SoundSynergies: Conditioning and Maintenance for Music Gear Comes of Age
The Science of Maintenance
Musicians, sound engineers, and audio/video technicians of many different stripes are all alike in one respect–they find it a challenge to keep their gear functioning at 100% over the long haul. SoundSynergies® is dedicated to offering technologically advanced products that deliver gear care and maintenance far beyond anything available until now, allowing musical instruments and electronics to consistently deliver optimal performance.
Musical instruments, electronics, and sound reinforcement gear are made to precise tolerances in order to ensure consistent performance night after night under all kinds of adverse conditions. Dirt, dust, grime and other negative environmental conditions can allow harmful build-ups and corrosion that diminish sound quality, playability, and life-span. SoundSynergies® allow musicians and other users to easily address and fix these potentially show-stopping problems in one easy step.
SoundSynergies® comprehensive line of targeted formulas are designed to condition, maintain, and lubricate all the instruments and gear within the major instrument groups and tech categories. These easy-to-use products are designed for use on a wide range of gear ranging from guitars and drums to brass and wind instruments to mixing consoles and amplifiers. SoundSynergies® comprehensive range of conditioning formulas are the result of years of research and development and represent a technological breakthrough in advanced products for total instrument care and maintenance. SoundSynergies® products also have the considerable advantage of complying with California “VOC” air quality and all safety regulatory requirements.
Q: SoundSynergies® products create a “micro-lubricant barrier film” on treated surfaces. How does this enhance an instrument’s sound and performance?
A: The product reduces surface tension on metals by virtue of its composition and bonding action. It’s a very flexible film boundary that penetrates, in the case of a wound string, down to the core. This proprietary multi-boundary film formula is what we call self-leveling–it does not build up after multiple applications like other products do.
The particle sizes are micro-sized, or micron particles. Typically, a micron-sized particle is millionth of a millimeter (0.000001), and that is part of the film’s ability to penetrate very, very small areas. SoundSynergies® “loves” metal surfaces and the larger the surface area, the better. In the case of guitar strings, with lots of surface area, we’re getting considerably improved sustain–the strings will actually resonate longer. It essentially improves the acoustic energy of the string.
Q: How do SoundSynergies® products differentiate themselves from other musical instrument conditioners on the market?
A: The products use three to four compounds, as opposed to others with only a single active ingredient. One of the compounds is a dual-purpose lubricant and corrosion preventative; another is a specifically-purposed corrosion inhibitor; and a third compound is a high-load carrier with high-lubricity boundary lubricant properties. Another compound, four-X, has an extreme corrosive environment protector, used in long-term protection against extreme exposures and surface punishment.
These products are balanced specifically for each type of instrument, depending how much lubrication it needs, how much impact is going on, etc.
STRINGTone’s compounds are in a solvent base that acts as a carrier, transporting the agents to dislodge and remove oxidation and corrosion. Its job done, the carrier then evaporates, leaving your instrument dry to the touch with no sticky or wet feel.
PROcussionCare® is a heavy-duty, high load-bearing formula created for the demands placed on high impact drums and percussion applications.
LETRICare® is a coating-oriented formula that’s very rich in corrosive protection and promotes stable electrical conductivity.
BRITETone®, for brass, is formulated for higher-lubricity needs, close tolerances, and high-load areas. Another aspect of these products is that they prevent electrostatic build-up–particularly important in the case of LECTRICare®.
Other products, made of silicone or liquid Teflon, are unlike SoundSynergies in that they don’t self-level–they end up migrating, and can cause problems with finishes. They also wear off quite quickly so you have to keep re-applying.
Q: How exactly do SoundSynergies® products penetrate and lift away dirt and contaminants?
A: The carrier, the active agent in removing oxidation and corrosion, does not act with chemical action–it displaces. It actually penetrates underneath surface contaminants and corrosion particles and lifts them away. Once that action is completed, the tri-boundary film sets up and establishes a surface bond that lasts much longer than typical cleaners with just a single layer.
Q: How were tonal improvements demonstrated in evaluating the strings?
A: Testing was performed with used strings, not new. They had some degree of corrosion, oxidation–strings that had been played. In the recording studio digitally-sampled electric guitars, mic’d acoustics, and other instruments were used. After establishing a base reference level, responses were measured using a spectroscope with continuous graphical representation of the sound spectrum. Treated string results were overlaid with the untreated string results. On some models the improvements were subtler than others. However, striking improvements in the classical guitar, mandolin and most especially in the fundamental frequencies of bass guitar were observed.
SoundSynergies® Product Details – (SEM) Microscopic Images
- STRINGTone® DETAILS w/ SEM Images – PDF
- LECTRICare® Music Electronics DETAILS w/ SEM Images – PDF
- PROcussionCare® WearBarrier DETAILS w/ PHOTO Images – PDF
- PROcussionCare® CymbalCare DETAILS w/ SEM Images – PDF
- PROcussionCare® PedalLube DETAILS w/ SEM Images – PDF
- BRITETone® DETAILS w/ SEM Images – PDF
Sound Synergies Disclaimer
The author/publisher of these instructions and Sound Synergies will accept no responsibility for any injuries or damage suffered by anyone as a result of carelessness or misinterpretation of the instructions/information contained in our videos and website content. Proper electrical safety procedures must always be practiced when working around high voltage tube amplifiers. If you are not completely familiar with these safety practices, do not attempt any work on your amp before becoming completely familiar with proper safety procedures. Please consult with a professional amplifier repair technician if you are uncertain about any aspect of amp repair.
BE SURE THAT THE AMP IS UNPLUGGED AND THE FILTER CAPS HAVE BEEN PROPERLY DISCHARGED!!! Tube amplifiers contain high voltage that can kill you, even if the amp has been off and unplugged for days!!! Safe discharge can usually be accomplished by turning the amp off, unplugging it, and flipping the standby switch to the “play” mode. If your amp has no standby switch, just unplug it and leave it “on” for several minutes. After a few minutes, your amp should be safe to work on. To insure safety, double check by reading the voltage on pin#1 of any preamp tube and pin#3 of any power tube. There should be 3 volts or less.