Take a taste of Luthieros Audio Capsule’s endless possibilities by watching one of our lyre’s players using our new product!
Imagine yourself playing an ancient lyre in front of a large audience and being able to use distortion or echo effects controlled by pedals, or even more being able to loop, edit and record your music in real time with the aid of a sound card!
The only barrier of converting your ancient instrument to a modern electroacoustic one has now been breached, thanks to the top-quality piezoelectric audio capsule that is now available through Luthieros Music Instruments. With the help of the Audio Labs of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Journalism Dept.), an extensive R&D phase is now completed and a research paper is already accepted to be published at the Athens Acoustics Conference 2016!
Luthieros Audio Capsule is especially designed to be used with all the models of our ancient lyres and stringed instruments. What’s more, the final product is aesthetically enhanced with thoughtful wooden touches, and securely packaged in a beautiful paperboard box (ideal for storing and moving around the audio capsule).
No matter what Luthieros instrument you have (lyre, barbiton, phorminx, cithara, sambuca etc.), this audio capsule is ideal for converting it to a fully working electroacoustic music instrument.
Challenges during the R&D phase
The use of custom piezoelectric sensors is a challenge because of the nature of the soundbox’s top, which is made from animal skin. The secret was to use this vibrating membrane as our main source of sound. The results were amazing, both in terms of sound quality and sound fidelity.
Before coming to the membrane as vibrations, the sound is initially generated by the plucking of the strings. The sound travels through the wooden bridge and vibrates the membrane of the instrument. The in-depth understanding of all the above was crucial in deciding what specific characteristics Luthieros Audio Capsule’s sensors must have and where to be placed in the soundbox’s top in order to be able to record the most complete frequency range possible.
* Luthieros Audio Capsule can be used by musicians using some ancient instruments constructed by other luthiers too. Just ask us!