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Piezo direct out...possible? How?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Captain_joe6, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. I was wondering, something I often do, if it would be possible to run the 4 piezo signals to 4 separate jacks and mix them externally? Its something I'd like to try on a future project, but I'm not totally familiar with piezo wiring, and would like to know exactly what I would need to put into the signal chain of each piezo output between the transducer itself and the jack? I figure there might have to be some sort of buffer in there somewhere, if so, where do I accuire (or how do I build) such a thing? I don't want an onboard volume or tone, just the simplest, best sounding path from transducer to jack.

    Thanks all!
  2. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004

    sure it's possible. I ran a pair of piezo's straight to the jack no buffer.

    Do a TB search for piezo's. There's several threads. Radio Shack piezo for one. You're not going to get anything but a hollow woody treble tone from cheap piezo's - and that's all I've looked at. Seems Rick Turner said a quality piezo would do like a quality condenser mic - low!
  3. Rick Turner

    Rick Turner Commercial User

    Jul 14, 2004
    I design and build electric basses and pickups under the Turner, Renaissance, and Electroline brand names.
    Piezo pickups need to work into a pretty high input impedance on a buffer to get maximum low end. They also make lousy line drivers which is why we generally prefer to buffer them on-board. That said, the first piezo bridge I did for Brian Bromberg in 1989 had four passive pickups going to four output jacks, and he ran those into four Countryman direct boxes into a recording console to lay down his stereo spread tracks. Crystal based piezos' signals do better passive than do piezo film signals...