I find it amusing when people talk about the “sound” of the magnet in pickups :-). The magnet has no sound! If you don’t believe
A two-operator FM synth offers nice, easy to use, harmonic control over the driven waveform.
I can’t recall how many times we went back to the drawing board. Design, test, rinse repeat. I only wish turnaround time is shorter than
Nice and clean! I just got a set of sample coils straight from the manufacturer and so we got excited and assembled these guys into the Modula’s dual coil
Look what we have here! It’s the Modula Preamp. It’s a balanced design using the ADA4084 Low Noise, Rail-to-Rail Input/Output, Low Power Operational Amplifiers, with a 625μA supply
I needed to implement real-time, multichannel pitch detection in software using a small ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller (MCU). My all-time favorite is the STM32F4 family from
Today, Cycfi Research is honored as the “Engineering Site of the Day” by the wonderful folks at EEWeb! Many thanks, EEWeb!
Look what we have here! Concentric pots, anyone? We’re developing the next generation Resonant Filter and this might just be the key. Before, we had to
Can it get better than this? Oh, I’m sure it will! I’m pretty sure we’ll see continuous improvements in Op Amp performance over the years.
This LTD SC-208 began life as an entry level 8-string for those interested in dipping their toe in the “deep end”. The stock setup included passive
What do you get when you cross the Nu and the XR? The Modula. Our new baby: A full-range, semi-modular pickup that can be used for
Our Op Amp Shootout page has always been the site’s top post. I’m always on the lookout for new and better Op Amps I can use in our
Beginning Father’s Day, Cycfi Research is pleased to offer a 25% discount on complete systems featuring our XR Flex Series extended-range pickups. The discount applies to the
The Nus are back in stock. Sorry for the wait. Folks just can’t get enough of these little creatures 🙂
You’ve been asking for this for a long time now. A gift to the Roland aficionado. Finally, a Roland 13 Pin Adaptor for the Nu Series Modular Active
Gone are the days of DIP (Dual in-line) ICs. Most modern ICs are no longer offered in easy to use 2.54 mm (0.1 inch) pitch
Time to revisit the Alpha and replace Alpha’s pickups with what else but Nus and XRs! Dimarzios out, Nu and XRs in… Ehmm, OK I
Last time, we designed a a common baseplate for the Nu and XR pickups. I think it looks good! Check it out. You have independent height adjustment for the
Some of you asked if it is possible to have the Nu and XR in a common baseplate. It turns out that it is indeed possible. The way
The MIDI module includes a small, general purpose 16-bit MCU (Texas Instruments’ MSP430) that converts control voltages (CV) to MIDI. It is designed to be hackable.
Time flies! It’s been almost 4 years since I last updated our Op Amp Shootout page. Now It’s 2017, and this page is still our top hitter. I guess that
This is the fourth part of the Nexus documentation series. The first part documents the Basic Kit, the second part details the Mixer Module and the third
Here are some factory images of the first Nexus batch. We’re building a system! And this system is going to be awesome! Merry Christmas, Everyone!
This is the third part of the Nexus documentation series. The first part documents the Basic Kit, the second part details the Mixer Module. This time, we
This is the second part of the Nexus documentation series. The first part documents the Basic Kit. This time, we investigate the Mixer Module. Eventually, all
I’ll be providing the Nexus documentation in tranches. This is the first part of the series. Eventually, all of this will end up in a single
Nu Capsules, the world’s cutest active pickups 🙂 are back in stock. Come and visit our online store and get your sets. $19.99 per capsule. Minimum order
After more than a year of continuous refinement, I’m proud to finally release the Nexus. This small, hacker friendly breakout box connects your multichannel guitar to the
An 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,
It’s restocking time at Cycfi, and that means the Nu’s are back!
I think, the Nexus is just about ready. I got myself a new toy, a cute Zoom R16 8-channel Interface Controller so I can test
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
More NUs coming in September. We have a new batch of these cute modular pickups. We’re producing more this time, but they typically sell out
I think this is a winner! Nuff said 🙂
Infinity… 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
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
For those following our install articles, the 60th Anniversary Strat project we did recently was powered by a Fishman Rechargable Battery Pack. We have had some
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
As those who follow our products know, we have had options for users of the classic 5-way blade switch since the release of the XR
We are now (officially) offering custom baseplate Laser-Cutting service. You get two custom baseplates for the minimal $15 service fee. The baseplates are precision cut based
When the owner of this lovely 60th Anniversary MIM Strat asked us to outfit it with an XR system we couldn’t wait! This particular iteration
A little background: I’ve written a series of articles before about Virtual Pickups and how they are implemented in software (DSP). It’s a three part
The Nu Multi and Internal Breakout are ready to go. Go check out the updated Nu Series Data Sheet. This will be a very limited release
These guys are now on their way to Sweden along with the customized Free-Way Switch wiring harness. Should I join the fad and call this Pickup Porn? Nah,
Laser-cut and hand-buffed to perfection, these skewed 8-string baseplates are ready to go! When I look at a product —anything at all; furniture, a gadget,
The Free-Way switch is an interesting device that gives Gibson style guitars, with that distinctive toggle switch, the versatility of the Fender Stratocaster’s 5-way switch and possibly
Look, 9-String NUs! Are you ready? Take note of the custom string spacing for the Neck and Bridge pickups. These guys will be installed in a
Meet Cadbury, another test guitar. This one looks prettier than its old battered friend, Iron Man. Cadbury is fitted with a Quad XR at the neck, a Nu-multi
With the XR series launch, we are offering a $35 discount for complete XR Flex sets for SSS, SSH and HH combinations and support electronics. I had