4-channel Cat 5 Audio Snake
The Radial Catapult™ is a 4-channel audio snake that lets you send analog or AES digital audio signals over standard Cat 5 or Cat 6 shielded twisted pair cable. This allows stage techs to take advantage of the relatively low cost of this abundantly available cable for return snakes or for transporting balanced audio across a large stage. For the system contractor, the Catapult lets you take advantage of pre-wired networks to connect audio from one room to another.
As with all Radial products, the Catapult is constructed with solid 14-gauge steel to handle the rigors of live touring and is finished in a powder-coat finish to keep your Catapult looking good for years! Inside, a two-sided PCB is used to mount the connectors and transformers doubling up the solder joints for maximum durability.
- Send analog audio or digital AES signals over Cat 5/6 cable
- Works within a building’s existing cable infrastructure
- Choice of direct-wired or isolated splits
- Transmits four AES signals (eight audio channels)
Six options to send your signal
Six configurations are offered with a choice of three input modules and three output modules. Each input module features four XLR inputs, four XLR thru-puts along with two Neutrik Ethercon™ outputs to connect the Cat 5 cable to the desired output module. These are equipped with RJ45 type Ethercon input and thru-put plus two sets of XLR outputs. These may be ordered without transformers for sub-snakes or to transmit AES audio signals; with mic isolation transformers for signal splitting between FOH, monitors or the recording system, or with line level isolation transformers to eliminate system noise. A ground lift switch is provided at each end for the Ethernet cable connection to help eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops
Using the Catapult as a return snake
The Catapult is the perfect return snake for corporate events where you need to run a couple of lines back to the stage and monitors. Use the RX4L line isolation module to eliminate ground loops.
Using the Catapult as a sub snake on stage
Cleaning up the stage while lowering the set-up times have become essential components in production. Use the Catapult at the front of the stage or next to the amps to create zones for quick deployment.
Using the Catapult as a 4-channel mic splitter
Use the Catapult TX4M to split the mics between the monitor desk and front of house with Eclipse transformer isolation to deliver a noise-free signal, saving hours of tedious trouble shooting.
Using the Catapult as a line isolator
The Catapult RX4L is the perfect 4-channel line isolator. Simply connect it in line with any line audio device to eliminate hum and buzz caused by ground loops.
Using the Catapult to network audio
Use the pre-existing Cat 5 or Cat 6 wiring in the building to network audio from one room through the walls to another. The XLR connections at each end make it easy!
Run four AES signals across Cat 5 cable platform
110 Ohm AES signals can easily travel across Cat 5 and Cat 6 Ethernet cable. Connect to the four Catapult TX4 XLRs for eight channels of audio for remote recording.
Radial Engineering Catapult System