The Vo Wand – Official Details & Pricing

At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul VO introduced the Vo Wand – a handheld sustain device that’s designed to give you direct control over the harmonics of strings.

The Wand is part of Vo’s broader interest in ‘acoustic synthesis’, implemented previously with the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel Guitar and Vo 96 guitar.

Vo’s acoustic synthesis tools explore the idea of using electronics to control the amplitude of individual harmonics within vibrating strings. By controlling the harmonics within a guitar string over time, for example, you can synthesize new types of sounds that still are immediately recognizable as being ‘guitar’ sounds.

While the primary audience for the Vo Wand will be guitarists, Vo mentioned to us that it could be used for sound design with other string instruments and for experimenting with other objects that respond to electromagnetic energy.  Continue reading

Expressiv MIDI Guitar – An Electric Guitar/MIDI Controller Hybrid

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The Expressiv MIDI Guitar is a new MIDI guitar controller, being produced by Rob O’Reilly via a Kickstarter project.

Expressiv uses a smart fretboard scanner to know which notes you are pressing, the same way that keyboardists get a note when they press a key. This leaves your strumming hand free to control any parameters such as pitch bend, modulation and octave shift using the onboard touchpad, joystick and buttons.

Also, with the flick of a switch, you can change from synthesizer control to standard guitar functionality.

The Plug and Play functionality means you only have to plug a standard USB cable directly into your computer with no hardware, driver or power supply required.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Korg Intros Hatsune Miku ‘Singing’ Effects Pedal

miku-stompAlong with the new ElectribeElectribe Sampler, Volca Sample, Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, and Gadget update, Korg today introduced something a little more ‘out there’ – the Miku Stomp ‘singing’ effects pedal.

Miku Stomp is a vocaloid effect unit for guitar that lets Hatsune Miku sing according to your guitar playing. Just onnect your guitar, and Hatsune Miku sings when you play.

The vocal synthesis technology at the heart of the sound is eVocaloid, a vocalzing effect based on Yamaha’s next-generation NSX-1 sound engine.

According to Korg, using a guitar to control Hatsune Miku’s vocals has a different character than when using step-recording or a keyboard.  Continue reading