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Lectrosonics Celebrates 50 Years

This month wireless microphone systems and audio processing products manufacturer Lectrosonics is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

LECTROSONICS 50TH ANNIVERSARYRio Rancho, NM (March 29, 2021)—This month wireless microphone systems and audio processing products manufacturer Lectrosonics is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Founded in March 1971 in Albuquerque, NM, Lectrosonics manufactures products that are used in countless broadcast, television, theatre, film, live performance and music productions worldwide. The company’s first product was the Voice Projector series of portable PA systems and lecterns.

In 1975, the company’s first wireless microphone was added to the product line. Shortly thereafter, they were marketed under the Freedomike trademark.

By the 1980s, Lectrosonics found success in the broadcast market with its plug-on transmitter and compact receiver for electronic news gathering and documentary production. The company’s engineering team had also begun working on audio processing equipment targeted at the installed sound market. The first product was the MAP or Modular Audio Processor system. The current ASPEN Series audio processors have been installed worldwide.

The wireless IFB (or interruptible foldback) system was introduced in the late 1990s and became a common product in broadcast and film production.

By 2002, the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless technology was introduced and Lectrosonics grew dramatically. In 2017, the company received the Academy Award for Technical Achievement for the technology, used widely on feature film production

In 2016, the company introduced the SSM micro-bodypack transmitter specifically for the professional theatrical market; it has been used on numerous Broadway shows and tours.

Sound Mixer Globetrots with Lectrosonics

In 2017, Lectrosonics introduced the Duet digital IEM/IFB system, the first with Dante connectivity and optional AES256 encryption. That was followed by the micro-sized PDR (Portable Digital Recorder), SPDR (Stereo Portable Digital Recorder) and MTCR (Miniature Time Code Recorder). Recent introductions have included the D Squared line, the DCR822 and the Digital Camera Hop units.

“From wooden lecterns in 1971 to Academy Award-winning wireless microphones today, the past 50 years at Lectrosonics have brought amazing technological changes both in the products we make and in the markets we serve,” says Gordon Moore, Lectrosonics president and a 33-year company employee.

“We advanced from through-hole components with hand assembly to surface mount technology and CNC machining. Our employees have had free reign to imagine, challenge, and invent with the reward of their innovations becoming an integral part of television and movie sound recording, news gathering, broadcast, theatre, and installed sound. Thank you to all our amazing partners and customers. What a fun ride!”

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