Dean Markley DM3001 Artist XM Acoustic Pickup
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- Great for guitar violin cello stand up bass banjo mandolin piano horn or anything which vibrates.
- 3001 is the XM version: Comes with a 24" cable with a 1/4" female jack that clips onto your guitar strap button.
- special mounting adhesive allows the Artist to be mounted and removed many, many times without hurting the finish
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Dean Markley DM3001
Artist XM Acoustic Pickup
Same great pickup as the Artist Transducer, but with a low-noise 24 inch cable terminating with a 1/4 inch female jack that connects to your guitar strap button. For use with any 1/4 inch cable or wireless device. The Artist XM installs in seconds to amplify any acoustic guitar into any amp, PA system or recording device. No drilling or modifications to your guitar are required.
It's a great pickup for Violin, Cello, Stand-up-Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano, Horn, or practically anything else you would ever want to amplify. We've even had a mechanic use one to pickup (pardon the pun) knocks and vibrations in engines. The bottom line is: if it vibrates, the Artist Pickup will catch the vibrations. You do whatever you want with them after that.
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Dean Markley's Artist pickup is once again a pickup which is so unique that it is patented. Housed in a maple wood housing, Artist Transducer gives you that sound that every professional artist wants. Through use of a lead differential weight the Dean Markley peizo reacts through compression rather than just bending, like all other Peizo pickups. This unique patented design gives Dean Markley's Artist Transducer its high quality sound at a price which is affordable. Artist Transducer's special mounting adhesive allows the Artist to be mounted and removed many, many times without hurting the finish. The Artist has been on the market for over 17 years and we've never had a complaint about it or the adhesive. The XM version features a 1/4" female connector which attaches to the strap button and accepts your favorite cable or wireless unit.
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That's when I discovered the connection was intermittent and the pickup would not work all the time.
I contacted Dean Markley and let them know of my experience. I received a reply from their representative who arranged for a replacement, which I received in short order.
The replacement I received is still working after several uses with no issues or problems.
The first must have been a 'fluke', but it did provide the opportunity for them to show how much they care about their customers.
They certainly went the extra mile to make it right!
Got this to amp an acoustic ukulele for a festival performance. About an hour and a half of trial and error finding just the right placement on the soundboard. Since it picks up top vibration, it amps any contact with the top by the player. When placed directly on the bridge, it was way too noisy. When placed on top near the bridge, it required additional preamp boosting, but the sound is very natural with minimal pickup noise. By moving the pickup higher up the face of the sound board (in a playing pisition) will add more bass to the tone, and concersly, moving it down will make the tone brighter.
You will have to secure the chord somehow so it’s out of the way and immobile. If you hit the chord or let it rub on the instrument top while playing, it will amp a banging and or scratching noise.
By the time I got all this figured out, the sticky goop on the pickup couldn’t hold it in place on the instrument by itself. So I used a brown sharpie to color some painter’s tape and taped down the pickup and chord in place. Now it sounded great amped through a professional system, or my keyboard amp that has a preamp boost setting. It also works nicely with a microphone preamp. Played through a basic monitor or practice amp, the volume is very weak.
Yes, a big pain to set up, but ultimately it worked at a small fraction of the cost for any option to get a comparable result, without a trip to the shop for installation. Now that I’ve figured it out, I can hook it up in about the same amount of time it takes to tune the instrument, and it’s stage ready.
As an added bonus, it will amp an acoustic guitar or classical in a pinch. On a steal string guitar, the low volume problem is less of an issue, but the tone is less pleasant than on the ukulele or classical.
Final analysis, if you want a versital pickup that can be installed and unistalled easily for a few bucks, this will do the job. But if you’re not willing to be patient with the initial setup, or want to plug it into any amp, you’re going to be disappointed (and probably need to spend at least $100+ to get a similar result). Just don’t forget to take the painter’s tspe off AS SOON AS you’re done playing it, or it will leave a mark if left on the finish too long.
Below the bridge it is way to jangley almost all finger noise and the strings are thin and shrill sounding. Above the bridge it is too bassy and does not have a full clear sound. Behind the bridge is where I find is the only place it has a workable tone. Place it there and don't bother with the other two locations.
As with most instruments and their pickups it can take a year of use before you hear the subtle anomalies. Its sensitivity will dictate the way you play it. I am playing it on a guitar I paid 100 dollars for new. On a several thousand dollar guitar it might possibly degrade the finish.
It can be removed but why take the chance of shorting out the pickup itself by possibly compromising its internal soldering.
4 stars because finger noise is quite prevalent and the tacky clay is okay but seems kinda temporary not sure what else would work though.
But for 30 dollars it is worth it for the unique sound it produces and gives me more options in my recording studio. I may try adding a microphone also and blending the two. It seems as though it has the accuracy and high end that a microphone lacks.
It will take some time to figure out if and where this is really going to work.
I have played out live for many years with a black Dean Markley humbucker in hole pickup and this seems to be really the best option for a rugged on the road option. The DM black humbucker in hole pickups are 40 dollars less than I paid for it years ago.
For on the road definitely go with that instead of this DM3001 but in the recording studio I am quite intrigued with the unique possibilities this pickup may provide.
One interesting note: I used a synth based guitar in a recording recently and placed this pickup at the lower part of the bridge where it only picks up a screechy string and finger noise and blended this really quietly with the synth guitar and it added a real human feel to the synth guitar.
I am pleased with this for my purposes, I hope it is durable. Time will tell. If your needs are like mine then it is worth the purchase, not recommended for on the road (just my opinion). Go with the black in hole DM humbucker instead, you just cannot go wrong with that.
So if you play out a lot with unfamiliar equipment, always pack your own amp or preamp that you know works: there are decent belt-pack pre-amps you can use that will allow you to make the most of this device.
I'm a mandolin player, and I really like the responsiveness of the pickup: if you can find the sweet-spot on your instrument, you get very good tone out of it. I had some resonance problems at first, and then some problems with it picking up clicks from my pick, but small adjustments in position make a world of difference.
In my view, it's not a substitute for a well-designed stage and a good microphone. But sometimes you can't get that, so I'm glad this is in my gig-bag.
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