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Nu Series v2

The Nu Series Modular Active Pickups are hacker friendly, general purpose pickups that can be used in a variety of applications.

Nexus v2

The Nexus is a small, flexible, and hacker friendly breakout box that connects your multichannel guitar to the outside world.

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? A lot of course! I just received a cease and desist order from Fishman for the name “Neo Aura”. I realised

Almost There

It’s been a while but we’re almost there! I always underestimate the time it takes to bring an idea from concept to prototype and then to actual production. I

Introducing: The Cycfi XR

Hello Y’all. Since our NAMM debut in January 2015, we’ve been very busy going into limited production for the first batch of Auras. For those of you who have been eagerly waiting, thank you very much for your patience. Many of you know that we’ve been working on the Neo Aura project for quite some time now. This project turned out to be be a lot more complicated than we initially expected because it’s not just a pickup but a whole modular infrastructure!

Neo Reloaded

This month, we stopped production of the original Neos in anticipation of the new Neos. We have a new version coming out with much improved specs and features.

NAMM 2015

  Hello Y’all. So, Cycfi Research will have a presence in NAMM 2015. William Banks will be our NAMMbassador :-). He will be bringing with him a prototype of the Cycfi

Cycfi XR

Update: here’s a link to the main Cycfi XR page: Cycfi XR Meet the Cycfi XR Extended Response Pickup. This is not your grandfather’s pickup! These are new generation, 21st

Innovation is Hard

Innovation is so hard! People often ask me why I don’t just do it like everybody else; —you know, the “tried-and-true” path. The easy path. Well, I enjoy

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

  “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Ah my favourite Einstein quote. Apart from the Infinity project, here’s what we’ve been working on

Pickup Testing

Here at Cycfi Research, we test everything. It’s not just by pure luck that we have these great sounding pickups. We go through dozens of

Sidewinder

What’s nice about active, low impedance pickup design is the compact size. The coils are a mere 5mm tall by 10mm wide. Stick two of

Neos Ready to Go

  This set of 110 Neo1s is ready to go. It will be amazing too see what the end user will do with all these! No,

Infinity Control Panel

After a few iterations using my favourite graphics tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, iDraw, and Solidworks (for anything 3D)), I think this is the minimal interface I really like.

Neo Base Boards

To make it easier for 7 and 8 string extended range guitar users to get started with the Neo Series Active Multichannel Pickups, you can find in this page some design

Infinity Driver v0.93 Prototype

From 3D model to actual prototype, here’s the Infinity Driver v0.93, front and back views. The coils are 16Ω gauge 35 magnet wire, with Neodymium N42 core. The

Virtual Pickups Part 3

This is the third and final instalment of the Virtual Pickups series. I changed the title from Virtual Pickup Placement to better express the actual subject which will

Virtual Pickups Part 2

Last week, I stated that given a multichannel pickup with a wide and flat frequency response such as the Neo, it is possible to reproduce the

Virtual Pickups Part 1

It’s Sunday. What better way to spend the day than to do some DSP hacking. Today, it will be about Virtual Pickup Placement. A well-known DSP guru remarked, “When

NeoM Modeling Pickups

Here’s some exciting news! Tired of the same old 50s Mojo? We will soon be releasing two new full-range pickups designed for modeling: the NeoM SC

The Infinity Project

We want to push the limits of what we can do with the electric guitar. The Neo project (starting from the Six pack project) is a stepping

To Infinity and Beyond!

The Infinity Project Hey, we have a New Project! Here’s a very early prototype of the Cycfi Infinity Polyphonic Sustain System. The proof of concept video

Wired

How do you wire the Neos? The initial release of the Neo series polyphonic pickups was for DIYers, serious hackers and guitar builders. The Neo is not your

Iron Man

Meet Iron Man, one of our test guitars. You’ll immediately notice a Neo6 in the bridge position. But what is that thing in the neck position? Can

First batch of Neos shipped

We shipped the first batch of Neos. Yay! To all early adopters, a warm THANK YOU. To those who were left out because the initial

It’s Official: Neo Series Now Available

Easter, April 20, 2014. Today marks the official public release of the Cycfi Neo Series Active Polyphonic Pickups. After a long wait, the Neos are now available! As previously

Here come the Neos!

The first batch of Neos… A few more tests and we’re ready to go! It is a very limited production run, as planned. But it

Multi Pin Cables

Support hardware for the Neo polyphonic pickups requires a suitable cabling system for connecting the multi-channel outputs to an audio interface. In addition to carrying audio signals, it

Transparent Pickup Covers

A friend of mine suggested having transparent pickup covers for the Neo6 pickups. I think it’s a good idea. If there’s interest, we might be able

Hammer Jammer

This simple, yet innovative gadget turns your guitar into something like a clavichord. Amazing idea. Sounds good too. Not bad for $30 gadget. Check it out

Neo Series Active Polyphonic Pickups

Small, Modular Active Polyphonic Pickups. Update: October 18, 2015. The original Neo pickups are now called the Nu. They will be available soon. Check the Blog for updates.

“Sustain” Myth and Science

Question: Which solid body guitar has better sustain, the Fender Stratocaster or the Gibson Les Paul? If you were like me, you’d probably pick the

Lotsa Coils!

We got the initial batch of our custom-designed coils from Chipsen! 1300 turns (0.040mm, AWG 46) 10mH 450Ω D.C. Impedance (Max), 20Hz-20kHz flat frequency response 9mm diameter, 5mm height.

Pre-Production Prototype

Onward Hello! We’ve been busy. It’s been a while, but we are inching slowly, but surely, towards production. Let me present the Six Pack production

On Emulation

My observation is that in general, guitar players are conservative when it comes to guitar sound. I think that is the reason why digital emulations

Spirit C++

Some of you probably know that I am a C++ programmer. I am a consultant at Ciere Consulting. I am a strong advocate of Open

Cycfi Six Pack Hexaphonic Pickup v1.1

Here’s the V1.1 prototype based on the V1.0 design and specification. The version is bumped to 1.1 since there are slight modifications from the original 1.0

Cycfi Six Pack Hexaphonic Pickup v1.0

After countless hours experimenting and iterating over the basic design, I think I’ve reached a point where I have something that am actually finally satisfied

Op Amp Shootout Updated

Our Op Amp Shootout has been updated to reflect recent research and development. The previous favorites are now replaced by better choices and there are

Singles or Doubles?

  Humbuckers Invented independently by Joseph Raymond Butts and Seth Lover, the humbucker pickup “bucks” hum. It is ingeniously designed to passively cancel noise by having two

Let it breathe: Frequency Analysis

The following FFT graphs show the harmonic spectrum of a couple of wave samples taken from: A Fender Stratocaster with the middle pickup A Gibson

New stuff from Digikey

New stuff from Digikey. We ordered a bunch of precision SMD resistors (1% and 0.1% laser-trimmed), a bunch of low-power, low-noise Op Amps, gathered from

Choosing a good Audio Op Amp

Question: What’s a good Op Amp for audio? The answer: depends. There are many factors to consider and there’s no single best answer. There was

Some musings on multi-channel ADC choices

It is rather clear that future belongs to digital sound. However, producing sound by exclusively digital means is a rather boring occupation; wood and brass

The Coils

Balanced Active Pickups By and large, the current state of the electric guitar pickup design has not really changed much since the 50s. We still

Forum

A friend asked if there can be a place on the cycfi site where people can submit articles containing idle thoughts and observations. I added

Open Source Hardware

I am a strong advocate of Open Source. I have authored three Open Source C++ libraries, Boost.Spirit, Boost.Fusion and Boost.Phoenix. These libraries are all peer-reviewed,