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TRANSAUDIO GROUP TO DEBUT THE BOCK IFET CONDENSER AT WINTER NAMM

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2014: World renowned manufacturing engineer David Bock has yet again captured the unmistakable tone of a cherished vintage microphone in a thoroughly modern design. This time it’s the Bock iFet phantom-powered condenser, which possesses the sonic soul of a classic fet47 mic of yesteryear plus more modern specifications, including deeper bass and higher highs. That would have been accomplishment enough, but Bock didn’t stop there. The iFet also features two completely separate amplifier circuits. The first circuit uses one FET and four transformers to beautifully capture high-SPL sources, such as drums and electric guitar. The second circuit uses one FET only and is ideally suited for quieter sources, such as voice. The two-circuit design effectively doubles the size of the Bock iFet’s sonic palette.

“There is a real art and science to designing and manufacturing a modern microphone with a specific sound, that embodies the sonic characteristics of a loved classic vintage microphone,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor of Bock’s entire line of high-end studio microphones. “David Bock understands the fundamentals and nuances of microphone design with tremendous depth, and he is passionate about building great microphones that will stand the test of time in the studio. With its dual-circuitry design, the Bock iFet is a great studio vocal mic – with all of the depth, character, and authenticity you would find in a vintage studio condenser many times the iFet’s price – and also a great studio high SPL input instrument and kick drum microphone. That should make it especially appealing to individuals who are on a budget yet are unwilling to fall short of perfection.”

The Bock iFet Microphone is now shipping.

US-MSRP: $2,150.00

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.www.transaudiogroup.com

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API ADDS TWO NEW 500-SERIES MODULES: THE 505 DI (DIRECT INPUT) AND THE 565 FILTER BANK

JESSUP, MARYLAND – JANUARY 2014: API will introduce two new members of its acclaimed 500-series modular signal processing line at the 2014 NAMM Show: the 505 DI direct input and the 565 filter bank. Both modules possess API’s legendary sound and fit all 500-series chassis, including the API Lunchbox® and the API 1608 small-format analog console.

The 505 DI includes gain control, adjustable tone control, a bright switch, a 20dB pad, switchable 100/400k Ohm load impedance, and Thru connectivity. Like the console-based API 205L, the 505 DI is specifically designed to accept a guitar, bass or keyboard direct input while minimizing any loading effect on Hi-Z instrument pickups

The 565 Filter Bank includes a sweepable low-pass filter (500Hz to 20kHz, -12 or -18dB slope), a sweepable high-pass filter (20Hz to 400Hz, -6 or -12dB slope), and a variable notch filter (fully sweepable between 20Hz and 20kHz). The 565 circuits are true to the musical filters of the famed 215 module found in large format API consoles.

Noted Larry Droppa, president of API Audio, “Since it’s inception, the API 500 Series has dominated the ever-growing group of 500 Series products. At API, we innovate by design and keep delivering modules that outperform the competition and continue to give our end users the sound and performance they’ve come to expect from API. Both of these new modules address a specific need while keeping the integrity of the API module product line.”

MSRPs: 505 DI and the 565 Filter Bank $595.00 each

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

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SurgeX Announces Lifetime Product and Five-Year Connected Equipment Protection Warranty

Knightdale, NC – January 23, 2014 – SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, announces a new lifetime product and five-year connected protection warranty for its Advanced Series Mode products.

The new SurgeX warranty is the most comprehensive in the industry and offers users peace of mind that their equipment is protected. AV and IT professionals, home theater aficionados, and all SurgeX customers will rest easy knowing they are receiving the most dependable power protection available covered by the most comprehensive warranty available. The policy emphasizes the reliability of SurgeX products and lets integrators know their installations are truly protected.

“Nowhere is reliability more important than with power management and this upgrade shows dealers and their customers we are committed to providing the best support, protection, and coverage possible,” said Shannon Townley, president, SurgeX and energy intelligence solution sales. “SurgeX already provides the best surge protection and smart power management solutions in the industry, and now we have a warranty policy in a class of its own.”

The new policy covers SurgeX products from defects in material and workmanship from the date of original purchase for as long as they are used by the original owner. Properly connected equipment is covered from damage as a result of a SurgeX product sacrificing itself to protect equipment during a power line disturbance for a period of five years, up to $50,000.

SurgeX products can be found protecting a wide range of nationally recognized venues. Installations include Carnegie Hall, Hubble Telescope Center, Library of Congress, Yankee Stadium, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Staples Center, and The Kimmel Center. Installations of this magnitude have no margin for error when it comes to power protection. Patented surge elimination technology combined with a lifetime product and five-year connected protection warranty policy allow SurgeX to offer the most comprehensive protection in the industry.

Some conditions apply, for more information on SurgeX warranties, please visit www.surgex.com/warranties.html.

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ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products.  Our comprehensive product portfolio features surge elimination and multi-stage protection, offering a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with over 27 patents, we specialize in developing premium solutions that never degrade. Superior to conventional single stage MOV circuitry found in traditional power protection products, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and can cause both degradation and equipment downtime. From our multi-stage protection to our surge elimination technology, there is no other company in the market that provides a comparable “best-in-class” portfolio.

ESP/SurgeX is owned and operated by Electronic Systems Protection, Inc. Our products are manufactured in Knightdale, North Carolina. Visit http://www.surgex.com or http://www.espei.com  for further company and product information.

RHC Holdings Unveils New FAT RAT Guitar Pedal at the 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 24, 2014 – RAT, an RHC Holdings Brand, is unveiling its new FAT RAT Guitar Pedal at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 4558). Building off the popularity and foundation of the original RAT Pedals, this new model is entirely built in the United States and features complete tonal flexibility through a choice of original or MOSFET clipping circuits.

The MOSFET clipping section in the new pedal provides a subtle smoothing in the upper mids and a more amp-like tone throughout the range of the RAT, without loss of the basic feel of the classic pedal. The new FAT RAT Pedal also features a bass enhancement that increases the bass response, which is perfect for bassists and guitar players who tune down their instruments. The new pedal will now run on nine- to 18-volts of DC power, for users looking for the best headroom and audio fidelity. Lastly, the FAT RAT also includes a socketed op-amp, which allows users to easily change between the stock OP07DP and other popular chips.

For more information on the RAT Pedal, please visit: www.ratdistortion.com.

RHC Holdings, 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 RHC Holdings 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. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

Platinum Tools® Ships Updated PRO Drywall Saw

CAMARILLO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the updated PRO Drywall Saw (p/n 10711). With an MSRP of $12.95 and now shipping, the PRO Drywall Saw with sheath is ideal for cutting drywall, plywood, plasterboard, wallboard, plastic paneling, and ceiling tile.

“Designed with the professional installer in mind, the PRO Drywall Saw’s teeth are precision ground for fast and effortless cutting in both directions, both push and pull,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “The blade is an extra thick 1.8mm to prevent bending and breaking during use, whether cutting, punching, or scoring.”

The PRO Drywall Saw has a heavy duty handle designed with a non-slip grip for comfort and safety, a hardened blade tip designed to score or punch with ease, a clog free hardened steel blade, and a one piece handle and blade design.

“Extremely rugged and durable, the PRO Drywall Saw also has a rust resistant electrophoretic deposition on the blade,” Phillips continued. “Ideal for numerous applications, this saw is a must have for the discerning installer and technician.”

For more information on the PRO Drywall Saw and Platinum Tools’ 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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RHC Holdings Redefines Targeted Marketing Strategies at the 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 24, 2014 – At a press conference held yesterday at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 4558), RHC Holdings announced its new targeted marketing strategies. Under this plan, RHC Holdings, comprised of well-known dependable brands, including RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, will target its brands to their specific markets.

This marketing strategy means that RHC Holdings offers comprehensive audio and cable solutions for a variety of budgets and projects, from 100,000-seat stadiums to single-room houses of worship and everything in between. RHC’s collection of brands affords users the options of low-, mid- and high-grade instrument, speaker or microphone cable options. Fans will also find solutions such as guitar pedals, digital snakes, personal audio interfaces, digital facility design software and personal monitor systems.

“We are very excited to make the announcement today about the future of RHC Holdings,” says Darius Seabaugh, Vice President of Marketing for RHC Holdings. “With this strategy, each of the brands will now have a very targeted marketing plan that will focus on a targeted customer base for areas such as live sound, retail, studio and installation.”

As RHC’s mid-to-upper-range line of audio solutions, RapcoHorizon products are tailored to the entire retail music industry to meet the demands of both live sound and studio recording. The brand comprises three different series of products, including the Players Series, a rugged solution for nightly club performers; Concert Series, a diverse line of professional interfacing products for live stage performances and Studio Series, an elite selection of cables with superior sound quality and rugged, durable construction for professional performances and studio sessions. With RapcoHorizon, fans can be assured they will attain the same sound on the road as they do in the studio.

A personal monitoring and digital audio distribution network, Momentum is designed to replace traditional analog audio wiring wherever audio distribution is needed. Difficulties in executing the increasingly complicated audio systems can be simplified by capturing audio at the source, converting it to digital and distributing it over a standard Ethernet network. This reduces the amount of field terminations, making installation less time-consuming. With the mTweak app for the Momentum mo8me Mix Engine, an average smart phone or tablet becomes a handheld wireless interface to control a user’s mix and settings right from his hand or music stand.

Pro Co and Pro Co Data represent RHC’s professional line of customizable audio, video, data, communications and fiber-optic interfacing solutions. With product lines such as LifeLines high-end signal transfer cable; TradeTools industrial strength and sized device boxes; RoadMaster heavy-duty touring snakes and PlateWorks standard and custom wall plates designed through DesignVision, ProCo truly defines what it means to be in the professional market.

From its beginnings as a pedal created in a Michigan basement, RAT has become an iconic legend in the mainstream of rock music. Built with the traditional rock musician in mind, RAT products have a rough, vintage, rebellious and dark sound. The newest product to make its way into the brand is the FAT RAT, which is also being presented at NAMM.

RoadHog touring cables are uniquely designed for touring performers. Engineered “Road Ready and Tour Tough,” RoadHog cables utilize the most rugged construction for those who don’t have the time to be neat and careful with their gear, while always providing high-quality sound. For those who want even more superior sound, there is also the SilverHog, which features the same RoadHog construction with silver-plated conductors and shields. RoadHog also comprises Hog, HogCloth, HogM, HogMPro, HogMCloth and SilverHogM, and will forever remain devoted exclusively to cables.

RHC Holdings, 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 RHC Holdings 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.

DPA Microphones Introduces d:vote™ Rock Touring Kits at the 2014 NAMM Show


Company also releases d:vote Classic Touring Kits for classical music applications


ANAHEIM, JANUARY 24, 2014DPA Microphones, the manufacturer of high-level reference and headset microphones, is pleased to announce its new d:vote™ 4099 Rock Touring Kits at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). With the choice between a four-piece or 10-piece Peli case package, the new kits are arriving on the heels of increasing popularity of the d:vote among rock groups such as Metallica and Paramore. The company has also released two similar Classic Touring Kits for classical musicians.

Despite its tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, the DPA d:vote is rugged and stable as it features a versatile and extendable gooseneck, sturdy shock mount and a detachable heavy-duty cable, making it perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. As it was intended for fast-paced settings, the mic can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

“The d:vote is becoming increasingly popular with the rock music market, so we wanted to offer something special to make engineers’ jobs easier,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “In speaking with fans, we quickly realized that this wide acceptance is largely attributed to the fact that DPA is the only microphone company to offer adapters for its miniature instrument mics. With other brands, engineers usually have to use tape or Velcro to get the mics to stay in place in certain areas that prove to be the best placements. d:vote has clips for all instruments and, with the new kits, engineers have an ingenious solution.”

Included in the new 10-piece d:vote Rock Touring Kit are 10 high SPL d:votes, 10 microdot-XLR adapters, 10 heavy-duty mic cables and seven drum clips, five sax/trumpet clips, four universal clips, two for each guitar, violin, piano, cello and one for bass. The smaller four-piece kit includes four d:votes with two universal clips and four for each drum, sax and trumpet, as well as four mic cables and four microdot adapters. Both configurations are available in a convenient Peli case.

As the mic is already widely popular among jazz and classical musicians, the company has also introduced two Peli case Classical Touring Kits. Like its rock counterpart, the four-piece version includes four each of high SPL d:votes, microdot-XLR adapters and mini mic cables. Also included are four violin clips, two for cello, one universal and one additional for each guitar, sax, trumpet and bass. The 10-piece kit includes 10 mics, adapters and cables, as well as eight violin clips, four for piano, three for cello, two universal and two for each piano, sax, trumpet, bass and drum.

The d:vote condenser mics in both the Rock and Classic Touring Kits feature supercardioid polar patterns for highly uniform off-axis frequency response and superior gain before feedback. Capable of handling high sound-pressure levels, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness. The d:vote’s MicroDot-XLR connector and variety of adapters ensure compatibility with virtually any wireless system. The product can also be used as a standard 48V phantom-powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Vista Systems’ Spyders Captivate Passengers at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) opened after a $1.9 billion renovation that has earned the facility world-class status. The terminal features an Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS) designed to create a unique passenger experience and a new source of non-aeronautical revenues for the facility. Five of the seven media features that comprise the IEMS use Vista Systems’ Spyder image processors to enhance passenger arrivals and departures.

“The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is the first and last impression of Los Angeles for nine million travelers every year,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a released statement. “This new terminal enhances passenger safety and security, while giving travelers the first-class airport experience they expect from a world-class city like Los Angeles.”

The high-profile project’s unique IEMS take the lead in offering a new revenue stream for airports nationwide. Developed by MRA International in concert with Los Angeles World Airport’s (LAWA) executive team, the IEMS built within the Bradley West terminal architecture offers the first corporate sponsorship programs in a U.S. airport.

Daktronics, the industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large-screen video displays, has a very visible presence in the new terminal. To support the content for the displays that comprise the Welcome Wall, Bon Voyage Wall, Story Board, Time Tower and Destination Board Daktronics selected five Spyder X20s, four with 16 inputs and one with 8 inputs. “We had experience working with Vista Systems on a number of other projects and felt most comfortable with the Spyder,” says Bob Seeley, LE project engineer at Daktronics. Daktronics worked in concert with the designer of the media features, Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design, and Smart Monkeys who programmed the features, to achieve the design intent and functionality designed for each of the features.

“Vista Systems is proud to be part of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX and its innovative media features,” says Victor Vettorello, Director of Application Engineering at Vista Systems. “Working in tandem with Daktronics’ displays, Vista Systems’ Spyders are delivering fun, artful and informative content that elevates the passenger experience a cut above any other airport.”

The Welcome Wall greets international passengers as they exit passport control and descend to baggage claim. A dramatic 80-foot LED wall, in portrait mode, requires the equivalent of four HD feeds. It bisects the passenger departure bridge with content that ranges from gorgeous atmospherics to joyful scenes of welcome. The Bon Voyage Wall gives a special send off to departing passengers as they clear security and cross the departure bridge. Daktronics’ 6mm LED screen, also in portrait mode, showcases LA residents jumping in super-slow motion in scenes reminiscent of legendary photographer Philippe Halsman’s Jumpology pictures.

Spyder’s powerful capabilities allow a single Spyder X20 to operate both the Welcome Wall and Bon Voyage Wall with a total of eight HD-SDI feeds.

Another Spyder is configured to operate the Destination Board where a total of four HD-SDI feeds and three DVI sources combine background images as well as flight info from the FIDS system. The curved Destination Board displays departure data while entertaining passengers with visuals of destination cities. The 80-foot wide Daktronics screen is flanked by fun facts, weather briefs and images related to the passengers’ travels. An arched LED crest shows graceful patterns tied to the display, such as graphics of national flags and subtle arrays of color.

A fourth Spyder operates the Story Board feature, which has a total of eight HD-SDI sources and one DVI image. The Story Board is a 120-foot long multi-panel LED display from Daktronics spanning the west end of the Great Hall. Also called The Voyage of Discovery, the Story Board tells narrative journeys, relates stories of travel and transformation, and shows stunning visual panoramas on a series of floating screens suspended on custom trussing.

A pair of Spyders supports the complex Time Tower. Built around the Great Hall’s elevator tower, it both tells time and reveals time as part of the travel experience. Its upper surface is composed of high-resolution 6mm Daktronics LEDs and integrates a functional clock face with fun content such as the mechanical clockwork Dance Time with Busby Berkeley-style dancers and a puzzle formed by interlocking pieces of luggage.

“We chose Spyders because we needed a processor that could support the high resolutions of the displays,” says Seeley. “The iconic Time Tower has a resolution of 3198 pixels tall and 4128 pixels wide if the display was unwrapped in 2D space. The end user can provide pixel-accurate content – with no scaling – using a series of off-the-shelf players. The X20′s ability to stitch together the eight 1080×1920 HD-SDI frames required for this media feature made it a perfect fit.”

According to Seeley, the Time Tower has 10 primary source feeds (eight HD-SDI and two DVI) plus 10 backup feeds. They are broken down into various DVI outputs to the Daktronics VIP-4060 display interface processor.

“The Spyders are performing well and, by all accounts, the systems have met or exceeded the client’s expectations,” Seeley reports. “As usual, the Vista support staff has been very good and accommodated the various scheduling requirements for the project.”

The IEMS project was directed by MRA International; the media features and content program were designed by Marcela Sardi of Sardi Design Inc., who acted as creative director for the content. Smart Monkeys Inc. was the System Designer and conceptualized the unique AV/IT system; Electrosonic did provided the system engineering and integration. Montreal’s Moment Factory was executive content producer for the media features; LA’s Digital Kitchen was content co-producer responsible for giving expression to the LAX brand across the features and developing the Destination Board content.

Alan Anderson of Smart Monkeys Inc. concluded, “We really pushed this system to the limit and forced products to work like they’ve never worked before. The Spyder took everything we threw at it. The flexibility of what we could do with it is responsible for the system we have at LAX today. The Spyder is very robust, very reliable and a very mature product. Its role in bringing content to the screens cannot be understated.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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