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Presentation, text, and demo by Denis Chang.

Published on  Jun 8, 2013
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This is a waltz by Wasso Grünholz, a Dutch Gypsy guitarist in the style of Django Reinhardt known for his beautiful compositions, and also known for not naming his compositions. This was taught to me by Stochelo Rosenberg a few years ago.

This is a microphone/preamp system designed by Patrick Inghilleri from Marseille, France. This is the prototype model and the only one in existence (at the moment). It was made for Jean-Paul Karcz from Montreal, Quebec

It is by far the best amplification system that I've tried for Gypsy Jazz guitars (so far). It has the sound of a condenser microphone such as the Audio Technica seen at the end of the video, but it does not require phantom power. Therefore, the system will work on any guitar amplifier. The microphone itself has 3 cells, 2 on top to capture the sound of the strings, and another at the bottom to cancel feedback. I have yet to test the anti-feedback system in concert, but if it works well, then it would solve the problem for people who are used to playing in noisy situations. I have tried cranking it, and only achieved feedback by pushing the volume to the max, and by boosting the bass frequencies in the preamp's graphic EQ.

The preamp system is very interesting and full of different features that I wasn't able to try out yet. It has graphic EQ for the mic. You can also plug in a Stimer type pickup with separate controls as well as compression. It has a USB interface for plugging into the computer, for recording and various outputs (RCA, line out, etc...) for various functions.

I am testing the system here in the context of a live performance. The rhythm guitar backing track is recorded with it. The EQ settings are flat. The preamp is plugged into an AER alpha, and the EQ settings are flat as well. There is just a little touch of reverb.

For the second half of the video, I am using an Audio Technica Pro 70 which is one of the most popular microphones for Gypsy Jazz guitarists who perform live. The main problem with this microphone is feedback issues when playing in noisy conditions. The volume was kept at the same level, notice the extra bass due to the proximity effect.

The sound was not altered in any way in post production , so you hear the tone as is. A Gefell condenser mic was used to capture the sound of the amp.

Demo by Denis Chang www.denischang.com

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