Jackson, MO (February 13, 2014)—RapcoHorizon’s line of instrumental and speaker cables were the go-to connector for rapper Jay-Z’s most recent tour, and were custom-fitted to accommodate the tour’s rigs, some of which were on 28-foot high risers.
The custom cables created by the company for the tour included 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 Holy 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.”
In addition to the audio rigs, the Magna Carter Holy 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.”