BAMFx Claudio Scalarizers

BAMFx Claudio Scalarizers are our new and specialized devices that are designed to create scalar waves from the signal of an electric guitar, electric bass, or any audio equipment. Small enough to fit into any guitar, bass, effect pedal, preamp, or just about any analog audio instrument or circuitry.

Claudio Scalarizer Modules

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Scalar waves, by nature, contain infinite harmonics. These waves are generated via specially-wound coils inside the device. Attendant harmonics are inserted into the signal path of the electric instrument or audio circuit and manifest themseves as harmonically-related overtones. The net effect of this insertion is that the electric guitar, bass or audio circuit into which the Claudio Scalarizer has been inserted becomes richer-sounding.

The basic action of the Claudio Scalarizer has been found to be portable across all low level analog audio circuitry. Meaning thus, the scalarizer can bring its harmonizing effect to electric guitars and basses, effects pedals, digital multi-fx (by tapping at the analog output), microphones, preamps, guitar amps, tape decks, headphone name it !

They are so small, they require very little modification to the instrument they are being installed in. Nothing but a minor re-wiring of the instrument is required. They will breathe new life into dull sounding guitars, make cheap sounding axes sound like high-end ones,

Without a doubt, the Claudio Scalarizer is a device whose time has come. It has the power to turn the entire music and audio industry on its ear and challenge many deeply established beliefs about music and audio.

Scalarizer Types

There are four major classifications of Scalarizers, depending on the overall design. These are :

1. Passive Type Scalarizer

Passive Scalarizers feed on the energy of the electric instrument or audio device to generate scalar waves. They require no external power (e.g. batteries) and are very inexpensive and simple to install. They are also the most versatile as they can be easily converted to acoustic scalarizers for use in acoustic instruments, and can be very easily inserted into audio circuitry.

2. Active DuoCore Scalarizers

Active DuoCore Scalarizers feature the same core as passive scalarizers but feature a second scalar-wave generation core which is then powered by a small 3V lithium battery. These Active Scalarizers result in the same general "EQ" of the passive scalarizers but feature more intensified generation of overtones making the tone even more lush and rich.

Active Duocore Scalarizers installed in the output cavity jack of a Squier Stratocaster. Note the CR2032 battery at the bottom of the cavity.

3. Active Buffered Scalarizers

These are scalarizers with built-in unity-gain FET buffers. These are powered by a small 3V Lithium cell. In practice, installing this type of scalarizer "de-loads" the pickups of electric guitars and basses and prevents these from being weighed down by the instrument cable and amplifier input. This allows the true tone of the instrument to come out, and is then made even richer with the built-in scalarizer core.

4. Acoustic Scalarizers

These are special scalarizers for use in acoustic instruments and speaker systems. Basically they have ceramic transducers that allow them to take the vibrations of a musical instrument and process the signal. These are then brought to the instrument also by way of the ceramic transducer. Acoustic Scalarizers are still under testing and will not be offered to the public at this time.

Scalarizer Core Types

The "core" of a scalarizer is referred to as the assembly of the material on which the scalar coils are wound upon, as well as the scalar coils as well. Varying cores will produce varying equalizations for the instrument to suit the player's tastes.

1. Crystal Core

Crystal Core Scalarizers even out the frequency response of an electric instrument (e.g. guitar, bass) and removes the shrill highs and muddy mids and lows of the instrument. The energy taken from these audio frequencies are then converted to overtones that make the sound richer. Thus it can be said that the Crystal Core Scalarizer has the "flattest" EQ of all Scalarizer core types and yet has the most "crystal" sound. Perfect for Stratocasters and overly-muddy Les Paul type guitars. They are differentiated from the other core types by their two red leads.

Hear a soundclip of a passive crystalcore scalarizer here

2. Metal Core

Metal Core Scalarizers have the same overtone generation capability of Crystal core scalarizers but feature an upper midrange "hump". This characteristic EQ goes very well for some musical genres such as classic rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, country and blues. Usually prescribed for "shredder-type" guitars, but will generally match any other guitar and bring it that punchy, twangy tone loved by many guitarists. They are distinguished by their yellow leads (green leads of unit shown is of a prototype).

Hear a Passive Metalcore Scalarizer here

3. Organic Core

Organicore Scalarizers are the warmest sounding devices in the Scalarizer family. These also generate pleasing overtones but have an emphasis in the lower-mid frequencies. This emphasis gives the organicore the characteristic "warmth" of the device. Perfect for hollow or semi-hollow body electric guitars, microphones, compessors and overdrive pedals and for Jazz, blues and clean-guitar rock. Organicore scalarizers are distinguished by their brown leads. Hear a soundclip of a passive organicore scalarizer here

4. Hydrocore

Hydrocore scalarizers feature swirley, chorus-ey sounds built right inside your guitar. The sound produced by hydrocores can only be characterized as "cool" , "wavy" and swirly. All these while still enriching the sound of the electric instrument with lush overtones. Perfect for certain subgenres of Jazz where a cool sound is desirable. Hydrocore scalarizers are distinguised by their black leads. Hear a soundclip of a passive Hydrocore scalarizer here

5. Firecore

Firecore Scalarizers give the instrument a crunchy, overdriven tone. The sound is akin to plugging a guitar into a transparent overdrive pedal with the gain slightly raised. Thus it is like a permanent overdrive built inside your guitar. Great for guitars that are used exclusively for distorted or overdriven sound. Firecore scalarizers are distinguished by their pink leads. Hear a soundclip of a Firecore scalarizer here

L-R Scalarizer Prototypes : Passive Crystalcore, Passive Metalcore, Acoustic Crystalcore

Specifying Scalarizers

Thus with three general types and five core types, there is a total permutation of 15 scalarizers, with 5 cores for every type. Thus to wit :

1. Passive Crystal Scalarizer
2. Passive Metalcore Scalarizer
3. Passive Organicore Scalarizer
4. Passive Hydrocore Scalarizers
5. Passive Firecore Scalarizers
6. Active Crystal DuoCore Scalarizers
7. Active Metal DuoCore Scalarizers
8. Active Organic DuoCore Scalarizers
9. Active Fire DuoCore Scalarizers (special order only)
10. Active Hydro-DuoCore Scalarizers (special order only)
11. Active Buffered Crystalcore
12. Active Buffered MetalCore
13. Active Buffered Organicore
14. Active Buffered Hydrocore (special order only)
15. Active Buffered Firecore (special order only)

Scalarizer Applications

Scalarizers can be used in any musical instrument or any audio equipment with low-level electrical signals. In these applications, scalarizers will always produce the overtones that they are designed to generate and insert these into the signal path. By design, these devices are meant to pass only low currents.

Thus scalarizers can be inserted in electrical musical instruments, effects processors, microphones, earphones and in the line-level section of audio amplifiers. When installed, scalarizers will imbibe these instruments and equipment with the sparkle and warmth that many musicians and audiophiles long for.

Acoustic Scalarizer installed inside a drum shell

Passive Crystalcore Scalarizer installed in a studio-grade condenser microphone

Scalarizer fitted inside a DS-1 Distortion effects pedal

Passive Crystalcore Scalarizer fitted into a stage microphone

John Petrucci Forums

Took a short break. Couldn't seem to get this desire to get a test done out of my head.

So I was able to come up with a very simple test methodology that didnt require me to be in my studio.

I rigged up a baby jack cable, cut it in half and inserted a crystal scalarizer in series.

I then plugged one end of this setup to the lineout of my laptop, and the other to the line in, thus creating a feedback loop.

Firing up Cooledit Pro 2.0, I generated a pure sine wave at 1 kHz, and put that in one track of the multitrack view.

Then I set the recording in to the line-in jack and started recording to another track. So what happened is that the sine wave coming out of the line-out goes back into the line in and gets recorded on another track. I set both tracks to an amplitude of -1dB for maximum uniformity.

So here's the results. The pure sine wave when run on a frequency analysis showed this graph :

The track from which the scalarizer was installed in showed this frequency chart :

I don't want to get over-excited but it does seem to appear that harmonics are being generated by the scalarizer setup.

Couldn't wait to get home from school/work. Ran the same tests again as I did. Yep, it really does.

So I proceeded to do it on the metalcore. 1k pure sinewave looped back through a baby plug cable with a metalcore spliced in between Same effects but look at this chart :

Interesting. Same harmonic spikes, however if you notice, the even order harmonics (2nd, 4th, 6yh and 8th) are larger than the odd-order (3rd,5th, 7th). Wow. This little bugger is discriminating against buzzsaw type odd-order harmonics ! Now my eyes are confirming what my ears have been telling me this past year. 

To the guys that received your metalcore scalarizers, you can replicate these results on your own computers using Cooledit Pro 2.0 as what I did. The methodology is all there.

Originally Posted by Mr. Hero
I installed mine a while back and posted what it did for me.

It DID change the sound of my guitar a little bit.. but will it beat new pick-ups? nope. 

The thing didn't really make my guitar sound "better"... just different. It was like sticking a mini EQ into the wiring of the guitar. did it add anything good? Thats an opinion.. I found it made my RG's pick-ups a bit more metal-ish (just like an EQ could) sounding.. but not by much.

So, overall... it changed the sound.. for better or worse is mostly opinion.

That's great !

Anyway, you can try another configuration, by putting the scalarizer in shunt with the guitar signal, you can skip the filtering/clarifying effect (only good if your guitar sounds muddy) and get the overtone generation benefits straight up. Just put a 47 or 51k resistor (1/4w) in series with the scalarizer and place that in parallel with the guitar signal. 

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you generated the 1 khz sine wave internally in software (without sending it out through your line out and back into the line in correct?)

this is not exactly a well executed experiment because you are introducing the digital to analog converters, preamplifier circuits, etc... anything else in the signal chain at the line out and line in on the second part of the experiment (which could possibly have more of an effect on the frequency response and generation of harmonics than the "scalarizer" does)

first of all, you're not starting off with a "pure sine wave since you see much more frequency components and harmonic content in the original frequency spectrum than a single peak (which would look like just a single line if the input were, in fact, a pure sine wave)

so since you already have some extra harmonic content, it's not far fetched for this harmonic content to be amplified when sending the signal out through the line inputs and outputs

also, in addition to this increased harmonic content in the second spectrum i also see a drastically increased noise floor (not a good thing)... again, i would venture to guess that this is more to do with the active circuitry in the signal path from the line inputs and outputs than to do with your "scalarizer"... however, if this can actually be attributed to your "scalarizer" then your scalarizer is actually doing more bad then good according to these frequency spectrum plots... it is immediately obvious that after running the original signal through the "scalarizer" your signal to noise ratio has been degraded immensely (look at the hugely increased noise floor and the the decreased difference between your fundamental peak and the the noise floor)

because guitar amplifiers are not the most efficient and noise free animals themselves adding this extra reduction of quality of the audio signal before you even enter your amplifier seems silly and simply serves to do nothing other than further degrade your signal (although the changes in sound could be perceived as positive by some particular person under some particular circumstance... this is the problem with psychoacoustics... which is a whole different topic but very much relevant to this discussion)

the success of this "scalarizer" depends on misinformed consumers and psychoacoustics... it's SNAKE OIL... i'm not trying to offend you or hurt your product but i'm trying to help the guys out here on this board from buying into nonsense

but in any case... if you performed this test correctly it would show you exactly what we're saying... the "scalarizer" has no effect whatsoever on an audio signal other than some slight change to the frequency response (something you could just as easily [however, with much more control] achieve with an parametric eq)

if you install it in your guitar and you like the effect then more power to you... buy them and swear by them... but don't misinform people and talk them into spending their money on snake oil, promising it's some magical element
-Rob L
(Electrical Engineer & Founder)