At the 2011 NAMM Show, Misa Digital Instruments debuted the Kitara and Kitara Limited Edition digital guitar instruments.
The Misa Digital Instruments Kitara and Kitara Limited Edition are unique 100% digital guitars. The Kitara includes a multifunction touch-screen, MIDI controls and an on-board polyphonic synthesizer with effects. Instead of using strings, guitarists control sound through their fingertips, using the touch-screen and fret board to play, enhance and alter sounds in real-time.
Here’s an official demo video of the Misa Kitara digital guitar in action:
We discussed the Kitara in depth with Misa Digital and found it to be an interesting work in progress.
- It’s an aesthetically impressive instrument
- It’s built on Linux and is open source, so you can contribute to the development of the instrument or use it in a way that the developers don’t intend.
- The built-in synth is capable of some great sounds and you can program your own.
- It’s an intelligent MIDI controller that lets you use the onboard synth alongside other MIDI sound modules.
- It does things no traditional guitar can do.
- It’s not as expressive as a traditional guitar. Traditional guitars offer more options for controlling and shaping sound in real-time.
- It currently has just 10 on-board patches.
- It’s much more expensive than control keyboards with similar control capabilities.
The Kitara’s openness could be one of its most interesting features. This could lead to some interesting unplanned uses for the digital guitar
Check it out and let us know what you think of the Misa Kitara digital guitar.
Kitara and Kitara Limited Edition are available for pre-order. Kitara is priced as $849, and the Kitara Limited Edition will sell for $2,899.