Gear Heads: Li.LAC Microphone Disinfector

As sole UK distributor for Li.LAC, Mission Control Director, Ali Viles highlights the benefits of the UV-C microphone disinfection system, having recently made its Live at Worthy Farm debut.

When was Li.LAC first developed?

“Li.LAC was developed in 2020 by a team of touring sound engineers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They knew that when the sector could open up, there would be a requirement for COVID-19 safe equipment, particularly Li.LAC – a UV-C microphone disinfection system.”

How does it work?

“Li.LAC uses UV-C technology to disinfect. Over 99.99% of bacteria and viruses on the surface of a microphone are killed within five minutes. The disinfector has an irradiation chamber and steel grille optimised for disinfecting up to three microphones or radio mics and multiple lapel mic capsules. Studies by the University Medical Center Groningen show that Li.LAC inactivates >99% of microorganisms on a microphone after 10 minutes of irradiation. Multiple test found that wearing and ageing effect of the UV-C inside Li.LAC is negligible compared to the benefit of a disinfected microphone.”

How rubust is Li.LAC?

“Li.LAC has been designed by touring sound engineers to be a robust piece of equipment that will offer peace of mind to all types of event producer, artists, performers and other users for many years to come. The benefit of the Li.LAC microphone disinfector is that it is compact. It can be mounted in a standard 19in rack together with other gear. Li.LAC can be taken on the road but is equally suitable for fixed locations and venues.”

What is your target market?

“Interest in Li.LAC is growing across a broad range of markets – including live music and broadcast, theatre and corporate, education and houses of worship. Li.LAC leads the way in UV-C disinfection, giving performers, production managers, producers and promoters peace of mind that the correct steps have been followed to make everything as COVID-safe as possible, helping the industry to return to normal as quickly as possible.”

Is there space in the market for Li.LAC, post-pandemic?

“The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a shift in people’s attitudes and we now think twice about practices that were once normal, such as passing microphones back and forth between performers – in fact, many performers are no longer comfortable with this at all. We anticipate that Li.LAC will become a more integral part part of events in the future, giving users and artists the peace of mind that their microphones are truly, clinically clean and safe. As one delighted user stated at our previous event: “I have absolutely no idea when this microphone was last cleaned before I started using Li.LAC.”

This article originally appeared in issue #263 of TPi, which you can read here.