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The RapcoHorizon Company Showcases Pro Co TradeTools Headphone Junction Boxes at InfoComm 2013

HJ4P Professional and HJ6 Units are Ideal for Studio Cue Systems and Sound Reinforcement

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 13, 2013 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, features its Pro Co TradeTools HJ4P and HJ6 Headphone Junction Boxes at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 709). The HJ4P Professional and HJ6 models are ideal for cueing or foldback in studios, and can also be applied to sound reinforcement systems where headphones may be required, such as individual demonstrations at museums or for hearing-impaired individuals in meeting spaces.

Designed to provide trouble-free distribution and control of audio signals from stereo power amplifiers to stereo headphones with 150- to 600-ohms, the outputs on the HJ4P support as many as four sets of headphones, while the HJ6 features six outputs. All outputs are individually isolated with resistors to prevent the amplifier output from momentarily short-circuiting when plugging or unplugging. This ensures that the system will not completely short out and eliminates pops from the cue system. The resistive isolation also prevents one defective set of headphones from affecting the levels of the others.

With the option of left, right, mono and stereo inputs, the HJ6 can be used with a single-channel power or guitar-type amplifier. The unit’s stereo input simplifies connections, whether this is from small headphone amplifiers in the mixers or from the Pro Co RMS-1 Recording Monitor Selector.

“The Pro Co Headphone Junction Boxes are sturdy products that will last forever without complications,” says Bill Eaton, custom product specialist for Pro Co Sound, a RapcoHorizon Company brand. “We have found that our customers, such as audio techs and studio engineers, tend to gravitate toward products that produce a natural sound. These units provide the desired crisp and clean sound, which is especially important in the recording industry. In fact, the HJ4P is a popular fixture at recording schools such as Full Sail University. As for the HJ6, its simplicity makes it ideal for sound-reinforcement users who may be less familiar with audio engineering.”

In addition, the HJ4P Junction Box includes a loop-through function, which allows multiple units to be daisy-chained for a greater range of use. With the stereo/mono and left/right switches, the HJ4P can provide either a stereo cue mix or two monaural mixes. This feature is practical in studios for tracking sessions where one musician may require a different mix than another. It is also convenient for bilingual sound-reinforcement applications, as users can arrange it to send audio in one language to one ear and the translated version to the other. The unit’s left/right volume controls enable individual tailoring of the stereo balance levels. When switched to the mono function, the audio is sent to only one ear, leaving the other free for natural listening.

Both the HJ4P and HJ6 are ruggedly constructed from 16-gauge steel and are painted with durable semi-gloss epoxy paint. The heavy base and non-skid feet prevent tipping problems, while all controls and connectors are recessed in the enclosures to avoid accidental damage. The controls and connectors are also clearly identified with white silkscreened labels to ensure easy identification and management.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RapcoHorizon Company brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The RapcoHorizon Company also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

Clay Paky Lighting, grandMA2 and MDG Join the Dave Matthews Band For Summer Tour

The Dave Matthews Band hits the road for an extensive national tour with Clay Paky lighting, grandMA2 consoles and MDG foggers along for the ride. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both product lines in North America.

The band commences its 45-date cross-country swing in mid-May and wraps after Labor Day. They will be supporting last year’s hit LP, “Away From The World.”

Theatrical Media Services is providing the lighting gear and consoles for design company and video vendor Filiment Productions. Fenton Williams is the production designer and lighting designer for the tour; Aaron Stinebrink is the lighting programmer and designer.

“The overall concept is to continually augment the look of the show as the evening progresses,” says Stinebrink. “Everything is mounted on automated curved trusses that can move around during the show. We also have a large curved LED videowall upstage.”

Twelve Clay Paky Sharpy Wash lights hang from the sub grid and shine through all the trusses. A dozen Sharpys are positioned above the videowall and 12 more act as floor lights. Fourteen Alpha Spot HPE 1500s are integrated throughout the five automated trusses.

“We chose the Sharpys for the same reason everybody does: They have fantastic light output, speed, great colors and effects. It’s a versatile light that everyone uses,” Stinebrink explains. “The Sharpy Washes also offer a small footprint, speed and brightness, and they provide a great zoom and the ability to go from a nice tight beam to a wide wash.”

He notes that the Alpha spots were selected “because of their output with a 1500W lamp plus two irises and a fantastic zoom. It’s a very good light – far superior to others on the market.”

Two full-size grandMA2s and one grandMA2 light control the lighting rig as well as the Hippo media servers. “We’re very excited to start using them,” Stinebrink says. “The entire video show is run through the Hippos and controlled by the grandMA2. The grandMA2 is a fantastic platform known for its stability throughout the years. It’s so versatile that I can set up the console any way I see fit, as can anyone who operates the system.”

The production is also using two MDG MAX 3000 and two MAX 5000 foggers. The 5000s are used in festival situations on the downstage corners to help with coverage. “The MDG MAX series has been perfect fit for us for years. They have a fantastic volume of output while still having enough control to use them as a hazer. This series of foggers has been perfect for our amphitheater tours,” concludes Stinebrink.

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting’s Vice President, Automated Lighting, adds, “We’ve known Fenton, Aaron, and the Dave Matthews team for a number of years and they are always a pleasure to work with. It was nice to see that Aaron and the TMS staff appreciate the same things that we do about the Sharpy, Sharpy Wash, and Alpha Spot HPE 1500. We’re very pleased that we were able to offer fixtures that are new and exciting to them.”

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ASHLY RATED THE TOP AUDIO ENTRÉE AT CHEF ROB’S CARIBBEAN CAFÉ

SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA – MAY 2013: Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café has been a culinary destination for Atlantans since 2006. The restaurant’s success inspired Chef Rob to open a sister establishment next door, Chef Rob’s Upscale Lounge. Of course, the lounge would need an authoritative sound reinforcement system and a high-end video system, and because the two establishments share staff, customers, and a wall, it was also an excellent time to update the café’s audio and video system. Local A/V integration firm T. Magee, Inc. designed and installed a new value-engineered sound and video system based on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control that gives both establishments access to the same source material and yet provides each establishment with independent source selection and volume control.

Todd Magee, the eponymous owner of T. Magee, Inc., spent decades behind a live mixing console before concentrating his attention on the more geographically-rooted profession of A/V integration. Nevertheless, he continues to tour the world (though less occasionally now) and has worked with seventeen Grammy-winning artists, including Gladys Knight, OutKast, and Loretta Lynn. To be sure, Magee knows what it takes to make audio sound great. “Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café used to use a home-grown stereo receiver with long loudspeaker runs,” he explained. “They wanted to upgrade that to a commercial system and to tie it into the video system. On the lounge side, they wanted access to all the same music and video inputs that they had on the café side, plus inputs for a DJ.”

Stereo inputs to the system include a DMX Pandora receiver, two satellite receivers, and three floor boxes on the lounge side. Each floor box includes stereo XLR inputs, stereo ?-inch inputs, and stereo RCA inputs. An Ashly ne24.24M modular processor, configured with twelve inputs and eight outputs, provides input processing, matrixing, and loudspeaker equalization and delay. Because it is so easy to add inputs or outputs to the ne24.24M, Magee will soon add four more inputs to accommodate the lounge’s recent request for a few handheld wireless microphones.

Five Ashly KLR 2000 amplifiers, three on the lounge side and two on the café side, power the system. High fidelity Australian Monitor loudspeakers and SoundTube subwoofers complete the system. “One unique aspect of this installation is the rack system we used,” said Magee. “There are four racks recessed into an area near the entranceway. It’s an elegant, out-of-the-way place to put them, and when we need access, they pull out and rotate 90-degrees. Very cool.”

He continued, “I’ve been an Ashly fan for years. I first worked with Ashly’s analog crossovers, GQX series equalizers, and compressors in live audio. Now their digital equipment reflects the same commitment to quality that I heard so many years ago. The sound quality is comparable to units from other manufacturers that cost twice as much. The IP-based control and communication is also very nice.” A pair of Ashly neWR-5 wall remote controls provide all of the system management required – source selection and volume control.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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SYMETRIX ANNOUNCES AN INTERACTIVE AUDIO CONFERENCING CALL-IN DEMONSTRATION

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 2013: Symetrix announces an interactive call-in demonstration of the SymNet 4 Channel Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) Input Option Card, for installation in both SymNet Edge and Radius AEC DSPs. The SymNet audio conferencing demonstration is fully automated, originating from a conference room at Symetrix headquarters. The demo is available 24/7/365 by calling 1-425-640-3331.

During the demonstration, the caller’s voice is played live from an array of loudspeakers, picked up by an array of microphones, recorded, and routed back to the caller first with AEC bypassed, and then with AEC engaged. In this way, the caller experiences firsthand the effect of three audio conferencing subsystems: acoustic echo cancellation, automatic gain control, and noise cancellation. Additionally, DTMF tones are decoded within the context of the demonstration allowing the caller to repeat, skip, or fast forward using their phone’s keypad.

“The Symetrix AEC Demo room is unique,” said Ryan Curtright, senior technical sales engineer. “This is the only fully-automated conference room in the world where a customer can call in 24/7/365 from any phone and hear AEC, AGC, and noise cancellation in a real world scenario. The caller even has the ability to repeat sections by hitting a few digits on their phone, so they can hear a particular feature a second time without having to hang up and redial. This is an incredible sales tool for our reps, integrators, and anyone else who wants to experience the benefits of a SymNet conferencing system. This is also a fantastic remote-end for our partners who are commissioning systems and need an always-available remote system to test phone audio levels and functionality of the local room.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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