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Sinisa Cekic
post Jan 10 2010, 01:55 AM
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New revolutionary technology is here ,very interesting video..



http://lightwave-systems.com/lightwave_technology.php


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post Jan 10 2010, 02:14 AM
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Very cool, with further developments it can probably deliver a promising solution, without sacrificing the tone itself.


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post Jan 10 2010, 10:36 AM
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Interesting indeed, but I dont really understand why they are trying to emulate a sound instead of doing some new alien-stuff??? My friend got a 60's fretless jazz-bass and there is actually no need to try to match the tone in that one.... I was also thinking of some custom manufactor tried the piezo-technology on basses??? That might be interesting on a fretless bass.....

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QUOTE (Staffy @ Jan 10 2010, 03:36 AM) *
I was also thinking of some custom manufactor tried the piezo-technology on basses??? That might be interesting on a fretless bass.....


The lightwave includes piezos that are tied into the optical system to enhance the high end. It can be dialed in via the left-most knob (left-most to the viewer, not the player) according to the video. It's a subtle effect, demonstrated towards the end of the film.

Also, if the video and other beliefs about magnetic pickups can be believed, sustain is the reason to do this.


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post Jan 10 2010, 12:08 PM
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QUOTE (jafomatic @ Jan 10 2010, 11:52 AM) *
The lightwave includes piezos that are tied into the optical system to enhance the high end. It can be dialed in via the left-most knob (left-most to the viewer, not the player) according to the video. It's a subtle effect, demonstrated towards the end of the film.

Also, if the video and other beliefs about magnetic pickups can be believed, sustain is the reason to do this.


Oh, I didn't quite get that when watching the vid.... thx. Jafo! yeah, the technology is quite interesting, since it enables a real piece'o'junk (like some of my strats) to sound really amazing without spending any money on wood, other hardware issues etc. I think we will see a revolution in the art of guitar building in the next 10 years or so... In fact the new technique is here, but the players hasn't adopted it yet, but thats a matter of the stiffness for discovering new technology imo.

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post Jan 10 2010, 03:35 PM
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QUOTE (Staffy @ Jan 10 2010, 12:08 PM) *
Oh, I didn't quite get that when watching the vid.... thx. Jafo! yeah, the technology is quite interesting, since it enables a real piece'o'junk (like some of my strats) to sound really amazing without spending any money on wood, other hardware issues etc. I think we will see a revolution in the art of guitar building in the next 10 years or so... In fact the new technique is here, but the players hasn't adopted it yet, but thats a matter of the stiffness for discovering new technology imo.

//Staffay


I agree Staffy. People are trying too much to emulate the old tones. They should focus more on creating new kind of tones, ones that will revolutionize guitars as instruments once again. Old tones are great, they will always have it's place, but there are so many possibilites today for enhancing it. It's just a matter of time when people start discovering new possibilities. Big players need to adopt these technologies, so the rest of the players can follow I think.


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post Jan 10 2010, 04:17 PM
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heheh technology seem very interesting and that fretless sound pretty sweet! smile.gif I think guitars will evolve in the years to come... (robot tuning, laser pickups etc)...


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They might do well getting these basses into the hands of players, too, because they didn't price them out of reach. They are along the lines of 900 to 1500 US dollars. I thought they would be more. The fretless bass looks killer. Bogdan, what are they like to play?


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