Equipment installation

Microphone kits X48JC, X48C, X48XC:

  • Plan your cable route and system placement.
  • Clean the gluing spots. The location of the microphones must be perfectly clean.
  • Place the contact microphone in the desired location, attach the first cable tie 3 cm from the microphone with a little adhesive putty then do your first tests. Adjust mic placement if necessary several times. See below.
  • Then fix the connector on the back side, use the double-sided or Velcro scratch provided. Make a loop with the excess cable if necessary.

Positioning of the contact microphone

  • As a reminder, it is important to properly prepare your contact microphone for installation, do not hesitate to reread the advice below depending on your model:
  • Original C1 contact microphone preparation page
  • C2 and C3 contact microphones preparation page
  • By default, the contact microphone is placed on the treble side with white putty, a little behind the bridge, on the inside edge of the thickness of the body wood, so about 1cm from the outside edge of the instrument, as on the picture. Move the mic more or less forward or back to find balance and a nice sound, but you should stick close to the outer edge. The instrument being made of snakeskin, you should not go too much towards the center, the skin sound quickly becoming blurry and without treble and if you get too close to the outside on the wood, the sound becomes harsh.
  • With the C3, by default, start your experiments with about two-thirds of the amount of putty provided (moderately compressed sound).
  • With the C1, put the full dose of adhesive putty, place the microphone in the desired location and press the microphone moderately to compress the sound.
  • If you find the sound lacks mids/trebles, try moving the mic 1-2mm outward.
  • If the strings have unequal power between them or if the sound is a little aggressive, compress the sound further by removing adhesive putty on the C3 (1,5 grams mini), or by re-pressing the microphone if you have the C1, and vice versa if necessary.
  • Refer to the preparation of your contact microphone to find out how to compress the sound.
  • If the sound is too bright, try resting the mic in the same spot with the gray putty for a duller sound in the highs and rounder in the bass.
  • Your system usually comes with the low cut set to 360Hz. If after determining the best placement for the power balance of the strings, you find that the sound lacks bass, then position it at 180Hz. If you find that the sound still lacks bass depth, set it to Flat.



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