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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 19, 2014

Two new fretless fader projects

On the experimental side of music making, there is obviously more room for DJs who want to take mess around with controllers.  The problem is not a hard one, but it can be explained by concepts such as tooling and cost.  Programming might take many hours to do – but it doesn’t require anything else except knowledge.  This is why iOS app and MIDI hacks are found every single day.  Now, taking a turntable and trying to somehow enhance it with programming languages is a bigger challenge.  The mixer itself can be modified to accept and send MIDI commands, but this is not easy.  This requires both software as well as hardware skills – but this hasn’t stopped people from trying.

The original fretless fader was one of those concepts that was too far ahead of its time.  This basically allowed the mixer to be used like the sliding neck …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 3, 2014

Watch What Guitar Wing Can Do

The types of innovations that allowed the turntable to grow from an antique instrument into something desired in the digital age can also be found in and on other analog instruments – mainly, the guitar.  In through, the guitar and turntable are very similar.  They both can produce analog noise that needs to be amplified using speakers and some sort of processor.  Both have their humble roots – yet they seem to have become transformed into something else today.  The fact that we can use a turntable with a computer at all is simply amazing, so shouldn’t the guitar have the same advantage?

What the Novation Dicer is to turntablists, the Livid Guitar Wing is to guitarists.  It is basically a controller that sits on the horn of your guitar with buttons in simple reach of the fingers.  This allows a solo guitarist to control a number of things, such …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
January 13, 2014

Eigenlabs Planning New Batch Of Eigenharps

Some of the newer digital instruments that are being created have done a great job at hiding the fact that they are even digital instruments at all.  These are not the guitar hero hacked controllers that actually look like something toyish from a video game – these look like items that are handcrafted and built specifically for each musician.  The processes used to actually bind these instruments together rival the techniques that are used to create guitars and violins.  The Eigenharp is quite the looker in terms of it being a controller.  Glancing at it, it seems to share characteristics of a woodwind instrument – maybe a tenor saxophone – yet the buttons and controls seem to share more with the face of an upright bas guitar.

Without knowing the prices on these, I can easily say that it is expensive – but these are not the type instruments that …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 21, 2013

New Tri-Bass Touchscreen MIDI Controller

The concept of the MIDI guitar goes farther back than you are I might think.  We see the birth of the MIDI guitar as stemming from the Nintendo Wii Guitar Controller, where a player inserts commands using buttons near the frets and a strumming tool the other hand.  The idea of actually using an instrument other than a guitar, while using the guitar format, goes as far back as the keyatar – which was seen in only a few performances.  The modern MIDI guitar goes farther than simply adding a PCB and a USB cable to a plastic guitar.  Developers have created a way to install an iPad or iPhone into the base of the unit, which simulates the strings.

The tips and notes in the frets are actually buttons which sense the finger movements, but are not raised as to get in the way of the guitarist’s hands.  Using …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 16, 2013

The Artiphon Instrument One

There are many MIDI style guitars out there to choose from, and regardless of your budget there is one that will fit the bill.  The most basic of MIDI guitars comes from the gaming community.  Yes, it’s the rock band or guitar hero guitar, and it is already setup to be a MIDI controller.  All that is really left is finding a way to allow it to communicate with other MIDI devices.  If you are handy and have access to a printing machine – you can successfully print out your own guitar using ABS plastics.  Again, the only limiting factor is the programming side of things and how it will actually “work”.

Now, on the highest tier of MIDI guitars, there are fabricators who have put much more effort into making it look like a legitimate piece of MIDI gear.  In a case like the Artiphon Instrument, the craftsmanship is …