Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics Director of Business Development (left) and Bob Heil, CEO and Founder of Heil Sound, “cut the cord.”Rio Rancho, NM (January 7, 2008)–Wireless microphone systems and audio processing products manufacturer Lectrosonics, and microphone producer Heil Sound have entered into a strategic partnership. The agreement–reached in late November, 2007–has resulted in a new handheld wireless microphone known as the Lectrosonics UTPR20. The new mic combines the capsule from Heil Sound’s PR20 dynamic microphone with Lectrosonics UT Series Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters.
According to the companies, the Lectrosonics UT transmitter makes the most of the PR20 capsule with its Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, thus ensuring compandor-free audio for wide dynamic range and neutral frequency response. The UTPR20 employs Heil’s grill basket and capsule identifier ring. At the foot of the transmitter, it features a gold-colored battery access ring to match the unit’s overall color scheme. The mic also features 100 mW RF power that facilitates long range application usage, 256 synthesized frequencies, and full compatibility with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless and analog receivers.
Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics Director of Business Development, commented on the new strategic partnership, “I’m personally very excited about the partnership between Heil Sound and Lectrosonics. Bob Heil literally wrote the book on concert sound and has worked with everyone in the industry. The combination of the UT transmitter and the Heil PR20 capsule brings out the best in both components. This is a win-win partnership in every way.”
Bob Heil, CEO and Founder of Heil Sound, echoed Winkler’s enthusiasm. “We’re very proud and honored to announce that two American companies-Lectrosonics and Heil Sound, Ltd.-have collaborated on an exciting new product for the entertainment and commercial audio industries,” said Heil. “We have recognized for some time that we needed a wireless microphone offering, but we were more interested in partnering with an established player as opposed to re-inventing the wheel. This past summer, Karl and I were working together on a project for American Idol, and the opportunity for collaboration presented itself. We now have a product that combines our incredible PR-20 element with Lectrosonics’ robust Digital Hybrid Wireless technology. I believe this new wireless microphone will address many wireless issues people routinely encounter, and it will provide world-class sound quality in the process.”
Lectrosonics will show the new UTPR20 at Winter NAMM later this month, and expects it to ship in February.