Since its foundation in the early 1980s, Schertler SA has launched a programme of passionate research that aims to achieve the highest levels of accuracy in the reproduction of acoustic stringed instrument sound. Led by bassist and founder Stephan Schertler, the research and development company initially began to focus on producing high quality tools and innovative technology to replace the technology and imperfections of piezo pickups. Over the years, Schertler’s original approach to harnessing acoustic vibrations has resulted in a number of fundamental innovations, some of which have gained international patents, such as the STAT Series of contact microphones.
In 2003, Schertler launched an original series of compact amplifiers – the Classic Series. Since then, the 3-channel UNICO and 2-channel DAVID have provided musicians with high quality portable solutions for stringed instrument amplification. Suited to virtually any live performance situation, these amplifiers have received unanimous feedback from users around the world, helping to build the reputation that Schertler has gained in the field of acoustic amplification.
The latest note from THE DIARY…
Mark Fain meets the YELLOW 500 TL
Bassist Mark Fain has toured and recorded with some of the world’s biggest names in country music. With an extensive background that also covers bluegrass, gospel, rock and jazz fusion, the Tennessee-based master musician and producer is constantly striving to achieve the best possible bass sound. Currently working on a bass record of his own, and keen to “get the best sound ever”, Mark recently explored Schertler’s YELLOW 500 TL preamp during the recording process.
“I did a little shootout between the Schertler TL and my Neve. I used my Telefunken U47 and Earthworks mics, and a vintage Western Electric ribbon mic. The Schertler (not just saying this) is the best mic pre I’ve ever heard on my double bass. The sound is HUGE, not bass heavy or bright, but big sounding and very clear. It seems to make my bass sit better in the mix too. I’m sure it will sound amazing on all acoustic instruments. I have a fiddle player coming over next week to overdub on a little project I’m producing and I can’t wait to hear it on him.”