The most useful studio tool ever invented?
Q: IS THE GUITAR THE DEVIL'S INSTRUMENT?
A: NOT ANYMORE!
Invented by Producer/Engineer Terry Manning in 1989, and implemented by technical wizard Frank Lacy, The Lucas Deceiver solves the age-old problem of guitar recording which every engineer, producer and guitarist knows all too well. The electric guitar pickup is designed, quite logically, to be inserted into a guitar amplifier. This works just great, until someone decides to route the guitar to MORE THAN ONE destination, be it multiple amps, guitar synths, direct boxes, tuners, etc., etc. That's where the troubles start. The pickup is now not seeing the load it was designed to see, and tonal changes occur (usually at least a loss of high end). In addition, since grounding, or earthing, is rarely, by a happy accident, consistent between two or amongst several destinations, buzzes, hums, noises, OR WORSE magically appear! To make matters even "worser," most artists and production people today prefer to play in the control room, while their amp resides in the studio. In addition to all of the problems already mentioned, the long cable lengths which are often required further compound the problems.
The Lucas Deceiver solves these inadequacies in an elegantly musical manner.
On a 1-U rack space, one guitar level input is routed to four independent guitar level outputs. Each output is carefully buffered and isolated from the other, so that the guitar pickup is deceived into thinking that it is plugged directly into one guitar amp. Each destination is deceived into thinking that one guitar is plugged into only it. Each output is provided with its own ground lift, which will instantly solve most hums and buzzes at the flick of a switch. Each output is provided with its own phase reverse switch, which will instantly implement synchronised cone movement and in-phase recording of instruments plugged through it at the flick of a switch. Each output is provided with its own mute switch, which can save many a speaker cone and eardrum from damaging and annoying low-end unplugging-pop at the flick of a switch! In addition to these problem-solving features, each output is capable of driving a long cable length without loss! The Lucas Deceiver can literally save hours of valuable studio time on each and every session! More attention can be paid to the creative and musical aspects of guitar, bass, synth, etc., rather than to the time consuming, annoying, creativity-sapping solving of noisy, buzzy, hummy, out-of-phase, poor-sounding guitars.
Many studios, producers, artists, live-performers, and engineers have already bought, rented, or used The Lucas Deceiver in a studio. The reputation is spreading quickly. Since all Lucas products (The Lucas Limiting Amplifier, the finest tube compressor ever made; The Lucas Equalisers,the best tube EsQ ever made; The Lucas CS-1 Microphones, the most amazing new tube microphones in decades; The Lucas Preamplifier, one of the best tube guitar preamps ever made; our DI boxes, etc.) are hand built, availability has been at a premium. Because of the success of our products in all areas of professional studio recording and live group performance the demand has exceeded our capacity to build. So we are carefully making what we can in batches, to maximise productivity...meaning that every product may have a "lead time" for building. All units will always be built by hand by certified technicians...
...never touched by sweet little old factory ladies with bandanas tied around their foreheads!
We realise that most audio companies fill their literature with the names of people who have either bought, used, or just heard about their products, and we could quite legitimately compile a long list with actual names of actual well-known, highly professional users and lovers of Lucas equipment. However, we think this is a bit of an invasion of the privacy of these individuals. (Maybe we'll lose our principles someday soon, with their permission of course, just for the principal of it, and go ahead and release some of those big names!) Suffice to say that any company would be jealous of the amount of famous artists, producers, engineers and other audio industry people who have used and loved Lucas equipment.
We can't do anything about those G strings which never get, or stay in tune, or about the fact that an open string will show in tune, but as soon as you go up the neck, you've inadvertently modulated, but we can do one hell of a lot about those horrible tone changes, buzzes, noises, and line losses which are the bane of the existence of the recording engineer and guitarist. The Lucas Deceiver will pay for itself on every session you use it. Check it out today! Start enjoying happy time with your guitar!
The Lucas Deceiver is available for $695 (US)
(Stocks are only available at certain times, because of our very heavy load building all of the tube compressors, EQ's, etc.
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NB: WE HAVE A NEW LIMITED PRODUCTION RUN OF DECEIVERS NOW AVAILABLE, AS OF APRIL, 2011.
Order yours from:
LUCAS ENGINEERING P.O. BOX CB-13327 NASSAU, BAHAMAS
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