Arts Centre Immanuelskirche in Wuppertal (Germany) Gears Up for Restart of Events With RCF Systems

The arts centre Immanuel, housed in the rededicated church building of Immanuelskirche in Wuppertal (Germany), impresses with a versatile and innovative programme that also features experimental events. The stage design in the house itself is as varied as the centre’s programme. To prepare for all event possibilities, the venue management opted for permanently installed loudspeaker systems from RCF and combined them with mobile components. As a long-standing partner, taking care of day-to-day operations in the areas of audio and stage technology, Guido Ogrzewalla’s company Safe in Sound was commissioned with planning and installation of the new system.

The Immanuelskirche looks back on a changeful history and has been an arts centre operated by a supporting association for 35 years. With three stages, side galleries and the apse, various possibilities for organising events for chamber concerts, jazz evenings, weddings, or conferences are available. Guido Ogrzewalla opted for a mixture of permanently installed components and mobile stage sound systems to find the best possible and most flexible solution.

Janine Ballein, managing director of the arts centre Immanuel, on the use of RCF systems: “When modernising our audio system, it was crucial to us that we could flexibly cover the uncommon event and stage situations with the new audio components. Our now used mix of fixed and mobile loudspeakers also reduces our set-up effort enormously.”

On the walls, Safe in Sound installed 4x RCF VSA 2050 and 8x RCF VSA 1250 modules (each in white); active beam-steering column speakers, equipped with 20 or 12 3.5” speakers, depending on the version. Their design alone makes them fit perfectly into the architecture and the nave of the Immanuel church. As mobile stage sound units, 4x RCF SUB 905-AS II in cardioid mode and 6x RCF TT052-A modules, which are placed as nearfills on the stage, are in place. In case special stage monitors are required, additional RCF HD 10 units are available, combined with additional components from Safe in Sound’s stock.

Guido Ogrzewalla comments on the choice of components and installation: “The RCF products work very well together, regardless of whether they are permanently installed or mobile on stage. All components are connected to RDNet and can be controlled perfectly, and in great detail, so we can achieve the best possible sound result for every event situation.”



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