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Dyna-Mic cups your harmonica for better tone, no feedback

Dyna-Mic cups your harmonica f...
A harmonica is placed in the gasket and attached to the main Dyna-Mic body, which distributes the sound evenly before it's picked up by the internal microphone 
A harmonica is placed in the gasket and attached to the main Dyna-Mic body, which distributes the sound evenly before it's picked up by the internal microphone 
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The Dyna-Mic's underside is home to tone, boost, overdrive, mute and volume controls
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The Dyna-Mic's underside is home to tone, boost, overdrive, mute and volume controls
A harmonica is placed in the gasket and attached to the main Dyna-Mic body, which distributes the sound evenly before it's picked up by the internal microphone 
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A harmonica is placed in the gasket and attached to the main Dyna-Mic body, which distributes the sound evenly before it's picked up by the internal microphone 
The Dyna-Mic is reported compatible with 80 percent of diatonic harmonicas on sale, though a Pro-Gasket setup can be had for more flexibility
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The Dyna-Mic is reported compatible with 80 percent of diatonic harmonicas on sale, though a Pro-Gasket setup can be had for more flexibility
Solo performers can go hands-free with the addition of a Steady-Rack mount
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Solo performers can go hands-free with the addition of a Steady-Rack mount
The Dyna-Mic is said to create "a sound chamber that collects all of the sound to your harmonica evenly - whilst rejecting external sound waves that cause feedback. The end result is pure harmonica sound with no feedback whatsoever."
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The Dyna-Mic is said to create "a sound chamber that collects all of the sound to your harmonica evenly - whilst rejecting external sound waves that cause feedback. The end result is pure harmonica sound with no feedback whatsoever."
Solo performers can go hands-free with the addition of a Steady-Rack mount
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Solo performers can go hands-free with the addition of a Steady-Rack mount
The Dyna-Mic project is raising production funds on Kickstarter
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The Dyna-Mic project is raising production funds on Kickstarter
A harmonica is placed in the gasket and attached to the main Dyna-Mic body, which distributes the sound evenly before it's picked up by the internal microphone
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A harmonica is placed in the gasket and attached to the main Dyna-Mic body, which distributes the sound evenly before it's picked up by the internal microphone
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The harmonica is one of the easiest instruments to learn, but mastering it to a level approaching players like Toots Thielemans and Sugar Blue and can take many years. You may have seen blues players like the latter using both hands to cup a Mississippi Saxophone around a microphone, creating a chamber around the instrument to keep out unwanted sounds from band members, improve tone and amplify the volume. If you're a solo performer who also plays guitar, you may find that you quickly run out of arms and are forced to play open harp. The Dyna-Mic cups the harmonica to the microphone for you, so you can go hands-on or hands-free.

When on stage, at rehearsal or in the studio, the microphone you use to pick up the sound of your harmonica can also register noise from bandmates or howl with feedback. To cut out external sounds and make sure that everything the microphone picks up is all harmonica, players need to master the art of cupping.

The Dyna-Mic project is raising production funds on Kickstarter
The Dyna-Mic project is raising production funds on Kickstarter

The Dyna-Mic is reported compatible with most commercially-available diatonic harmonicas (though there is a version available which allows for more flexibility) and promises to make sure all the sound from a harmonica is evenly captured by the integrated microphone, while cutting out external sounds that may interfere or cause feedback.

The curved box rocks a pre-amp and tone circuit built-in (powered by a lithium cell), with the underside home to tone, boost, overdrive, mute and volume controls. And its makers have also developed an adjustable rack for hands-free operation, called the Steady-Rack.

The Dyna-Mic project is currently on Kickstarter, where it has met its funding goal with a few days remaining on the campaign clock. Pledges start at US$229 and, if all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in December. The video below has more.

Source: Kickstarter

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