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ToneDexter Preamp for Acoustic Instruments Restores the Missing Body Sound to a Piezo Pickup

Version 1.3 software update adds new features including Blend Control and support for multi-instrumentalists

Press Release – Nevada City, CA April 2018 – ToneDexter is an innovative professional grade preamp that improves the sound of an acoustic instrument pickup. It can learn the difference between how an instrument sounds through a microphone and how it sounds through a pickup, and correct the pickup sound so it sounds more like a mic, using patented WaveMap® technology. Store different mic positions, different mics and different instrument WaveMap sounds for easy recall, plus ToneDexter includes features for reducing feedback in live situations.

ToneDexter comes with (GEN) firmware (software that runs and resides in ToneDexter) optimized for Guitar, Dobro, Viola, Cello, Bazouki, Mandola, Mandocello, Baritone Guitar. Separate versions of software are available for (HGH) higher pitched instruments like Violin, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele, and (BAS), a version optimized for Upright Bass.

The latest version (v1.3) of ToneDexter software (firmware) features several enhancements including:

  • The Character control now allows the ToneDexter processed full body mic sound to be blended with the more aggressive raw pickup sound.
  • High (HGH) version code is now designed for multi-instrumentalists with slots 1-11 now the same EQ as the (GEN) firmware, and slots 12-22 using EQ and notch parameters tailored for mandolin, violin, banjo, etc
  • Improvements have also been made to the Bass (BAS) version tuner, WaveMap Cut and Paste features, and level matching between WaveMaps and Bypass.

ToneDexter is perfect for live musicians that want the convenience of an acoustic pickup on stage but with the full body sound of a studio mic, plus the added benefit of sophisticated feedback suppression features. ToneDexter can also be used in the studio for players that want to practice and record without having to use a mic, and for re-processing previously recorded DI pickups.

Audio Sprockets was founded to solve a problem that every acoustic instrument player has on stage—how to get a great sound out of a piezo pickup. Any one who has performed with an instrument mic knows the limitations and constraints, but before ToneDexter it was only a choice between the thin sound of a pickup and the problems and limitations of using a mic. Now, thanks to the Audio Sprockets team, you can have the convenience of a pickup with the rich sound of your studio mic.