Audio Sprockets’ ToneDexter: Pickups to Replace Mics?

Folks, there’s a hot new item on the market for gigging and traveling musicians. One which eliminates the stress of microphone feedback, sidesteps navigating mic stands, yet offers the kind of tone you can only find with your favorite microphone– in fact, the exact tone of your favorite microphones! This lovely tool analyzes the tonal differences between your chosen microphone and your instrument’s pickup, then creates a WaveMap preset which will replicate the tone of your favorite mic with only the ToneDexter preamp and your instrument’s pickup. No more mic stand clutter, no more feedback woes from a hot microphone!

When you first get your ToneDexter, you do a one-time training session with both a mic and the pickup plugged into ToneDexter. This way, ToneDexter can listen to both signals simultaneously and learn the difference between the two. By playing for about a minute, ToneDexter figures out how to simultaneously correct for the pickup’s deficiencies and restore the missing body tone to the pickup signal, and creates the WaveMap. With a simple press of a button, ToneDexter stores that WaveMap in one of the eleven available preset locations. You can then put the microphone away and enjoy beautiful, lifelike sounds from your guitar, violin, mandolin, or other acoustic instrument.

Impressed? You’re not the only one–we can hardly keep these ToneDexters in stock! You can see our full listing here and snag one for yourself:

Here’s a demonstration and general how-to by fingerstyle virtuoso Doug Young: