phase-correlated control electronics. Amplification and connection specifications match those of the related models above.
Finally, after undertaking a critical review of its Art 7 Series, the manufacturer has also made upgrades to the flagship Art 725-A, leading to the Art 745-A. It promises ‘far superior performance’ as a result of is much larger 4-inch voice coil.
The speaker can deliver an SPL of 131dB from its 15-inch woofer and 2-inch neodymium HF driver, with 90- x 60-degree coverage. Amplification is via the same 1,400W peak (700W RMS) amp driving the rest of the series.