May 9, 2013
We live in an age where technology is not really invented, but innovated and improved. The computer chips and processors inside our PCs have not changed dramatically, but they have shrunk in size allowing us to add more of them and increase the speed by volume. The same goes for synthesizers which can pack more components into a smaller space. Just because they have gotten faster does not mean that it is revolutionary or new, it isn’t. Midi controllers have been alive since the first MIDI keyboard was created, but the only new change to them is their packaging into button masher style devices.
The electric guitar and synthesizer themselves can be considered real inventions that changed the way we look at and create music – but since then what has really changed? The next step in their evolution is to combine the analog and digital aspects of the machine …
February 1, 2013
We’ve have seen many iterations of the guitar concept, taken out of the context of being an analog instrument. Second only to Piano, the guitar is a natural instrument that allows a single musician to play a wide range of music on a very large scale. It makes sense that companies who are producing synthesizer keyboards might actually look at the guitar as a reasonable way to input functions into a machine that spits out musical notes. Both synthesizer makers and MIDI control makers have created versions of the “guitar” yet none of them have really become a mainstream item. Perhaps, learning how to play the guitar is the hardest part of playing the “guitar”.
Developers should owe video game makers a bit of thanks, for showing just how easy it is to take the concept of the guitar and turn it into an input device for gaming. MIDI controlled …