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API IN BRAZIL – VISOM DIGITAL AUTHORIZED AS 1608 DEALER

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 2013: Brazil’s Visom Digital has become the latest of authorized API 1608 dealers. Joining the ranks of other API distributors in South America, Visom began carrying the API product line back in 2012. “After their obvious success with API module products, it was logical that Visom now take on representation of the 1608,” said Gordon Smart, API’s managing director.

Located in Rio de Janeiro, Visom Digital is a working studio, audio technology development center, and audio equipment dealer specializing in high-quality, high-profile sound recording. “We only sell what we use and this makes all the difference in credibility for our people,” said owner, Carlos de Andrade.

With a wide range of clients, Visom Digital caters to everything from independent and major recording studios to TV and radio stations. “As an engineer I have always used API, as a salesman I believe in the product, and as a businessman it’s just a good seller,” said de Andrade of the API product line. Visom stands behind the products they represent, while aiming to understand the needs of their customers and partners in order to offer appropriate solutions. They also offer after-sales services, such as warranty, installation and training.

“For most distributors a line like API is a gem to be catered to with great consideration of its tradition,” said de Andrade. “For Visom, API is not a brand. It is a passion and a bit of our history. We will not just sell API. We will evangelize and educate our clients on the ownership of an important part of professional audio.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Platinum Tools® Features New Test Kit for VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 Length Measurement Voice/Data/Video Tester at 2013 CEDIA Expo

CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 9, 2013 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the new complete test kit for the VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 voice, data, and video with length is now shipping. With an affordable MSRP of $199.95, the T129K1 Test Kit includes the VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 as well as all the accessories required for voice, data, and video testing and mapping in a rugged double-walled, blow molded case. Platinum Tools will feature the T129K1 Test Kit at the 2013 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 529.

“The CEPro Best of 2012 award-winning VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 has become popular with technicians in a very short period of time, and now we’re able to provide them with additional accessories and a durable carrying case, protecting the equipment when out on a call,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “Made in the USA, the kit includes everything needed in a custom cut out, high density EVA foam to help protect the equipment for years to come.”

The T129K1 Test Kit includes:
• VDV MapMaster™ 2.0
• Case & Foam Insert
• RJ45 #’s 1-12 Remote Set
• Coax F #’s 1-8 Remote Set
• RJ45 Port Saver
• RJ45 to Alligator Clips Cable
• NO-Fault Cable
• F Female to F Female Adapters (set of three)
• BNC Female to F Female Adapter
• BNC Female to F Male Adapter
• 9V Battery
• Instruction Manual
• Made in the USA

The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit. Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. Whether the job is commercial or residential, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 makes it an installer’s best friend.

Length Mode is used to measure the length of entire cables and its pin pairs and allows for viewing and adjusting the length constant value for video, data, and voice cables. The VDV MapMaster 2.0 tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective remotes at the same time to improve testing efficiency. Patch cables may be tested without removing the master remote from storage.

With a convenient size and weight of only 6.4in x 2.8in x 1.4in and just 9.0 ounces, additional features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 include:
• Tests voice (six wire), data (eight wire), and video (coax)
• Measures the entire length of a cable and/or individual wire pairs within the cable
• Easy-to-read , extra large 7-segment LCD screen with large icons
• Tone generator with selectable tone cadence and selectable pins carrying tone
• RJ (voice and data) master remote stores in bottom of case
• Map 19 locations at one time
• Measures length in feet or meters
• Tests and indicates pins with shorts, opens, reversals miswires and split pairs
• Displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired T568A/B and crossover/uplink
• Displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired 6-pin telephone plus “Rev” for reverse pinned
• Voltage detection warning icon
• Long battery life; low battery icon indicator
• Auto power off

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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WorldStage Adds Lightware FR33 Routers to Its Inventory

WorldStage has invested in two Lightware MX-FR33 frames for its equipment inventory to accommodate staging larger shows, including those at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera where WorldStage is the provider of a number of sophisticated video systems. The Lightware MX-FR33 is a 33×33 digital crosspoint router frame with redundant power supplies, built-in control panel and CPU2 processor board. Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

“We’ve added a pair of MX-FR33 matrix frames to increase our Lightware inventory, which includes two FR65 frames, 32x, 17x and 16x routers, as well as an 80x, which we purchased a couple of years ago” says Barry Grossman, Chief Engineer, at WorldStage. “The driving force in purchasing the FR80 was our long-term commitment to the Met Opera and its expanded use of video as part of their productions.” Adding the FR33 will enable WorldStage to service larger shows with a single router, he points out. “This coming season we will use an FR33 instead of two 16x or 17x frames.”

With multiple productions, each requiring it’s own video origination system happening within the same season, WorldStage wanted to provide the production team with a easy and reliable way to switch from one system to another. Building a transmission/routing rack designed around the 80x was the perfect solution. “This year, with ten shows featuring video, we will provide the house crew with up to ten presets to recall the complex routing configuration,” says Grossman.

At the Metropolitan Opera each video show has its own Lightware router in either 16x or 32x configurations. The outputs of those routers feed the 80x transmission rack to allow the operators to easily switch from one video system to another. The output of the 80x matrix feeds the show projectors, back of house monitors, as well as the multi-viewers that allow operators to see all server feeds in a few monitors. The 80x effectively serves as the master router for the whole house.

Grossman notes that, “the Metropolitan Opera team has grown so comfortable with the easy to use Lightware routers and EDID management they provide that they have purchased an 8x frame for their own media server system. The opera house has come a very long way from the days of large format slide projection (which was the former method of provide imagery to the state) and the Lightware products have smoothed the path considerably.”

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

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