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Gepco® International Debuts RunOne™ Powered Cables with Live Demo at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 16, 2012 — Gepco International (NAB Booth #C8508), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to introduce and demonstrate a new line of powered speaker cables at the NAB Show April 16-19, 2012. The new Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Speaker Cables combine audio and power, along with optional data, under a single durable, yet flexible jacket. With multiple uses for corporations, DJs, lighting rigs and tours, RunONE allows the user to pull a single cable in place of multiple cables, providing a portable and neat solution that saves time and hassle.

Each RunONE cable combines one channel of power with two, eight or 12 channels of 110 Ohm balanced audio for line level, mic level or digital AES audio signals and can be used with self-powered speakers or in DMX lighting control. Using real-time analytical software, Gepco will demonstrate the superior characteristics of Gepco’s RunONE cables by comparing them to similar products. The software will measure handling noise, interference and frequency performance for differences you can not only hear, but see.

Additional configurations of RunONE include two channels of Category 5e cable that can be used for data drops in remote power and audio applications. Snakes with optional data can also be used for digital audio transmission while sending power to Front of House (FOH) for remote locations. Shielding around the power channels eliminates power noise from interrupting the audio/data signal, ensuring high-quality performance.

Terminated with industry-standard connectors, RunONE cables offer the option of Edison, IEC and Neutrik® powerCON® connectors for the power channel; 3-pin XLR, 5-pin XLR (for DMX lighting), TRS and Neutrik® convertCON® connectors for audio channels; and RJ45 and Neutrik® etherCON® connectors for optional data channels. RunONE cables are available in pre-defined and custom configurations.

“The RunONE cables are a great solution for anyone looking to save time,” said Joe Zajac, Market Development Manager for Gepco® Brand Products. “With up to 12 channels of audio combined with power and the optional two channels of data, the RunONE cables will also provide for much cleaner set-ups.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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Gepco® International Introduces TactiFlex™ Flexible Ruggedized Fiber Optic Cables at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 16, 2012 — Gepco International (NAB Booth #C8508), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to introduce and demonstrate a new line of flexible ruggedized fiber optic cables at the NAB Show April 16-19, 2012. Designed for portable applications in harsh environments, the new Gepco® Brand TactiFlex™ Flexible Ruggedized Fiber Optic Cables are tough and lightweight, yet more flexible than standard ruggedized fiber cables on the market.

Unique to TactiFlex fiber optic cables is a polyurethane outer jacket that is 30 percent more flexible while remaining abrasion-, chemical- and cut-resistant. For further damage protection and mechanical isolation, the 125µm single-mode fiber elements are coated with a 900µm, hard elastomeric, tight buffer. Available with either single-mode or multi-mode fiber, TactiFlex cables are currently offered in a distribution-type construction, which uses an aramid strength member filler for exceptional strength.

With multiple connector options to choose from, TactiFlex Flexible Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies provide a rugged, portable solution with extra flexibility. TactiFlex can be terminated with precision ST, SC, LC and FC format connectors, as well as Amphenol® T-FOCA II™ and Pierside connectors. Additionally, TactiFlex cable has been qualified for use with Neutrik® opticalCON® connectors and is ideal for use with expanded beam solutions. Machine polished, Tactiflex Cable Assemblies are available at almost any length and terminated to user specifications.

“TactiFlex Fiber Optic Cables and Assemblies deliver improved performance for portable broadcast applications,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products. “While TactiFlex cables can stand up to the harshest uses, their unique, flexible jacket makes them easier to maneuver than stiff, ruggedized fiber optic cables.”

TactiFlex will make its debut at NAB 2012 by running 3D-4U, Inc.’s 180-degree 3D camera in the Gepco Booth (#C8508). Through its patent-pending software and multi-sensor 180- or 360-degree camera, 3D-4U’s unique media player allows viewers to zoom in or out, pan left or right, or tilt up or down with a variety of standard interactive controllers. The immersive video technology developed by 3D-4U utilizes custom solutions designed and built by DigiMax Consulting and Gepco International.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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Gepco® International Unveils Mobile Web Reference at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 16, 2012 — Gepco International (NAB Booth #C8508), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to unveil and demonstrate the new Gepco® Mobile Web Reference Tool at the NAB Show April 16-19, 2012. Equipped with a competitor cross reference and a product directory, the Mobile Web Reference is designed to allow users to quickly and easily find Gepco Brand equivalent products and their specs from anywhere, at any time.

Never has it been easier to spec Gepco cables in a job or project. A user can simply navigate to http://xref.gepco.com on his or her mobile web browser, click the Start button and submit a competing part number to find the Gepco Brand equivalent.

For complete information at your fingertips, the Gepco Mobile Web Reference also incorporates a product directory with full specifications as well as product photos, descriptions, features and benefits, applications and ordering information. The product directory can be browsed by category or searched via keyword.

Accessible from any device with web browsing capabilities, the Gepco Mobile Web Reference is touch-optimized for smartphones and tablets and features an intuitive user interface with expanding and collapsing menus, showing only the details the user wants to view.

“We’re excited to provide this very useful tool to our customers,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products. “Our new Mobile Web Reference provides a wealth of information already, and we plan to expand its functionality even further with more Gepco products as well as additional competitor databases.”

NAB attendees can learn more about the Gepco Mobile Web Reference by visiting the Gepco Booth (#C8508) to view a demonstration video. Gepco representatives will also be available to provide live demonstrations on their mobile devices.

The Gepco Mobile Web Reference tool can also be accessed via a traditional web browser at www.gepco.com.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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Gepco® International Shows Off with Demos of New Customer Tools and Products at NAB 2012

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 16, 2012 — Gepco International, an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to show off new customer tools and products at the NAB Show April 16-19, 2012 with demonstrations in their booth (#C8508). Highlighting tools to assist customers, Gepco will unveil its new Mobile Web Reference, as well as offer a first look at its upcoming Online Panel Designer™. Also debuting at the NAB Show, the Gepco® Brand TactiFlex™ Flexible Ruggedized Fiber Optic Cables will carry the signal for 3D-4U, Inc.’s 180-degree 3D Camera demonstration, alongside a demo for Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Cables.

The Gepco® Mobile Web Reference, equipped with a competitor cross reference and a product directory, is designed to allow users to quickly and easily find Gepco Brand equivalent products and their specs from anywhere, at any time. A user can simply navigate to http://xref.gepco.com on his or her mobile web browser, click the Start button and submit a competing part number to find the Gepco Brand equivalent. The product directory, which can be browsed or searched via keyword, offers full specifications as well as product photos, descriptions, features and benefits, applications and ordering information. Accessible from any device with web browsing capabilities, the Gepco Mobile Web Reference is touch-optimized for smartphones and tablets and features an intuitive user interface with expanding and collapsing menus, showing only the details the user wants to view. NAB attendees can visit the Gepco Booth for a live demonstration with a Gepco representative or to view a demonstration video.

NAB attendees can also visit the Gepco Booth to view a demonstration video for the upcoming Gepco Online Panel Designer™. To be launched later this year, the Gepco Panel Designer will provide a time-saving, visual interface for designing custom panels via a web browser. With drag-and-drop features, Gepco’s Panel Designer will allow the user to choose the panel type, size, material, finish, connectors and lettering options so the user can quickly and easily submit his or her custom panel for a quote or order.

Designed for portable applications in harsh environments, the new Gepco® Brand TactiFlex™ Flexible Ruggedized Fiber Optic Cables are tough and lightweight, yet more flexible than standard ruggedized fiber cables on the market. With an outer jacket that is 30 percent more flexible while remaining abrasion-, chemical- and cut-resistant, TactiFlex cables offer improved performance while standing up to the harshest conditions.

TactiFlex will make its debut at NAB 2012 by carrying the signal for a demonstration of 3D-4U, Inc.’s 180-Degree 3D Camera in the Gepco Booth. Through its patent-pending software and multi-sensor 180- or 360-degree camera, 3D-4U’s unique media player allows viewers to zoom in or out, pan left or right, or tilt up or down with a variety of standard interactive controllers. The immersive video technology developed by 3D-4U utilizes custom solutions designed and built by DigiMax Consulting and Gepco International. Among the custom solutions provided by Gepco are a 16-channel CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing) Mux/Demux, a custom fiber reel, and custom panels and boxes, all of which are terminated with various connectors.

Making their first appearance at NAB, Gepco® Brand RunONE™ Powered Cables combine audio and power, along with optional data, under a single durable, yet flexible jacket. With multiple uses for corporations, DJs, lighting rigs and tours, RunONE allows the user to pull a single cable in place of multiple cables, providing a portable and neat solution that saves time and hassle. Each RunONE cable combines one channel of power with two, eight or 12 channels of 110 Ohm balanced audio for line level, mic level or digital AES audio signals and can be used with self-powered speakers or in DMX lighting control. Using real-time analytical software, Gepco will demonstrate the superior characteristics of Gepco’s RunONE cables by comparing them to similar products. The software will measure handling noise, interference and frequency performance for differences you can not only hear, but see.

“We’re pleased to not only be able to show off some new products this year at NAB, but also new tools that will improve the customer experience,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products.

Discover solutions for reliable content delivery with Gepco Brand, SheerWire™ and other General Cable products at our 2012 NAB Show Booth #C8508.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

First Yamaha CL Console Demo A Success

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—With more than 60 audio professionals in attendance, sponsor and Yamaha dealer ACIR Professional deemed the first field demo of the new Yamaha CL Console series a success.

Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, presented the new CL Series Digital Console along with the Portico RND 5045 Primary Source Enhancer and Dugan-MY16 card.

Audio professionals present were from the touring, house of worship and performance venue markets and hailed from the Atlantic City area, and areas such as central New Jersey, New York City, and Maryland. “We are quite pleased with the success of this event,” states Bobby Harper, Vice President of Sales, ACIR Professional. “The CL console will fill a price point void, provide a new audio transmission platform, and also solve the problems of sharing digital head amps. We know that both Yamaha and ACIR Professional will do quite well in the sales and marketing efforts of the new console.”

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series Digital Console, RND 5045 or Dugan-MY 16 card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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PHOTO ID: Yamaha’s Kevin Kimmel

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

Mid-Sized Church Gets Big Sound with StudioLive

VotP's Glen Hallmark

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 2012…  Voice of the Pentecost is a media-savvy church with a modern outlook and a contemporary worship style. It has a lively service and a fun-loving congregation, and music plays a major role in sharing the message.

The church recently upgraded their aging analog console, bringing in a PreSonus StudioLive™ 24.4.2 digital mixer. As Media Tech Glen Hallmark explains, the new desk has made a world of difference.

“Our old console was very constrictive for the things we wanted to accomplish, particularly for the musicians,” he says. “We have anywhere from six to ten musicians up on stage at any given time. The band is on in-ears, and the singers are using wedges. With the old mixer, we were only able to provide them with four monitor mixes. Everyone’s mix was a poor compromise, and no one really got what they wanted. Needless to say, it didn’t contribute to their performance.”

It also affected the sound in the sanctuary. “We were pumping so much volume into the monitors that we’d have to compensate by making the front-of-house mix louder,” says Hallmark. “At a certain point the service becomes less than enjoyable.”

The need for a new console was clear, and the church started researching their options. “We knew we needed a digital console to get the features we wanted, and we started researching our options,” Hallmark explains. “The StudioLive console had all the features we were looking for, and the price point was very economical – so economical, in fact, that we were initially a bit skeptical. But the more we looked into it, and the more we compared features, sound and build quality, the more impressed we were.”

Sound quality in particular was a major factor in selecting the StudioLive. “The preamps on this console are just fantastic,” Hallmark exclaims. “We’re using the same microphones we had before, but the choir sounds so much better.”

Hallmark states that the availability of more monitor mixes has also done wonders for the singers. “With our old console, all the singers got one monitor mix. Now we’re able to create three separate mixes for the singers, so we can give the altos, sopranos and tenors individual mixes. It’s been great for their performance.”

The StudioLive’s remote-mixing feature was an unexpected plus. “I’m using the iPad® to mix pretty much every service,” Hallmark reports. “It enables me to sit with the congregation and hear what they’re hearing and to be a part of the service, rather than being tied to the console. My wife is on the prayer and worship team, and we’ve got a young daughter, so the iPad remote also allows me to go out and sit with my family.”

The band wasted no time in learning how to adjust their own monitor mixes. “QMix™ is great,” Hallmark says. “Each of the musicians has their own little iPod touch® for controlling their mix levels.”

The StudioLive desk does more than just deliver a great in-house mix, though. “We archive every service online,” notes Hallmark. “We record CDs and DVDs as well. We record everything to Capture. I’m able to fine-tune the mix and adjust the vocal levels, and I save a backup file of every service. I dedicate one monitor mix specifically for the Web feed, so I’m able to create a different mix from what’s in the room, and easily monitor what it sounds like going out over the Web.”

Those recorded services are also useful for other purposes. “I can pull up a mix when the room is empty and try out different compression and effects settings, without worrying about affecting the live sound,” says Hallmark. “And because our audio staff is largely volunteer-based, I can pull up a mix to train a volunteer on how to run the console, without the stress of teaching them during a service.”

Hallmark says the congregation has also noticed the improvement. “People have been complimenting us on the sound of the services,” he reports. “It is just incredible what this console has allowed us to do.”

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Chicago’s College Church Offers a Landmark Iconyx Installation

Wheaton, IL, April 2012... Founded in 1861 with close ties to Wheaton College, College Church has achieved a reputation as one of the most influential churches in America.

The stunning Georgian Revival-style building on Washington Street that the church calls home was built around two decades ago. It’s an architectural gem that boasts high glass ceilings, soaring columns, and a U-shaped wrap-around balcony. The room’s acoustics provide a wonderful complement for the piano, pipe organ, and choir that typically accompany most services. But that same architecture has represented a long-standing challenge for spoken-word intelligibility. As Greg Dieckhaus, President and CEO of Bolingbrook, IL-based Practical AV Solutions explains, the church has been through more than one attempt at addressing the issue.

“It’s a gorgeous building, but problems with intelligibility and consistency of coverage have plagued them since the beginning,” says Dieckhaus. “It’s not just the high ceilings. The room itself is somewhat U-shaped, with gallery seating along the sides and back, covered by a balcony level. The resulting acoustics tend to cause some odd reflection patterns.”

The sanctuary’s original audio system comprised severalhundred small speakers mounted underneath the seating, pointing downward to reflect off the tiled floor. “It was a distributed, under-pew system, the concept being that it would bring the sound very close to the listener,” says Dieckhaus. “It was a great idea in theory, and it did address their aesthetic concerns, combined with some full range loudspeakers built into the organ loft above and behind the chancel platform. But in practice it failed to deliver the desired results.”

“We abandoned the under-pew system within a matter of months,” says Tim Hollinger, the church’s Technology Manager. “We experimented with several alternative options over the next year, eventually settling on a more traditional center cluster design. That served us for about 18 years, and was considerably better than the original system.”

Eventually, though, it became clear that the main issues were with the building’s acoustics, which needed to be addressed before the audio system itself.

“It’s a gorgeous but somewhat cavernous space that, frankly, has the potential for standing waves that can go on for up to two or three seconds, no matter how good the sound system is,” says Tim Hollinger, the church’s Technology Manager.

Recognizing that, Acoustician Gregory Miller of Chicago-based Pin Drop Acoustics was brought in to evaluate the space. As Dieckhaus observes, Miller was chosen for his unique approach toward acoustics.

“Greg is a person with a strong performing arts and music background,” says Dieckhaus. “He has a great love for traditional, unamplified music, and is very conscious of the acoustics of a space and how they affect the music. He approached the project with the clear mission of improving speech intelligibility without destroying the room’s unique musical acoustical characteristics.”
“Greg determined that the best solution would combine acoustic treatment with a redesigned sound system, and brought us in to look at revamping the speaker system as well,” says Dieckhaus. “The first thing that came to mind for me was the Iconyx IC2 digitally steerable array from Renkus-Heinz. I had used Iconyx in many other churches and knew it worked well in very challenging acoustical environments. I had educated myself on the new IC2 model and was confident it was the right system for this application. This particular church has a rather wide chancel stage, without a lot vertical elements to position a column array.” The IC2 system, comprising a two-box array mounted above the chancel platform, was installed by Pentegra Systems of Elmhurst, IL. The IC2 system is augmented by four Renkus-Heinz SGX81 two-way 8-inch cabinets, installed to provide coverage to the over-balcony seating. Another pair of SGX81 boxes are installed as monitors for the chancel choir.To that end, Miller designed a system utilizing diffusers, rather than absorption, to treat the room’s excessive reflectivity. “The musical aspect of our service is very important, and the sound of our organ and choir in particular,” says Hollinger. “Sound absorption was never an option for us, so Greg Miller’s approach of using diffusion was really the right one for us.”

Dieckhaus says the IC2 proved to be the ideal choice for controlling the sound within the space. “It was clearly able to place the sound where we needed it and keep the directivity under control without firing at the walls, ceiling and other reflective surfaces.”

For Hollinger, the challenge of treading the fine line of improving the room’s intelligibility while retaining its signature acoustics has indeed been met. “Spoken word intelligibility is vastly improved, and as our organist put it, we’ve done no damage to the music. Given that he’s one of our most discerning listeners, that’s perhaps the ultimate compliment.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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