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PACIFIC TELEVISION CENTER LAUNCHES 24/7 VIRTUAL POP IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Enhanced HD Pathway Enables PacTV to Directly Manage Customer Content

WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 06, 2013 – Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, is pleased to announce the completion of its new 24/7 virtual MCR in Washington D.C. An enhancement of PacTV’s existing network in Washington D.C., this hub includes a new dark fiber network within the city and increased long haul fiber capacity (OC12) for HD/SD access to PacTV’s entire portfolio of global resources.

“We can now offer our clients a fully managed end-to-end solution in Washington, DC,” says Nick Castaneda, V.P. Development, PacTV. “Our clients based in and around Washington, D.C. come to us for a variety of services. This gives us the capability to deliver all of their content in a more eloquent manner. And given the current demand for news and political coverage around the world, this move further solidifies our global footprint.”

The new hub utilizes the latest dark fiber technology. This enables clients including, C-SPAN, ITN and AuBC to have local uncompressed HD connectivity. This technology provides PacTV extensive flexibility in serving the D.C. market now and into the future.

In addition, PacTV has increased the long haul capacity to D.C. to an OC12 so it can now utilize JPEG 2000 compression for visually lossless delivery of HD/SD content. Customers can now receive reliable and fast point-to-point access to global news and media at an affordable price point.

“By expanding our connectivity to an OC12, we can provide more HD-capable streams via a point-to-point circuit that is instant-no stops, no delays-just immediate access to the newsworthy and timely content our clients are seeking,” adds Michael Barnes, engineer, PacTV New York. “In essence, we have built a virtual hub in D.C. that can be controlled by our facilities in New York, Los Angeles and London.”

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PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS TACKLES COMPLEX FREQUENCY COORDINATION NEEDS AT SUPER BOWL XLVII

Wireless Management and Equipment Package Provides Interference-Free
Coverage for the Game’s Entertainment Segments

NEW ORLEANS, FEBRUARY 5, 2013—As football fans gathered at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and in front of television sets around the world for Super Bowl Sunday, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was on location in New Orleans to provide its expert frequency coordination and RF management for referee microphones, as well as pre-game and halftime entertainment.

For the company’s 17th consecutive Super Bowl, PWS once again partnered with ATK Audiotek and Versacom for the big game. Recognizing that preparation is extremely important to ensure interference-free RF management on game day, PWS project manager Jason Eskew and his team began their work almost five months prior to the game. “I did a site survey at the Superdome in October and submitted our frequencies in November for approval,” says Eskew. “When doing so, I had to be sure to pick equipment that covers multiple manufacturers’ frequency ranges. Each performer has his or her equipment of choice, along with endorsement deals that require us to use a specific wireless system, so we needed to be able to easily adapt to this, along with any changes the scheduled performers might make on site.”

This year, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson was a late addition to the lineup, joining 26 students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in singing America the Beautiful during the Super Bowl XLVII pre-game show. “Thanks to the flexible plan I designed and the excellent bench skills of John Garrido, the team was able to accommodate her needs without any problems,” says Eskew. “The people over at Shure and Sennheiser once again did a good job providing the gear that supports the performers.”

In order to provide an interference-free show and ensure all wireless activities went off as planned, PWS utilized the Shure Axient Wireless, UHF-Rs and PSM-1000 series IEMs. In addition, the team employed 3732 receivers with 5200 transmitters, as well as a range of wireless gear from Sennheiser. An added benefit of the Axient system was its ability, in the body pack diversity mode, to provide automatic fail-over protection for the referees’ microphones. Versacom provided a mixture of wireless intercoms, including HME PRO850 and BTR800s from Telex, for the event.

PWS utilized its Domed Helical Antenna on the field. A new standard in wireless antenna performance and physical presence, the Domed Helical Antenna combines the highly successful circular polarization configuration pioneered by the company’s original Helical, but with the unit sealed within a unique new compact “domed” design. This provides robust and uncompromised multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear and intercom wireless connectivity. Constructed from rugged polycarbonate, PWS’ Domed Helical is designed to hold up to considerable abuse on the road. A combination of Domed Helicals and original PWS Helicals were used for all of the ATK wireless systems on the field.

In addition, PWS’ expert crew of Eskew, John Garrido and Brooks Schroeder were onsite to keep the high volume of RF signal usage in check and to ensure frequencies maintained solid signals. They were also available to troubleshoot any potential issues. “When faced with the clutter of several hundred frequencies in use, it is our job to stay on top of it and be ready with backup frequencies and equipment,” adds Eskew. “This year’s Super Bowl was bigger than ever and the crew at PWS once again did an incredible job making sure that the pre-game festivities, including the National Anthem, America the Beautiful and the incredible half-time show featuring Beyoncé, went off without any fumbles, even with the power outage. Thanks to our uninterruptible power supply (UPS), we were able to maintain power for the referee mics, which was still important at that time even though play was halted, until the rest of the power was restored within the Superdome.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

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 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” and “Once” 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 664 Field Production Mixer Receives Nomination for The Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

REEDSBURG, WI, JANUARY 31, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 664 Production Mixer has been nominated for a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The 664 Field Production Mixer is the new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable audio mixers. The intuitive 664 has six input channels and four output buses. All inputs and outputs are recordable to both CF and SD cards. This unprecedented amount of I/O connectivity and recording capability makes the 664 perfect for any portable production application.

“It is an honor and privilege to once again be nominated for a Technical Achievement Award by the Cinema Audio Society,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “Being recognized by such a prestigious organization confirms our efforts to continue to bring innovative, industry-leading products to market.”

The 664 has six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic-range analog inputs. These transformer-less preamps accept mic- or line-level signals, and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim controls and direct outputs. Input connectors 1 and 6 can be selected to accept AES42 or AES3 digital signals

In complex multi-camera productions, output flexibility is essential. The 664 can send its main left/right outputs to three cameras simultaneously. Two additional output buses, X1 and X2, appear on balanced TA3 connectors. AES3 digital outputs are individually selected to appear on the main XLR and multi-pin output connectors.

The 664 can record each of its inputs and four output buses for 10 record tracks. Recordings are saved to CompactFlash and SD cards. Recordings are either 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files, with extensive metadata. All popular production sampling rates are supported. When used with a CL-6 Input Expander, the 664 records 16 tracks, 12 inputs and four output buses.

The mixer’s built-in, rock-steady Ambient time code generator allows multiple devices to operate in synchronization. The 664 can operate as a time code master clock, or its clock can be jammed from an external time code. A helpful time code compare utility shows the difference between internal and external time codes.

This year’s winners will be announced at the 49th annual CAS Awards on Saturday, February 16th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures 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. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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2013 NAMM Show News: CERWIN-VEGA! UNVEILS P-SERIES

Powerful, portable speaker system with legendary Cerwin-Vega! Bass

Cerwin-Vega!® introduces its new P-Series professional PA system, which delivers a new standard in power and bass punch, suited for any sound reinforcement application, from live performances to public speeches. The P-Series family includes two active speaker products: the P1500X and the P1800SX. more

SpaceX Employs Clear-Com’s Concert For Landmark Mission

Intercom-over-IP Connects Remote Staff in All SpaceX Locations

HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 30, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce its role as a supplier of intercom systems to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the first commercial company in history to put a spacecraft into orbit and return it safely to Earth. SpaceX’s remote users rely on Clear-Com’s ConcertTM IP-based intercom software to communicate within and among its four facilities, especially before and after spacecraft launches.

Photo courtesy of Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño, PhD.

Deployed at SpaceX’s Hawthorne (Los Angeles) headquarters, the McGregor, Texas testing facility, and its Cape Canaveral launch site, Concert was used as the internal communications system for coordinating the most recent launch of its Dragon spacecraft. In this monumental undertaking, Dragon both delivered cargo to the International Space Station and returned cargo to Earth, successfully completing its first official operational resupply mission for NASA.

Concert is seamlessly integrated with SpaceX’s existing matrix intercom systems in the mission control rooms to enable those in mission control to collaborate and communicate fluidly with all remote personnel. Remote staff include anyone outside of the mission control rooms, whether in the same facility or in another area. Several hundred remote users, including engineers, flight operators and mission administrators, depend on Concert for reliable, flexible and high-quality communications.

Concert is the optimal communication solution for SpaceX operations. Concert offers a more feasible and cost-effective solution over hard-wired intercom user panels for the number of connected facilities and remote users. The system is highly scalable, interconnecting as few as two users to as many as a several hundred users in a single conference or in multiple, simultaneous conference sessions. Remote users can access Concert from any computer over any LAN, Wan or secure internet connection.

The system also meets the high audio performance that SpaceX requires for minimizing the possibility of communication interruptions and thereby ensuring the safety and success of every spacecraft launch operation. Supported by an ultra-wideband G.722 CODEC connection and built-in audio optimization features, every audio packet is ensured to be securely and instantly delivered. Concert has built-in echo cancellation, built-in redundancy, pack loss reconstruction, recovery algorithms and jitter buffer optimization.

Moreover, the comprehensive features of Concert make it extremely accommodating to SpaceX’s complex and dynamic operations. Concert’s grouping function, for instance, enables each remote user to tailor communication to specific departments and relevant sites. Each new user is also capable of installing and administering the intuitive software without prior training, saving SpaceX both time and money.

“Clear-Com has over forty years of experience and success in deploying intercom solutions around the world. Our intercom systems are used for command and control at NASA, along with many other recognized aerospace facilities nationwide,” says Mike Hughes, Clear-Com’s General Manager for Military, Aerospace, and Government (MAG). “We’re very proud to provide SpaceX with the right communication solution to help the company achieve its goals and continue its history-making endeavors.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com delivers professional communication solutions for command and control, training and simulation, test and evaluation, and more. For over 43 years, Clear-Com’s partyline, digital matrix, wireless, and IP-based intercom solutions have led the industry with high quality audio performance that meets critical needs in a variety of settings. Clear-Com continues to be the preferred choice for clear, reliable, and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

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Masque Sound Goes Back To School to Equip Brooklyn Tech with New Turnkey Audio System

New York City’s Third Largest Auditorium Receives Professional Audio Upgrade

BROOKLYN, NY, JANUARY 28, 2013—When Brooklyn Tech High School, one of New York City’s most prestigious public high schools, needed to overhaul the outdated audio system in its 80-year-old auditorium, it called on Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to do the job. The company equipped the majestic hall with a range of state-of-the-art audio equipment.

Built in 1933, Brooklyn Tech is home to the third largest auditorium in New York, second only to Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. Featuring seating for 3,100 and two balconies, the auditorium underwent a 2010 architectural makeover designed to preserve the hall’s 20th century elegance. The Masque Sound upgrade, meanwhile, brought the audio capacity up to 21st-century, professional-caliber productions standards.

Sub-contracted by Midland Electric and working with acoustical design firm Criterion Acoustics, the team at Masque Sound put together a package comprising state-of-the art equipment from d&b, Peavey Electronics Corporation, Crestron, Blackmagic and L-ACOUSTICS. “From a functionality standpoint, we wanted to provide Brooklyn Tech with a turnkey solution,” says Matt Peskie, systems engineer, Masque Sound. “From the cabling infrastructure to the speakers, and all other audio equipment in between, everything has been replaced.”

A significant part of Masque Sound’s involvement in the project was speaker and sound reinforcement. The existing setup in the auditorium never had speakers that could completely cover underneath the first balcony or the upper balcony. Masque Sound installed two rows of delay speakers under the balcony, and one row in the upper balcony, which significantly improves the clarity of sound for those seated in those areas.

Peskie integrated an array of speakers from d&b for the upgrade. “I like the tonality and flexibility of the d&b speakers,” he notes. “They provide a very natural sound straight out of the box. We used seven different models of their speakers on this particular job. d&b has a wide array of products for different needs and applications, so we were easily able to install a speaker that was the size we needed and would give us the output and coverage required.”

Masque Sound also incorporated all d&b proprietary D6 & D12 amplifiers, which are loaded with every preset required for the individual speaker models. The speakers work in conjunction with the d&b R1 control software system, making it easy to set up user pages to aid in system tuning. The amplifiers, in turn, also utilize a Lyntec sequencer, making it simple to power them on and off. Users can get the system up and running with the push of a button in 20 seconds. Masque Sound also used the Peavey MediaMatrix units for all of the audio DSP. Media Matrix allowed the audio system to interface with Crestron, as well as all other venue audio distribution and processing.

Masque Sound also installed a Crestron TPS-6X tilt touch screen to give the end user a straight forward interface with the system. It combines a 5.7-inch active-matrix display and powerful Isys engine to produce stunning 16-bit color graphics with extreme versatility and lightning-fast performance. Users control all the technology in the upgraded auditorium with the Crestron TPS-6X interface.

“The auditorium is absolutely spectacular. It now sounds as amazing as it looks,” adds Peskie. “Masque Sound is committed to providing schools with state-of-the art solutions that will allow students and those involved in the arts programs at the schools to have the audio resources they need to create whatever they can dream up.”

Built on its present site in the 1930s, at a cost of $6 million, Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly known as Brooklyn Tech, is the largest specialized high school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States. Twelve stories high, it covers more than half a city block. Operated by the New York City Department of Education, the school was cited by The Washington Post in 2006 as one of the best magnet schools in the United States.

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 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” and “Once” 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.

OPTOCORE TO SHOWCASE NEW RANGE OF MADI SWITCHES AT ISE 2013

Company Cites Advantages of MADI plus Ethernet over CAT cabling

AMSTERDAM, JANUARY 28, 2013 – Optocore, the leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks, for the transmission of audio, video and data in a variety of markets, including pro AV, live and fixed installations and broadcast, will launch its revolutionary new range of MADI Switches at ISE 2013 (Booth 3-A120). Developed specifically for professional audio and video users, Optocore’s new MADI Switches have extremely low power consumption, latency and setup time.

Equipped with 10 or 18 ports of MADI, the switches allow distribution over Cat5 cabling, in addition to MADI over fiber and MADI over BNC. The RJ45 MADI ports on the new products will introduce greater flexibility, lower cost and simplification of MADI connectivity. Additionally, each switch has two redundant high-speed 2GB fiber uplink ports that switch and route sixteen MADI streams and Ethernet, for creating larger switches for large size infrastructure.

“We believe this to be a great solution for the professional AV market,” says Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “MADI is a common and open standard, as opposed to the closed proprietary Audio over Ethernet formats, with MADI ports frequently being used by manufacturers as a way to offer customers an affordable, forward-thinking open platform. By introducing the MADI Switches, Optocore is offering a greater number of options with the best technical features at a budget-friendly price.”

Each port on the MADI Switch allows for a 64-in/64-out point-to-point connection, as well as 100Mb of Ethernet on one single Cat5 cable. At the same time, the MADI Switch enables routing of each individual audio channel, providing a 640 x 640 matrix for the 10-port switch and a 1152 x 1152 matrix for the 18-port switch. It can also connect using the redundant uplink ports with up to 24 additional MADI Switches, providing audio switching and routing while additionally functioning as an Ethernet switch.

The new MADI Switches are fully compatible with Optocore and SANE. Optocore plans to develop the new devices into a complete series of MADI devices with six, 10 and 18 port switches with Cat5, fiber and BNC connectivity.

About Optocore
Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 19 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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Clear-Com Features Wide Range of Intercom Offerings at ISE 2013

AMSTERDAM, 28 JANUARY 2013 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communications systems, is featuring its latest range of intercom offerings at the 2013 ISE show (Stand 11-E67). Among the systems available for demonstration are the recently unveiled Eclipse HX matrices and HelixNet Partyline system. The company also presents its BroaMan interface option and the latest upgrades to the Tempest®2400 wireless intercom.

“Clear-Com has made several exciting product announcements in the last few months, and we’re pleased to show them to the ISE community,” says Dan Muchmore, Regional Sales Manager for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, Clear-Com. “Our 40 years of experience in the dynamic world of Broadcast and Live Productions have allowed us to build a portfolio of advanced wired and wireless intercom technologies that essentially meets the demands of many System Integrators, Consultants, and End-Users within the Pro-Audio space. Clear-Com products and services have resolved communication challenges for a variety of applications and markets, including education, corporate, cruise ships and offshore.”

The Eclipse HX Digital Matrix Systems, along with the Eclipse HX (EHX) Configuration Software, are powerful matrix intercoms that offer fast performance, high system capacity and simplified operations and administration. Eclipse HX comprises the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median and Eclipse HX-PiCo matrices, as well as the EHX software. In facilities where matrix intercom systems and resources are often shared across multiple areas, fast and highly intuitive systems are critical to reliably execute system-wide changes in real time and with minimal impact on system users. Users can make changes on the Eclipse HX systems quickly and without advanced notice. This capability is especially important in live operations, such as theatre productions.

The EHX software was architected for rapid processing of configuration and routing cards to optimise system performance and speed. Its user interface is designed to be much more intuitive and easier to set up. The Eclipse HX-Omega port density offers 460 ports per 6RU frame, making it the highest density intercom matrix on the market. PiCo-Link provides intelligent audio linking between co-located Eclipse HX-PiCos, allowing users to expand resources with just two rack-unit spaces. Clear-Com’s V-Series panels, frame cards and interfaces are compatible with the new Eclipse HX range to provide a seamless logical upgrade path for existing Eclipse customers.

The Tempest®2400 with Seamless Roaming and Tempest®2400 MasterBelt add advanced wireless capabilities to the Tempest family of digital wireless intercom systems. With the latest additions, users are afforded even more wireless coverage options. The Tempest2400 with Seamless Roaming is ideal for sound designers working at multi-venue or large-scale events, as it allows users to move freely throughout large venues separated by sizeable distances. This includes multi-room complexes, multi-level facilities and sports arenas. Users can effortlessly and seamlessly roam across 16 different coverage zones without interference or dropouts.

For small-scale productions, where an untethered and mobile system is needed, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt is an ideal wireless solution. It offers most of the features, reliability and robustness of the Tempest2400 BaseStation within a compact, portable packaging of a BeltStation. The MasterBelt can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 two-channel BeltStation to create a six full-featured, full-duplex two-channel system.

The HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom with a unique set of capabilities to provide efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility from setup to operation. The revolutionary HelixNet platform has proven itself by providing communication at high-profile events such as the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.

Included in the HelixNet portfolio of products are the HMS-4X Main Station, HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpacks, the HLI-2W2 two-wire Interface Module and the HLI-4W2 four-wire Interface Module. Each HMS-4X Main Station offers four intercom channels, program audio and power for up to 20 beltpacks over a shield twisted-pair cable (e.g. microphone cable, CAT-5 or CAT-6). Users can also work off one’s existing shielded cable infrastructure to centrally manage the entire system from the Main Station with a single cable. The HelixNet beltpack also functions as a source assignment panel, allowing users to select any two of four channels to get the job done. Furthermore, the high fidelity system delivers superb audio clarity and is rugged enough to withstand demanding work environments.

Clear-Com will also feature the BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI video and intercom signal transport interface, the latest offering from its expanded partnership with Optocore/BroaMan. The DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI provides scalable, protocol-independent routing, repeating, transport and distribution of multiple signals over optical fibre. It is equipped with (four) four-wire RJ45 matrix ports and (four) four-wire RJ45 panel ports. This ensures that either matrices or intercom panels can be connected to the unit using standard CAT cables. It also allows for distribution of audio and control data through an optical network. The unit is capable of housing up to six SD/HD/3G-SDI coaxial video inputs or outputs that are converted to and from single-mode DiViNe optical fibre links.

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.

Buckcherry Rocks with The RapcoHorizon Company

As Devoted RoadHog Cable and Custom Splitter Snake Users, Buckcherry will Greet Fans at the Company’s Booth during NAMM

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2012 ― Hard rock group Buckcherry can jam out more than ever thanks to The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment. Whether they’re on tour or at an individual performance, Buckcherry’s band members and techs all rely on the quality of RapcoHorizon’s custom splitter snakes and RoadHog cables. The band will also be signing autographs at the company’s booth during the 2013 NAMM Show (Hall C, Booth 4558) on Sunday, January 27 at 12 p.m.

Designed for the working musician, the RoadHog cables are road ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. Buckcherry used the RoadHog cables most recently on its 15-stop UK tour from northern Scotland to southern England, where the cables stood up to all the abuses typical of a hard rock tour.

“Out of all the shows we played in Europe, we didn’t have one audio incident,” says Buckcherry Tour Manager, Production Manager and Front-of-House Engineer Stephen Shaw. “When it comes to the RoadHog cables, I never have a problem with something coming up. If that does happen, it’s usually the microphone, not the RapcoHorizon stuff. It just takes another potential mishap out of the equation.”

RoadHog cables are built with PVC outer jackets that are durable and thick, yet flexible, and pure copper conductors and shields. This design ensures that the RoadHog cables provide an advanced sound and reliable operation for Buckcherry and other touring bands.

“I started using RapcoHorizon cables during my previous roles with Foreigner and Selena Gomez,” says A.J. “Jukebox” Srybnik, Buckcherry guitar tech. “I had such a good experience—they were reliable, clear and had an impressive single response and durability—the best I’d seen. So, when I started with Buckcherry in 2011 and saw they were using various cabling, I knew it was time to make the call to RapcoHorizon.”

RapcoHorizon cut and labeled every cable to the band’s desired method of organization,, making for easier setup and use. This way, whether it’s running the microphone and instrument cables to the main RapcoHorizon snake behind the drums, or running the vocals to another RapcoHorizon snake down stage, the cable setup saves the band’s crew members from wasting time figuring out what goes where.

“RapcoHorizon has beyond amazing customer service,” adds Shaw. “I can’t imagine working with anyone else. They are just fantastic, going over and above the call of duty. As for the cables, they are well built and do exactly what they are supposed to do. My confidence level is so high with these products that if something goes wrong they are usually the last thing I check.”

RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables are designed to work perfectly no matter how often they are put to use. Srybnik says that employing them every night to run audio to his panel board and effects pedals has been a great improvement from the previous setup. 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.

“The guys can stomp on the RoadHog cables all night with their boots, and no matter what they seem to do to the cables, I know I can always count on them to work,” concludes Srybnik. “With other brands, the connectors often have a tendency to come apart during wear-and-tear, but not the RapcoHorizon ones. They have great strain relief and are very durable. The way these cables are manufactured is just exceptional. Using an all-RapcoHorizon rig, I can hear and feel the difference in my cable response compared to the original assorted cables.”

Srybnik says that the guitar and bass players have also noticed a difference in their sound since the RapcoHorizon cables became a Buckcherry standard. He has even been able to get a little more gain and EQ from his gear now that he’s all RoadHog.

Shaw has been with Buckcherry for more than eight years. Prior to joining the group, he worked for such performers as Kid Rock, Chevelle, Drowning Pool and System of a Down, and also toured with the comedian Dane Cook. Srybnik began working with Buckcherry in late 2011. Since then, he has introduced RapcoHorizon into the audio arsenal for the rapper Jay-Z.

Buckcherry is currently promoting its new album, Confessions, set for release on February 19, 2013. Having spent the holidays at home, the band recently took off for a U.S. and Canadian tour.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

The RapcoHorizon Company RoadHog Cables are the Go-To Solution for Rock Bands Around the Globe

Foreigner and Theory of a Deadman to Sign Autographs at the RapcoHorizon Booth during the NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CA, JANUARY 25, 2013The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, continues to make waves among the rock community as its RoadHog cables are being used regularly by such high-profile bands as Foreigner and Theory of a Deadman. Both bands will be signing autographs during the NAMM Show at the RapcoHorizon booth (Hall C, Booth 4558). Foreigner will be greeting fans on Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m. and Theory of a Deadman will be there on Saturday, January 26 at 3 p.m.

Having recently become a RapcoHorizon endorsed artist, the legendary British-American rock group Foreigner relies on the RoadHog cables, including the company’s new RoadHog SilverHog cables, for every performance. With RoadHog running audio for the guitars and speakers, and SilverHog on the drums and keyboards, the band continues to rock as loud as the first day it hit the music scene.

“I love the RapcoHorizon cables,” says Lorenzo Banda, monitor engineer for Foreigner. “The band’s Front of House Engineer, Brian Simon, and I can hear a clear difference in what the cables have brought to us since we made the upgrade to RapcoHorizon. All of the detail that RapcoHorizon puts into building a cable just blows me away. It is done exactly the way I would do it if I were designing the cables myself. RapcoHorizon spared no expense in making sure we were taken care of and we owe them a lot of credit for that.”

Fresh off a 64-day U.S. and Canadian tour, the Canadian rock group Theory of a Deadman also uses the RoadHog cables for every show. With a rig full of RoadHog and RoadHog SilverHog cables, and RapcoHorizon custom sub snakes, the company’s products run audio to and from almost every piece of the band’s set.

“We’ve tried a lot of different cables in the five years that I’ve been with Theory,” says Harry Mapes, drum and playback tech for Theory of a Deadman. “The RapcoHorizon cables deliver unsurpassed audio quality and are the most roadworthy cables we’ve come across. They are well built and hold up unlike anything we’ve ever dealt with. They are also super durable and deliver great audio no matter what rugged treatment we put them through. We can rely on them to just plug and play every time. The SilverHog, which is a much heavier gauge, once you solder your connection, it just holds no matter what. You’re going to be in good shape after that for a long time.”

RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables are designed with a highly rugged construction, ensuring they stand up to the harshest of touring conditions. Built with durable and thick, yet flexible, PVC outer jackets, the cables boast pure copper conductors and shields. These qualities make the cables road ready and tour tough without sacrificing sound quality. The construction of the jacket also guarantees that the cables not only lie flat on stage, but also roll up easily without any bends.

The latest addition to the RoadHog family, SilverHog is a series of high-end touring cables without the high-end price tag. Built with the original RoadHog jacket, SilverHog cables also have pure silver-plated copper conductors and shields. This upgrade provides a link between ultimate sound quality and extreme durability.

Founded by veteran English musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald and American vocalist Lou Gramm, Foreigner has released nine albums since 1976. The group, which boasts a total of 27 platinum album awards, continues to tour the world today. They were most recently seen headlining the Royal Caribbean Rock Legends Cruise, which hosted the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blue Oyster Cult, Paul Rodgers and Kansas.

Formed in 2001, rock band Theory of a Deadman hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. With four full-length LPs, the band quickly rose to popularity, garnering seven top-10 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts, including two number-one hits. The band’s third release, Scars and Souvenirs, went platinum.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

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