By Frank Wells.
On the eve of Lectrosonics’ 40th anniversary celebrations, Pro Sound News was given a factory tour of the company's Rio Rancho, NM HQ and factory. A sampling of the photos taken on that tour follow—visit us on Facebook for a more extensive tour.
Lectrosonics’ Director Of Business Development, Karl Winkler, guided our tour, beginning with a wall through Lectrosonics product history in their museum/conference room. Karl’s holding an early Lectrosonics wireless product.
The name Lectrosonics derives from ‘lectern.’ One of the earliest products was a lectern with built in electronics and speakers.
The amazingly self-sufficient factory handles all aspects of manufacturing, from metal work to circuit board assembly to final finish and quality control.
Product housings like this one are machined onsite from raw stock to highly precise enclosures.
The high degree of miniaturization that is one of Lectrosonics’ specialties is possible in part through employing modern surface mount component automated placement machines. The reels in the picture hold the components that are placed robotically.
These tiny specs in Karl’s palm are surface mount components—the modern form for resistors and capacitors.
Products cranked out of the factory include this 4th generation configuration of a very early Lectrosonics product. The Long Ranger 4 portable PA now features wireless capability, where the original used a wired microphone attached to the battery/amp/horn assembly.
The latest Lectrosonics product is the Quadra wireless, multichannel digital IEM system, a bonafide groundbreaking product operating outside of traditional and threatened wireless frequencies and offering unparalleled throughput latencies.