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fossesitar

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Allen noticed some distortion on the transient (when the pick hits the
string) on the previous recording. I noticed an incessant high-pitched
whine, which turned out to be the high chikari. I already knew that
no taraf should be tuned above the high NI or they would continue
to resonate endlessly. This is SUCH a resonant instrument.

In any event, the more I listened to the first recording the more I was
annoyed by the endless high chikari whining. I wanted to go back to
the studio anyway to record with a little more headroom to eliminate
the clipping that Allen noticed, so I REMOVED the high chikari and
recorded the track below. Please forgive meend - I was off today and
half of the meends are badly out of tune. Whatever - it is not about
me, it is about the SOUND of this instrument, and the track below is
the truest and most accurate representation of sound of the Ultra:

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A very nice, clean and informative track. Thanks for your efforts.
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That sounds sooooo great, Greg! It really sounds very little like an electric! Thank you for taking the time to re record this, it sounds so much better. Really, to my ears, its like a different instrument. No offense intended, I know this project and its development is your passion, but the previous recordings and videos have sounded too electric guitar-ish for me. I had assumed this was a result of the magnetic p-ups, but boy oh boy was I WRONG! Are these the alumi-tones that you said you were going to be using from now on? I've been very curious of their sound since I first saw them in musician's friend. If so, possibly that is part of the difference too? If not kudos to a great representative micing.
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In any event, the more I listened to the first recording the more I was
annoyed by the endless high chikari whining. I wanted to go back to
the studio anyway to record with a little more headroom to eliminate
the clipping that Allen noticed, so I REMOVED the high chikari and
recorded the track below.

Gregg - is the high chikari a fluke of the recording process? How does it interact with the instrument played through an amp?

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Great sounding instrument- real clean sound. Well done pal
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fossesitar

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Thanks for the comments and observations. Yes the Lace Alumatones
are GREAT pickups. These are Alumatone P90s, intended as a direct
drop-in replacement for Gibson "Soap Bar" PUs.

No "micing" here, this track was recorded direct into the board through
an extremely high-end tube preamp. Total detail, accuracy and fidelity.

The high chikari ringing was not noticable on the recordings I made through
2 different amplifiers, at several different settings, through a 4X12 speaker,
which obviously WERE mic'ed. Those recordings will be on the "audio" page
of our brand new website, which will be up next week.

I will post a link here of course once it is up.

One final note: once I finally got the tarafs to SING, and figured out a way for
them to really be HEARD, the Ultra has captivated me with its sound. It is
like a hall of mirrors. Sometimes several taraf are ringing at the same time.
That is why I played at such a stately pace here, and let the drones and taraf
ring in empty space on occassion, so you could HEAR this hall of mirrors.

The relative loudness of the taraf (compared to main string bank) is infinitely
adjustable - from NO taraf at all (just like a taraf-less practice sitar) to nothing
BUT taraf (that is a ghostly effect), to anything in between those extremes, so
each player can find the perfect balance of taraf loudness that sounds right to
their own ear. The drones of course NEVER alter or sag in pitch no matter how
extreme the meend they stay perfectly in tune - GF
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cabaray

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This is the first of the recordings where I could really appreciate the the sound of the taraf strings. Kind of like a distant choir accompanying the melody almost transparent but quite audible. Nice!
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