Category Archives: Electronics

Nu Mixing

      Nu Series, Pickups, Support Electronics

solid_state_logicAn often asked question about the Nu modular pickups is about mixing to mono, or even stereo. The typical assumption is that, just like any other active pickup, you simply tie the outputs together to have a summed output. But not so fast! With 2 or 3 pickups (typical guitar setup), you might be able to get away with passive mixing. But mixing anything more than three channels is not a simple task and cannot be overlooked.

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Lo-Pro Nu Multi

      Nu Capsule, Nu Module, Nu Multi, Nu Series

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The Standard Nu capsule already has a very low profile with a height of 7mm (See specs). But the baseplate and connectors underneath add some more to the total height (18mm for the Nu Multi. You can also find that in the specs).

Recently, we concluded a project for a custom low-profile Nu Multi with a total height of just around 8mm. The objective was to top-mount this “Lo-Pro Nu Multi”, as I fondly call it, on an acoustic guitar. The same technology, lower height.

Do you have a project in mind using our pickups? Send us a message. Wed love to hear your thoughts and help you realize your ideas.

 

Infinity Reloaded

      DSP, Infinity

Inf-Logo-2016Infinity… It’s all about sustain. Our goal is and will always be polyphonic sustain. Polyphonic sustain, plus extensive processing for each string, will give us musicians full control over the dynamics of the guitar. Sustain is one of the reasons why we drive amplifiers using excessive gain. We want to make the guitar sing, gently weep, or even scream like invading aliens about to decimate an entire population.

Yet, there’s still so much to be desired. We can only push the gain so much before noise dominates the trailing end of a sustained note. So we make it louder such that we induce feedback through the speakers. Or, we use sustain drivers such as the Ebow, the Sustainiac, or the Fernandez Sustainer. All of which can indefinitely sustain one note at a time (some say you can sustain more than one note, but I do not want to digress). What I want is controlled polyphonic sustain. It’s been done before, e.g. the Moog Guitar, or Keith McMillen’s StrongArm, but I’d like to offer an alternative solution with a modular architecture and an accessible open design.

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Beyond the Guitar

      Events, Evolution, Innovation, Nu Series, Pickups
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The Halldorophone

It’s amazing what creative minds can come up with. There is exciting innovation everywhere, and it is not limited to the guitar. I thought violin (and cello) builders are the most conservative. After all they’ve “perfected” the violin construction and wouldn’t care for anything more beyond that, right? Well, no…

Meet Halldór Úlfarsson and his invention, the Halldorophone —a Cello-ish electro acoustic string instrument designed to facilitate feedback on the strings. The Halldorophone features 8 strings (for the newer models). 4 on top and 4 resonator/harmonizing strings under the fingerboard. This kinda reminds me of the Hardanger fiddle with sympathetic “understrings” that resonate under the influence of the other four.

Each string has its own pickup, now using the Nu multichannel pickups on the latest models.

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Exploring the 3-Way Toggle Hub

      Pickups, XR Series

Here we see the first installation to feature our Toggle Switch Hub which interfaces the classic LP-style 3-way switch to our Cycfi Active Series pickups. The guitar in question is an Epiphone Explorer in classic amber tinted Korina (white limba). Technology has finally caught up with the Explorer’s futuristic design resulting in a perfect marriage with our XR series pickups. 

Finished

The completed Explorer featuring (2) Cycfi Active Quad pickups, volume control and Resonant Filter.

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