Saint Mark’s Basilica (officially known in Italian as San Marco) in Venice has been equipped with an extensive new RCF sound reinforcement system featuring VSA 2050 digitally steerable vertical line arrays.
Outstanding intelligibility, even distribution, aesthetic unobtrusiveness, the minimisation of reverberation issues, and the versatility to cope with a variety of applications were among the requirements facing project installation company Marco Mazzon.
“The brief I got from the client was above all to ensure a considerable increase in intelligibility and flexible control of the various sectors – there are approximately 30 microphones used by officiates and singers in seven different zones of the church,” said Mazzon.
While Mazzon designed the signal management system, the acoustical design was the work of RCF’s Francesco Venturi, who presented a detailed report and acoustic simulation documentation, along with the final design.
Ten VSA 2050 arrays –mounted on the church’s impressive columns – cover the congregation zone of the Basilica, while two compact MR 33WT enclosures optimise coverage of the first few rows.
Other RCF speakers installed across the Basilica site include 17 two-way passive loudspeaker columns (CS 6940 and 6520), three MR33T ‘service’ enclosures and six H6045 fibreglass multi-cell long-throw horn speakers.
When installation work was complete, RCF technicians undertook a series of measurements to ensure that the system’s performance achieved the acoustic objectives set by the client.