La Voix du Luthier has created two acoustic resonators, the Onde and the Pyramide, that are designed to be an alternative to using speakers to amplify electronic instruments. They originally debuted at Superbooth 2019.
They are in the tradition of the diffuseurs of French instrument designer Maurice Martenot. Instead of being designed to reproduce sound accurately or ‘flat’, they’re designed to resonate, to become part of your electronic instrument and part of your sounds.
This essentially turns your electronic instrument into an acoustic one. It does this by using the signal from your instrument to vibrate wood acoustic resonators, similar to the way a guitar string causes the guitar body to resonate and you hear the resonant sound of the guitar body.
This approach means that your sounds are affected by the resonances of the Onde or Pyramide, which adds a physical dimension to your performances. This also makes it ideal for electronic musicians wanting to perform with acoustic musicians.
The company has announced that they now have all Onde and Pyramide resonators in regular production, and this has made it possible to start taking customization requests. They shared several examples (shown in the gallery at top).
“We can do custom finish (as for the Black Pyramid above that was shipped to a customer in Japan), or rework the design of sound holes, as for the Champagne Pyramid above, or add some specific marking or logo, etc.,” notes Duquesne.
“Another thing is that we have just produced a set of 10 pyramidions that nicely cover the Pyramid,” he adds. “They are all hand made in, and all different from each other: different finishes, different shapes, different sizes! They can be purchased together with a Pyramid, but also separately for those who already have a Pyramid.”
See the La Voix du Luthier site for more information.