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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 9, 2013

Lunetta Guitar

Every day we are bombarded with advertisements for new piece of DJ gear as well as other music production equipment that has juts reached market.  Even if you don’t know what the gear does, you can look at its package and figure out what it was meant for.  Before these items ever reach the stores, the manufacturers know that you will like them and that you will have a reason to purchase one off of the shelf.  What we don’t see is that in order for the device to come this far, it has to be tested and experimented with to see if it is a viable machine.

The scientists and hackers at home who have been messing around with MIDI experiments are really the catalyst the sparks the creation of this gear.  What they produce in their bedrooms may not be pretty or musical, but upon their creation, the …

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June 28, 2013

gTar Releases SDK For iOS

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 – …

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UniqueSquared

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June 25, 2013

Recording Electric Guitar

While on the subject of electric guitars, we should probably discuss how the sound is translated from something organic into something electric.  The technology that allows this to happen is analogous to the technology that allows a record to be heard through the use of a small needle.  It is also similar to the way a CD drive’s laser reads a CD, or how a tape recorder can read magnetic signals.  There is a form of communication that happens between two devices – and during that transition, the sound needs to be transmitted without the noise and interference of outside sources.

A guitar with a single pickup will be much noisier than a guitar with two pickups.  That sound is picked up from the fingers when they slide across the frets of a guitar.  A bad needle will perform in a similar manner.  It will pick up the pops and …

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June 17, 2013

Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer Kickstarter Campaign Update

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 …

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May 28, 2013

Artiphon Instrument 1 Reservations Now Open

There have been various iterations of the guitar, born from the need to have modern devices built into them.  It isn’t that people don’t want to play with an acoustic guitar by themselves, but perhaps the idea of using only a guitar on its own is a bit boring and one dimensional.  Wanting a MIDI controlled guitar has been on the minds of many, ever since the benefit was seen on the same implementation with a keyboard.  The guitar is bit more complicated, so achieving the same is quite a bit more difficult that it may seem at first look.  The guitar hero guitar was probably the best evidence of how useful a MIDI guitar could be.  When hackers modified them to work through a DAW, the rest was just history waiting to happen.

Today, the Artiphon is one of the few beautiful instruments to share the guitar form with …