Posted by nechville on Friday, January 6, 2017
We live in a great time. Technology answers our questions, connects like minded people, gives us a forum to share ideas, and I'm thrilled to be able to spread some of my thoughts and ideas on these pages.
With help from design expert "Bastardtone" Ed Rampen we have gotten into 3D printing. Our original purpose for this technology was to craft brackets for our new dual acoustic pickups we are calling the "Warp Drive" (thanks again Ed). We continue to discover new uses for it around the shop.
If you have a "hi-tech" Nechville banjo, you have yet another reason to be proudly confident. Nechville owners may pre-order the Warp Drive at a special price. It is designed specifically to amplify the full, beautiful, natural sound produced by the Heli-mount construction. It is the richest amplified sound I have ever heard coming from a banjo. If you have tried other pickups, in my professional opinion, you have been short changing yourself in the sound department. I have found that a single pickup source can not adequately capture the acoustic essence that makes the Nechville special. The dual pickup with exclusive mid boost and blend pan control allows you to dial in the perfect blend and tone and then leave the optimal setting to send to your personal amplification rig.
PA equipment rigs vary tremendously between musicians, but if you are getting started with amplification, here are some suggestions for a basic setup. The output from your Warp Drive pickup could be plugged directly into your amp or a PA system with good results, but most musicians choose to first run the output from the instrument into a direct box type of pre-amp. This insures that the sound man will receive an adequately powerful signal. If the preamp is outfitted with frequency equalizer controls, you'll be able to fine tune your sound to your surroundings. It is important to have a tuner built into the rig that cuts off sound to the speakers when tuning. The best direct box/pre-amps or an onstage amp like a Fishman Loudbox will do all these jobs well. A balanced output microphone cord will go from your pre-amp or amp to the sound board where the general balance of all the instruments will be set.
Nechville now offers full service sound reinforcement consulting for our customers of acoustic and electric banjos. We are dealers for several makers of amps. preamps and in ear monitors so we can suggest the best solutions for your personal rig.Since the tone you are getting acoustically is so sweet we want you to be sure your amplified voice is just as good.
Monday, January 9, 2017 @5:46:40 AM
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