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Sep 27, 2021 - 6:35:33 PM
137 posts since 12/17/2006

I have an LR Baggs pickup that I’m trying to work with to get as close to acoustic sound as possible. I simultaneously recorded the acoustic output with a good Octavo mic, and the pickup output through a couple of different preamp options. The mic recorded track, on playback through studio monitors sounded indistinguishable from the raw acoustic sound, but the pickup/amp combinations all sounded boomy or muddy. Looking at the frequency transform of each I noticed that the pick-up recordings all showed significantly higher power in the frequency range lower than the fourth string “D” note, which is largely absent in the mic recording. By putting in a low frequency shut-off shelf in the output, it sounded much more realistically acoustic. Is this likely due to the pick-up, preamp, amp, any/all ?

Sep 27, 2021 - 11:13:43 PM

1976 posts since 2/4/2013

Sounds like ground loop hum to me.

Sep 28, 2021 - 2:45:35 AM

2 posts since 9/28/2021

Contrasted with a guitar, a banjo head has altogether higher and more percussive reverberation and is likewise in a higher recurrence range. Slapping a guitar pickup on a banjo will bring about an extremely metallic, slight sound with a propensity to cut, misshape and criticism essentially.

Sep 28, 2021 - 5:22:22 AM

137 posts since 12/17/2006

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker

Sounds like ground loop hum to me.


It's not a constant hum. It colors and rides with the banjo sound rather than adding a background

Sep 28, 2021 - 5:28:39 AM

137 posts since 12/17/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Daniel-Gray

Contrasted with a guitar, a banjo head has altogether higher and more percussive reverberation and is likewise in a higher recurrence range. Slapping a guitar pickup on a banjo will bring about an extremely metallic, slight sound with a propensity to cut, misshape and criticism essentially.


This pickup is for a banjo. Sensor is in a replacement bridge that comes from the mfg. Not to say it isn't exactly the same sensor element as is in any guitar pick up they make, but you would think the mfg would be aware of that. 

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