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  • Christian
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    Hi Sireennagan,
    Many people will not want to modify vintage instruments at all. For those situations we recommend the M1 passive. If you're willing to wait the M80 will be coming out in the spring. It has a passive/active switch which allows you to pop it in and out easily with no modification. http://www.lrbaggs.com/m80/ <-check it out!

    -Christian

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  • v2or
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    I just put in the Anthems SL Classical on my nylon and it sound fantastic. Played with the mic mix adjustment to get it right to my ears and Im also using the PARA DI to adjust a bit of the tone.

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  • sireennagan
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    How did you justify increasing the size of the end pin hole with and elderly instrument?

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  • v2or
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    Hi Just wanted to share my experience so far with the LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical pickup. Its the best pickup I have ever used to date on nylon strings. I installed the pickup on a Lester DeVoe Flamenco Blanca guitar and its just wonderful. I've been getting great feedback on the pickup as well by others. If you want to hear a test of before and after how the guitar sounds as well as when the pick up was installed you can go to http://soundcloud.com/v2or/lr-baggs-anthem-sl-classical I am still blown away by how loud I can go with out feedback. Also the mic is very adjustable to your own taste. I run the output to a Apogee One, then into Pro Tools 9 and use the Waves SSL channel strip and a UA compressor, then just a bit of reverb using the Lexicon Hall setting to two QSC K8 speakers and its just great warm natural sound.

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  • Bryan McManus
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    Originally posted by v2or View Post
    Hurry up on the Anthem for nylon (only kidding) I'm looking forward to when you do. I'm having the iMix C installed
    next weekend on my DeVoe Flamenco Blanca.
    Look for an Anthem-SL tuned for classical to become available in approximately one month.
    Last edited by Bryan McManus; 02-08-2012, 08:36 AM. Reason: grammar

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  • Father John
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    Originally posted by GeraldG View Post
    Thanks, Bryan. I think the thing to do is just to buy an Anthem and install it in my HD-28 and see for myself how it affects the unplugged sound. If it's too much difference for me, the worst part of taking it out is getting an oversized endpin and cutting a new bridge saddle.....no biggie.
    So did you do it? I put one in my D-28CW and honestly neither I, nor the tech who did the install, nor my friends could hear an unplugged difference. The thing was a monster, and remains one.

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  • v2or
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    Hurry up on the Anthem for nylon (only kidding) I'm looking forward to when you do. I'm having the iMix C installed
    next weekend on my DeVoe Flamenco Blanca.

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  • Bryan McManus
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    Originally posted by shipwrights View Post
    Hi Bryan,
    So, I love the Anthem SL in my old Martin. I have not noticed any deminishing of tone unplugged. And plugged in it does exactly reproduce the true acoustics ....it's kust louder.

    My question is how close are you to having an Anthem for nylon string guitars?
    I'm pleased to say we are doing some research into the possibility of an Anthem tuned for nylon string guitars. Stay tuned for more info.

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  • GeraldG
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    Thanks, Bryan. I think the thing to do is just to buy an Anthem and install it in my HD-28 and see for myself how it affects the unplugged sound. If it's too much difference for me, the worst part of taking it out is getting an oversized endpin and cutting a new bridge saddle.....no biggie.

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  • shipwrights
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    Bryan......a question for you.

    Hi Bryan,
    So, I love the Anthem SL in my old Martin. I have not noticed any deminishing of tone unplugged. And plugged in it does exactly reproduce the true acoustics ....it's kust louder.

    My question is how close are you to having an Anthem for nylon string guitars?

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  • Bryan McManus
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    Originally posted by GeraldG View Post
    Is it possible to use some other UST with the Anthem? Maybe one of the stick types like the Fishman as opposed to the rope style like the Element? Since the blend really only uses the lower frequencies from the UST and the mic is the main pickup, what problems would that cause?
    The Anthem system's pickup channel is specifically tuned for the Element undersaddle pickup only. No other pickup can be expected to match the preamp as well or be crossover mixed with the Tru-Mic as well as the Element.

    That being said, it should not hurt anything if someone wishes to plug another transducer into the pickup channel of an Anthem preamp and see how it sounds. The Anthem system, however, is only available as a complete system.

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  • shipwrights
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    Anthem SL is all it is reported to be. I sent my 45year old Martin D 35-S up to my luthier who is a mic freak....for over 50 years he's only used a mic and claimed that that's the only true acoustic reproduction.........well he installed an Anthem SL in my Martin and has now eaten his words. Truly plugged inthe guitarsounds exactly the same as unplugged just louder....to me this is perfection.....ya' can't ask for more. I thinkm intallation is specific also you need to adjust mic-to-ust to taste.
    I want an Anthem for my nylon string but appearantly Loyd is still working on that.

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  • GeraldG
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    This discussion (although a little dated) is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm looking for a good blending mic/UST active pickup system for two and maybe three of my guitars....but I don't want noticeable loss of the unplugged sound. I get very good results from using a Shure SM81 through a Fender Acoustasonic on the mic side out of the line out and through my PA, or mic the Acoustasonic with a Shure SM57 through the PA. My idea is that there are times that I don't want to lug a PA AND acoustic guitar amps around...if I could just carry the Acoustasonic and plug the guitar into the instrument side and then just mic vocals through the mic side, it would make life easier for me....

    Two of my guitars are already equipped with UST type pickups...a Tak 12-string (which sounds great) and a Taylor 6-string, which I am not impressed with at all. The unplugged sound of the Taylor is great, but the UST is horrible.....it is extremely difficult to make this guitar sound good amplified unless you mic it as above. I also have a Martin HD-28 that has no pickup whatsoever, but it's my main guitar for steel string acoustic. Then I also have a Johnny Walker Concert classical with no pickup....I've always just mic'ed the Walker and the Martin.

    Right now I'm looking at the LR Baggs Anthem system for the Martin and the Taylor (I want to replace the Taylor UST system) and maybe the Walker, and also in consideration is the Fishman Ellipse Blend. Whatever I use I'll use the same on all of the guitars....so I'll buy 2 or 3 at once (3 if it will work with nylon strings).

    From what I'm reading (here and other forums), the Fishman UST might have less effect on the unplugged sound (therefore the direct mic sound), but the Anthem provides a better plugged in sound.

    Is it possible to use some other UST with the Anthem? Maybe one of the stick types like the Fishman as opposed to the rope style like the Element? Since the blend really only uses the lower frequencies from the UST and the mic is the main pickup, what problems would that cause?
    Last edited by GeraldG; 07-16-2011, 08:33 PM.

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  • Bryan McManus
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    Hi JSeth,

    You are correct in that a rigid design of undersaddle pickup will conduct a bit more of the vibration through to the top. Flexible undersaddle pickups, like the Element, do damper some of the highest frequencies but are also more sensitive and more natural-sounding. It would account for the slight change in acoustics when using the Element.

    As you said, it is a bit of a trade-off. LR Baggs will keep working on both fronts - more natural amplified sound and less effect on acoustic properties.

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  • JSeth
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    Hello everyone - I'm new to this forum, first post! AND, I'm the guy who wrote the preceding response to throbert on another forum... Funny, I came here to research the very issue discussed in this topic. I certainly agree with Bryan's assessment, however I really did not notice any change when I had a Fishman Matrix Natural (?) in the same guitar. The Fishman UST was harder and a bit thicker than the Element; perhaps that's why it transferred the tones and volume with less dampening efect on the acoustic sound of my Mark Angus #35, but I really don't know. (Of course, the Fishman UST also came with the incumbent "quack", as well...)

    And I still stand by what I wrote, that the Anthem produces a terrific acoustic amplified sound! Although a bit daunted by a slight change to the guitar's un-plugged sound, it is worth the trade-off to have such a great tone when I perform through my Bose system. Although I don't have any need for a DI or pre-amp/eq unit, I'm sure the Anthem would pair with those, admirably.

    The Anthem SL is a wonderful unit... It produces the sound of an acoustic guitar like I have always wished to hear it, amplified!

    play on................................................ ...................>

    John Seth Sherman
    Last edited by JSeth; 07-08-2011, 10:51 PM.

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