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RCF reaches out to help French radio station’s Vibration tour

The rental company XCPH took care of most of the technical aspects of the tour

The Live Vibration Tour is the main event promoted by the French radio station, Vibration, involving some famous national artists – such as Soprano, Black M, and Fréro Delavega. This year’s edition included five concerts in the cities of Orléans, Le Mans, Tours, Bourges and Blois.

The rental company XCPH took care of most of the technical aspects of the tour and provided an RCF audio system for the second year in a row. Several HDL20-A had been used to cover a crowd of over 8000 people in 2015; however, this year Vibration anticipated higher attendance, therefore XCPH suggested the use of HDL50-A, the latest addition to the Italian manufacturer’s D Line.

The HDL50-A is an active three-way line array module with a built-in 2200W RMS digital amplifier, with 2×12’’ woofers, four symmetrical 6.5’’ midranges and two 2’’ drivers. For all five dates of the tour, the system comprised 8 + 8 HDL50-A cabinets (as a main PA), plus several HDL20-A as outfill. Eight SUB9007-AS subwoofers in endfire configuration provided reinforcement of the low frequencies.

Nicolas Fournier, XCPH’s sound manager, says: “We really appreciated this all-inclusive system with its easy wiring solution. The rack is very useful in live situations, with the whole power supply contained in one box. The configurable mechanics with 0.2° minimum angle is very convenient. Thanks to the advanced machanics, the set-up of the angles can be made before rigging, when the modules are still in their cart, thus reducing assembly times – it is extremely practical!”

The Vibration Tour was attended by over 50,000 people, with a crowd of 22,000 for the last date of the tour in Orléans featuring Fréro Delavega.

Adds Fournier: “We were very impressed by the system, that provided high performance with only a few cabinets and kept the intelligibility constant even at 65 metres from stage.”