4-string violin fitted with a StringAmp pickup system
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The StringAmp preamp.
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|No artistic limits
The StringAmp "timbre" or "tonal colors" are unlimited, revealing all nuances of your bowing and tonal expression. It has no colouration or "sound" of its own and does not get in the way of your music. Every individual performer and every instrument sounds different, the way they are.
New sources of income
The internet provides cool new ways of offering your music talent worldwide:
Musicians are earning a living by recording string tracks for music productions, receiving a score or sound tracks, composing and recording string sections and sending back to be added to the production, sometimes around the globe.
Only with the StringAmp instruments, you can offer a perfect recording, by going direct into your PC sound line in, needing no extra soundproofed studio space, pro equipment or expensive microphones - hear the sound samples below.
Have you ever had to strain your tone to cut through the band´s volume, compromising your tone to get heard ? - No more, with StringAmp you can effortlessly match the volume in any situation and concentrate on refining your sound.
The StringAmp dynamics range from the softest whisper to a full arena concert blast, without fear of feedback, intimately and completely controlled by you. It is a whole new music environment expanding seamlessly from your acoustic sound space. The low noise, low distortion, wide band performance easily matches the best professional sound technology.
Your electric sound can make you proud
Until the StringAmp, the amplified violin has been an embarrassment to many players, and a serious limitation for a musical performance.
Hearing is believing
Hear the StringAmp violin in a live concert with Mark Chaet (vio.) and TrioBravo+ in Dortmund 2005:
"Krunk" (2.98 MB mp3-audio, copyright TrioBravo+ 2005)
"Kiga" (3.02 MB mp3-audio, copyright TrioBravo+ 2005)
Video links: Kiga, Rondo Ukraine & Darf Ich bitten.
In a great show of virtuosity, another world class player, Mark Russell takes his StringAmp acoustic/electric violin to the limits in these Youtube tracks Willow and Purple Rain - proving that with StringAmp, a violin player can do anything a guitarist can do and then some there are more in youtube. Mark is offering both acoustic and electric string tracking for music production over the web. Hear a truly awesome acoustic StringAmp Cello. Listen closely to the sound, a direct electric "dry" recording - with a bit of digital effects added later:
StringAmp Cello (3.29 MB mp3-audio)
The StringAmp sound quality best compares to expensive studio microphones, yet in any real live situation StringAmp also allows your freedom of movement, it tolerates rough treatment, and totally ignores fellow performers sounds.
You can explore the wonderful, new and wild sounds available using all kinds of analog and digital signal processing- and this violin system is extremely insensitive to feedback, even played at earsplitting levels directly in front of the PA speakers.
At any level it will faithfully deliver your sweet clear musical sound, so your PA sound engineers will love it, too! Listen to some video/ music samples.
How to play it, then?
The StringAmp electric sound is made to feel like a natural, seamless extension of the acoustic sound, and the acoustic voice of your instrument transcends far into the amplified sound. You can set the level balance between strings to suit your particular instrument and style, and you can play your instrument, without even thinking about playing electric, just play as you would acoustic, and it will sound just right, only bigger ! . But in a while you will probably be exploring realms of breathtaking sound that you never imagined possible. It´s a sound so solid you can lean on it, the low strings are rock solid, firm and persuasive, and the highs are clearer and sweeter than anything ever heard - before StringAmp.