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First Major U.S. Tour For Revolutionary RockNet 300

NEW YORK: In a year highlighted by successful tours with an eclectic roster of artists ranging from Van Halen to Jill Scott, Erika Badeau, Ministry and Celtic Woman, Masque Live has add the new Jesse McCartney (Hollywood Records) / Jordin Sparks (Jive Records) tour to their resume.

“We have thrown a lot of passion into our product and finally customers are knocking at the door asking for it,� company co-principal Jim Shearing says. “We owe a great deal to Lucas Corrubia’s efforts with the talented artists we are involved with, shaping and molding the sound to their particular needs�

Masque Sound, co-principal Geoff Shearing reports that long-term Masque Live associate Mitch Keller, selected the RockNet 300 as the primary audio distribution network to reduce set up time and eliminate heavy trunks of traditional copper multicore cable. “We’re an early adopter of RockNet technology. It’s a pioneering, real-time audio distribution network, perfect for establishing fast, flexible, cost-effective sound and data distribution. We’ve been looking for an opportunity to work with it on a tour,� Shearing adds. “Springsteen used it successfully in Europe earlier this year, but this is the first time it’s being employed on the road in the U.S.�

Keller, who also heads his own Florida-based Kellco Productions, Inc., reports that RockNet 300 is extremely efficient. “It features ultra low latency, exceptional sound quality, and it supports independent microphone preamp gain control for both the FOH and monitor mixing boards. It’s also got self-healing redundancy, a welcome fail-safe. We’re confident that RockNet will be a meaningful addition to our racks,� he adds.

The thirteen-city Jesse McCartney – Jordin Sparks tour kicked off at LA’s Orpheum Theatre Aug. 7, and wraps at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sept. 13.

Gathered around a rack of RockNet 300 gear are, left-to-right: John Gaczewski, FOH Mixer for Jesse McCartney; Scott Craig FOH for Jordin Sparks; Mitchell Keller, McCartney Tour Mgr., Production Manager for entire tour; Sparks’ Monitor Engineer, Mike Schaeffer and Chris Roberts Monitor Engineer/Stage Manager for McCartney.
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 live concert, TV Broadcast, corporate, industrial, theatrical, house of worship and sports events. The firm’s 3rd generation owners Geoff and James Shearing also operate Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. The company’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters mnd main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, twenty minutes from mid-town Manhattan. (201) 939 8666,