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$14,435
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
41
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 31 2015 6:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is ToneDexter?

ToneDexter is a revolutionary acoustic guitar (and other stringed instrument) preamp system that restores the rich, natural acoustic tone to your instrument by processing the signal coming from your pickup. It was designed by musicians for musicians. We set out with some of the freshest ideas in audio engineering to create the best sounding acoustic preamp in existence.

Acoustic guitarists that need to amplify their sound have long been faced with a dilemma: use a pickup, with its inherently quacky, unnatural sound — or play into a microphone and be confined to a single stage position for the whole performance, with potential feedback problems. Convenience with bad sound versus inconvenience with good sound. Most choose convenience with bad sound, but those days will soon be a thing of the past. 

We need your help moving ToneDexter from working beta units to full production.  

How does it work?

Plug your instrument and a microphone into ToneDexter, and go through a short training session. ToneDexter listens to the two different signals and generates a WaveMap using advanced signal processing technology. The WaveMap is the mathematical transformation used to convert quacky pickup sound to microphone sound. Once the WaveMap is generated and stored (up to 16 WaveMaps can be stored for the same or different instruments), just plug your guitar or other instrument into ToneDexter and ToneDexter into your amplifier.

You'll be blown away by the natural acoustic sound emanating from your speakers!

What else does it do?

Here's a picture of ToneDexter's controls:

ToneDexter's Controls
ToneDexter's Controls
  • Built in three band parametric equalizer - you set the center frequency and the boost or cut for the bass, midrange, and treble
  • Tuner with incredible one cent accuracy
  • Boost switch to add adjustable gain for your solos
  • Built in digital feedback notch filter which is only one semitone wide, so you can knock down that annoying feedback that typically plagues amplified acoustic instruments
  • Unique adjustable Character control for a punchier sound
  • Simple three character display easily viewable from a standing position which allows for easy operation

What's on ToneDexter's back panel?

ToneDexter's Back Panel
ToneDexter's Back Panel

 From left to right the ToneDexter connections are: 

  • XLR Mic in (with phantom 48V power supply)
  • Send and Return Effects Loop 1/4" phone jacks
  • 9V-15V non polarity sensitive power input (power supply included)
  • Monitor Out 1/4" phone jack
  • Headphone Level adjustment
  • Headphone output 1/4" phone jack
  • Phase switch (shown as Option A/B in photo)
  • XLR DI output for direct connection to your mixer
  • 1/4" instrument input and output jacks are on the side panel (not shown)

Also included is a carry case and an SD memory card for software updates.

We're so convinced that you'll love your ToneDexter, we offer a 30 day money back guarantee!

We understand that purchasing a piece of audio gear, without trying it out, is a bit scary. But, we're so confident that you'll love your ToneDexter that we¹re offering a money back guarantee. If you don't love your ToneDexter, you can return it within 30 days of receipt for a full refund. The only requirement is that the unit must be in resellable condition.

Bring your acoustic instrument to life!

The sound of the mic with the convenience of the pickup — what more could you ask for! When your sound is right, you feel good. When you feel good, you play your best. Play through ToneDexter and experience the goodness. Your audience will notice!

Risks and challenges

Production delays are the only potential challenges we could face in delivering ToneDexter to the market. We've already designed the hardware, written the software, and tooled the enclosure. We've even built 25 units and have distributed them to our beta testers all over the country. Our next step is to get our production house to build ToneDexters in quantity.

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    You'll receive a custom ToneDexter sticker, and a big thank you for supporting the project! We really appreciate your help!

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    You'll receive a ToneDexter T-Shirt, and a bigger thank you for supporting the project. Be the first in your neighborhood to have one of our Tees.

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    You'll receive one of the first 50 ToneDexter preamps from the first production run, and save $450 off the list price of $895 at the same time! You'll also receive a carry case to transport and protect your new ToneDexter.

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    You'll receive a ToneDexter from the second production run, and save $400 off the list price of $895 at the same time! You'll also receive a carry case to transport and protect your new ToneDexter.

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