Accordionist - Pianist - Composer - Arranger
Optimizing the sound of an accordion is far from easy. I was fully involved in the design of this new Prodipe mic pack, and, as you're well aware, I've always been hard to please when it comes to getting that perfect sound. Myself, my friend Ludovic Lanen, and the whole Prodipe team did our utmost to find a way to reproduce the sound of the accordion.
Of all the components in a mic, the one that has to be infallible is the capsule. Prodipe have developed an electret capsule that can take up to 140dB and recreate all the energy and nuances of your instrument. And what's more, its excellent linearity respects the timbre and sound of the accordion.
We also spent a lot of time thinking about how the three individual mics should be attached to the instrument. .
We decided that two mics would be best for the right hand manual. In fact, trying to capture the overall sound of the accordion with a single mic means that the mic has to be positioned pretty far from the instrument itself, which is a major disadvantage when you're surrounded by high volume instruments, like the drums.
The two right hand manual mics can be positioned close enough to the instrument to receive all the notes and harmonies, but none of the parasites from other instruments.
To make sure that the mics are in the best place to record the sound, we thought very carefully about the types of clamps we would need: two to suspend the mics over the right hand manual and one for the mic over the left hand manual. Each clamp has a Velcro fastening for easy attachment and removal.
I had a great time helping in the development of this accordion mic pack and I've been using it for live performances and most of my recording work ever since. So I know for sure that it'll be a superbly valuable piece of equipment for all accordionists.
As an accordion player, I've had the opportunity to test out all sorts of instrument mics, but I've never found one that really fits the bill.
It was only when I tried the Prodipe AL21 Romanelli mic that I could finally hear the natural sound of my accordions.
Prodipe AL21 is the best option to amplify a bandoneon on stage.
Since I tried it I don´t want to use any other.
The audio quality is really amazing and there is never feedback.
Very comfortable and versatile.
I have been using the Prodipe AL21 Romanelli pickups for years now, with great satisfaction.
I have tried several competing models before, but none faithfully reproduced the sound of my accordion.
Prodipe is strong with a very affordable price, and a sound closer to the acoustics; the various sound engineers with whom I was able to work are unanimous, and delighted with the quality of these microphones.
I chose Prodipe for my accordions. The R.S.L Lanen in the studio and the AL21 Romanelli pack on stage.
With the help of a friend, an excellent sound engineer, we compared them in the studio with other major reference brands, and it is clear that the AL21s did not suffer in any way from this experience.
Except that the selling price is divisible by five and that I found the manufacturing quality of the accessories much more serious: suitcase, wiring, connections ... It's up to you to hear it ...
A big bravo and a big thank you to Roland, Ludovic and the entire Prodipe team for this great job.