Kora / N’goni Pickups

The Ischell contact microphone is the basic system for a Kora or N’goni, a low-volume instrument often confronted with high levels on stage. It is recognized for its fidelity to acoustics, its resistance to feedback, the ease of use on amp and the possibility to use effects, to make clean loops and so on. The X-Jack is the most sold, appreciated for its Jack and XLR outputs available simultaneously, the 9v battery and also because it is removable and does not require any intervention on the instrument, but the system can remain permanently installed inside. The microphone is placed under the bridge for the Kora and on the crossbars for the N’goni. The other version often chosen is the inside J48C, system to be installed in the Kora, with option 9v battery and volume knob …

To go further, for even more naturalness and respect of acoustics, you can choose to associate an aerial mic to the contact microphone to adapt to any situation. The 2X48AC is perfect for that.

Choose your system based on:

Your conditions of use

  • For noisy stages > A contact microphone.
  • For acoustic stages > One or two aerial microphones.
  • To adapt to all situation > Both types of microphone.
 

The installation mode

  • Removable > The Jack is fixed with double-sided adhesive, scratch or putty, according to the instrument
  • Fixed > Drilling is required for Jack, potentiometer
 

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  • If you would like more information about the use
  • About installing our systems on your instrument.

The output type

  • Jack
  • XLR
  • Both
 

The power mode

  • Battery
  • Phantom power
  • Both

  • 2X48AC

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact + air microphones, removable installation, independent XLR out, works with phantom power 9/48v, all conditions…

    449,00
  • inside J48C

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact mic, fixed installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power or 9v battery option to work with unbalanced Jack out, high levels on stage…

    249,00347,00
  • X-Jack

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact microphone, removable, XLR and jack out can be used simultaneously, works with phantom power or 9v battery (500 Hours) automatically, high levels on stage…

    329,00
  • X48C

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact mic, removable installation, XLR out, works with phantom power, high levels on stage…

    259,00

The AirCapt air microphone is generally used in addition to a contact microphone on kora or n’goni. It is a very small microphone designed to be placed closer to the sound source for more gain, less feedback and ambient sounds. Particularly suited to acoustic stages, it faithfully and very naturally reproduces the sound of your instrument with precision, dynamics and allows comfortable levels on stage without microphone stand. It is usually placed inside under the bridge.

Choose your model below

The J48A below is the best-selling of this category. Removable, this system can be powered by phantom power and provide a balanced signal with a Jack-Stereo / XLR cable. It can also with the 9v battery option, operate with a standard mono jack cable. It is then powered by the 9v battery automatically for about 500 hours of use. The battery will not discharge in the presence of phantom power.

The inside J48A is the installed version of the J48A described above. Drilling is therefore required. Same possibilities …

  • J48A

    5.00 out of 5

    Air microphone, removable installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power and 9v battery option for an unbalanced jack out, acoustic stages…

    259,00308,00
  • inside J48A

    0 out of 5

    Air microphone, fixed installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power or 9v battery option to work with unbalanced Jack out, acoustic stages…

    249,00347,00

The contact microphone is typically used as a base system on a kora or n’goni. The X-Jack model is the most sold because it is removable, but also for its two separate outputs Jack and XLR usable simultaneously. It therefore does not require intervention on the instrument while being able to remain permanently installed inside. The contact microphone is placed under the bridge for the Kora and on the crossbars for the N’goni, so it is invisible and protected.

Another very popular model for the kora is the inside J48C with 9v battery option and volume knob. This model is installed in the instrument. The drilling is required for the jack and the volume knob. You can then use the system with an unbalanced jack or with a balanced jack ( Jack-stereo / XLR cable )

The ischell contact microphone is a reference for string acoustic instruments that have to be performed on stages with high levels. It’s the sound of a microphone, natural and faithful, with the feedback resistance of a pickup. You can easily use it in an amp, apply effects and make clean loops…

The X-Jack described above is a removable system that is placed inside the instrument, the microphone is placed under the bridge and the system on the handle for example with scratch.

  • X-Jack

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact microphone, removable, XLR and jack out can be used simultaneously, works with phantom power or 9v battery (500 Hours) automatically, high levels on stage…

    329,00

The Inside J48C is an installed version, so drilling is required. It has a volume knob option and 9v battery. Without 9v battery option, the system works on phantom power and the output is balanced. With the 9v battery option, the system also works with a standard mono jack, useful for using effect pedals for example.

  • inside J48C

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact mic, fixed installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power or 9v battery option to work with unbalanced Jack out, high levels on stage…

    249,00347,00

The X48C, removable model. XLR output, work with phantom power.

  • X48C

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact mic, removable installation, XLR out, works with phantom power, high levels on stage…

    259,00

The combination of the two types of microphones is complementary for an instrument playing on electro stages and optimizes the sound in all situations by combining power and respect of the acoustic sound of the instrument.

The contact microphone gives you the power for the front / back, high accuracy in bass and midrange, dynamics … The aerial microphone brings you the reverberations of the instrument, player details, the air, the finesse in the treble. For situations that require high levels on stage and front and to have an acoustic sound, faithful to the instrument.

Choose your model below

The 2X48AC is a removable model that is installed inside the instrument

  • 2X48AC

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact + air microphones, removable installation, independent XLR out, works with phantom power 9/48v, all conditions…

    449,00

Another possibility to have all options with two systems installed, with an inside J48C and an inside J48A, with optional 9v battery and volume knobs

  • inside J48A

    0 out of 5

    Air microphone, fixed installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power or 9v battery option to work with unbalanced Jack out, acoustic stages…

    249,00347,00
  • inside J48C

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact mic, fixed installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power or 9v battery option to work with unbalanced Jack out, high levels on stage…

    249,00347,00
  • X-Jack

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact microphone, removable, XLR and jack out can be used simultaneously, works with phantom power or 9v battery (500 Hours) automatically, high levels on stage…

    329,00

N°1 : The X-Jack is the most sold in this category, removable version, particularly appreciated for its fidelity to the acoustics of the instrument combined with the advantages of the contact microphone and the separate outputs.

  • Exceptional sound quality for a contact microphone
  • Very good feedback resistance
  • Do not catch the sounds of stage.
  • The ability to use effects and make clean loops
  • Output XLR and Jack can be used simultaneously.
  • The battery life is 500 hours. In the presence of phantom power it does not discharge.
  • The installation is removable, without drilling or intervention on the instrument.
  • The system can remain permanently installed inside

N°2 : The inside J48C is also very appreciated for koras and n’gonis. Installed version, it has a volume knob and 9v battery option to work with an unbalanced jack.

  • inside J48C

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact mic, fixed installation, balanced Jack out, works with phantom power or 9v battery option to work with unbalanced Jack out, high levels on stage…

    249,00347,00

N°3 : The 2X48AC with its combination of both pickups optimizes the sound in every situation by bringing power and respect of acoustics. The contact microphone gives you power for the face and monitors, high accuracy in bass and midrange, dynamics… The air microphone brings you the proximity reverberations of the instrument, game details, air, the finesse of treble…

  • 2X48AC

    5.00 out of 5

    Contact + air microphones, removable installation, independent XLR out, works with phantom power 9/48v, all conditions…

    449,00

Artists

Comment and video : Mamoudou Cissoko

“Très bon micro pour la kora !” Mamoudou CISSOKO
“Le système ischell sur mes koras, c’est sincèrement c’est ce que j’ai entendu de mieux et pourtant j’en ai essayé beaucoup. Le son est tout simplement exceptionnel, le micro de vcontact est incroyable et vraiment révolutionnaire. Tous les pros ou amateurs avertis qui sont prêts à investir et recherchent une solution à toutes épreuves doivent essayer ça ! Bref, ALLEZ Y……………………”
“C’est simple, tous mes instruments sont équipés de systèmes ischell, kora, n’goni et guembri !…” Stéphane Guyon
“Dans le cadre de mon activité j’ai été amené à tester plusieurs systèmes de sonorisation et sans remettre en cause les qualités des micros que j’utilise habituellement, j’ai été séduit par la définition du son apporté par le système Ischell et les modèles proposés pour la kora” Kaëlig”

Customer reviews

starstarstarstarstar Yes high Fischer, merci pour avoir passé du temps sur ma kora, le rendu est magnifique tant en live qu’en studio !!!
Rien à dire Big up Man !!
Bonne continuation et merci encore pour tout!!

Korabat wrote a review for product: inside J48C on vendredi 25 décembre 2015

starstarstarstarstar Pour amplifier ma kora c’est le top du top : facile à installer, pas de fils qui traînent sur la kora tout est à l’intérieur , un son fidèle à l’acoustique de l’instrument. Bref un investissement que je ne regrette pas et que je conseille à tout joueur de kora

wassakunba wrote a review for product: inside J48C on samedi 27 décembre 2014