Los Angeles, CA â€“ October 2008â€¦ With a series of highly recognizable power ballads and songs such as â€œDon’t Stop Believinâ€?, â€œAny Way You Want Itâ€?, â€œFaithfullyâ€?, and â€œWheel in the Skyâ€?, Journey is one of the all-time great American rock bands. Though the band has seen its roster change over the 35 years of its existence, lead and rhythm guitarist/ vocalist Neal Schon is, without question, one of the more enduring members. To the delight of fans everywhere, Journey continues to tour extensively. This year alone, the band travelled throughout South America, Europe, and North America, and through it all, Schon performed with a wireless setup from Lectrosonics.
Adam Day, who since 1981 has served as guitar technician to a number of leading guitarists including Ted Nugent, Dokken, and, for more than 20 years, Slash, is now holding the fort with Neal Schon of Journey. Prior to Dayâ€™s arrival in February 2008, Schon preferred the tried and true â€œcabledâ€? approach to performingâ€”not because he enjoyed being tied to his equipment, but rather because he hadnâ€™t found a wireless system with the sound quality and responsiveness he considered essential.
â€œWhen I started with Neal,â€? notes Day, â€œI suggested he give the Lectrosonics equipment a try. I explained that I had used the gear successfully with Slash for more than two years without experiencing any performance issues at all. Neal took the system home, played with it for a while, and came back with a thumbs up. Since that time, weâ€™ve been using the Lectrosonics MI33A active guitar cable, IM Digital Hybrid Wireless beltpack transmitters, and the R400A rack receivers. We have two systems with Nealâ€™s A touring rig and another two with his B rig.â€?
In addition to Schonâ€™s electric guitars, Day also uses the Lectrosonics setup with an acoustic guitar. â€œOccasionally, I use this same system with Nealâ€™s acoustic,â€? said Day, â€œincluding the active cable, which I simply pad at the input. Neal is extremely pleased with the sound quality of the Lectrosonics equipmentâ€”itâ€™s clear and extremely articulate. Previously, he experimented with other wireless systems, but the compandors in those setups always compromised the sound quality. Since Lectrosonicsâ€™ Digital Hybrid Wirelessâ„¢ technology doesnâ€™t use a compandor, this is no longer an issue.â€?
In addition to sound qualityâ€? Day continued, â€œthe Lectrosonics equipment is extremely responsive. Thereâ€™s none of the latency that bothered Neal with previous wireless setups. The sound quality and responsiveness were the two main issues that previously kept Neal from performing with wireless equipment. Using Lectrosonics, the sound is pure and clean, attack transients sound exactly as they should, and the transition from a cabled system to the wireless rig was essentially seamless.â€?
Day was equally enthusiastic about Lectrosonicsâ€™ reliability. â€œIn all the time Iâ€™ve used Lectrosonics gear with Slash and, now Neal, I havenâ€™t experienced a single RF issue,â€? said Day. â€œThis includes literally hundreds of shows in clubs, arenas, stadiums, and outdoor venues. No dropouts, no hissâ€”nothing of that sort.â€?
When asked about range and frequency selection, Day was equally positive, â€œRange has never been an issue with Neal. During my time with Slash, he would wander all over the place and really tested the system in that capacity. Not once did I ever experience a single dropout. I knew Neal wasnâ€™t quite as active as Slash in that regard, so I was never concerned about it. Iâ€™ve also had a really positive experience with the Lectrosonics gear in congested RF areas. The first thing I do when I get to a new location and fire up the equipment is look at the available frequencies. I do this right on the gear. If the current setting doesnâ€™t look clear, Iâ€™ll use the Smart Scan in the receiver menu, and the system takes everything around me into consideration. It finds the cleanest frequencyâ€”flawlesslyâ€”and I use this feature at every new location. It works beautifully.â€?
Day also commented on Lectrosonicsâ€™ reliability and technical support. â€œLectrosonics has some of the best made equipment Iâ€™ve ever encountered,â€? said Day. â€œItâ€™s easy to understand and setup, and on the few occasions Iâ€™ve required tech support, the company has been great to deal with. Youâ€™d be hard pressed to find a more supportive company than Lectrosonics. If you want a pure, clear sound, user-friendly menus, and good support, then Lectrosonics is the equipment you should choose. This is a company that wonâ€™t let you down.â€?
About Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless Technology
Lectrosonicsâ€™ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology uses a proprietary algorithm to encode 24-bit digital audio information with no compression and low distortion into an analog format that can be transmitted in a robust manner over an analog FM wireless link. The result is much higher dynamic rangeâ€”free from sonic artifactsâ€” than wireless systems using a compandor are able to offer. Digital Hybrid Wireless technology delivers long operating range, graceful signal decay, and a small spectral footprint, facilitating more channels to be operated simultaneously.
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theater technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company’s dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
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