Voyage Instruments: Carbon Fiber Acoustic Guitars

I still have some footage to check about the 2010 Musikmesse, so don’t be surprised to see it mentionned from time to time in a post. And here is one guitar innovation I saw there… As innovation in the guitar field is not that frequent I couldn’t resist to tell you about this one. Especially because it is about acoustic guitars. Voyage Instruments came at the Musikmesse to present 3 prototype guitars that caught my attention.

The specialty at Voyage Instruments also has something of a leap of faith: they started to produce acoustic guitars entirely made with carbon fiber.  It is not unusual to see that material used to make guitars, and a lot of naysayers say nay to that! Yet the French company Voyage Instruments chose that path, and they are collaborating with an engineer in the acoustic field to achiever their goal. Thanks to this Research & Development approach they have found the way to make a carbon fiber optimized for vibrations propagation.

Here is an interview of  Voyage Instruments CEO Gilbert Brussieux who tells us more about this great guitars. I’ll add subtitles to video as soon as possible.

Though I didn’t film my awesome acoustic guitar skills, I’ve spent some time trying the Voyage Instruments Folk model (W model as a tribute to Woody Guthrie). Often you will read that wooden body guitars have a warmer tone than non-wooden body guitars. Well, believe you me, this Voyage Instruments has a warm and open tone despite its carbon fiber body. The volume is more than decent, and it has a lot of dynamics i.e. it perfectly reacts to the way you strum the strings. It is very comfortable to play with, and I can’t wait to try one in better conditions than at the Musikmesse. My opinion is that Voyage Instruments could have find the recipe for a warm tone carbon fiber! And I am not even exagerating.

Dare the Video Test #2 – Friday Scratch

A big desire to play the guitar this morning … But like, just want to send in completely lazy without research!! Hop, I turned 2/3 playback and then I thought “here and if you plugged the AFN to make a shot just for fun!!” … And then at one point I thought “hey but you could also record on the sequencer and then make a comparison quickly done” …

And so here is a Friday Noodling as a small support to show the difference in sound between an ambient socket with the microphone of the AFN and a direct sound via the sound card and then editing sound/ video!

Edifying, isn’t it?

The editing is done in Windows Movie Maker which has the advantage of being in the default programs provided with your PC. It is relatively intuitive and has a lot of preset video effects, transition, etc… A good way to start in video editing but that has to show its limits quite quickly especially by its limitation in the formats supported in the sequential editing table.

The first part of the video shows the taking via the AFN microphone without any sound retouching.
The second part of the video shows the same video sequence but the sound captured via the APN microphone is mutated and instead I stalled the sound track recorded in Magix Music Studio (which you can also see progressing to the bottom left). I just lowered a bit the volume of the track its added.

The direct take via the Tonelab and the sound card, I find it quite the restriction near that we lose the atmosphere aspect of the room (well at the same time I overlook the street with a constant stream of cars so a lot of unbearable background noise). From the test perspective of a guitar, I will not use this method for this reason on the one hand, but also because amp modelers tend to erase the characteristics of a guitar (at this game for that matter, the Tonelab is perhaps the one that does best). On the other hand if my goal is to test and show the possibilities of the Tonelab … Undeniably I will prefer this method!

Next time I will do a screencast of the video editing to see a little more detail how the editing is done … And then we’ll try a lot of other little things… We’re making progress in refinement, aren’t we? Remarks??

Youtube Germany Private Music

And it is the turn of Youtube Germany to remove music videos coming from the majors following the failure of the renegotiation of rights. It is a real epidemic that started in Great Britain and should soon point the finger at France…

If a lot of artists complain, along with their record companies, that they have a shortfall (and this is an undeniable fact); others are determined to take advantage of this extraordinary platform made available to them for free… But by what miracle? By getting closer to their fans, increasing their number of fans and finally bringing more people to concerts… By refocusing on the stage, the heart of the profession of musician … The CD was just the promotional tool like Youtube (and plethora of other services) became…

This is the case of Joe Bonamassa (special dedication to my grattonaut friends who are all fans) whose words here are the words of a U.S. radio station

All this digital stuff helped build my audience. We used to play in small blues bars, and since the emergence of YouTube a lot of young people started coming to see us, because they had seen us online, and instead of hundreds of fans, we went to thousands, and that’s great! How can anyone complain about YouTube? It’s a really great thing.

Here is a short video of this radio performance… Around 2:45 the moment Joe utters these few words full of common sense and then a little acoustic piece to feast a little ears …

Well I still hope that the next move of the record companies is not going to be to stop simply the production of CDs because I like these little bits of plastic anyway …

Information caught on Techdirt.