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Extron Now Shipping TeamWork Collaboration System for Digital and Analog Sources

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of TeamWork 601, the company’s newest collaboration system. The TeamWork 601 system supports up to four digital laptops or tablets, and two legacy analog computer-video and audio sources. Analog signals are digitized so that they can be switched to the display, along with native HDMI signals, on a single HDMI cable. TeamWork 601 works with most flat panel displays, laptops, and tablets. It also works with virtually any new or existing furniture system. Optional mounting hardware facilitates different collaboration table or work surface designs. Extron TeamWork is a fully customizable collaboration system that is ideal for corporate and education applications. Pre-configured packages, including the TeamWork 601, TeamWork 600, and TeamWork 400 are available for fast implementation with minimal setup. more

MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

RapcoHorizon Hits the Stage with Jay-Z

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

Extron Adds DisplayPort Support for TeamWork Collaboration Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce two new DisplayPort SM “Show Me” Cables for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. The cables, available with full-size or mini DisplayPort input connectors, actively convert DisplayPort signals to HDMI for use with TeamWork-compatible digital switchers. The cables meet Section 508 accessibility standards and are certified for use with Extron Cable Cubby enclosures. To simplify the process of planning, configuring, and ordering custom TeamWork systems, the new TeamWork System Builder is now available online. The TeamWork System Builder allows users to select from a wide range of Extron switchers, control processors, and cable management enclosures or other architectural connectivity to create a system that fits precise collaboration requirements, for up to eight users. more

FiberPlex MADI SFP Passes Optical to Avid During NFL Pro Bowl Sunday

It was a double pass for optical fiber at Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, where copper cabling took a beating due to excessive moisture buildup from the rain.

“The issue with copper wasn’t noise for a change, it was water,” said Jeff Kang with Custom Audio, Kaneohe, Hawaii, which has been providing sound reinforcement for Pro Bowl for over 10 years. Fortunately, this year, Kang had contacted FiberPlex Technologies about a MADI-to-optic conversion box for his Avid Profile live audio console in order to run optical fiber across the stadium, and thereby bypass the problems associated with a copper run.

The FiberPlex FOI-6010 conversion box with MADI SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable module) on one end and multimode fiber SFP/SFP+ on the other makes it possible to run a fiber snake between the Avid FOH rack and a main stage rack about 650 feet away, something Kang wishes he had been able to do with a secondary stage rack 350 feet up field. The secondary stage rack connected through copper cabling was glitchy due to a steady drizzle of rain the day of the game.

“The problem was that it (copper snake) would constantly switch between primary and backup because of the condensation,” he said, adding that the optical run was unaffected by weather or noise – which was good, because he didn’t have a backup system. “That’s how much trust I put in these fiber systems,” commented Kang, who has two FiberPlex LightViper audio snakes that he uses for a variety of venues, including use as a 330-foot optical snake during the Pro Bowl game.

For Pro Bowl 2014, FiberPlex’s MADI SFP/SFP+ easily handled Avid’s modified MADI protocol for bidirectional 48×48 digital audio channels into multimode optical fiber supporting separate wireless mics, multitrack recordings, live band, plus a number of announcers and other sources that add to the mix of a typical NFL game. The remaining channels of the 64×64 bidirectional MADI capability are used for controlling mic preamps, metering, and for reading data on the Avid stage rack down field. (This is part of Avid’s modified use of the MADI protocol.)

Custom Audio is one of a growing number of sound reinforcement firms now using optical snakes for live mixing and other applications that require transporting media error-free and transparently over long distances. Setup requires only a few strands of fiber for the copper equivalent of a 40-pair, 500-pound snake, which is why Custom Audio’s crew was able to dismantle the system in record time after the Pro Bowl game. “My crew looked at me and said, ‘We got out of here two hours faster than we normally do,’” commented Kang.

FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

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.

Gepco® Brand Solutions for Live Music Venues Displayed at the 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 23, 2014 — General Cable is pleased to showcase its Gepco® Brand solutions for live music venues including RunONE™ Powered Cables and the DLC Series DMX Lighting Control Cables among others at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth #6983) January 23-26, 2014.

Gepco Brand RunONE™ Powered Cables combine audio and power, along with optional data, under a single durable, yet flexible jacket. Shielding around the power channels eliminates power noise from interrupting the audio/data signal, ensuring high-quality performance. With multiple uses for corporations, DJs, lighting rigs and tours, RunONE allows the user to pull a single cable in place of multiple cables, providing a portable and neat solution that saves time and hassle.

Especially relevant to live music venues, the RunONE Touring Line was designed with larger-gauge power conductors and an overall shield specifically for touring and production use. The 12 AWG power conductors of the Touring Line provide a lower voltage drop for long distance runs, while the overall shield reduces outside noise often encountered during those longer runs. At the NAMM Show, the Gepco booth will highlight the varied applications for RunONE, including self-powered speakers, stage boxes that combine audio and power, and lights using DMX signals.

Gepco® Brand DLC Series DMX Lighting Control Cables will also be displayed at NAMM, including the newest additions to the series, the DLC122 and DLC222. Ideal for heavy production use, rigging and touring conditions, the DLC122 and DLC222 feature larger 22 AWG conductors for use in extended distance runs without signal loss, as well as an extremely durable and abrasion-resistant, yet flexible, polyurethane jacket. The DLC series lighting control cable is a true DMX cable with 120 Ohm impedance, low capacitance, double (foil and braid) shield and color-coded conductors for easy identification. Unlike conventional cables that are not intended for data transmission, the DLC series offers reliable data transfer through its data-specific design. The single- and dual-pair designs of the DLC series accommodate multiple lighting manufacturers’ products, and the DLC222 and DLC224 meet the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) standards for DMX512 cable specifications.

“General Cable is happy to provide Gepco products tailored to touring and live music venues,” said Joe Zajac, Sales and Applications Engineer for Gepco® Brand Products. “The newest additions to the Gepco Brand RunONE and DLC series will provide the best performance in tough, heavy-production and touring conditions.”

In addition to RunONE and the DLC Series, the Gepco booth will display microphone and instrument cables as well as heavy-duty tactical cat 5e and fiber cables with Neutrik® etherCON® or opticalCON® connectors for protocols such as CobraNet®, MADI, EtherSound™, A-Net®, LightViper & OPTOCORE®.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco® has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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Extron Expands New Cable Cubby Series/2 Lineup

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Cable Cubby 500 and the Cable Cubby 700, the latest additions to the company’s all-new Cable Cubby Series/2 line of cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. The compact Cable Cubby 500 and mid-size Cable Cubby 700 join the previously-announced Cable Cubby 1200 low-profile enclosure and Cable Cubby 1400 double-sided enclosure, offering four unique, conference room cable management solutions that complement any furniture style or room décor. These versatile, next-generation modular enclosures support the AV industry’s broadest range of available AV connectivity and AC power options, including Extron Retractor cable retraction modules, AAP – Architectural Adapter Plates, and AV cables. AC power modules are available for the US, Europe, and other major world markets. The Cable Cubby 500 and Cable Cubby 700 are available in a durable yet elegant black anodized or brushed aluminum finish. more

HOSA TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES NEW EDGE SERIES MICROPHONE, GUITAR, AND SPEAKER CABLES

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Buena Park, CA – NAMM Booth# 5590 (Hall B)… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce the Edge Series cable products. Featuring genuine Neutrik connectors, Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) conductors, and world-class workmanship, Hosa Edge cables—the company’s flagship cable line—provide musicians and audio professionals with the finest signal transport means available. And because Hosa Edge consists of microphone, guitar, and speaker cables, it can be used along the entire signal chain, ensuring one’s music will retain all the clarity and punch of the original sound. more

WyreStorm Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

WyreStorm’s HD audio and video distribution and control solutions’ product information to be made available to users of D-Tools’ System Integrator software to aid the estimation, design and implementation of low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – January 14, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that WyreStorm, a global manufacturer of innovative HD audio and video distribution products, has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program, making it easier for users of D-Tools’ award-winning System Integrator software to specify WyreStorm products for their client engagements.

“We look forward to working with D-Tools to make our product specifications available to an outstanding group of systems integrators,” said Derek Hulbert, WyreStorm CEO. “We believe that our participation in the MVP Program solidifies our commitment to helping our existing dealers become more successful by making it easier to spec our products and to do business with WyreStorm, as well helping us to further expand our reach within the greater integrator community.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to name WyreStorm as our newest MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “The a/v distribution market is experiencing explosive growth and providing our users with access to WyreStorm’s library of HDMI and HDBaseT solutions gives them high quality, versatile options for both residential and commercial projects.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About WyreStorm Technologies, LLC
WyreStorm is a worldwide manufacturer of digital high-definition distribution technology. WyreStorm specializes in the design and development of innovative technology solutions for residential and commercial applications, proudly offering customers around the globe the highest quality and reliability in its wide range of products. WyreStorm award-winning products include HDMI & HDBT extenders, the first HDBaseT audio amplifier, configurable matrix switchers, splitters, converters and basic control. WyreStorm products are manufactured to ISO9001 standards. For more information on WyreStorm visit www.wyrestorm.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com
Katie Sylvia, WyreStorm Technologies, (857) 753-3329, katie@wyrestorm.com

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