The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in Sound & Video Contractor

Patchbays! Patchbays! Get yer Patchbays!
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The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in Sound & Video Contractor

Apr 1, 2005 12:00 PM, By Mark Johnson

Patchbays! Patchbays! Get yer Patchbays!

The April 1985 issue focused on patchbay technology. The cover image was of Switchcraft's new TTPC (printed circuit) patchbay systems — the cover of the unit was a PC board with the signal traces from the jackfield on the front to the multi connectors on the back; a great example of form following function.

In “An Introduction to Patchbays” Randy Opela provided an overview of patching technology and theory. Opela was the marketing manager for connectors and accessories at Switchcraft.

Lonnie Pastor offered up “A Patchbay Technology Primer,” a more in-depth discussion on the uses and benefits of patchbays. Pastor was broadcast products manger for ADC Magnetic Controls.

“Personal Computers: Introduction and Software” by Robert B. Ingebretsen offered insight and advice to those delving into the personal computer market. Some of the basic advice he gave still holds true today — once you've determined what your requirements are, go ahead and make the purchase, but consider the ability to upgrade or expand.

Frequent contributors P. John Brunstetter and Robert H. Jerry II wrote “Security Programs” and “Employee Theft,” respectively, in which they detailed developing a good security program to prevent employee theft as well as being aware of some of the laws surrounding the use of polygraph test to screen prospective employees.

“Fundamentals of Analog Tape Recording” by Samuel L. Keiser explained the basic theory behind analog audiotape recording. With most professional recording today being done with hard disk, the relevance of this information becomes more historical in nature — kind of like punch cards for computers. But retain the information in case they release Trivial Pursuit, Pro Audio Edition.

In business news, NSCA moved to new digs in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Toshiba and Westinghouse agreed to a joint venture to produce color display tubes for computer terminals and office automation equipment.

In “Reinforced Audio,” David Scheirman played ghostbuster as he recounted the process of trying to identify a glitch in the audio system of a facility he had visited. Doug Wilkens interviewed Tom Williams, president of U.S. Recording in “From the Field.” Williams described a recently completed installation, the audio system for the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Some of the interesting ads in this issue: Dbx announced the arrival of the Model 166 Dynamics Processor. ADC Magnetic Controls featured a two-page spread on its pre-wired Pro-Patch jackfields and Ultra-Patch panels. Cetec Raymer advertised its All-Americans, five receivers with most functioning as paging ready systems equipped with a microphone input. Electro-Voice introduced Al Watson, chief engineer of the microphone group and its new EV1772 vocal condenser mic.

Some of the products featured in “What's New” were UD 200 and UD 260 microphones from Audix; Numark had its SA 110 power amp. FSR was offering custom panels, switchplates, and consolettes that it would fabricate from hand sketches or formal drawings. Monster Cable introduced Prolink series 3 cables.

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