June 28, 2013
There have been many attempts at making a digital guitar, and there are many ways to approach the question of how one would do this. The simplest form of a MIDI guitar is created by sort of a MIDI pickup, where the tone of a string is interpreted as an individual MIDI command. This requires the least amount of hardware, but the most amount of programming in order for one piece of gear to talk to another piece of gear. A more intermediary approach is to actually design a tablet app that will function with the guitar; and these are often built into the guitar. This allows you to use the guitar in acoustic mode, but also with a compatible phone with the built in software.
Finally, the most direct approach to a MIDI guitar is to eliminate the need for a real guitar in the first place – …
June 17, 2013
Kickstarter campaigns have proven to be very successful, but that success is always based on the object or the idea that the prompter is trying to sell. They may have a very good idea of what they want to produce or create, but without effectively showing how it will be done they are just wasting their time. In a sense, the developer of a new item has to be equally on par with his or her sales pitch, and in a short video they need to convince you that what they are trying to make will be a huge success.
Without question, the best way to explain what a product does or will do is to show it in action. This requires the designer to make at least one viable and usable version of their product – they also need someone talented enough to prove that it can work beyond …
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 …