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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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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.

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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