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LightViper™ On Tour With CCM Superband Third Day

Annapolis Junction, MD, January 2008 — FiberPlex, Inc., announced that their LightViper™ audio transport system was recently acquired by David Jacques for the immensely popular Atlanta-based Contemporary Christian Music group, Third Day. The 15-year old band‘s first usage for the advanced fiber optic audio transport system was on their recent Christmas 07 Tour that also featured another popular CCM group, Jars of Clay. Two standard Model 1832 “plug n‘ play” LightViper fiber optic audio “snake” systems provide a total of 64 channels of LightViper fiber optic audio transport (32 sends by 8 returns each). Performance mics terminate into racks of digital pre-amplifiers that are remotely controlled by two, 96-channel Yamaha digital FOH and monitor consoles equipped with LightViper plug-in VIM-MY-32 mini-YGDAI circuit cards (each mixing console receives a maximum of 64 sends from stage and 8 returns in the digital domain via a LightViper fiber optic link using a single TAC-4 fiber cable). An optically isolated digital recording split goes to a Tascam 48-channel digital HD recorder typically co-located in a rack with the Yamaha preamps at monitors. One other split provides an optically isolated digital split of all inputs that can be converted to analog for a broadcast mix when needed.

David Jacques, Production Manager & FOH Engineer for Third Day, commented on replacing the super group‘s old-school copper snakes with the LightViper:
“One of the most important things we wanted to do with the ‘Viper‘ was to minimize the overall audio system footprint and the amount of cabling. Basically, we removed over four hundred feet (400‘) of copper from the rig — this saved us lots of shipping weight and space. Third Day‘s Nashville,TN-based audio crew, which is headed by Jacques, works eight to nine months a year with the band. The Australian-born veteran of more than sixteen years of live sound gigs added: “We now have a clean, noiseless system. Since everything is now optically-isolated, going fiber also solved ground loop problems we often encounter. This is a real plus since we roll-in and out of so many festivals and venues. There is absolutely no degradation to the audio, which I didn‘t think would be a problem anyway. Frankly, one of my biggest concerns was whether the LightViper‘s thin fiber optic cable would be robust enough. I got my answer on the very first gig we did with it: before anyone could yell ‘Stop!,‘ I watched a heavy steel cart loaded down with about 250 stacked chairs roll right over the thin TAC fiber cable; I thought it was over right there. Now I wonder why I was so concerned. The tactical, military-grade fiber cable is designed for this kind of abuse! No problemo.
“It really is a straightforward and reliable ‘plug n‘ play‘ solution. No grief.”

Additional information can be obtained at www.fiberplex.com or www.lightviper.com.
Links: http://www.thirdday.com

NOTE: LightViper™ is a registered trademark of FiberPlex, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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