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Clear-Com Unveils Next Generation 700 Series Analog Beltpacks at InfoComm 2013

RS-701 Wired Beltpack is the First to be Unveiled in the Series, which Supports a Wide Variety of Partyline Communication Needs

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 ─ Clear-Com® is releasing its RS-701 Beltpack, the first model in a new line of RS-700 Series wired, analog partyline beltpacks, at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 921). The new beltpacks feature state-of-the-art performance and superior audio clarity for partyline communications. With its rugged ergonomic housing and high-performance audio, the RS-701 beltpack is ideal for use in a variety of environments or applications, such as rental/staging, performing arts centers and houses of worship.

The new RS-700 Series beltpacks are designed to be rugged and reliable to withstand the most challenging production environments. The construction of the units was based on Clear-Com’s popular RS-500 Series beltpacks, which have an ergonomic and strong enclosure. Despite their tough exterior, the RS-700 units have a comfortable contour design that can be worn all day.

The RS-701 is a single channel beltpack, equipped with an XLR-3 line connector that serves the needs of all users, be it first timers or experienced professionals. It combines high headroom with low-noise audio to deliver the exclusive, crystal-clear “Clear-Com Sound” that is familiar to users around the world. Swappable microphone options and built-in limiters in the headsets support a pristine sound. The beltpack’s wide dynamic range and audio contouring enable intelligible voice communication for every audio level, from a whisper to a shout.

All 700 Series beltpacks feature recessed rotary volume controls as well as Talk and Call keys that are guarded against accidental activation. An LED off mode is available for instances when the user requires complete darkness. For these situations, the switches are placed in convenient locations for ease of use. A concealed DIP switch on the back of the beltpack affords the capability to select audio and key options quickly and easily. This includes switching between electret or dynamic headset microphone options and setting a minimum or off level for headphone input and microphone output. Call with talk operation and latch or non-latch keying are also available. These features guarantee that individual users have an ideal setup for each situation.

Electrically, the entire 700 Series requires a lower operating current for additional beltpack drops. Moreover, the beltpacks are built to be fully compatible with all Clear-Com legacy partyline systems and are protected against damage from accidental connection to other XLR-3 equipped digital systems, such as HelixNet.

“The introduction of the RS-701 beltpack is a significant milestone in Clear-Com’s nearly 50 year history,” says Bob Boster, President of Clear-Com. “Clear-Com has been the leader in analog partyline systems since the 1960s. The evolution of our analog beltpack is primarily based on continuous customer feedback in regards to existing and legacy beltpacks as well as on the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of the Clear-Com team. We are proud to unveil the RS-701 beltpack today.”

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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The RapcoHorizon Company Releases DesignVision Version 2.0 at InfoComm 2013

Updates Include Streamlined Workspace Functionality and Software Access through Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud Platform

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 ― The RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, announces DesignVision Version 2.0 (DV2) at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 709). Under the new software release, the panel-design program now offers an updated workspace functionality and access to the software through Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud Platform. Ideal for RapcoHorizon’s network of professional systems integrators, dealers and contractors, DV2 enables users to create expert-quality custom installation diagrams for A/V installation projects.

DV2 features a simple interface, allowing someone with no computer-aided design (CAD) experience to create CAD-like setups of custom rack panels, wall plates and floor pocket inserts. Already a great method of speeding up the project quoting process, Azure Cloud now makes the system available in an instant. With the cloud, users have the ability to call up the DV2 report from wherever they are located, including on the job site.

“Since we first introduced DesignVision, our fast-paced world has accelerated further,” says Josh Koehler, IT Director for The RapcoHorizon Company. ”The Azure Cloud functionality will help our systems integrators, dealers and contractors provide real-time updates to their customers. In addition to the quicker, more advanced access options, DV2 also features an updated drawing space. With the new software, users now have one dedicated workspace from which to produce all of the materials necessary, from design to final execution.”

Working directly with the customer, the dealer or systems integrator can utilize the DV2 software’s drag-and-drop feature to place desired connectors directly on the selected panels. Calling on the system’s basic set of design tools, the user can even create a template for engraving. Once the drawing is complete, the dealer has access to an accurate price quote for the customer to view and approve. The dealer can then confirm the design and bill of materials with a RapcoHorizon sales representative to ensure an expedited distribution of the custom panel to the client.

The RapcoHorizon Company’s DesignVision software is available for free download at www.rapcohorizon.com. Users will be required to have a unique login and password, which can be obtained from their RapcoHorizon representative.

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 interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RapcoHorizon Company 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. The RapcoHorizon Company also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

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MASQUE SOUND CELEBRATES 2013 TONY AWARD HONORS

NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2013—When the curtain dropped on the 67th annual Tony Awards at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, emerged victorious, with five of its clients scoring Tony wins and nominations for their respective shows.

Masque Sound clients took home 16 Tony Awards, including John Shivers for Best Sound Design of a Musical for Kinky Boots and Leon Rothenberg for Best Sound Design of a Play for The Nance. In addition to Kinky Boots and The Nance, Masque Sound had also provided custom audio packages for winners Pippin, LUCKY GUY and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

“John Shivers (Kinky Boots), Leon Rothenberg (The Nance), Scott Lehrer (LUCKY GUY), Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm (Pippin) and Mark Bennett (Vanya) are all incredibly talented individuals and amazing sound designers,” says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “We couldn’t be happier for them to receive this prestigious industry recognition.”

For these sound designers and their shows, the Tony Awards is the culmination of a lengthy process that begins at Masque Sound’s shop long before the acceptance speeches and honors are bestowed on the awards night. Each sound designer works closely with the team of experts and technicians at Masque Sound to bring their vision to life. Masque Sound’s objective is to supply the designers with the equipment they need to create an environment in which every person in the theater feels a connection to the show through what they are hearing.

“Having the opportunity to provide them the systems, expertise and support they need is what we’re in business to do,” adds Hansen. “This was an amazing year for Broadway, and to be able to see John Shivers and Leon Rothenberg walk away with Tony Awards for their hard work and Jonathan Deans, Garth Helm and Scott Lehrer receive Tony nominations is very gratifying.”

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Optocore’s New Intercom Interfaces Make U.S. Debut at InfoComm 2013

Used with IC44 Boards, Generic X6R-FX and V3R-FX Enable Reduced Channel Needs

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 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, is demoing its new generic X6R-FX-INTERCOM-IC44 and V3R-FX-INTERCOM-IC444 interfaces at the Clear-Com booth (921) during InfoComm 2013. The new interfaces are the latest in Optocore’s portfolio of intercom solutions designed specifically for Clear-Com, RTS and AES3-based intercoms.

The X6R-FX-INTERCOM-IC444 has eight line inputs, eight line outputs, eight GPI and eight GPO with relay and auxiliary power outputs for external circuits. The V3R-FX-INTERCOM-IC444 features four line inputs, four line outputs, four GPI and four GPO with relay and auxiliary power outputs for external circuits. The line’s name derives from the IC444 board, which is equipped with two 37-pole connectors, one male, the other female, and provides four line inputs, four line outputs and four GPIO. The X6R-FX can be equipped with two IC444 boards, and the V3R-FX with a single IC444 board.

Optocore developed the audio-based intercom interfaces after fulfilling a custom order for the Norwegian state broadcaster, NRK, with similar systems. For that order, Optocore worked with sister company BroaMan to populate the 4LI/4LO board with four GPIOs to enable bidirectional communication, while incorporating 3G/HD/SD-SDI connectivity in order to allow camera signals to be routed via a single fiber connection to an OB van. This signal can then be uplinked back to the broadcast center, with the monitor picture transmitted to the speaker in the opposite direction.

“These new intercom solutions provide users with a highly cost-effective option for permanent installation and live broadcast applications,” said Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “The addition of the GPI/GPO connections adds even more value to the product, enabling the user to achieve a higher level of communication.”

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.

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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DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013

Company builds on the renowned audio quality of its highly regarded microphones to design new solutions that are ideal for the installation market

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 – Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new Podium Microphones at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 744). Based on the company’s d:dicate™ Recording Microphones (formerly known as Reference Standard) and its renowned 4060 Miniature/d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, both solutions give AV installers and conference organizers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

As a high-end solution, DPA is offering podium microphones that incorporate the modular capsules from its d:dicate Recording Microphones, which are acclaimed for their exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. These new podium microphones combine the state-of-the-art d:dicate capsules with any of the company’s newly introduced modular active booms and modular active cables. With several capsules to choose from, DPA customers can access the exact microphone and boom or cable combination to meet their needs.

“Given the flexibility of our d:dicate range, creating a microphone for the installation and conference markets was an obvious step,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We already had the high-end capsule and preamplifier technology needed to fulfil the audio component, so all we had to do was employ some ingenious mechanical solutions. By doing this, we have been able to adapt our boom and cable technology so that we can deliver high-end installation solutions for a wide variety of applications. Whether this is for a podium, desk top, stage stand or even a ceiling suspension, we have it covered with visually elegant and sonically superior products that boast all the robustness inherent in DPA’s ingenious engineering techniques.”

In addition to the high-end d:dicate solution, DPA has also developed a cost-effective, directional podium microphone based on two of its renowned miniature microphones, the 4060 and the d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.

These directional gooseneck microphones, which use interference tubes and pre-polarized backplates to ensure speech intelligibility, were originally devised on request from the Nobel Prize organization. In search of a dedicated podium solution for its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize presentation at Oslo City Hall in Norway, the organization required a microphone that could stand up to the acoustical challenges of its auditorium. To fit the need, DPA Microphones adapted its existing miniature capsule to give an off-axis frequency response that negated room reverberation while preserving the needed on-axis sensitivity for voice level. The company also positioned the capsule on a delicate gooseneck stand, which encompasses a sleek Scandinavian design. The result was so well received that the microphone was quickly adopted as a standard DPA product and is now available to all installation customers. This miniature podium microphone can also be used in a wireless configuration by employing the company’s innovative adapter that is available for its range of miniature microphones.

Both Podium Microphones will be available to the installation market beginning August 2013. For further information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Outline Introduces GTO C-12 Line Source Array at InfoComm 2013

Groundbreaking Speaker System Designed for Small and Mid-Sized Venues and Events

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 — Outline, S.r.l., the makers of high-quality, industry-leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, introduces the new GTO C-12 Line Source Array Speaker System to the North American market at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 109). The GTO C-12 is completely derived from Outline’s larger-format, dual-15-inch GTO cabinet introduced in 2011, generating output power surpassed only by its larger sibling from an enclosure that is physically smaller and 30 percent lighter. From arenas to 500-seat theaters, the GTO C-12 is equally at home delivering maximum thunder for a rock concert or providing crystal-clear sound for a spoken-word performance.

“InfoComm attendees are welcome to stop by our booth to see the GTO C-12 and to join in our 40th anniversary celebration,” says Tom Bensen, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Outline North America. “We engineered the GTO C-12 specifically to deliver high SPL with a sonic accuracy rivaling a recording studio environment for the smaller venue. The system is more lightweight than competing systems on the market, combining superior performance with ease of setup and hauling. The GTO C-12 will definitely find a home with permanent installation venues, sound companies and touring bands and shows.”

Incorporating its V-Power Concept and patented DPRWG Wave Guide, combined with the most advanced transducer technology available, the GTO C-12 carries the familiar high-resolution signature sound synonymous with the Outline brand and its family of world-renowned line array products. The GTO C-12 contains dual high-power 12-inch LF drivers, four 6.5-inch midrange units and two 3-inch throat-compression drivers. The cabinet is 21.6 percent smaller in the vertical plane than the larger GTO, whereas the overall cabinet weight has been reduced by 30 percent, representing a remarkable feat of design engineering. The use of a special aluminum alloy for the integral rigging hardware, originally developed by Outline for GTO, contributes to this major weight savings. This unique system also provides 12 different adjustment settings in the angle between connected GTO C-12 cabinets, adding further to the real-world flexibility and adaptability of the loudspeaker.

The concentration of power into a smaller and lighter enclosure has significant benefits in terms of transportation, storage, deployment, crew requirements and operational efficiency. GTO C-12 extends the Outline concept of ultimate system flexibility, not just because it is mechanically compatible with all the other GTO modules, but also because systems of virtually any size and power can be designed using the speakers. As the footprint of the new C-12 is exactly the same as all the other modules in the GTO range, the cabinets offer full mechanical compatibility with GTO, GTO-SUB, GTO-LOW and GTO-DF in terms of rigging, flying hardware and wheelboards. Further, Outline’s design team is currently developing a new lightweight flybar for the GTO C-12, transforming the product into a real game-changer, as using it will allow up to 12 GTO C-12 cabinets to be flown from a single one-ton fly point while staying within standard Safe Working Load restrictions.

“This single fly point is a big advantage for production companies that work in venues that only provide a single rigging point per side, or have low fly weight limitations,” continues Bensen. “Sound companies can now bring in an easy-to-handle, compact system that is quick to rig and de-rig, and requires only one motor per side while producing more than enough power to handle any event. A 12-cabinet per-side GTO C-12 main L&R system with a suitable complement of subwoofers (and infills if necessary) delivers the definitive combination of outright SPL, intelligibility and controlled coverage that makes the GTO C-12 the perfect go-to system for thousands of medium-sized venues throughout the world.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy, The UK, and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4200 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

Clear-Com Releases New HelixNet Partyline System Linking Capability at InfoComm 2013

New Networking Function Increases Intercom Channel Access to Support Complex Communication Workflows at Large Venues

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 12, 2013 ─ Clear-Com® will launch the enhanced HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 921). The new version will include a multi-system linking capability to deliver a cost-effective intercom solution for distributing many network digital partyline channels and program audio feeds to dozens of digital beltpacks. Enabling this capability are two new modules: the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module, for Main Station-to-Main Station networking over fiber or a LAN (Local Area Network), and the HLI-FBS Fiber Module, for daisy-chaining fiber interfaces to link Main Stations over long distances.

The expanded functionality of HelixNet Partyline permits a more sophisticated and cost-effective digital partyline intercom network for large stadiums or multi-campus venues. In these applications, a high volume of intercom users in disparate locations are often required to stay connected over long distances. HelixNet Partyline’s new system linking capability supports these complex workflows by granting access to many HBP-2X Digital Beltpacks through the connection of networked HMS-4X Main Stations over fiber or a LAN. Due to its unique design, the entire HelixNet network will only need a single, shield twisted-pair cable as its power source—saving cost and resources for setup and configuration. Moreover, the new version of HelixNet easily integrates with other wireless or two-wire systems to create a complete intercom setup.

“Linking main stations gives HelixNet users the capability to share digital partyline channels plus program inputs in a network distributed system,” says Simon Browne, Clear-Com’s Director of Product Management. “This means that any of the possible dozens of HelixNet Beltpack users can access any two of the available network partyline channels by simply selecting the desired channels on their beltpack. Since all these channels are running off a single, shielded twisted-pair cable, users no longer need to physically relocate multiple cables for new configurations, utilize expensive source-assign equipment or rely on multiple power supply units.”

One of the modules supporting the system linking function is the new HelixNet Partyline HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module for Main Station-to-Main Station networking. Built to fit directly into one of the HMS-4X option module bays at the back of the Main Station, the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module can connect Main Stations directly through a LAN using standard IT switches.

A new HLI-FBS Fiber Module is also available for linking Main Stations over long distances. The Fiber Module has two fiber ports using SFP modules for simple exchange of fiber transceivers. It also allows linking of other Main Stations in a fiber daisy-chain. The standard connection is Single-Mode, with Multi-Mode offered as an option.

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 TO SHOWCASE TOUCHMONITOR SERIES AT INFOCOMM 2013

RTW TO SHOWCASE TOUCHMONITOR SERIES AT INFOCOMM 2013

ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 10, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, will exhibit its TM3, TM3-3G and TM9 TouchMonitors at the Group One booth (613) during this year’s InfoComm 2013. All products will be fully equipped with the latest software options, including the new moving-coil software for the TM3 models. Attendees are invited to stop by the Group One booth for a demonstration of the equipment. Christopher Spahr, RTW’s newly appointed Director of U.S. Sales and Operations, will be on hand to discuss the products and the company’s new U.S. location.

TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitors
Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 has a budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. It includes a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel and summing-loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation.The TM3 is a highly appealing, compact solution ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

The newer TM3-3G is a versatile solution for metering, de-embedding and monitoring 3G-SDI audio. It also features a compact 4.3-inch touchscreen for horizontal as well as vertical orientation, which can display any selection of up to eight audio channels contained in an SDI stream.

Both models feature PPM and true-peak instruments and offer comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. They also feature the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW, for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters. Finally, the TM3 on display will be equipped with the new TM3-SWMC Software license, available as an add-on option, which incorporates a moving-coil emulation display.

TM9 TouchMonitor
The TM9 TouchMonitor, which includes the innovative Magic LRA instrument, features a nine-inch touch-sensitive display, provides unparalleled flexibility and modularity, combined with intuitive control. The software visualizes multiple sources simultaneously. It supports displaying the same signal on multiple instruments in parallel, each with dedicated defaults with both horizontal and vertical operation. The system visualizes up to 16 analog and/or digital sources at the same time.

The TM9 is also capable of providing a view of up to 32 digital channels when the 3G-SDI option is implemented. Along with RTW’s entire TouchMonitor range, the TM9 was created to help adhere to all major standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB.
RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS TO HIGHLIGHT LATEST RF SOLUTIONS AND CAPABILITIES AT INFOCOMM 2013

ORLANDO, JUNE 10, 2013—Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 1370), including its GX Series of Combiners, DB Series of Multicouplers, Helical Antennas, Domed Helical Antennas, and various accessories such as splitters, Dual Bias Ts and receive and transmit line amps.

“We look forward to InfoComm, as it’s the perfect arena to meet with professionals from the various sectors of the industry that we work with on a regular basis, including live events, installations, broadcast and more,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “With the increasing importance of RF and wireless, we invite attendees to stop by and see the solutions we have to offer for their unique needs. They can also find out more about how our services stand apart when it comes to ensuring interference-free productions of all sizes.”

At InfoComm 2013, PWS will highlight its GX series of combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output. Helpful for very anemic transmitters, the combiners in the GX series are considered RF limiters because of their proprietary Automatic Level Control (ALC) circuitry. The power level of each frequency at the output of the combiner is a maximum of 250 mW licensed, 50mw if not licensed. This is the FCC’s maximum allowable limit for RF in-ear monitor (IEM) systems in the UHF band. The GX-4 is an RF IEM transmitter combiner/booster, compatible with RF signals from major IEM transmitter manufacturers across the radio band from 470MHz to 698MHz. The system accepts input power levels from 20 to 100 mW, with each input containing its own discreet RF amplifier and ALC circuits. The signals are amplified to the power level needed to produce up to 250 mW of RF at the output antenna port.

PWS will also feature its newly updated DB series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports. Outputs can be put into ranges, providing the user the ability for low, middle and high as well as custom ranges for frequencies. The systems all come packed with features providing the user with maximum control as well as two power supplies, ensuring that if there is a power failure, backup is available.

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and the new Domed Helical Antennas, will also be onsite. PWS Helical Antennas, which are perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear, and intercom systems thanks in part to their unique characteristics, offering users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations where site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas, offer a wider angle of coverage perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Featuring the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure and compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when the requirements of aesthetics and function can’t be compromised.

In addition to showcasing its newest line of RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on hand to discuss the company’s ability to provide onsite install services and show support for wireless systems at broadcast, industrial, live entertainment and media events of any size. “The success of today’s in-demand productions depends on invisible, temperamental and easily compromised wireless audio signals. We specialize in frequency coordination that is solid, accurate and constant,” concludes Van Winkle.

For more information, stop by Booth 1370 or visit www.professionalwireless.com.

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MASQUE SOUND REPORTS AUDIO SUCCESS FOR NORA EPHRON’S LUCKY GUY ON BROADWAY

NEW YORK, JUNE 7, 2013—Recently honored with six Tony Award® nominations, including Best Play, Nora Ephron’s LUCKY GUY transports audiences to New York circa the 1980s and 1990s. Before two-time Oscar winner and Tony nominee Tom Hanks could make his Broadway debut in the show as the charismatic tabloid columnist Mike McAlary, Sound Designer Scott Lehrer turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to supply a custom audio equipment package for the play, the last work by Nora Ephron. LUCKY GUY is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. The production opened April 1, 2013 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The limited engagement was recently extended for 16 additional performances through July 3, 2013.

Nora Ephron began her professional career as a reporter at The New York Post in 1962 and LUCKY GUY marks a return to her journalistic roots. Her new play is about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary (Tom Hanks). LUCKY GUY is the third collaboration between Tom Hanks and Nora Ephron, following the films Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

From his sensational reporting of New York’s major police corruption to the libel suit that nearly ended his career, LUCKY GUY dramatizes the story of McAlary’s meteoric rise, fall and rise again. In designing the audio system for LUCKY GUY, Lehrer wanted to make sure he had maximum flexibility to meet the show’s complex needs without using equipment that would extend beyond the rental budget for the play. To make this happen, Lehrer, along with Associate Sound Designer Drew Levy and Production Sound Mixer David Stollings, worked with Masque Sound to come up with an equipment package that featured the Yamaha DM2000 (24-bit, 96-KHz) console. “The DM2000 is an older console but it’s still a fantastic one,” says Lehrer. “For plays on Broadway, it is reliable, easy to get around and cost effective.”

Although Lehrer has used the DM2000 for many years, LUCKY GUY was the first time he combined the DM2000 with the Yamaha SB-168-ES remote stage box. With 16 channels of sonically-superb remote analog inputs and eight channels of analog outputs, the SB1868-ES utilizes EtherSound technology to propagate digital sound signals, enabling Lehrer to have all of his microphone preamps onstage routed into the DM2000.

In addition, Lehrer used a selection of d&b speakers as well as a Sennheiser wireless package and IEMs. “Masque Sound has a lot of the specific equipment that I like to use along with a great inventory of products,” adds Lehrer. “It makes my job a lot easier when I know I can get the speakers and amplifiers I want and know they are going to keep me within my budget.”

One of the unique and yet challenging aspects of Lehrer’s sound design was his use of wireless microphones. “I used the wireless mics in an unconventional way because we didn’t want to put mics on the actors,” says Lehrer. “Since the office desks [that were used as props] rolled all over the stage, we had to use wireless foot mics and area mics. The way we employed the wireless mics is not common by today’s standards, but in doing so we achieved the sound we were going for and it came out great. If you are trying to do things that are a little different and difficult, like we did in LUCKY GUY, you know that the technical support at Masque Sound is going to make it happen.”

Lehrer has worked with Masque Sound many times in the past, including on the 2008 revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater, for which he received the first-ever Tony Award for sound, as well as a Drama Desk Award. “You know that when you are in the shop with Masque Sound you are going to get taken care of really well,” concludes Lehrer. “From specific technical needs to knowing the RF department is going to do a really good job of putting together the wireless to knowing that our show captain is going to be there for us when we need him; there is a lot of support there.”

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