Vsound is a revolutionary device that modifies the sound produced by an electric violin (or an acoustic violin fitted with a pickup), producing an output that matches the timbre and voice of a high quality acoustic violin. Vsound is complex piece of electronic engineering, but it is very simple indeed to operate. Simply plug the violin audio lead into vSound, plug the output from vSound into an amplifier or headphones, switch on and select a violin sound. Done.
Vsound comes with a range of other functions for optimal performance including a gain-selectable preamplifier, volume control, a unique spectrum editor and an adjustable blender. The blender, which combines the original with the processed signal, extends the scope of the system for use with acoustic instruments fitted with pickups on the bridge. The spectrum editor is a particularly powerful feature, enabling precise customisation of the sound for optimal performance. This feature replaces the EQ in the older versions of the software feature.
The unit can be controlled either from a computer using the software supplied, or directly from the footswitches on the top panel of the pedal. Vsound is supplied with pre-loaded violin impulse responses in its memory, and additional ones are supplied with the software.
You can also download your own responses, or contact us to provide you with new or modified responses. Here at Signal Wizard Systems Ltd we are really excited about vSound and we hope you get many hours of enjoyment using this system.
Click on the samples below. These demonstrate some of the violin impulse responses (also known as violin voices) that come packaged and preloaded with vsound. The first sample is taken from the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in D major, performed on an electric violin with no postprocessing. The other two samples have been generated by running the electric violin through the vsound system – one using a characterization from a Carlo Tonini, the other from an Antonio Stradivari. In both cases, the tonal quality has been enhanced and enriched, with the timbre of the wooden bodies completely transforming the sound of the electric signal. Further variations on these impulse responses can be introduced using the equalizers and blender, giving the user almost infinite control of the final timbre.
You can also do this using the software. Connect the unit to the computer and open the “Select impulse response…” window. Choose from any violin voice by clicking one of the “Select” buttons.
Specifications - hardware
- Ten pre-loaded violin responses, including Stradivarius, Guarneri, Tononi and Catenari
- Rugged Stomp-box design
- Powerful DSP core with 24-bit audio resolution
- Large 2-digit 7-segment LED display
- Foot switches: violin select and bypass/toggle
- Switchable preamp: 0 dB or 14 dB
- 500 k ohm input impedance
- Output to amplifier or headphones
- Rotary volume control
- Standard quarter inch mono phono sockets
- 9V DC, 200 mA input, centre negative
- Micro USB socket
- Linear power adapter
- Dimensions (mm): L127 x W94 x H42
- Weight: 315 grams
Specifications – software (Windows)
- Seamless communication with hardware unit
- Download and control of impulse responses
- Gain adjustment and full digital gain
- Blender control (wet/dry balance)
- Unique spectrum editor (versions 2.2. and 2.3)
- Graphics equalizer (versions below 2.3)
- Arbitrary equalizer (versions below 2.3)
- Full real-time control of unit and violin select
- Bypass and toggle modes
- Full setup retention on shutdown and startup
- Diagnostics and easy firmware upgrade installation
- Context sensitive help