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After the release of the BOSS SY-1000, I think it is time to finally embrace the Roland GK-13 pin as a secondary connector. In retrospect, I should have done this in the past, but I didn’t care much at the time because I disliked the connector and its inherent problems, such as sharing ground with …

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Meet Meredith, our first reference design. She’s a heavily customized Fender Stratocaster (with Grover locking tuners, passive pickups: Di-Marzio Chopper neck, EMG passive bridge and Di-Marzio¬†Area-67 middle, Fender LSR Roller Nut, Fender American Standard 2-Point Stratocaster Tremolo Bridge). The passive EMG pickup is paired with the Nu Multi 6¬†at the bridge position. All volume and …

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Honey, I shrunk the Reso

Previously, I introduced the Tone Block,¬†a passive second-order (two-pole)¬†resonant¬†RLC filter¬†with variable frequency and Q (resonance). It‚Äôs a simple and economical alternative to our¬†Resonant Filter ‚ÄĒ that thing thingamajig that gives the original XR Series Pickups color. The Tone Block is passive, no power consumption. That is good! However, the two 16-position rotary switches are 1) …

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The Tone Block

Overview The Tone Block is a passive second-order (two-pole)¬†resonant¬†RLC filter¬†with variable frequency and Q (resonance). It’s a simple and economical alternative to our Resonant Filter, specifically designed as post filter for the¬†Modula¬†pickups (currently being developed), giving you the freedom to change each pickup’s character on the fly.

Combating Noise

I’ve been wrestling with noise since the early days of the 6 pack project¬†from whence the Nu project began. It’s enemy number one for me. But hey no, it’s not that kind of noise that you would expect from an electromagnetic pickup…

Modula Update: The Preamp

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¬†625őľA supply current per channel and 3.9 nV/‚ąöHz¬†noise density.¬†The Op Amp¬†can go up to 36 volts (imagine the headroom)! But for practicality, 9-18v¬†ought to¬†be enough. Hey, this is a rail-to-rail amplifier, meaning …

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Complete XR Flex Sets 25% Off Starting Father’s Day

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 purchase of our pre-configured XR Flex systems including S-S-S (3 XR Dual pickups) or¬†H-H (2 XR Quad Pickups) for 6, 7, and 8 string instruments. In addition to the pickups, …

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