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Crowdfunding Corner: String Butler, Sphere L22 Microphone, Kombos Modular Keyboard, P-Link guitar pickup swapper

Laura  Barnes
Crowdfunding Corner: String Butler, Sphere L22 Microphone, Kombos Modular Keyboard, P-Link guitar pickup swapper

MI Pro checks out the latest musical instrument projects looking for backers, or recently funded, on popular crowdsourcing sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.


Many guitarists bend their guitar strings, resulting in the need to retune the guitar again every time you play. String Butler is hoping to change this.

“I've thought about a long time about this problem and why this effect only appears on certain Guitars with 3L / 3R guitar machineheads,” says creator Sven Dietrich on his Kickstarter page.
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“This happens when the guitar machineheads are in a specific arrangement positioned. Because of that, the strings kink behind the nut. Because of the kink, the bent string is pulled into the nut and stuck there until it's drawn by moving the tuner again from the nut. If you tune now your guitar, you can hear the "Pling Effect". The "STRING BUTLER" takes the guitar string over wheels to the guitar machineheads and because of that, the strings can not kink behind the nut.

String Bulter is looking for a fundng goal of $3,500 and there's still time to back it. Check out the Kickstarter page here.



The Sphere system consists of a high precision dual channel microphone, which when paired with the included Sphere DSP plug-in (UAD, VST, AU, AAX Native) accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response.

The Sphere L22 microphone system is a high-precision side-address large diaphragm condenser from Townsend Labs that captures the characteristics of the most sought-after microphones. As the firm puts it: “Accurate and beautifully flexible, Sphere lets you experiment with selection of different mics and patterns even after tracking.”

Sphere L22 has smashed its $40,000 Indiegogo funding goal out of the park and there’s a couple of days left to get in on the action here.



Kombos claims to have built the world’s first fully modular keyboard.

Current keyboard options are limited to either large, bulky keyboards that are impractical for travel or portable keyboards that don't have professional quality, says the firm. “We wanted a keyboard that gave you the same quality as a professional set of keys, but that allowed you to work with as many sets of keys as you need at any given time.”

The Kombos can be used in sets of 25, 37,49 and 61 keys, with audio quality comparable to professional grade keyboards used in a studio setting.

The keyboard is built to be Bluetooth compatible when recording. It’s compatible with any and all Bluetooth devices as well as all recording software that allows you to sync with Bluetooth.

There’s still time to back this project, which at the time of writing has achieved about half of its pledge goal of $25,000. Check out the Kickstarter page here.



P-Link aims to swap guitar pickups in just 30 seconds – with the strings still on.

Designed to be the new standard for guitar pickup installation. P-Link has been developed as a direct replacement for standard humbucker mounting rings.

Once a pickup is mounted into the P-Link pickup cradle and the housing is mounted into the guitar body you will only need your hands and half a minute of your time to change the pickup in your guitar. The beauty of this system is its simplicity and foolproof design, says creator Pratley Guitars.

The housing unit is installed into the Humbucker cavity in the top of your electric guitar. It has a 5 core cable that extends through the body of the guitar to the controls. The 5 wires allow for all sorts of options including the use of active or passive pickups and coil splitting. The housing requires a minimum cavity depth of 20mm and is available for flat top and arch top guitars.

The cradle unit acts as the mounting ring for the pickup. The pickup wires are inserted into the screw terminals in the base of the cradle. Once the wires are in the terminals, the screws are tightened to clamp the wires in place. The cable can then be coiled up under the pickup as it is secured into position.

P-Link still has around a month left on its campaign, so there’s still plenty of time to support the project, take advantage of some of the special offers available to backers, and help the product reach its $75,000 funding goal. Find out more here.

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