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Masque Sound Turns Up the Volume for Touring Production of Musical Sensation, Rock of Ages

When the touring production of the hilarious, five-time Tony® Award-nominated 80’s musical Rock of Ages hit the road to rock its way across America for a third season, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, went along for the ride, supplying a custom audio equipment package to support Sound Designer Craig Cassidy and his team.

Set in 1987 on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip, Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker at Los Angeles’ most famous rock club, The Bourbon Room. This arena-rock love story is told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of the greatest bands of the 80’s including, Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and more.

Recreating the heavy, arena-rocking sound that defined the big hair 80’s with a PA system that would be able to move in and out of the theatres quickly enough for the tour’s rigorous schedule was Cassidy’s biggest challenge in designing the sound. To make this happen, Cassidy collaborated with the team at Masque Sound.

“Gary Stocker at Masque Sound was instrumental in creating a tower design that would provide us with the flexibility and sound we needed for the production,” says Cassidy. “Getting the SPL of a rock concert without having the cast run around with handhelds all night long is not an easy task — Masque Sound’s support and technical services played a big part in pulling it off.”

In order to create the hard-rock sound Cassidy envisioned, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD 10 Digital Console for the front of house and a DiGiCo SD 8 at the monitor console. A line array featuring Meyer Sound MICA compact high-powered curvilinear loudspeakers and Meyer Sound 600 HP subwoofers were incorporated into the towers. Masque Sound also provided the production with Sennheiser 5212 transmitters, matching 1046 receivers and coupled them with DPA 4066 omnidirectional headset mics. In addition, Masque Sound supplied its expert frequency coordination services for the over 30 channels of wireless that are being used for the show.

“I have enjoyed a long relationship with Masque Sound, and it is my shop of choice,” adds Cassidy. “I can really lean on the staff’s expertise in a lot of areas. If I run into any problems, they always have someone there who can solve it for me. They are really top notch.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Hi-Tech Audio Joins Solid State Logic’s U.S. Live Console Partner Network

HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA – Solid State Logic is continuing to add to its U.S. reseller network for SSL Live consoles with the appointment of Hi-Tech Audio. Headquartered in Hayward, California, the company has been providing professional audio rental, sales and services for everything from houses of worship across the U.S. to concert tours and music festivals around the world.

Pictured Left to Right: Louis Adamo, President of Hi-Tech, and Sidney Wilson, Hi-Tech Sales

“SSL is a name synonymous with the highest quality of audio recording control,” says Louis Adamo, President of Hi-Tech Audio. “Now that the company has turned its attention to live sound, Hi-Tech Audio is honored to help introduce SSL’s first live sound console, SSL Live. Hi-Tech Audio specializes in the world’s top live-sound consoles and we are looking forward to showing the SSL LIVE to live sound production companies, houses of worship, theaters and venues across the U.S. There will be some big fun in using this console!”

“We knew Hi-Tech was a company that we wanted onboard with SSL Live from the start,” says Jay Easley, SSL’s Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. “The company’s long history of experience with console technology and reputation of laudable customer service makes this partnership exactly what we wanted as part of the SSL Live family.”

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Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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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.

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL IMPLEMENTS CLEAR-COM’S TEMPEST900 WIRELESS INTERCOM

NEW YORK ─ Clear-Com® has revamped the wireless setup at New York City’s prestigious Juilliard School. The school installed three Tempest®900 digital wireless intercoms in its production department and one additional system in its recording department. The two-channel Tempest systems provide coverage within each of the facility’s three performances spaces, operating independently of one another without signal interference. more

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Masque Sound Hits the Road with Inaugural North American Touring Production of Blockbuster Musical, Once

Flexible Custom Audio Equipment Package Maintains Show’s Intimate Feel in Larger Venues throughout the Country

NEW YORK, JANUARY 31, 2014 — When the blockbuster musical Once, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, set out on its first-ever North American tour, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on board to provide a custom audio equipment package for the hit show.

Sound Designer Clive Goodwin has worked with Masque Sound since the beginning of Once’s successful run when it began playing at the New York Theatre Workshop and then moved to Broadway. Based on this working relationship and Masque’s experience and knowledge of the production and its audio requirements, collaborating with the company on the touring production was a natural choice.

Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs that they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love.

Since the touring production of Once is playing in venues two-to-four times the size of the show’s Broadway home (the 1,100-seat B. Jacobs Theatre), Goodwin’s design goal for the tour was to be able to reach the larger audiences while maintaining the show’s intimate, unassuming feel.

“In order to preserve the show’s spirit and character in these much larger theatres, flexibility is key,” says Goodwin. “Instead of a sound system tailored to a specific theatre, as we have in the Jacobs on Broadway, we obviously needed an audio system that could work in theaters of varying sizes and shapes. Even though we have had to increase the volume in order to project to the rear of these huge venues, I am pleasantly surprised with how well it has worked. I think we successfully kept the shows feel with a comfortable sound level.”

Goodwin credits Masque Sound with providing him the gear to pull off this impressive feat. “Masque Sound has so much experience and is so good with their touring equipment that we were able to put together everything we needed from their extensive inventory,” adds Goodwin. “They know the equipment that I like to use and know what can stand up to the rigors of a traveling production and used that knowledge to provide me with a great custom solution.”

Masque Sound provided a custom audio equipment package that included the DiGiCo SD7 digital console that Goodwin likes for its extensive number of inputs and outputs, as well as signal routing flexibility. In addition, Masque Sound provided a custom speaker array from d&b as well as a large Sennheiser wireless microphone package consisting of EM3732 receivers and SK5212 transmitters.

While creating the right audio system for the traveling show, Masque Sound also planned for frequency coordination. Keeping the show’s 40+ channels of wireless interference free from city-to-city is quite challenging. Masque Sound’s expert team provided the touring crew with the information and equipment they needed to ensure that all of the wireless signals would remain clear and disturbance free.

“Masque Sound consistently affords me the equipment and services I need to create a fantastic production,” adds Goodwin. “Their service is first-class, and they are one of the hardest working providers. I always enjoy collaborating with them. As expected, everything turned out great.”

Goodwin also recognizes the importance of his crew’s hard work in ensuring the show’s success. “It’s always important to have a wonderful team working for you, and I am incredibly lucky to have a great crew on this tour. My Associate Sound Designer Alex Hawthorn and Production Audio Head, Phil Lojo played a big part in the organizational aspect of putting the show together. The whole team has been on top of everything, always making sure that all of the equipment works, and I am very thankful for that.”

The tour opened at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI and will continue through most of 2014 with stops in major cities including Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Charlotte. Once, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, is also currently running on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

About Masque Sound

Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Sound Devices Named 2013 Business of the Year by Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 29, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, has been named 2013 Business of the Year by the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

“On behalf of our employees, we are very proud to receive this recognition from the Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “Sound Devices prides itself on playing a vital part in the economic development of the local community, and we look forward to doing so for many years to come.”

Operating in Reedsburg for over 15 years, Sound Devices settled into its new 27,000-foot headquarters at E7556 State Road 23 in early 2012, where the company designs and manufactures high-technology audio and video recorders for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news and acoustical test-and-measurement applications. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the facility enables Sound Devices to continue to develop new, innovative field-production audio and video products with greater operational capacity. Prior to moving into its new Reedsburg headquarters, the company leased its manufacturing and office space from another Reedsburg company, Hankscraft Inc.

As part of its commitment to the area, the company made the renovation of its new space a community project, donating an existing building on the property to the Sauk County Habitat for Humanity. To develop local talent, Sound Devices established a paid internship program, giving local students from Reedsburg Area High School valuable hands-on engineering and computer-programming experience.

Sound Devices, LLC is an industry-leading company designing and manufacturing portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. Sound Devices sells its products in over 50 countries. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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SSL Showcase Live Sound Console at ISE 2014


SSL signals long-term commitment to the installed systems sector by exhibiting at key EU show.

AMSTERDAMSolid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of creative tools for audio professionals, is proud to announce that it will showcase the SSL ‘Live’ console at the 2014 ISE show (Stand 7.H18). Since its announcement at ProLight + Sound in 2013, the SSL Live console has rapidly become the audio console the industry is talking about. Coinciding with the roll out of a global resale partner network and the first commercial sales, SSL’s presence for the first time at ISE signals a strong long-term commitment to the installed systems sector.

“Industry reaction to the arrival of SSL in live sound has been extremely encouraging,” states Antony David, Managing Director at SSL. “Much of the initial attention has centered on the superb sound of the console and the excellent ergonomics it offers to engineers, but the console also delivers from a technical integration perspective. The combination of versatile inbuilt and remote connectivity, generous processing capability and extremely flexible console configuration and routing and powerful output matrix make Live the perfect product for installed environments. We are very excited to be exhibiting at ISE for the first time and looking forward to meeting the unique partner and user community that attend the show.”

About SSL Live
Live brings SSL’s unique approach to audio quality and console ergonomics to sound for live audio production. SSL has been at the leading edge of analogue and digital audio console innovation for over 35 years. Like so many multi award-winning, ground-breaking and much loved consoles for Music, Broadcast and Post production that SSL has created through the decades, Live brings something new and very special to the party.

Live is a flexible and extremely powerful digital audio console designed specifically to meet the demands of all aspects of live sound production. It is perfectly suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitors, to venues and arenas, houses of worship and concert halls, to anywhere where audio quality is important and engineers require power, complete flexibility and a user interface that puts them in control.

Live is all about power and control. Based on SSL’s new Tempest processing platform, Live has plenty of power and it is deployed in a uniquely versatile way. The headline numbers are impressive at the price with 976 inputs and outputs and 192 full processing audio ‘paths’ at 96kHz. How those ‘paths’ are utilised is extremely flexible with power allocated to Channels, Auxes, Stem Groups and Masters configured to suit the needs of each show. All processing is built into the console surface and it has a collection of I/O connectivity built into the frame. A full range of Stagebox I/O connects to the console via MADI with the potential for larger systems to make use of SSL’s own Blacklight technology that carries up to 256 channels of bi-directional audio and control via a single fibre connection.

Power really is nothing if it can’t be controlled and Live offers a truly excellent control surface. It combines multiple tablet style multi-gesture touch screens with elegant hardware ergonomics, excellent visual feedback and a collection of innovative new features. It enables engineers to work how they do today, whether they prefer new touch screen or classic hardware technology, or like to combine them both, and offers new and better ways of doing things that will make life less stressful and more creative.

Being an SSL, Live has legendary audio performance as standard. Impeccable audio quality is a primary design feature right the way through from studio grade SuperAnalogue™ mic preamps, 24bit/96kHz A/D D/A conversion, to 64bit internal processing and 96khz operation throughout. An obsession with quality also shines through an array of channel processing tools that bear the classic SSL tone but bring a completely new level of precision, flexibility and usability. Live features an impressive collection of 30 new Effects and audio analysis tools which take SSL’s acclaimed studio grade processing and re-craft it for live and they have their own dedicated processing power.

As has been the case so many times in the last few decades, SSL has taken a fresh look at the way professional engineers work and created an inspired console that builds upon the way things are done today and offers the potential for a new, exciting and more creative way to work tomorrow.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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Masque Sound Supports Billy Crystal’s Return to Broadway for Reprisal of Tony® Award-Winning Play, 700 Sundays

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When Billy Crystal returned to Broadway to reprise his Tony® Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on hand to support Sound Designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and Associate Sound Designer Walter Trarbach with a custom audio equipment package.

700 Sundays, an autobiographical journey, is an original two-act play centered on the legendary actor’s heartfelt and often hilarious story of growing up, growing old and the undeniable power of family. Crystal plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today, taking audiences through his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally his adulthood. The title refers to the number of Sundays shared by Crystal and his father, Jack Crystal, who passed away when he was 15.

“Masque Sound has been the audio equipment rental provider since the show made its Broadway debut in 2004. They have been with us for two national tours as well as the show’s Australia run, so they were the obvious choice for this reprisal,” says Trarbach. “We have enjoyed our relationship with Masque Sound, and their equipment and support is always top notch.”

For 700 Sundays, Masque Sound provided a custom audio package that included an Avid VENUE Profile digital mixing console. L-Acoustics dv-DOSCs made up the line array elements for the main speaker system and a selection of speakers from Meyer Sound, EAW and d&b were utilized as fill speakers for the rest of the theater. An XTA Electronics DP428/448 Audio Management System and Meyer Sound Galileo 616 Loudspeaker Management System as well as a wireless microphone package from Sennheiser and an intercom system from Clear-Com were also included.

“In addition to the high quality gear provided by Masque Sound, the sound system worked well thanks to the hard work of our team,” says Trarbach. “Production Sound Engineer Andrew Keister and John Cooper, who handled the backstage audio, both did a wonderful job.”

700 Sundays won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event and the 2005 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. The limited nine-week engagement will continue through January 5, 2014 at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). HBO will be filming the play for a special that is slated to air in 2014.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Clear-Com to Present Scalable and Flexible Intercom Solutions at ISE 2014

AMSTERDAM, JANUARY 30, 2014 – Clear-Com® is showcasing several new intercom systems and product enhancements that make its solution capable of meeting communication requirements for a wide range of applications and environments. Ideal for theatres, convention centres, multi-campus venues and stadiums, the new Eclipse HX-Delta Digital Matrix System, extended HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System and enhanced Tempest®2400 Wireless Intercom System will be on display at ISE 2014 (Stand 11.D54).

“At Clear-Com, we strive to provide our customers with intercom systems that work for most applications and in different environments, from a basic two-wire beltpack install to a multi-building campus,” says Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com. “The solutions we are presenting at ISE this year are designed to scale into larger systems and extend access to local or geographically-dispersed user groups without compromising audio clarity, reliability and system performance.”

Clear-Com’s all new Eclipse HX-Delta digital matrix system offers the perfect balance of speed, capacity, capabilities and performance in a compact 3RU frame. It offers up to 256 internal ports, features two CPU cards and houses four interface cards and three interface modules. The matrix has the potential to connect users over dedicated CAT5, IP infrastructures (LAN, WAN and internet), and fibre networks. It can also seamlessly integrate with digital wireless beltpacks and IP-based virtual panels. Additionally, interface modules allow external sources including four-wire audio, partylines, telephone lines and MADI, to be routed to user keypanels or beltpacks. Powered by the latest EHX v7.5 software, up to 64 Eclipse HX matrices can be connected to form a single networked installation.

The latest version of HelixNet Partyline provides a multi-system linking capability over Ethernet and fibre to permit a more sophisticated and cost-effective digital partyline intercom network for large stadiums or multi-campus venues. This function enables the distribution of many digital partyline channels, program audio feeds and auxiliary interfaced audio over a single XLR cable to a digital beltpack user. This new capability for HelixNet means that each of the possible dozens of HelixNet beltpack users can access any two of the available network partyline channels on the beltpack. Enabling the system linking capability are two modules: the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module, for Main Station-to-Main Station networking over a LAN and the HLI-FBS Fibre Module, for daisy-chaining fibre interfaces to link Main Stations over long distances.

The new Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms’ CCT-RT-EX Remote Line Extender is used to increase the maximum distance between a Tempest BaseStation and the Remote Antenna Transceiver. This increase can be as much as 914 meters with a single Line Extender, or 609 meters per Line Extender if using two or the maximum of three, for total coverage of up to 2,286 meters. Also featured is Tempest2400’s Seamless Roaming feature, which allows Tempest2400 BeltStation users to move freely between as many as 16 different BaseStations (coverage areas or zones) without interference or dropouts. These further extend Tempest’s wireless communications capabilities for live productions, multi-level facilities and sports arenas staged in RF-heavy environments.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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RTW International Corp Names 1SourceVideo Its Exclusive U.S. Distributor

LANCASTER, PA, JANUARY 27, 2014 — RTW International Corp., the U.S.-based division of RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce the appointment of 1SourceVideo as its new distributor for sales in the United States, effective February 1.

A premier provider of professional audio and video products and solutions, 1SourceVideo will support, in collaboration with RTW International Corp., and its existing dealer network, the entire RTW product portfolio in the U.S. This new partnership further enhances RTW International Corp.’s growing presence in the region, as well as provides additional support to new and existing customers.

“We have monitored the growth of RTW’s metering solutions closely and are thrilled to be offering to our customers RTW products alongside the many other pro audio and video solutions that we stock at 1SourceVideo,” says Frank Conti, President, 1SourceVideo. “Loudness continues to be an important issue not just to broadcasters but to all professionals working in a digital production environment. RTW’s long-standing expertise and proactive approach in providing the tools necessary to combat issues is priceless. We are happy to welcome them aboard.”

As RTW International Corp.’s exclusive distributor the company is poised to work with longtime dealers to help reduce the lead time on product deliveries, as it will be stocking RTW equipment at both of 1SourceVideo’s warehouses in Hazlet, N.J. and Tempe, Ariz. Having products readily available to not only ship, but also to demo on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. is especially helpful, as RTW International Corp. continues to experience an increase of user interest in its products, across the country.

“We are very excited to be working with such a well-known, experienced company as 1SourceVideo,” says Christopher Spahr, Director of Sales and Operations, RTW International Corp. “It has been an exciting time for RTW International Corp. and we are happy to have such an established partner to further help us reach our goals. At the end of the day, it’s all about the customer for us, and now with 1SourceVideo on board, we are confident we will be able to provide an even higher level of quality service that our customers have come to know from RTW.”

About 1SourceVideo
Since 1997, 1SourceVideo has been distributing professional video products to more than 1,000 resellers across North and South America.

1SourceVideo was first founded by President and CEO Frank Conti as Infiniti Sales and Marketing. Since then, the company has grown exponentially and houses two large distribution facilities in Hazlet, N.J. and Tempe, Ariz.

Today, 1SourceVideo distributes a complete range of premiere video editing products and provides support to more than 1,000 resellers throughout the Americas. With more than 4-6 weeks of inventory on-hand, resellers count on 1SourceVideo to distribute all the products they sell to end users every day. Through a combination of inventory and drop shipping services, resellers stay competitive in one of the fastest moving industries in the retail sector.

Known for extreme responsiveness and quality customer service, 1SourceVideo has been described as “…the most valuable resource our business depends on every day.” 1SourceVideo is dedicated to providing resellers with professional, high-level service that reduces overhead and maximizes on product sales margins. www.1sourcevideo.com

About RTW International Corp.
Established in 2013, RTW International Corp. is the U.S.-based branch of RTW. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the facility is the first U.S. location launched by RTW and is a natural extension of the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. RTW International Corp. houses all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For nearly 50 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer and the TouchMonitor range of audio meters, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.
For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130.

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