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Janosax

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Hi,

A medley of some of my recordings made with my new Viga Music Tools Intramic saxophone microphone - made with iPhone 7 Plus - tenor sax is Gear4Music TS-100G with Lebayle LRII 8* MPC, Plasticover/Legere Signature reeds.

This new microphone is mounted inside the saxophone neck, just after the mouthpiece and pick up air column sound. No neck mod is necessary, no speaker feedback, no unwanted noises, nice pitch shift effects tracking. Perfect for using on stage!!



Let me know what you think of the sound.

 
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rhysonsax

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The sound is really excellent to my ears and I like what you have done with the recording.

Very interesting solution. What App do you use on the iPhone ?

Rhys
 

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Hi,

A medley of some of my recordings made with my new Viga Music Tools Intramic saxophone microphone - made with iPhone 7 Plus - tenor sax is Gear4Music TS-100G with Lebayle LRII 8* MPC, Plasticover/Legere Signature reeds.

This new microphone is mounted inside the saxophone neck, just after the mouthpiece and pick up air column sound. No neck mod is necessary, no speaker feedback, no unwanted noises, nice pitch shift effects tracking. Perfect for using on stage!!



Let me know what you think of the sound.

Sounds good to me!
 
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Janosax

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Sorry for late reply, and thanks for comments :)

@rhysonsax iOS devices are very capable for music recording and production, even the iPhone.

The DAW of choice on this one is Garageband which is free. A lot can be done with it, including using third party Audio Units plugins instruments and effects, just like on desktop DAW. You will be able to record and create music in various modes, including loops grid and/or classic timeline.

For everyday use, I love to use AUM which is a virtual mixer. You can use with this one too any third party Audio Unit plugin like EQ, compressor, reverb, delay, etc, create audio busses, play audio files or record other apps/your gig. A nice looper to have is Loopy. Those apps are what I've used for the medley above, very fast, stable and intuitive workflow.

iOS apps are not very expensive, but because they're not, that can become pricey at the end of things. I've already spent around 600/700 € in 5/10 € apps in two years, it's a GAS and there is much worse than me :doh: .... But to start with it can be free with Garageband, or around 35/50 € with AUM/Loopy and several Audio Units effects.

Also it's a very tricky worflow at times, perhaps more difficult than with desktop music if you go for advanced stuff. But it's 100% worth it, I've spent many years on Ableton Live/desktop/laptop, and now use almost exclusively my iPhone for music making, nothing's match its mobility and immediacy for creation. It can also be very intuitive if you keep apps setup simple, and touchscreen is very artist friendly IMO.




 

altissimo

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sounds good - does having a tiny mic in the neck affect the response and playability of the instrument?
 
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Janosax

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For sure!! I told Victor it was important to finish it, but he said missing the time for this, as he work alone. I’ve seen a big list of orders on his desktop screen, and he’s working on trumpet and flute versions development. Orders are made by mail, and payments by PayPal. He’s very helpful and can make custom cables too. Very professional guy, lot of passion in his work and personality :)
 

Ivan

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A mic that excludes/minimises sound bleeding from other instruments looks very interesting

There's no indication of cost or any other vital information on the website..... it would be nice to see and learn about exactly what you can buy and for how much: basic info
 
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Janosax

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I bought the T2 coupler kit for 580 euros two months ago, it’s now 485 euros. T1 kit is more universal and also adapted for soprano. I advice for T1/T2 coupler kit as it’s more discrete on the sax, preamp being mounted on the body instead of the neck.
Also, I have the low noise preamp which has shorter battery life, but initial battery is still going strong for me after two months using it one or two hours per day almost everyday. It’s better suited for studio recordings. Ask by mail if you want that version.

Regarding performance, I fell in love with that Intramic!!! :cool:

Very easy to install/use, very light preamp. No blowing resistance difference.

The sound is very even on all registers, and is very natural, very pure.
Most mics, condensers or clip-ons, stand right in front of the sax bell. So the sound captured has lot of higher partials/frequencies, and holes sound is less homogeneous. There is also proximity effect and polar pattern, which gives bass emphasis and coloration.
The Intramic is much more neutral, from bottom lows, right and left hand holes to altissimo.
You will change your playing a little bit if you’re used to classic mics, that needs adaptation, in a good way as you will play like with no mic at all. Classic mics always sound a bit (a lot) bright because of the bell. So you will always adapt your blowing pressure and oral cavity, use EQ to tame this. Also using compression is often needed. With Intramic, I don’t use anymore EQ/Comp. and I don’t do anymore adjustments to my body playing, as it’s sound very natural.

Initial post Medley recording was made with EQ and comp. this one, Cirrus, was made only with pitching effect and reverb:


Also, noise resistance is perfect. With my clip-on mic, I wasn’t able to use pitch effect in exterior, because of wind. Cirrus has been made outside, no issues at all. No high noise feedback on speakers. Almost no sax keys sound too.

And a good thing for me is that it sounds the same in my saxophone mute. This is because the sound of air column is captured inside the sax. On Medley recording, accapella part and first loops improvisation were recording outside, other loops improvisation (2 and 3) were recorded in the mute. Last part used Legere Signature reed, other Plasticover, which I also used on Cirrus.

I will take a few pics later to show you some details :)
 
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