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Haivision to Showcase 4K Support for Digital Signage at DSE Conference

CoolSign digital signage system supports 4K resolution with Display Engine players

MONTREAL, CANADA – Feb. 6, 2014 – Haivision announced that the company will showcase 4K display support powered by the CoolSign digital signage system at the DSE conference, taking place from February 12-13 in Las Vegas.

Exhibiting at booth #548, Haivision will demonstrate the new CoolSign Display Engine with support for ultra high 4K resolution, as well as its latest solutions for digital signage and integrated live video.

CoolSign Display Engine Supports 4K Display
Now featuring native support of 4K video resolution files, the CoolSign Display Engine appliance is a faster, smaller and more powerful digital signage player for Haivision’s CoolSign digital signage system. Designed for corporate communications and large public facilities, such as stadiums and universities, the CoolSign Display Engine features powerful processing and superior quality playback of graphics overlays and video content suitable for the most challenging digital signage requirements. The new signage player has the power to support up to four 1080p regions with a ticker simultaneously or a single 4k (3840×2160) region, and can drive two independent HDMI outputs.

CoolSign and Furnace Integrate Live Video with Digital Signage
With a scalable, data-driven infrastructure, Haivision’s CoolSign digital signage system, integrated with the Furnace video system, brings global organizations secure and efficient ways to deliver rich media to every desktop and display. The latest release of CoolSign integrates managed IPTV within digital signage, enabling customers to combine rich media with live and scheduled video content.

Haivision to Present at DSE Education Session, Panel Discussion
Haivision will present with customer DSI and partner Mission Electronics about how they accelerated enterprise communications throughout DSI’s worldwide offices by integrating live video and digital signage.

Title: How to Leverage Digital Signage and Video in the Enterprise
Date/Time/Location: February 12 at 4:00 p.m. (The Venetian hotel, room 1006)
Panel participants:

  • Omar Vega, Manager, Network Services, DSI
  • Todd Nelson, A/V Systems Designer, Mission Electronics
  • Bill Taylor, Director of Digital Signage, Haivision

About Haivision
Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military industries. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Shotoku Expands Presence In Spain With New Partnership

DATOS MEDIA BRINGS EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT TO GROWING SHOTOKU CUSTOMER BASE
Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced robotic camera systems, has announced its partnership with Datos Media Technologies S.A. to continue its growth and better serve its customer base in Spain. Part of Dan Technologies A/S, a globally recognised broadcast systems integration company, Datos Media provides technology, consultancy, integration, training and support to the broadcast and multimedia production industries. Shotoku Sales Director James Eddershaw announced this important new partnership from the Company’s European headquarters in Staines, UK.

“Shotoku is extremely pleased to announce its new partnership with Datos Media,” said Eddershaw. “Like Shotoku, Datos Media is a dynamic young company driven by experienced industry professionals. Tomas Nielsen (Managing Director) and David Martinez (Operations Director) both have over twenty years’ experience working in the Spanish broadcast market. Our companies share a common approach to the market based on flexibility, customer service and innovative technical solutions. We look forward to expanding our customer reach in this key part of the world.”

Nielsen said, “We are very pleased to add Shotoku to our family of products and solutions for the Spanish market. We are confident that customers across Spain will appreciate the quality and performance of Shotoku remote camera systems and the commitment to customer support that both Shotoku and Datos Media provide.

Shotoku is recognised worldwide as a leading provider of advanced remote camera systems for news, sports and current affairs programming as well as national governments and legislative bodies. Key partnerships with companies such as Datos Media Technologies help strengthen Shotoku’s global presence and ensure first-class support of their systems around the world.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

About Datos Media Technologies S.A.
Based in Ciudad de la Imagen in Madrid, Spain, Datos Media Technologies S.A. serves the broadcast and multimedia industry with technology, integration and expertise in broadcast implementation and projects on a turnkey basis. The company is a joint venture between Dan Techologies A/S, a globally active supplier of broadcast and communications equipments, systems and services, and two experienced professionals in the Spanish Market: Tomas Nielsen (Managing Director) and David Martínez (Operations Director). For further information: www.datosmedia.es

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / info@shotoku.co.uk

Datos Media contact: Tomas Nielsen
+34 91 001 89 08 tomas.nielsen@datosmedia.es

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

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Advanced Systems Group Hosts Technology Trending Happy Hours to Highlight Adobe Anywhere, Quantum StorNext 5

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will host two Technology Trending Happy Hours, sponsored by Quantum and Adobe, for video professionals in the Pacific Northwest. The first event will be Feb. 12 at Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, Wash., and the second will be Feb. 13 at Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, Ore. Both happy hours begin at 5 p.m. with free drinks and appetizers, followed by demos of Quantum StorNext 5 and Adobe® Anywhere for video at 6 p.m.

“Editing workflow solutions and storage architectures continue to challenge video professionals, and many organizations have yet to even try network-based collaboration because of security or bandwidth concerns,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, Advanced Systems Group. “These events allow local members of the professional video community to network and learn about these exciting new products in a fun, relaxed setting.”

StorNext 5 is Quantum’s recently re-architected platform that enables complete end-to-end content management for modern media workflows. It provides improved ingest and transcoding performance, optimized SAN and LAN client workflows, and integrated high-speed archive and data management. Adobe Anywhere is a secure collaborative workflow platform that allows professional video teams to work together using centralized media across standard networks. Its real-time environment works with Adobe’s cross-platform professional video tools, so no proprietary hardware is required.

The Technology Trending Happy Hours are free, but pre-registration is required. For more information and online registration, visit http://www.asgllc.com/events/tthh.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Nexidia 2014 NAB Show Preview

Presentation at the 2014 NAB Show
Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager, Media and Entertainment at Nexidia, will present the session titled “Automated QC Technology Verifies Captions and Languages” on Monday, April 7, from 11-11:30 a.m. Lanham will also present “Phonetic Based Search of Dialogue: The Key to Unlocking an Archive’s Potential,” on Thursday, April 10, from 9-9:30 a.m.

Nexidia QC(TM) v2.1
At the 2014 NAB Show, Nexidia will unveil Nexidia QC(TM) v2.1, the latest release of its software tool to automate the QC of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows. With Nexidia QC, quality control and compliance processes that are currently done manually become automated, saving significant time and operating costs and helping to avoid costly mistakes and potential fines. In addition to the plugin that is now shipping with AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control solution (UQC), version 2.1 integrates with the Telestream Vantage broadcast automation workflow so that Vantage users can access Nexidia QC directly from the Vantage GUI. Version 2.1 also features enhanced job reporting and automated caption retiming, which retimes live captions for subsequent use and frame-rate conversion.

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Nexidia Dialogue Search v1.5
Visitors to Nexidia’s booth at the 2014 NAB Show will be introduced to Nexidia Dialogue Search v1.5, the new version of Nexidia’s tool that searches for any spoken word or phrase across workgroups or massive media libraries in seconds. Dialogue Search relies on Nexidia’s patented phonetic search technology to enable independent search of any other metadata such as logging, transcription, and/or captions. Version 1.5 includes advanced metadata search and filtering so users can leverage any existing metadata, in combination with the dialogue, to further refine and improve search.

Dialogue Search v1.5 includes important integrations with some of the industry’s leading media asset management (MAM) and metadata management systems. IPV Ltd. has integrated Dialogue Search into the IPV Curator MAM so Dialogue Search capabilities are incorporated into the Curator search experience. Nexidia has also integrated Dialogue Search with media and production asset management systems from Dalet and Squarebox Systems’s CatDV.

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Photo Caption: Nexidia Dialogue Search Results

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Nexidia products and integrations will also be on display in the following partner booths:

Dialogue Search:
* Squarebox Systems, Booth SL5025
* IPV Ltd., Booth N3725

Nexidia QC:
* AmberFin, Booth SU8505

Company Quote
“We’ve made great strides with our dialog and audio analysis products in the past year, and the NAB Show gives us the perfect opportunity to showcase our latest innovations that make our products even more valuable for media operations large and small. Dialogue Search and Nexidia QC are truly unique products, and we are looking forward to introducing NAB attendees to the power and efficiencies that they each provide.”
– Drew Lanham, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Media and Entertainment Division, Nexidia

Company Overview:
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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TCS Adds Wide-Angle Zoom to Roster of FUJINON Cabrio Lenses

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that Technological Cinevideo Services, Inc. (TCS), www.tcsfilm.com, just added its 11thFUJINON Cabrio lens to its equipment roster. Early last year, TCS purchased seven FUJINON Premier PL19-90mm Cabrio (ZK4.7×19) PL mount zoom lenses, and later in the year the facility added three PL 85-300mm Cabrio (ZK3.5x85B) lenses. Their most recent addition is the Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle zoom (ZK2.5×14.) Established in 1978, the New York-based TCS rents digital and film camera equipment and lenses to customers shooting motion pictures, scripted television series, documentaries, reality shows, commercials, and other high-profile projects.

According to TCS President Erik Schietinger, who co-owns the company with his brother, TCS’ VP and Chief Operating Officer, Oliver Schietinger, “We believe in owning the full range of common focal lengths covered in a lens set, and we were very interested in the 85-300mm lenses because they cover the telephoto range very well while keeping the form factor small and portable. A wide-angle option is key to this line though, because it allows productions to ensure the consistency of their look within the Cabrio line without having to move to wide-angle primes or zooms from different manufacturers when they need a wide-angle.”

TCS has found a growing marketing for shooters looking for a digital cinema look but with the portability of ENG-style equipment. “Our clients who are producing reality television and live events are very excited about the arrival of a PL-mounted zoom that can easily be converted from ENG-style functionality to a cinema set-up with motor controllers as needed in a matter of minutes,” said Schietinger.

The wide angle on the 14-35mm Cabrio is ideal for a variety of shooting scenarios common to TCS clientele, including establishing shots, filming in tight spaces for reality and low budget location shoots, and handheld and Steadicam work when deep focus and image stabilization are important.

“While 19mm is considered fairly wide in the Super 35mm format,” continued Erik Schietinger, “there is a frequent desire to go slightly wider due to spacial limitations on location, and the focal range of the zoom makes it easy to ‘dial in’ the appropriate focal length needed for any given shot without being married to an exact focal length until the next lens change. And with certain cameras now using crop sensor sizes, such as the recent influx of S16-sized digital cameras, a wide-angle like the 14-35mm can easily serve as a more standard zoom on a 1.6-2x cropped sensor.”

TCS clients MTV, National Geographic, and Al Jazeera have used Cabrio lenses on recent shoots, and they’ve been rented for use on the Youtube Music Awards and the documentary “Jay-Z: Made in America.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

About TCS

Technological Cinevideo Services, Inc.

TCS, New York, USA provides the motion picture industry with products and services that help our customers achieve success in the most demanding environments. We specialize in cameras, lenses and support for the digital cinema, 35mm and Super 16mm film and broadcast HD markets.

TCS is a recognized leader in bringing new technologies to the professional rental market. We proudly offer the latest cameras from Arri, Canon, Red, Sony and Vision/Phantom as well as modern and vintage glass from Angenieux, Arri/Zeiss, Arri/ Fuji, B&L Baltars, Canon, Cooke, Fujinon, Leica, and Zeiss. For more information, please visit www.tcsfilm.com or go to www.twitter.com/tcsfilm.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Forbidden Technologies 2014 NAB Show Preview

New Enhancements to FORscene
- High-resolution proxy
- Edit interface upgrades including the Record Timeline Patch Panel and improvements to trimming, audio editing, and publishing tools.
- Increased account and user customisation for saving keysets and interface layouts.
- Half speed playback capability for improved logging and transcription.
- New site manager interface with increased management tools.
- Cloud upgrade to support new file formats.
- Server Lite improvements for remote news workflows.

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Preview of the FORscene IOS Version
A new iOS version of FORscene will enable users to log, edit, and publish from FORscene on any iOS device with an internet connection — making FORscene the most accessible professional post-production service available.

Integration With Various Partners
See the latest FORscene integration with the Magma graphic system from deltatre. In this use-case for sports, content creators can access both the live feed footage and Magma produced graphics from the FORscene interface — increasing the speed at which live content can be repackaged for distribution.

We are coordinating other demonstrations with our key partners so check the Forbidden website for updates.

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Connect With Our Clients
A senior representative, responsible for technical infrastructure at a four-time winner of the “Best Post Production House” award will be on hand at the Forbidden booth to give visitors impartial insight into the use of FORscene on projects including The Voice UK and Gold Rush.

Company Quote:
“We work hard to evolve FORscene in a way that makes it ever more valuable to our clients. Visitors to our booth will get a first-hand look at the latest round of improvements, many of which were made as a direct result of feedback from our most active users. We’re always looking for feedback, so we invite readers to influence FORscene’s next phase of evolution by sharing experiences and suggestions with us during NAB this year. Everyone has the opportunity to change the way Forbidden is seen.”
– Greg Hirst, President, Forbidden Technologies Inc.

Company Overview:
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than three million hours of professional video content. Listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.

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IC Realtime Launches Entirely New Brand (ClearView CCTV) of Cost-Effective IP and Analog Cameras, Recorders and Accessories for Mid-Level Residential and Light Commercial Markets

Pompano Beach, FL – February 6, 2014 – IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for the residential, commercial, military and government sectors is delivering a new brand of budget-friendly video surveillance solutions specifically for residential and light commercial applications.

ClearView CCTV X-Super BL-700 Camera is Ready to Defend

Line Overview
Called ClearView CCTV, the line consists of a wide assortment of internet (IP) cameras, recorders and accessories that are both professional-grade and cost-effective. Products include indoor and outdoor internet Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ), Dome, Bullet and Covert cameras; varying levels of Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and touch-screen DVR combos; complete pre-packaged IP network camera kits, and accessories.

Control and remote-viewing is available through mobile apps and via any land-based computer connected to the internet. The line also natively integrates with Control4, RTI and URC.

Where to Buy
ClearView CCTV is available from the Catalyst AV Distribution Network as well as a limited group of key distribution partners across the country. Dealers can locate a distributor near them at: http://www.clearviewcctv.com/where-to-buy/

“ClearView CCTV offers integrators a complete line of IP and analog surveillance products at a value price, with all the features and quality they expect from much more expensive products,” says Wally Whinna, Catalyst AV Distribution Group board member and principal of Allnet Distributing. “The products are of the highest-quality, easily integrate with the most popular control systems and have iOS and Android apps for surveillance on-the-go. Catalyst AV’s partnership with ClearView CCTV will surely offer dealers new profitable opportunities in the category.”

Executive Management
Strategic management of the ClearView CCTV brand is overseen by IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. Day-to-day operations are led by ClearView CCTV President Sam Pascucci and ClearView CCTV VP of Business Development Ray Peraino. Both Pascucci and Peraino are veterans of the security and surveillance industries.

”The backbone of the ClearView CCTV line is IC Realtime’s advanced technology,” says Pascucci. “Given this and the economies of scale that we’re able to achieve, ClearView CCTV is the hottest video surveillance line ever to reach this segment of the marketplace. We are quite proud of the results.”

”This is a well thought out line that is going to upset a lot of manufacturers and manufacturer-distributor types that have been serving these segments,” adds IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor.

Dedicated Top-Tier Technical Support including Weekends
Technical support leadership is provided by ClearView CCTV Director of Integration, Christoffer Callaway. For years Callaway has led IC Realtime’s technical support. Most recently Callaway directed development of Control4, RTI and URC capabilities to many of the ClearView CCTV DVRs and NVRs.

The ClearView CCTV technical customer service department is open Monday thru Friday from 9AM – PM EST, with technicians on-call Saturday and Sunday. Dealers can reach ClearView CCTV customer service by calling 855.248.7888.

Marketing Support
The ClearView CCTV website www.clearviewcctv.com provides robust sales, marketing and installation tools including driver downloads. Shortly the brand will be announcing its schedule for free dealer webinars. On-demand training by topic is available by request.

Dealers interested in more information on ClearView CCTV should visit the website or contact the company at 855.248.7888.

About IC Realtime: IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions. The company is founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

RapcoHorizon Hits the Stage with Jay-Z

Award-Winning Rapper’s Guitar/Bass and Keyboard Techs Rely on Custom Cable Runs for Magna Carter World Tour

JACKSON, MO, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 – Thanks to RapcoHorizon, an RHC Holdings brand and leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, the instrumentals for Jay-Z’s Magna Carter World Tour are making the connection with his audiences night after night, while on stage. As the instrument and speaker cable of choice for the tour, which supports the award-winning rapper’s first new album in four years, the RapcoHorizon cables were custom fitted to accommodate the intricate rigs, some of which are on 28-foot-high risers.

As all RapcoHorizon cables are designed for the working musician, the custom instrument and speaker cables are road ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. The custom cables created by the company for the tour include runs as long as 50- to 100-feet in order to not only reach across the stage, but also above.

“With guitar, bass, and keyboard player, Clay Sears, up 28-feet in the air, 22-feet above Jay-Z, I had to have instrument and speaker cables that were able to handle the degradation that happens from that distance,” says A.J. “Jukebox” Srybnik, guitar and bass tech for the Magna Carter World Tour. “These cables work just like they are three feet long. I know that in talking to my monitor engineers and FOH guys, they’re just ecstatic with the tones we are getting, and I don’t think it’s necessarily from all the gear, but rather from the cables. I have a lot of runs that go in different lengths, and you’d think my sound would be inhibited, but it’s not. The cables are so dependable.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with RapcoHorizon,” says Benjamin Jacobs, keyboard tech and backline crew chief for the tour. “These cables outperform every other brand we’ve tried. We recently did a one-off date in Abu Dhabi and my cable looms, which are comprised of the RapcoHorizon cables, were one of the only pieces of our permanent touring gear that I brought along.”

In addition to the unique audio rigs, the Magna Carter World Tour also has extensive load outs, with gear on four different risers and at various heights. With the speed at which the tour moves between stops, and the amount of gear being used, the cables are quite often yanked from the equipment by stagehands, which can sometimes be detrimental.

“We unplug every keyboard, speaker and amp, and push everything away very quickly,” continues Srybnik. “You’d think that everyday I’d have a broken cable or connector, but that hasn’t been the case. I haven’t had to go into the spare cable case once this entire tour. We don’t have a normal load out. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen, it’s literally like ants attacking a sugar hill. But we haven’t had any problems and I think that has to do with the strain release and the stuff they coat the cables with, it’s very durable. The coating on the speaker cables is also gorgeous – a really nice blue and silver that stands out nicely on the floor, which keeps people from tripping on them.”

All cables from The RapcoHorizon Company are designed to work perfectly no matter how often they are put to use. Another benefit of the RapcoHorizon cables is their ability to coil nicely. The quality of the cables and flexible jacket ensure that they not only lay flat on stage, but also roll up easily without causing bends.

Srybnik also admits that his rig isn’t the most complicated on the tour and that Jacobs uses nearly three times as many instrument cables as him. “He’s got probably 30 keyboards all doing stereo runs, so you’re looking at 60 runs, and these cables get beat up the most. Any time he has a problem, it ends up being an outboard problem or some other audio issue. It never comes back as a bad cable, which is funny because that’s what you always used to hear – ‘swap out the cable, it’s bad’ – you’re just not hearing that anymore.”

As an avid RapcoHorizon enthusiast that has used the company’s cables on tour with a variety of artists, such as Selena Gomez, Foreigner and Buckcherry, Srybnik is also impressed with the customer service that he is afforded. In the case of the Jay-Z tour, his custom cables were completed on short notice after the audio rigs were moved from the ground to the air.

“The best part about it all is that I was in a jam when we changed the audio rigs and The RapcoHorizon Company bailed me out,” he adds. “It’s amazing that they were able to get me a high-quality cable that sounds the way I want, pretty much whenever I need. They have the best customer service for touring crews, and this situation emphasizes that.”

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.

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Biamp Systems Launches its First-Ever Online Certification Training

Online training program for TesiraFORTÉ puts certification and advanced learning tools at partners’ fingertips

AMSTERDAM, ISE 2014 — Feb. 6, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced its first-ever online certification training program specifically for its new TesiraFORTÉ products — the company’s all-new series of audio processors that extend Audio Video Bridging (AVB) to application-specific settings. Designed for distributors and integrators, the program will go live on March 3 via Biamp’s online training portal.

Part of the Biamp Education Experience, the TesiraFORTÉ online certification course consists of self-guided sessions with comprehension testing spread throughout the curriculum. Biamp’s educational approach is to deliver essential information to help users harness the full potential of Biamp products. This is further supported by Cornerstone, Biamp’s online technical support knowledgebase containing detailed technical information on all Biamp products. The result is a robust training program, which complements access to Biamp’s application engineering support team.

“Biamp continues to offer the most robust education and training resources in the industry,” said Kiley Henner, Education and Applications Engineering Manager at Biamp Systems. “The introduction of our new TesiraFORTÉ online certification program is the latest evolution in a long line of initiatives designed to provide our customers with timely, targeted, and flexible learning options. Our programs also include our Cornerstone knowledgebase, online webinars, and exceptional telephone support, all of which confirm our commitment to implementing tools that will satisfy our customers’ training needs.”

In addition to its new online certification training, Biamp offers in-person certification training, with multi-day, hands-on courses covering the Tesira(R), Vocia(R), and Audia(R) products at various locations around the world. For distance learning settings, Biamp’s webinar training offers tips, techniques, and skills, at no cost to designers, programmers, and technicians looking to expand their knowledge of topics related to Biamp products, VoIP, and audio basics. The company’s online learning curriculum is also supported by Biamp’s YouTube Training Channel.

Registration for Biamp’s new TesiraFORTÉ online certification begins on March 3, and the program is available to all participants approved by regional managers. Onsite certification programs are held at Biamp headquarters in Beaverton, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Dubai. More information about Biamp’s training programs is available at www.biamp.com/training.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona” AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Sweetwater Receives Fishman Outstanding Achievement Award

Jason Cambra, Chuck Surack, Kevin White

Andover, MA––Fishman recently presented Sweetwater with its Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional sales growth in all product categories, especially the TriplePlay® Wireless Guitar Controller.

Pictured at the presentation are (left to right) Jason Cambra, Chief Operating Officer at Fishman, Chuck Surack, President of Sweetwater, and Kevin White, Business Development Manager at Fishman.

Commenting on the award Surack said, “We’re pleased to receive this recognition from Fishman, a company known for technological innovation, unique approaches in the marketplace and high quality products. This award marks a new point of departure for an even more successful working relationship in the future.”

Bill Norton, Vice President of Retail Sales for Fishman, added, “Sweetwater has always been one of our most successful partners, but this year represented an unprecedented level of success for their sales effort. They produced incredible growth for every product category including our pickups, amplifiers and new technology such as TriplePlay. It’s a real honor to present this award to Chuck and his sales team and we look forward to a repeat performance in 2014!”

For more information about Fishman, go to www.fishman.com.

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