Why The Wave?
When recording and amplifying stringed instruments, I noticed a loss in sound quality that is normally enhanced by the wood from which they are made. Manufacturers select special woods to bring out warmth, clarity and character of the music produced by the instrument. These characteristics are consequently lost with existing microphones.
Until now, the only way to amplify an instrument was ambiently or through an external mic, such as a transducer on the bridge.
In an epiphany, I invented The Wave, which receives music (via sound waves) through the instrument's hollow body canceling out external ambient noises. The result is a clearer, richer and warmer sound, which is a true characteristic of the hollow-bodied instrument.
Meet the Inventor
Professional Musician &
Inventor of The Wave
I've been playing music since I was three years old when I started with the ukulele. I began piano lessons when I was five. As a teenager, I picked up the trumpet and harmonica. Within the past five years, I've learned violin, viola and guitar. I played professionally with Austin bands throughout the 1970s. My solo career began in 1979 with the first of six albums. Since then, I have played restaurants, bars, churches and studios in the Denver area.
As a professional musician, who records live and in the studio using a variety of instruments (violin, viola, guitar, mandolin piano, trumpet and harmonica), I was disappointed in the music produced by these wonderful stringed instruments. They sounded perfect in the natural but shallow when amplified or recorded. I began experimenting with ways to enhance the instrument's natural sound. I found no better way than to go through the wood and capture the sound waves lost with other amplification methods. Thus The Wave was born.
For the past two years while going through the patent process, I've been tweaking The Wave and receiving feedback from other professional musicians and peers. All agree that The Wave is an excellent way to instantly convert acoustic, hollow-bodied instruments into electric for live or recorded sessions.