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You can also email an order to us or give us a call and we can take it on the phone, you have the same payment options, we can send a payment link or you can make a transfer to our bank.
We try to send all orders on an overnight service but increasingly fewer couriers are offering this.
Orders received in the morning are usually despatched the same day, if the items are in stock.
Sometimes couriers are unable to collect on the day the order has been placed, in which case they will generally go out the following day.
If a longer delay is expected we will contact you to let you know the situation.
When and microphone pickups up sound it does not always pickup the sound from all directions equally, this is by design. An omni-directional microphone will pick up sound from all directions so it doesn't matter in which direction it is pointed. Microphpne that pickup sound in one direction more than in other directions are defined by the relative sensitivity in the different directions. These polar patterns, as they are called, are quite well defined mathematically however often the micropphne does not fully meet these mathematical definitions so are often simply called directional microphones.
Accusound supply a directional microphoine that closely meets the definition of a hyper-carioid polar pattern. Simply put this means the microphone will pickup sound much better at the front compared to the back but also if in a reverberant or non directional sound filed will pickup less ambient sound that a simple carioid polar patternmicrophone. The reason Accusound supply this pattern is because you benifit from the difference between from and back response but you also benefit from better imunity to feedback as less ambient sound is pickedup.
For a fully explanation please see our information pages on microphones.
Accusound produce 3 mixer/amplifiers.
AMA-1 is a rectangular cabinet amplifier/speaker that will work well for most applications. It is small and fairly light and produces enough output for a good sized audience.
AMA-2 is a larger version of the AMA-1 which has an extra loudspeaker inside to increase the bass response. This will work well for moderate size venues and for larger instruments or harps with extended bass boards when you want that extra bass reinforcement.
AMA-3 is a slim column loudspeaker. It is good for moderate venues that require a longer reach for the sound. Being a column if mounted on a stand the sound will penetrate further and help your performace.
The amplifiers marked with a "p" at the end, AMA-1p and AMA-3p are the same shape and format as those without the "p" but they are passive units which means they do not have any amplifier inside, they are driven from one of the standard mixer/amplifiers.
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They all use a polymer plastic material that generates a voltage signal when they are compressed.
For the harp/piano and other contact mic pickups, we use a thin film of this material sandwiched between two layers of plastic for protection.
When the pickup is fixed to the instrument soundboard, the vibrations of the soundboard cause the pickup to bend which in turn causes stretching and compressing of the active material so producing an output voltage identical to the vibrations of the soundboard caused by the strings.
This tiny signal is matched in our preamplifier and passed to the ampifier by the connecting cable.
Yes we do. As the leading UK manufacturer of acoustic instrument pickups, we also make a special product for Pilgrim Harps, they use it in their Wave series of harps.
We brand this technology under "Continuous Pickup Technology"
The reason for this is that rather than using a single pickup on each individual string. Our system uses a continuous pickup that collects all the vibrations of the soundboard which includes the characteristics of the body of the harp and not just the strings.
Obviously the strings on a harp interact with the soundboard to produce the unique sound of that harp. We believe that it is important to collect all these vibrations to reproduce the most accurate sound possible.